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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 3 Overview

      Dear Parents,

      Welcome to Term 3 of Kindergarten for 2017. We are looking forward to another great term of learning experiences.

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

      Religious Education

      One topic will be studied this term: ‘1KC5 A Community That Celebrates God’s Love’. Students will learn about the distinctive characteristics of the parish as a Catholic community, who celebrate, serve and grow in faith and love together. Our Project Based Learning (PBL) will also be centred around this unit of work with students demonstrating their understanding of the features of a church in the form of a proposal for a portable church.

      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. Students will continue learning to: count forwards and backwards from a given number; recognise, describe, create and continue repeating patterns; model addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems using a variety of materials. Students will learn about time, length, data, position, 2D shapes and 3D objects. Students will be taught to use a variety of problem solving strategies across all strands.

      HSIE

      HSIE was covered last term and will be covered again in Term 4.

      Science & Technology

      In the PBL unit, ‘Paddock to Home’ students will be investigating the basic needs of living things. Students will observe a range of farm animals, farm products and services and will conduct experiments on plants and develop ideas about what living things need. We will be going on an excursion in Week 1 to explore Calmsley Hill Farm. We will also be exploring Godolphin Stud on our excursion in Week 2. Students will work in pairs to answer the focus question: How can we as designers and builders, create an enclosure for a farm animal, so that we can provide the animal with all that they need? 

      During the second half of the term, students will study the unit, ‘Let’s Get Moving’. Students will explore how things move. Students will conduct a number of experiments using familiar objects, such as toys, that focus on sliding, rolling, spinning and bouncing. They will examine that the way something moves is highly dependent on its size and shape.

      Creative Arts

      In Visual Arts, students will have the opportunity to focus on the artworks of Vincent Van Gogh. They will learn about Van Gogh’s style of colour, texture and form and create landscapes and still-life based on the concepts explored.

      Kindergarten will participate in Creative Arts lessons on Thursdays with Mrs Neave Drama (Weeks 1-5) and Music (Weeks 6-10). They will learn about a variety of dramatic and musical skills and concepts.

      PDHPE

      In the Health unit ‘I am Special’, students will learn to identify how people grow and change. Students will talk about things they like to do and explore similarities and differences in appearance, experiences and abilities. Students will investigate the physical changes that have occurred since birth, along with basic human needs. They will learn about external body parts and their functions (eg. ears are for hearing) and how we use our senses.

      Kindergarten will also engage in Sport sessions every Thursday with specialist teacher Mrs Brand. Students will be supported 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.

      Library Day

      Students will have access to the School Library on a weekly basis. Returning and borrowing books every Monday beginning week 2 with their class teachers. Your child will be required to bring in a library bag to carry their books.

      Assembly

      Assembly for Infants 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 3 and Week 9 of this term.

      Homework

      Students will be required to continue to read their home reader every 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 3 Overview 2017

      Key Learning Areas

      Senses - A Gift From God

      Students will explore how their senses are important and how they help them express their love and care for others.

      Baptism - Students will be learning about the Sacrament of Baptism and how we are welcomed into God’s family

      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:

      Connections with Places Students will learn about significant places and the connections different people have with these places.

      Science & Technology:

      Animal Life Cycles Students will be learning about living things and how they change and grow.

      Students will be participating in a PBL unit, investigating an animal that lives in or around Longneck Lagoon.

      PDHPE

      Health: Safe Living - Students will learn about ways they can keep themselves safe in water.

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

      Creative Arts

      Visual Arts- Students will be creating art works inspired by the picture books of Eric Carle. They will be learning how to use texture tools to create depth and dimension in their 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 3 Overview 2017


       

      Welcome back to Term 3 2017! An exciting term is planned ahead and 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 3.

      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:

      Reconciliation-Living In A Forgiving Community.

      This unit introduces students to the Sacrament of Penance where we celebrate our reconciliation with God and one another
      .

      Eucharist-Celebrating God’s Love.

      This unit highlights God’s love in the gift of Jesus in the celebration of the Eucharist.

      Literacy:

      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. Spelling, grammar and punctuation and a focus on comprehension are some of the areas we will be focusing on this term.

      The text types covered this term will be Exposition and Discussion texts.

      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, Chance and Data, 2D Space, Patterns and Algebra, Fractions and Decimals, Length, 3D Space, and Area. Each strand engages students in working mathematically and problem solving.

      Science and Technology: Water Works

      The students will be investigating the movement of water in natural environments and the conservation of water in Australia.

      History: The Way We Were:

      The students will be going on an excursion and visiting Rouse Hill Park to learn about what life was like in the past. They will be researching and creating a short book or poster to inform others about how families or school life has changed.

      PDHPE: Medicines and Me

      The students will learn how to stay healthy and safe and how to take care with medicines.

      Sport will be taught by Mrs Brand on a Thursday.

      Creative Arts:

      Students will be learning how to appreciate the skills and techniques of visual art integrating with our PBL -HSIE and Science units.

      Drama and Music will be taught by Mrs Neave on a Thursday


      Homework/Reading At Home

      Homework in Year Two will be home readers and reading each night. A reading log will be sent home in a plastic sleeve. This sleeve will contain your child’s leveled readers and the reading log. 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!

      They will be changing their readers every Friday.

      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.

      Maths Homework is Mathletics based on the Maths topic each week

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

      Specialist Teachers

      ·      Japanese – Mrs Annette Larnach (Tuesday)

      ·      Music – Mrs Kaylie Neave

      ·      Sport – Mrs Karen Brand

      ·      Drama –Mrs Kaylie Neave

      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.

      Sport

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

      Thank you
      Fiona Baldock and Jessica Chatterton
      Year 2 teachers.


    • Year 3 Overview

      Year 3 - Term 3 Overview 2017

                                                                                                                                                              Dear Parents                 

      Welcome back for another exciting school term! 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.



      Key Learning Areas

      RELIGION:

      This term, students will explore gospel stories in Genesis and learn that by appreciating nature, they will come to know God. They will understand their responsibility to care for and to conserve our world. The students will learn more about Mary and her example of faithfulness to God. They will have opportunities to honour Mary through liturgy and prayer. The students will be preparing for their First Penance during the term through a Parish based program, which will also be supported at school.

      ENGLISH:

      In English, students will communicate and use language to shape and make meaning through speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing. Students will think in imaginative and creative ways, express themselves and reflect on their learning.

      Students will plan and compose a range of texts in relation to their HSIE & Science unit on ‘National Parks’ and ‘Ecosystems’. Students will be looking at the topic, audience, and text structure and language features. They will continue to learn about specific aspects of spelling, grammar and punctuation that will further enhance their writing abilities.

      MATHEMATICS:

      Throughout Term 3, students will be covering strands of Number, Measurement and Space & Geometry. Students will be completing activities within the areas of Whole Number, Addition & Subtraction, Multiplication & Division, Fractions & Decimals, Length and 2D Space. The students will also participate in a range of Warm Up activities and reflecting on their learning and strategies used.

      HSIE: (History & Geography)

      In Term 3, students will be completing an integrated PBL on National Parks. In this unit, students will choose an Australian National Park needing to be saved. Students name and locate natural, built and heritage National Parks in Australia and describes their significance. Students will be able to explain the importance of National Parks in Australia and the importance of protecting National Parks. Students will describe the Flora & Fauna that lives in the chosen National Park. They will be able to build on the skills to locate their chosen National Park on a map, and use geographical terminology.

      SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:

      The unit studied this term will integrate with the HSIE unit ‘National Parks’. Students will understand the effect of their actions on the environment and on the survival of living things through the ‘Ecosystem’. Students will identify some factors in the local environment that are needed by plants and animals for survival, outline the relationship between plants and animals, investigate the role of living things in a habitat and predict the effect of natural changes in the environment on some relationships between plants and animals.

      PDHPE:

      This term, students will be learning about“ Healthy Eating”. They will learn about the importance of Nutrition and how to make healthy choices. The students will investigate the different food groups and the need for a balanced diet.

      CREATIVE ARTS:

      This term the students will be studying the works of the Australian artist- Albert Namatjira. They will interpret and reproduce some of the techniques used in nature by the Aboriginal people. The students will also use recycled materials to build their own ecosystems and make an animal from their ecosystem.


      Homework:

      Homework will be reading for 20 minutes each night, Mathletics and Reading Eggs.

       

      Term 3 Parent-Teacher Meetings:

      If you would like to organise to meet with the grade teachers, please contact the Office to make an appointment.


      Sports Days

      WednesdayandFriday(full sports uniform to be worn)

      Library Day

      Thursday

      LOTE - Japanese

      Tuesdaywith specialist Japanese teacher

      Assembly

      Assembly will continue to be Monday afternoon every even week.Year 3 will be running assembly in Weeks 2 and Week 8.

       

      Our warmest regards to you all,

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

      Year 3 Teachers


    • Year 4 Overview

      Year Four Term 3 Overview 2017

      Term: 3

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

      Religious Education

      This term we focus on Reconciliation as we prepare for the Religious Literacy Assessment. Later in the term we will focus on the Bible - learning where to find stories.

      English

      Year Four will participate in 100 minutes of learning in Literacy dailyincorporating 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. As often as possible our literacy learning will integrate with our PBL projects. When writing, we will focus on Literary Writing (writing to entertain) and Persuasive Writing.

      Mathematics

      In Mathematics we will look at whole number, patterns and algebra,mass, area, directions, time and length. Students are involved in at least 60 minutes of Mathematics learning each day

      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

      In PBL this term we will be looking at how technology has changed over time. Later in the term we will be looking at how people interact within built environments and what factors are considered in their design and construction. This unit will bring out design skills as we determine the best use of the historic Jolly Frog.

      Creative Arts

      This term we are manipulating a variety of art techniques to showcase our individual creativity. The students will also be researching artist Pablo Picasso and creating an artwork of their own in a similar style.

      PDHPE

      This term students will participate in a variety of fun and fast moving games. In PDH we focus on Personal Health Choices looking at nutrition, exercise, hydration, sleep and belonging.

      Sports Days

      Wednesday, and for PE with Mrs Brand on Fridays

      Library Day

      Students borrow EVERY Thursday.

      Music/Drama

      On Fridays with Mrs Neave

      Dates for your Diary

      2nd August - Stage 2 Soccer Gala Day at Penrith

      22nd August - Netball Gala Day

      6th September - PBL Showcase

      21st September - St Matthew’s Day (More information to follow)

      Assembly

      Assembly every two weeks from 2:45pm in the school hall.

      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 3 - Stage 3 2017!

       

      Term: 3

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

      Religious Education

      Unit One: Stewards of God’s Creation

      Students will deepen their understanding and appreciation of creation and of God's revelation in creation. They will appreciate their significant role and responsibility as stewards who care for creation.

      Unit Two: Sacraments of Service

      In this unit students will relate the service of married couples and priests to the family and the parish with the meaning and celebration of the Sacraments of Marriage and Holy Orders. Students are encouraged to reflect upon the nature of their own vocation and how it is to be lived out in their daily lives.

      English

      This term we will focus on Persuasive and Informative Texts. Students will work on planning and writing speeches for Voice of Youth and creating a pamphlet for PBL. Our focus will be to develop an understanding of the text structure and language features used to best persuade and inform an audience. We will learn to read and view a variety of imaginary and informative texts and reflect upon their purpose and features. We will also share and reflect on our learning through blogging and discussion.

      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.

      HSIE

      Geography - PBL Approach

       

      Unit One: Engaging with Asia
      The students will explore countries of the Asia region and the connections Australia has with other countries across the world. They will learn about the diversity of the world’s people, including indigenous peoples of other countries. Lastly the students will explore and reflect upon similarities, differences and the importance of intercultural understanding.

      Unit Two: Connections and Perceptions with Foreign Countries
      The students will undertake a case study into a specific foreign country. They will investigate the connections between Australia and other counties with a particular focus on trade, tourism, sporting and diplomatic. They will then identify factors that influence people’s perceptions of places such as media, culture, education and travel. The students will explore and discuss the nature of generalisations and stereotypes.

      Science

       

      Product Design and Development

      In this unit, students will learn about the design process, used by both inventors and engineers. The design process helps people think creatively about a problem and produce a successful result. Students will follow the design process steps to create/modify a product to fulfill a want/need that will be sold at the Mini Fete in Week 10.

      PDHPE

      Personal Development and Health
      For Personal Development and Health this term, Stage 3 are working on developing an ability and a commitment to act in ways that will protect themselves and others from harm. Students will look at the importance of protecting and caring for themselves and others.

      Physical Education
      For Physical Education this term the students will be composing their own dance sequences for a performance using a variety of Dance elements.

      Creative
      Arts

      Students will be focusing on Visual Arts this term as they partake in a unit on Pop Art. Students will be learning about the art movement and where it fits into art history. They will create art works which aim to replicate famous pop artworks and use complimentary colours.

      Sports Days

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

      Library Day

      Library days this term will be Thursdays. Mrs McGee / Mrs Bennett 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 and Drama/Music with Mrs Brand and Mrs Neave.

      Sport: The students will be doing Sport with Mrs Brand.

      Drama: Students are writing and performing their own scripts using common fairytales but twisting the storyline.

      Music: Students will be composing character songs using a combination of online and iPad apps including GarageBand, Soundation and incredibox.

      S3 Dates for your Diary

      Key Dates;

      Wednesday 29th July - School Photos

      Monday 24th - Thursday 27th July - Book Fair

      Wednesday 26th July - Grandparents Day

      Friday 11th August - Year 5 Discovery Day - St Dom’s

      Thursday 17th August - Hills Zone Athletics

      Monday 21st - Friday 25th August - Book Week

      Friday 25th August - Diocesan Athletics

      Thursday 31st August - Fathers Day Stall

      Friday 1st September - Fathers Day Breakfast

      Wednesday 6th September - PBL Showcase Night

      Friday 8th September - Stage 3 Touch Gala Day

      Thursday 21st September - St Matthews Day and Stage 3 Mini Fete

      Friday 22nd September - Staff Development Day

      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

      Week 10

       Parents welcome.

      Homework

      Homework consists of;

      20mins of reading 4 times a week

      3 - 4 Mathletics tasks that were taught that week in Mathematics

      Students 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

      iMovie

       

      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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