Overviews1 Overviews2 Overviews3
  
 

Follow Us

 
   
  
 

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.

  • What students are learning
    • Early Stage 1 Overview

      Early Stage 1, Term 2 Overview

      Dear Parents,

      We are looking forward to another great term of learning experiences.

      Below is an overview of all the Key Learning Areas that will be covered this term in Early Stage 1.

      Key Learning Areas

      Religious Education:

      Two topics will be studied this Term: ‘My Family Loves Me’ and ‘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 into halves and quarters.


      History:

      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 how to care for these environments.


      Science & Technology:

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


      PDHPE

      In PDHPE, students will be learning about ‘Personal Health Choices: Healthy Habits’. 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 every Friday 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.


      Creative Arts:

      Visual arts - Students will experiment with a variety of mediums to design and create a range of artworks inspired by Impressionist artists such as Claude Monet.

      Music & Drama - Students will participate in Music and Drama activities on a Friday afternoon with Ms Pollack. 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.



      HOMEWORK:

      Home Readers: Students will be required to continue to read their home reader each night. We ask that students continue to bring their note pouch and home readers to school every day for guided reading groups conducted with the teacher and for independent reading time in class. Reading Eggs and Mathletics are also available for children to complete at their own pace.


      Notes: Any notes for the teachers or those that need to be returned to the office can be placed into your child’s note pouch.

      Note pouches will continue to be collected and checked each morning.


      Sports Days

      Wednesday and Friday – Full sports uniform is to be worn.

      Library Day

      Thursday – Students bring their blue Library bag to school.

      Assembly

      Infants Assemblies will take place on Mondays in Even Weeks(Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10) at 2:45pm in the hall.

      On Monday 4th June (Week 6) Kindergarten will present at the assembly


      Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak with us.

      Our warmest regards to you all,


      Mrs Sarah Galea & Mrs Annette Larnach

      Early Stage 1 Teachers



       


    • Year 1 Overview

      Year One, Term 2 Overview


      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. 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 andtargeted 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. Students must bring their Library bag if they wish to borrow books.

      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.

      History and Geography:

      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 Thursdays.

      Creative Arts

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

      Drama and Music – will be taught by Miss Pollack on Thursday afternoon.

      Japanese - will be taught every Tuesday by Mrs Athanasiou.


      HOMEWORK:

      Home Readers: Home readers will be changed each week during Guided Reading sessions. Students need to ensure their books are kept in their pouch and in their bag each day. We ask that parents sign the reading log to indicate the books have been read.


      Assembly:

      Infants assemblies are in Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.
      Year 1 will be presenting in Weeks 4 and 10.


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

      Kind regards,

      Miss Viviani

      Year One Teacher


    • Year 2 Overview

      Overview - Year 2, Term 2

      Dear Parents,

      Welcome back to Term 2 for 2018! 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 covered  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. During writing, students will focus on writing for different purposes including to entertain, to persuade and to inform.

      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, Time, 2D Space and Chance and Data. To achieve our school focus of Multiplicative Thinking we will be engaging in Multiplication and Division activities for 2 weeks throughout the term.

      History - Our Local History

      This unit provides students with the 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 assist students to develop communication and historical inquiry skills. 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 the impact that it has had on the community over time.

      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.

      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 use the forms to make artworks according to a variety of techniques learnt. They will research a particular artist and identify particular qualities in artworks such as the way the subject matter is represented and the use of particular techniques and the effects these have in the art’s work on viewers.

      HOMEWORK:

      Home Readers:

      • St Matthew’s Homework Policy consists of reading and Mathletics activities only. Mathletics activities will be open for students to choose, based on the units learnt in class. Activities will be checked regularly throughout the term. The log-ins for Mathletics are the same as last year and have been sent home earlier in the year. If you require new passwords please let us know.

      • A reading log will be sent home with home readers. It is recommended that students read for 10-15 minutes every night and record this on their log. Reading should be based around material of their choice.

      • Starting this term, students will also be bringing home the guided reading texts that have been introduced to them in class to practice at home. We ask that these are returned to school each day in their reading folders. These texts will be at an instructional level for students, which means they will be able to consolidate the use of reading strategies at home.  

      • Home Readers will now be changed by the teacher during guided reading time. Students will need to bring their own reading pouch to transport their readers in on a Monday. Please make sure their names are on their pouch.

      • Please Note: Home Readers will be set at a lower level than 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 when reading.

      • We thank all the parent helpers for their assistance last term, however now that we are settled into the year, we will no longer need the assistance of parent helpers during the week. There may be an odd occasion throughout the term where we may ask for your assistance.  


      Sports Days

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

      Library Day

      This term, Library will be on a Thursday morning. Your child will be required to bring in a library bag to carry their books in.

      Please Note: No Library Bag, No Borrowing.

      Assembly

      Even Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10


      Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak with us.

      Our warmest regards to you all,


      Thank you,

      Mrs Jessica Moussa, Mrs Alyssa Bennett & Mrs Emma Worrall

      Year 2 Teachers.


    • Year 3 Overview

      Year 3 - Term 2 Overview

      Dear Parents,

      Welcome back to 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, 2018.


      Key Learning Areas

      RELIGION:

      IN this unit ‘The Journey to Emmaus’, students will study how the risen Jesus brings hope, peace and joy to the 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 two 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 narrative text - ‘Wonder’ by ’ R.J Palacio.

      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 their knowledge and understanding of 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 and 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:

      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:

      Visual Arts: Art Attack

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

      Music/Drama:

      Students will participate in Music lessons, conducted by specialist music teacher, Abbey Pollack, on Thursdays.


      Homework: Please read for at least 10 minutes EVERY night. Students can also do Mathletics and/or Reading Eggs. No tasks will be set by the teacher.


      Sports Days

      Wednesday & Thursday (Sport)

      Library Day

      Thursday

      LOTE - Japanese

      Tuesdaywith specialist Japanese teacher.

      Assembly

      Every second Monday at 2.45 pm - odd weeks of the Term. Year 3 will be presenting on the 14th May.


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

      rsant3@parra.catholic.edu.au

      aclimpson@parra.catholic.edu.au



      Our warmest regards to you all,

      Miss Rosemary Sant, Mrs Ann Climpson and Mrs Karen Brand.

      Year 3 Teachers


    • Year 4 Overview

      Year 4, Term 2 Overview

      Dear Parents,

      Below is an overview of all the Key Learning Areas covered this term in Year 4.

      Key Learning Areas

      Religious Education:

      In Religion we will study the units New Life following up from Easter and Eucharist focusing on the structure of the Mass.

      English:

      All three aspects of Literacy; speaking and listening, writing,and representing and reading and viewing will be covered each term. All our learning in literacy will integrate with our PBL projects. In small group reading time we will focus on improving our comprehension skills. Our writing will begin with persuasive and informative texts as well as imaginary writing in the form of journaling and focus on improving our general composition skills. An emphasis on purposeful talk will underpin our learning.

      Mathematics:

      In Mathematics we will investigate,Wk1 Place Value -number line, Wk2 Multiplication and division, Wk3 Position - coordinates, Wk4 Addition subtraction, Wk 5 Fractions and Decimals, Wk6 Area, WK 7-3D, WK 8-Data, WK 9-Patterns in Number, WK 10- Area

      History/Geography:

      During the first 5 weeks of Term 2, our PBL will be an investigation of the journey and arrival of the First Fleet to Australia. Our Driving question is:
      How can we as Historians design a journal/diary toshow the journey of the British to Australian shores and the effects of this colonisation in Australia?

      Science & Technology:

      The second half of the term will see us investigating the
      Sustainability of our local surrounds, Australia and the wider world. We will be trying to come up with a number of solutions to help save our planet!

      PDHPE Health: My Mates and I.

      In this unit students will describe the factors that influence healthy lifestyle decisions and demonstrate an understanding of the decision making process and how relationships are maintained.

      Sport: This term students will participate in a variety of fun and fast moving games.

      Creative Arts:

      Visual arts- The integration of the H.S.I.E.and Science Project Based Learning assessment is the inspiration for our Visual Arts unit this term. Students will use a variety of techniques to create their own First Fleet artworks focusing on how subjects are represented and interpreted. Students will also be using a variety of techniques and mediums to create sustainable artworks using recycled and eco-friendly materials.

      Music & Drama- Students will participate in Music and Drama lessons, conducted by Miss Abbey Pollack on Fridays.

      HOMEWORK:Mathletics and Reading Eggs.Home reading with novel of choice.


      EXTRAS:

      Sports Days

      Wednesday and Friday - Sports uniform

      Japanese

      Tuesday with Mrs Lauren Mrs Athanasiou

      Library

      Thursday - Library Bag

      Assembly

      Year 4 - Monday 25th June Week 9

      Date for your diary

      6th May - Hospitality Mass-Sunday 9:00 am

      10th May - Mother’s Day Stall

      11th May - Mother’s Day Liturgy and Breakfast 7.30-8.30

      18th May -Mufti Day Gold coin donation (International Family Day)

      23rd May - First Eucharist Workshop at St Matthew’s

      27th May - First Eucharist 11am and 1pm

      3rd June - First Eucharist 11am and1pm

      8th June - Sacred Heart Mass

      11th June - Long Weekend

      19th June - Tuesday- Athletics Carnival

      26th June - Stage 2 Soccer Gala Day

      Week 10- Naidoc Week- Wednesday 4th July Naidoc Activity Day


      Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak with us.

      Our warmest regards to you all,

      Mrs Ann Burke, Mrs Fiona Baldock and Mrs Rhona Hughes (Thursday and Friday)

      Year 4 Teachers


    • Stage 3 Overview

      Stage 3, Term 2 Overview 2018

      Dear Parents,

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

      Key Learning Areas

      Religious Education:

      This term we identify some of the characteristics of people who believe in and follow Jesus and identify ways in which young people today can take up Jesus’ invitation to ‘Follow me’. We also describe the significance and experience of the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost for Mary and the Apostles.We examine and retell some of the significant events in the mission of Peter and Paul. We look at the characteristics of the life and faith of early Christian communities.


      English:

      This term in writing we will focus on Persuasive and Informative Texts. We will look at the specific language features and techniques that are used in these texts. We will learn how to choose and comprehend factual primary and secondary sources of information and how to read and interpret different types of poetry. We will share and reflect on our learning through our reflection journals, google docs, google formsand 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, with an emphasis on the students explaining their reasoning skills.


      History:

      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. This term our driving question is:

      “How can we, as historical authors, create an engaging picture book that describes the experiences of people during the Australian Gold Rush?”



      Science & Technology:

      This unit provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of the role of microorganisms in food and living things. Students will investigate the conditions microorganisms need to grow.


      PDHPE

      This term in Physical Development and Health the focus will be on Safe Living. This unit relates to drugs and is concerned with teaching students how to protect themselves through the promotion of safe environments and practices. This unit focuses on developing in students a commitment and an ability to act in ways that will keep themselves and others safe from harm. We will be using a project based learning approach to this Key Learning Area this term.

      Our Physical Education component of PDHPE is for students to develop new and/or existing soccer skills as well as preparing for our School Athletics Carnival.


      Creative Arts: DANCE

      Students will be active participants in a range of different dances this term, where they are able to express themselves and move their bodies. We will be investigating the elements of dance in detail. Towards the end of the term the students will create and perform new work, with clear intent, applying what they have learned about the elements of dance through composing, performing and appreciating.



      HOMEWORK:

      It is expected that students read for 20 minutes a night.  They are to record the book they have read and the number of pages read in their homework diary.


      The students are also set Mathletics tasks that focus on topics previously covered in class.  This is set on a Friday and the students have a week to complete these set tasks. The students can write what Mathletics task they complete in their homework diaries also.


      We do ask that parents sight and sign your child/childrens diary before the students bring their diary to school every Friday to be sighted by the teacher.





      Sports Days

      Wednesday and Thursday

      Library Day

      Thursday

      Assembly

      Our Stage 3 assembly this term is in week 5 - Monday 28th May.


      Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak with us.


      Our warmest regards to you all,


      Mrs Sharon Williams, Miss Lauren Schembri, Miss Jacqui Mortimer and Miss Jessica Prior

      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.

  • View Class Overviews
 
   
Hidden UpdatePanel, which is used to help with saving state when minimizing, moving and closing docks. This way the docks state is saved faster (no need to update the docking zones).