Grade 6 students will begin working on writing letters to their pen pals to the Grade 6 students in Queensland. The Grade 5 students will also have the opportunity to have pen pals and build a connection with new friends to a school closer to home – Melbourne. The students will focus on giving information about themselves and their families and exchanging information about their favorite hobbies.
Grade 3/4 students will focus on emotions and the seasons. We will revise colours in conjunction with associated emotions. The focus will be learning how to express their emotions in Italiano through a variety of games and songs.
Grade 1 students will revising simple common phrases and learning how to compose questions on everyday simple phrases. Our focus will be on what we like most, or least. Our emphasis will be articulating the verb, piacere (I like) with molto, moltissimo un’ po, pochissimo and the negation, non mi piace affatto.
Grade 2 students will using a very well known Italian Eric Carle book called ‘Il piccolo Bruco Maisazio’ – ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The students will be introduced to different foods on different days of the week, helping them familiarise themselves with the days of the week in Italian.
Foundation students will be introduced to the Italian alphabet and make a comparison to the English alphabet. We will revise the colours and learn the rainbow song in Italian. We will consolidate the numbers 1 to 10 and know how to say our name and ask the question of ‘Come ti chiami? (What is your name?)
We are also hoping that if there are any parents who wish to assist students in the classroom and perhaps learn some Italian, we would be more than happy to have parents volunteer. Please contact us for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Alla prossima – till next time
Signora Croce e Signora Maria Lyon – Italian teachers
Foundation – Grade 1
This term students will be exploring dance. Through these lessons, student’s will develop their understanding of movement, space, tempo, energy and form. They will work collaborative and independently.
In term 2 all students will be focusing on music and learning simple tunes on the glockenspiel. Students will identify letter names of notes, beats, demonstrate simple rhythms and use that knowledge to play short tunes.
Grades 3/4 Drama
The 3/4 students will commence drama lessons in term 2. They will explore meaning and interpretation, forms and elements including voice, movement, situation, space, and tension as they make and respond to drama. Students will also have the opportunity to work in small groups and perform a short play in front of their class.
The grade 5 students will begin ukulele lessons this term. The students will write their own composition, using the chords C, F & G7. They will be challenged by adding other chords to their piece. They will record and perform their song to the whole class.
The grade 6 students will commence African drumming in term 2. They will start the term off with an incursion run by African Drumming. Students will learn the basics of drumming and will be challenged to work in small groups to compose and perform a song to the whole class using the tone, open slap, and bass.
Physical Education is an integral part of the Pascoe Vale Primary School curriculum. It enables students to develop their skills in a range of sports and activities. Students can analyse movement, develop game play and understand how their body moves to achieve success in whatever they are doing. They will make predictions, set goals and reflect on their actions through the year.
At PVPS, the Physical Education teacher for this year will be Mr. Nathan Higgs. He aims to provide a safe and positive learning environment for all students to learn new activities as well as develop on already learnt skills. Hopefully this creates a life-long love of being physical activity and participating in team and individual sports.
The goal for the students is to SUPPORT each other throughout the year and take the good with the bad – learning how to be good sports.
Throughout Term 2 students are expected to have a drink bottle full of water and wear suitable shoes (runners) to all Physical Education sessions.
The Foundation students will be shown the various spaces (indoor and outdoor) around the school where they will participate in Physical Education lessons. They will continue to learn the rules related to staying within boundaries as well as being provided with opportunities to work in a variety of team building activities.
Students will also be exposed to some of the Fundamental Motor Skills where they will have opportunities to learn and improve on their throwing and striking skills.
GRADES 1 & 2
Throughout this term, students in Grades 1 and 2 will experience games and activities that improve their throwing and striking skills during a T-ball and athletics unit.
GRADES 3 & 4
The students in Grades 3 and 4 will participate in touch rugby and athletics sessions.
They will have the chance to develop their skills and put them into a game situation.
GRADES 5 & 6
The students in Grades 5 and 6 will participate in touch rugby and athletics sessions.
They will have the chance to develop their skills and put them into a game situation.
Teamwork is an important part of Physical Education throughout all of the 5/6 lessons.
Looking forward to continuing the amazing work done in Term 1.
Mr. Nathan Higgs
Welcome to the new S.T.E.M. program!
S.T.E.M is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering, and maths. This approach will allow your child to: problem solve, build, collaborate using 21 century skills, create, explore the plethora real world problems.
Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science – Designs will be conveyed through sketches and drawings. These representations are useful bin communicating ideas for problem solution. Because there is always more than one possible solution to a problem, it is useful to compare and test designs.
Engineering Design- Using simple sketch/ drawing to illustrate how the shapes of an object helps its function as needed to solve a given problem. Analyse data from tests of two objects design to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
Science and Engineering Practices- Analyse and interpret data, use mathematics and computational thinking; construct explanations and design solutions
Cross cutting concepts– patterns, cause and effect, structure and function.
Float Your Boat
In term two all foundation and grade two students will be experimenting with different items both empty and full of water, float below the surface, or sink. The students will plan and build boats and test them with weights. Students will practice predicting, observing, recording, and analysing the results of their scientific investigation.
Three Little Pigs Design Challenge
In this lesson we will be able to identify the properties and materials have different s used to make shelters. The students will be testing different materials and using their observation to find out what materials work the best, they will we conducting shelter testing by predicting, observing, and explaining. Lastly, reflecting and self-evaluating their homes
Boat and Barges
Student will be exploring Archimedes’ Principle and constructing boats capable of carry cargo (different weighted washers). Different materials will be used to understand what materials work well with surface tension to allow their object to float. Students will work with the design process and determine which designs will support the most weight without sinking. Students will be able to explain why some boat designs work better than others.
Students will use the scientific method to learn about water molecules. Student will explore the nature of the meniscus strong enough to support materials. Student will discuss applications for using surface tension such as allowing boats to float and explore breaking surface tension. They will experiment to devise methods or apparatus that can be used to float an object.
Australian STEM Video Game Challenge
Students will get to engage and explore in a hand-on inquiry driven learning spanning in the areas of STEM in a fun and exciting way using the Scratch program. Student can work in teams up to four creating a video game based on the theme construction/ destruction. Student will use the design process to create this playable game. The game is due by the 24th of July.