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Catholic schools teach the same curriculum as government schools. However, there is a strong religious dimension across the curriculum which is most obvious in the subject of Religious Education. Expectations of achievement and conduct are high. With a strong focus on the individual, a broad curriculum caters for a wide range of interests and abilities.

This page provides information detailing what is being taught this term at St Matthew's Primary.

  • What students are learning
    • Early Stage 1 Overview

      Early Stage 1, Term 2 Overview

      Dear Parents,

      Welcome to Term 2 of Kindergarten for 2017. We are looking forward to a great term of learning experiences.

      Below is an overview of all the Key Learning Areas in Early Stage 1.

      Religious Education

      Two topics will be studied this Term: ‘1KC3 My Family Loves Me’ and ‘1KC4 God is Our Creator’.

      Children will learn about families and the love and support they experience at home. Children will celebrate the uniqueness of their families and appreciate that they can come to know and love God through family relationships. Children will also explore the wonders of God's creation. They will be invited to recognise, enjoy and celebrate aspects of the natural world around them.

      English

      The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. Together the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. All three strands will be covered each term.

      Mathematics

      All strands of Mathematics will be covered this term. Children will continue learning to: count forwards and backwards from a given number; recognise, describe, create and continue repeating patterns; model addition and subtraction problems using a variety of materials and learn all about 2D shapes and 3D objects.

      The children will be taught to use a variety of problem solving strategies, especially looking for patterns and how to share objects evenly in halves and quarters.

      HSIE - Geography

      In the unit titled “Places We Know” children will be given opportunities to explore their immediate environment, which will include the classroom, school and the local Windsor area. They will focus on the differences between familiar features and places and between the activities that occur there. Children will also learn about the responsibilities surrounding these places, in particular, children will make decisions about the care of these known environments.

      Science

      In Science we will be finishing our Term 1 unit - ‘Changes in the Environment’

      No other Science will be covered in Term 2.

      Creative Arts

      Students will participate in Music activities on a Thursday with Mrs Neave during weeks 1-5 and Drama activities during weeks 6-10. They will learn body percussion and how to use a variety of musical instruments during music time and build their self-confidence and participate in a variety of movement and improvisation activities during drama.

      In class, students will experiment with a variety of mediums to design and create a range of artworks inspired by the artists Monet and Van Gogh.

      PDHPE

      In Health, students will be learning about ‘Personal Health Choices’. Students will engage in discussions about their health choices at school and home and the consequences of making certain choices.

      Children will also engage in sport on each Thursday with specialist teacher Mrs Brand who will support the children in gaining skills that will enable them to participate in a variety of games and sports and emphasise the importance of leading an active lifestyle.

      Sports Days

      Students will be required to wear their full sports uniform on Wednesday and Thursday.

      Wednesday’s sport session will be ‘Dance Fever’ presented by specialist teachers. See PD/H/PE for information about Thursday’s session.

      Library Day

      Students will have access to the School Library on a weekly basis. Returning and borrowing books every Monday beginning Week 1 with their class teachers. Your child will be required to bring in a library bag to carry their books.

      Assembly

      Assemblies will be held in the Parish Hall at 2:45pm every second Monday (odd weeks, beginning Week 3).

      Kindy will be presenting at Assembly in Week 5 of this term.

      Homework

      Students will be required to continue to read their home reader each night. Reading Eggs and Mathletics are also available for children to complete at their own pace.

       

      Our warmest regards to you all,

      Annette Larnach, Aimee McGee and Sarah Chircop


    • Year 1 Overview

      Year 1 Term 2 Overview 2017

      Key Learning Areas

      Easter - Together

      Students will explore the events of the first Easter morning to develop their understanding of how Jesus died and rose from the dead.

      Stories of Jesus

      In this unit, students will have the opportunity to explore the stories that Jesus told and stories about Jesus. Later in the term, students will be working in small groups (Project Based Learning) to demonstrate their understanding of the scripture and how they can respond to the love of Jesus.

      English:

      Writing – Students will be involved in creating a range of informative, imaginative and persuasive texts. Modeled writing and independent writing will happen daily. Students will be evaluating their own work and setting personal writing goals, something that began in Term 1. Students will also be encouraged to think more about the purpose of their writing (to inform, to persuade or to entertain) and sharing their work with others during reflection.

      Reading – Daily practice of: independent reading, modeled reading of a shared text, guided reading sessions with teacher and targeted reading activities to meet student needs.

      Speaking and Listening - Students will talk and listen to each other about their learning and participate in structured speaking and listening activities.

      Library - Library borrowing will be every Thursday.

      Mathematics:

      Students will be engaged in open ended, rich tasks that will develop and extend each student’s mathematical knowledge. Activities will cover Number, Measurement, Space and Geometry and Data. This term we will have a particular focus on Multiplication, Money, Fractions, 3D space and Place Value. Students will be encouraged to explain their thinking and to provide a range of valid answers.

      HSIE:

      Places and Environments in our Local Community Students will investigate places in the local community that have cultural significance. Through research children will use and demonstrate skills of historical inquiry.

      Science & Technology:

      Up, Down and All Around This unit provides opportunities for students to explore changes in their local environment over time through outdoor observations and photographic records. Students will investigate the daily, weekly and seasonal changes in their local environment..

      PDHPE

      Health: Protecting Me - Students will learn about ways they can keep themselves safe and healthy. In this unit we will be discussing how to stay safe and who in our community can help us.

      Sport – Students will be involved in modified sports and games taught by Mrs Brand. Students need to wear their sport uniform on Wednesdays and Fridays.

      Dance Fever – Students will learn and participate in a range of contemporary dance styles. 

      Creative Arts

      Visual Arts- students will use a variety of techniques to create art works.

      Drama and Music will be taught by Miss Henry on Friday afternoon.

      Japanese - will be taught every Tuesday.

      HOMEWORK:


      Home Readers
      : Home readers will be changed  every Monday. Students need to bring in their reading pouch and place it in the wet area for their readers to be changed. Parents need to sign the reading log to indicate the books have been read.

      Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with the office staff.

      Kind regards

      Miss Noreen Keane and Miss Jessica Grima

      Year One Teachers

    • Year 2 Overview

      Year 2 School Term 2 Overview 2017


      Welcome back to Term 2 for 2017! An exciting term is planned ahead and we cannot wait! We are looking forward to another great term of learning experiences with your children. 

      Below is an overview of all the Key Learning Areas in Year Two for Term 2.

      If you have any queries please make an appointment with the office to speak with one of the Year Two Teachers.

      Key Learning Areas:

      Religious Education:

      Jesus Is With Us: Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of Jesus as the incarnate Son of God who loves us and invites us to grow in relationship with him.

      The Pentecost Story: Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the Church as a special community described as God's family.

      English: The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. Together the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. Spelling, grammar, punctuation, handwriting and comprehension are areas we will be focusing on this term. The text types covered this term will be Literary Description and Narrative Writing.

      Mathematics: All strands of Mathematics will be covered this term. The children will be completing activities in the areas of Whole Number, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Mass, Volume and Capacity, Patterns and Algebra, Fractions and Decimals, 3D Space, Chance and Data.

      Science and Technology: Built Environments - Places in Spaces.

      In this unit students will be investigating the built features and places of the local community and investigating the purpose of buildings and their designs and comparing features of natural and built environments.

      This is a Project Based Learning (PBL) Unit where students will design a classroom space based on concepts learnt throughout the unit and make and present a building at the end of the Unit.

      HSIE: History - Our Local History

      This unit provides students an opportunity to identify and describe significant people, places or sites around the local area of Windsor, their importance to our community and how they’ve changed over time. This PBL unit will develop students skills of historical inquiry and communication. At the end of the unit, students are required to present a short speech on one historically significant person or place in Windsor and its importance and impact it has had on the community over time.

      PDHPE: Choices - Who Am I?

      This unit looks at ‘What are my basic needs and how do they influence my relationships?’ The students also learn about what characteristics make them who they are and special and unique from others.

      Creative Arts:

      Students will be developing skills and techniques in visual art including creating and appreciating artworks. Students will be participating in Artist Studies and learning the different techniques, styles and influences of each artist. This unit is integrated with our PDHPE, History and Science Units for this term.


      Homework/Reading At Home

      ●      St Matthews Homework Policy consists of reading and Mathletics activities only.
             Therefore, homework 
      in Year Two involves reading each night and Mathletics. The log-ins for Mathletics are the same as last year.

            A reading log accompanies home readers. It is recommended that students read for 20 minutes every night and record this on their log. Reading should be based around material of their choice – it’s a joy to read!

            Home Readers are changed every Friday. Students will need to bring their own reading pouch to transport their readers in. Please make sure their names are on their pouch.

            Please Note: Home Readers will be set at a lower level than that which students are reading at school with their teachers. Home Readers should not be overly challenging and are meant to help students practice and improve their fluency and phrasing.

       

      Homework will begin in Week Two this term and there will be no homework in the last week of term.

      Please Note: Homework should not be stressful. It is meant to be an opportunity to reinforce concepts learnt at school.

      Specialist Teachers

            Japanese – Mrs Annette Larnach (Tuesday)

            Music and Drama – Mrs Kayley Neave (Thursday)

            Dance Fever  (Wednesday)

            Sport – Mrs Karen Brand(Thursday)

      Library

      Students will have access to the School Library every Thursday with their class teacher and Mrs Aimee McGee. Your child will be required to bring in a library bag to carry their books in.

      Please Note: No Library Bag, No Borrowing.

                     Outstanding/Overdue Books = No Borrowing.

       

      Sport

      Students will be required to wear full sports uniform each Wednesday and Thursday.

      Thank you,

      Fiona Baldock  and  Emma Worrall -  Year 2 teachers.

    • Year 3 Overview

      Year 3 - Term 2 Overview 2017

      Dear Parents,                                                                                                                                                               

      Welcome back for another exciting school year! We are looking forward to a great term of learning experiences.

      Below is an overview of all the Key Learning Areas covered this term in Year 3, 2017.

       

      Key Learning Areas

      RELIGION:

      In this unit ‘The Journey to Emmaus’, students will study how the risen Jesus brings hope, peace and joy to disciples who are sad, confused and/or afraid, such as those in the Emmaus story. Students conclude by considering how they can bring the peace of the risen Christ to others. Students will also study the unit ‘Sacraments of Initiation’. In this unit students will relate their entry into various communities and groups with their welcome into the Church through the Sacraments of Initiation. Students will study the various sacramental rituals and symbols of Christian initiation and explore their meaning.

      ENGLISH:

      The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. Together the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. All three strands will be covered each term. Students will be taking a particular focus on the aspects of NAPLAN and understanding the testing process in the first four weeks of Term 2. Within the preparation for this, students will be engaged in comprehension tasks with a focus on Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation. Students will be exploring the structure of and creating their own Imaginative, Informative and Persuasive texts. This term our shared story is a visual text on ‘Charlie & the Chocolate Factory’.

      MATHEMATICS:

      Throughout Term 2, students will be covering all strands of Mathematics. Students will be completing activities within the areas of Whole Number, Addition & Subtraction, Multiplication & Division, Fractions & Decimals, Length and 2D Space.

      HSIE: (History & Geography)

      ● In this unit, students will identify celebrations and commemorations of significance in Australia and the world. Students will be developing the knowledge and understanding about the nature of history and key changes and developments from the past. Students will also be learning about key historical concepts and develop the skills to undertake the process of historical inquiry.

      SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:

      In this unit, students will be looking at the relationship between the sun and the earth, in particular, day and night & seasonal changes. Students will learn a brief outline on space and planets. Students investigate their questions and predictions by analysing collected data, suggesting explanations for their findings, and communicating and reflecting on the processes undertaken.

      PD/H/PE:

      Interpersonal Relationships.

      In this unit, students will be building on their resilience skills. They will be looking at personal strengths, emotions, positive coping, problem solving and stress management. Students will develop the ability to build resilience within themselves as well as in peer groups.

      CREATIVE ARTS:

      Visual Arts: Art Attack

      Students will be looking at making and appreciating art in a range of different media and forms. Students will be gaining the relevant skills to produce a variety of subject matter using different techniques. This term, students will be completing artworks based on PBL’s.

      Music:

      Students will participate in Music lessons, conducted by a specialist Music teacher on Fridays.

      Drama:

      Students will participate in Drama lessons, conducted by a specialist Drama teacher on Fridays.

      Dance: Dance Fever is every Wednesday. The children will produce a dance sequence at the end of the unit consisting of a Jive, Hip Hop and the Tango.

       

      Homework: Will be handed out Monday and due Friday. Please read for at least 10 minutes EVERY night.

      This term we have the pleasure of having Miss Maggie Sullivan in our classroom for her internship to complete her Bachelor of Education.

       

      Sports Days

      Wednesday (Dance) & Friday (Sport)

      Library Day

      Thursday

      LOTE - Japanese

      Tuesday with specialist Japanese teacher

      Assembly

      Every second Monday. ( Monday’s at 2.45 pm)

       

      Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak with us or email us on:

      aclimpson@parra.catholic.edu.au

      aburke@parra.catholic.edu.au

        

      Our warmest regards to you all,

      Mrs Ann Burke, Mrs Ann Climpson and Mrs Karen Brand.

      Year 3 Teachers


       

    • Year 4 Overview

      Year Four Term 2 Overview 2017

      Term: 2

      Teachers: Mrs Jared Mallia, Mrs Nicole Peare (Wed, Thurs, Fri) and Mrs Sarah Thompson (Mon, Tues)

      Religious Education

      In Religion we will study the units New Life following up from Easter and Eucharist focusing on the structure of the Mass. We will continue to focus on the student’s Religious literacy in preparation for the assessment in Term Three.

      English

      Year Four will participate in 100 minutes of learning in Literacy daily. As often as possible our literacy learning will integrate with our PBL projects. When writing, we will first focus Journal Writing. Then we will move on to other literary texts, in particular letter writing, building on our PBL learnings.

      Mathematics

      In Mathematics we will look at fractions, chance, position, volume and capacity, patterns and algebra, 3D shapes, 2D shapes, angels and data.

      At St Matthew’s we use a project based approach to learning. In PBL students are given a real world problem to solve, requiring deeper learning, creative and critical thinking and collaborative learning skills.

      PBL unit

      Who was in Australia First? This term we move through time studying two interrelated PBL projects. We travel the world by asking “How can we as cartographers,map the voyage of one early navigator up to the late 18th Century so that we can explain their journey and the impact of their voyage?”. We finish up with more recent history in “I’m a convict, get me out of here!”

      Creative Arts

      This term we are manipulating a variety of art techniques to showcase our individual creativity.

      PDHPE

      This term students will participate in a variety of fun and fast moving games. In PDH we focus on positive relationships. The unit explorers friendships, how our peers influence us, managing conflict and the building of cooperation.

      Students are also participating in the Dance Fever program this term. This takes place on a Wednesday.

      Sports Days

      Dance Fever on Wednesday

      PE with Mrs Brand on Fridays

      Library Day

      We will borrow EVERY Thursday.

      Music/Drama

      On Fridays with Mrs Neave

      Dates for your Diary

      24/5 First Eucharist Workshop Day

      9/5 Y4 Reconciliation

      28/5 and 4/6 First Eucharist Masses

      7/6 Year 4 Parish Mass

      Assembly

      Monday 26th June 2017 (Week 10)

      Homework

      Please continue to read to and with your child daily and to complete the assigned Mathletics tasks.

       

      Thank you for your continued support,

      Jared Mallia, Nicole Peare and Sarah Thompson – Year Four Teachers

    • Stage 3 Overview

       Welcome to Stage 3 2017

      Welcome to Term 2 - Stage 3 2017!

       

      Term: 2

      Teachers: Mrs Stockman (Stage 3W), Mrs Williams (Stage 3G) and Miss Viviani (Stage 3B)

      Religious Education

      We begin this term by reflecting on the Easter Season and look forward through the unit The Road Ahead. Students explore the nature of trust in relationships and of faith and belief in their relationship with God. We then move into our second unit which focuses on The Story of the Catholic Church in Australia. Lastly the term finishes up with our last unit Heroes for God which explores the qualities that the Kingdom people choose to live by and how these qualities enable them to say ‘yes’ to God’s call.

      English

      Students independently read and view an extensive range of complex texts and visual images using a comprehensive range of skills and strategies. They respond to themes and issues within texts, recognise point of view and justify interpretations by referring to their own knowledge, values and experiences. Our writing focus for the term will focus on both persuasive and imaginative texts with a particular focus on poetry and speech writing.

      Mathematics

      Each day our warm ups will have a whole number focus ensuring this vital strand receives constant teaching and revision. Each week we will have a different focus topic and this will be reflected in the Mathletics homework tasks set. We will continue to use an open ended, problem solving approach to Mathematics, requiring students to use a variety of mathematical techniques and solutions. Our aim is to develop a growth mindset and confidence to give everything a go!

      In Stage Three we use a project based approach to learning. Here students are given a real world problem to solve, requiring not only deeper learning, but creative thinking and collaborative learning skills.

      PBL unit -

      ‘WE are Australian’

      Our first PBL unit for the term focuses on migration and the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia. Students will apply historical inquiry and communication skills in order to answer the following question: How can we as website developers, create a website, so that users can deepen their understanding of the many migrant groups that came to Australia and the reasons they came?

      The second unit focuses more on their own family heritage and the experiences family and friends had as migrants, as well as their contributions to Australia.

      Science

      What’s the Matter?

      Everything around us is made up of matter. Matter comes in different forms and has different qualities and purposes. In Weeks 1-5 we become change detectives conducting experiments to solve problems based on a ‘mess scene’ that highlights the different states of matter. Students will be encouraged to make hypothesis, create their own investigations and publish their findings

      PDHPE

      Personal Development and Health
      This term the students will be identifying the positive and negative effects of various substances and explore how and why males and females are targeted in a range of advertisements. The unit includes making decisions about drugs and the influences on personal identity.

      Physical Education
      In Term 2, the students will be taking part in circuits, obstacle courses and aerobics routines. The students will design their own ‘Active Program’ to suit their lifestyle needs and present to the class for them to also enjoy taking part in.

      Sports Days

      Sport uniform is to be worn Wednesday and Thursday unless requested otherwise.

      Library Day

      Library days this term will be Thursdays. Mrs McGee will be taking Stage 3 to our school library for this session each week. Please ensure your child has some type of library bag for borrowing books.

       

      Sport

      Drama

      Music

      On Thursdays the students will participate in Sport. Their focus this term will be on soccer rules & skills, netball rules & skills and athletics techniques and skills with Mrs Brand and Drama and Music with Mrs Neave.

      S3 Dates for your Diary

      Important dates to remember for Term 2

      Diocesan Cross Country - Tuesday 2nd May 2017

      Mothers Day Stall - Thursday 4th May 2017

      Stage 3 Parish Mass - Sunday 7th May 2017

      NAPLAN (Year 5) - Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th May 2017

      Mothers Day Liturgy at 7:45am - Friday 12th May 2017

      Concert ‘Lifted’ Steve Angrisano - Friday 12th May 2017

      Stage 3 Girls Soccer Gala Day - Thursday 25th May 2017

      School Photos - Thursday 8th June 2017

      Staff Development Day - Friday 9th June 2017 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

      School Athletics Carnival - Thursday 15th June 2017

      Student Led Conferences - Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st June 2017

      Stage 3 Boys Soccer Gala Day - Thursday 22nd June 2017

      Sacred Heart of Jesus Mass - Friday 23rd June 2017

      Last day of Term 2 - Friday 30th June 2017

       

      Assembly

      Whole School Assemblies will take place in the Hall on Monday afternoons and this term the students will be presenting what’s happening in Stage 3 in Week 6. Parents welcome.

      Homework

      Homework will consist of 20mins of reading 4 times a week and 3 - 4 Mathletics tasks that were taught that week in Mathematics. Students are to record their reading and when they complete their mathletics task in their Homework Diary. The student diary must be signed by a parent/guardian and be handed in each Friday to their homeroom teacher.

      Stage 3 Apps

      Could all Stage 3 students please ensure they have the following apps;

      Google Docs

      Google Slides

      Google Mail

      Google Classroom

      Google Sheets

      Mathletics App

       

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

       

      Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact via phone, email or arrange a meeting in person.

       

      Our addresses are

      afarmer1@parra.catholic.edu.au

      sviviani1@parra.catholic.edu.au

      swilliams@parra.catholic.edu.au

      Our warmest regards to you all,

      Amy Stockman, Stephanie Viviani and Sharon Williams
      Stage 3 teachers


       

Class Overviews

  • Catholic schools teach the same curriculum as government schools. However, there is a strong religious dimension across the curriculum which is most obvious in the subject of Religious Education. Expectations of achievement and conduct are high. With a strong focus on the individual, a broad curriculum caters for a wide range of interests and abilities.

    This page provides information detailing what is being taught this term at St Matthew's Primary.

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