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Kindergarten

Kindergarten

Welcome to Kindergarten!

This year at Wideview Public School we have two Kindergarten classes.

KC’s teacher is Mrs Chapman

KGM’s teachers are Mrs Griffin (Assistant Principal) and Mrs McGirr

 

We provide the children with a secure, positive and enjoyable start to their school years. The children learn school and class routines as well as form friendships with teachers and peers in a comfortable environment.

 

Kindergarten programs, which cover early stage one outcomes, are planned and undertaken cooperatively by all Kindergarten teachers. Learning in kindergarten includes whole-class, group and individual activities designed to develop an inquiring mind and teach basic learning skills needed for future schooling.

 

Literacy and Numeracy are the building blocks of learning and that is why English and Mathematics take up half of students' learning time in Kindergarten. Kindergarten students also participate in lessons from the other key learning areas of Science & Technology, Human Society and its Environment (HSIE), Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (PD/H/PE) and Creative Arts.

 

This year our kindergarten classes will be participating in the Language, Learning and Literacy (L3) program.

What is Language Learning and Literacy?

Language, Learning and Literacy (L3) is a program for Kindergarten students. All the Kindergarten teachers in our school will participate in training to learn how to use this program in their classrooms.

L3 focuses on providing rich literacy experiences to assist all children to become successful Readers and Writers.

It occurs as part of the daily literacy lesson within the Kindergarten classroom.

Your child and L3

During the literacy session children will be taught in small groups of three to four students.

While each group is being given short, explicit lessons in Reading and Writing, the rest of the class will complete carefully selected activities to extend their literacy learning.

Children will also listen to the reading of stories, poems and songs in small groups. This will build their knowledge of sentences, letters and words to help their reading and writing.

What is being taught?

Children will be taught all parts of the English K–6 Syllabus through L3 lessons.

 

We promote and appreciate the continual parental support with our Literacy Activities. Kindergarten children and their parents are encouraged to be involved in our Take Home Reading program.

 

Our Mathematics program focuses on the strands of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Mathematics is taught in our kindergarten classrooms using a hands-on approach. In Term 4, we will be focusing on:

  • Whole Number
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Multiplication & Division
  • Patterns & Algebra
  • Volume & Capacity
  • Mass
  • Time

 

In HSIE this term Kindergarten will be taking part in History lessons. The children will be undertaking the unit: Personal and Family Histories. This unit provides students with the opportunity to learn about their own history and that of their family. As participants in their own history, our children will build on their knowledge and understanding of how the past is different from the present.

 

In Creative Arts in term 4 our kindergarten children are learning a dance and music item for the end of year Showcase concert.

 

All Kindergarten children benefit from their weekly sport lesson, which involves participation in many active games. In term 4 children will continue to develop the fundamental movement skills of: balance, running, throwing, catching, kicking and striking. 

 

Play is a very important part of the Kindergarten learning process. Children learn how to relate to each other while they play. They learn the importance of sharing, consideration for others and respect for property. Play allows them to be creative and develop their fine and gross motor skills. As well as indoor developmental play sessions the children have the opportunity to play with sports equipment during their lunch playtime.

 

Each class has a weekly library lesson with Mr Milasas. The children are introduced to a variety of texts and are able to borrow books each week. The children also participate in a weekly computer lesson in our ICT Lab. IPads and computers are available to be used in every classroom.

 

Kindergarten is an important year for the children where they settle into the school routine; develop social skills and where foundations for more formal learning are made.