Topic outline

  • General



    This area contains information and resources that will help parents to support their children with distance learning.

    • Topic 2





      Unit of Inquiry

      We currently follow the ‘How We Organise Ourselves’ Unit of Inquiry. Please watch the K1 How we Organise Ourselves Webinar to find out more detailed information and ways to support at home. 

      Central Idea

      Systems can help communities function


      Lines of Inquiry

      • What a community is (Form)

      • How people use systems (Function) 

      • Peoples actions and contributions within a community (Responsibility)


      Related Concepts: Organisation, connection

      Learner Profile Attributes: Knowledgeable, caring, principled

      Approaches to Learning: Social skills, self-management skills, communication skills


      What is this unit about?

      The ‘How We Organise Ourselves’ unit of inquiry encourages children to explore the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities. In this unit, the K1 children will have opportunities to make inquiries into how systems in our school and wider community help them in their day-to-day life. We will be promoting the need to contribute to our school community as well as the wider community, by incorporating the IB learner profile attributes of being principled and caring.

      Through a number of engagements and discussions the K1 children will have opportunities to develop their understanding of what a community is and how they can contribute to it. Community gives a child support, a sense of belonging, a strong sense of self and sense of connection. Children feel emotionally and physically safe and valued when they understand their place within a community, therefore, it is essential that we develop a child’s understanding of community early in education. Most children have had experiences within a community prior to joining school - the most apparent being their own family. Starting school acts as a significant milestone in a child’s life as for many this is the first opportunity for them to be part of a new community outside their family and familiar environments. This is especially true in our current context where children might not have spent much time outside the home. 

      Over the coming weeks, children will be supported to develop their understanding of what a community is, how people use systems in their community to meet their needs and how people contribute to their community, including their roles, responsibilities and the action they take. 


      Social Studies

      Conceptual Understandings

      Social organisation and structure


      Learning Intentions

      Formulate and ask questions about places and society 

      Identify roles, rights and responsibilities in society 



      Mathematics

      Conceptual Understandings

      Numbers can be used in many ways for different purposes in the real world

      Shapes can be described and organised according to their properties

      Objects in our immediate environment have a position in space that can be described according to a point of reference


      Learning Intentions

      Number:

      Continue to develop an understanding of numbers (e.g. counting, recognising, ordering)


      Data Handling:

      Answer yes/no questions to interpret data 

      Understand that information can be collected in different ways 


      Shape and Space:

      Develop an understanding and begin to use simple vocabulary to describe position, for example, in, out, on, under, up, down 

      Sort, describe and name familiar 2D shapes and objects in the environment 


      Language

      Conceptual Understandings 

      People ask questions to learn from others

      Print conveys meaning

      The pictures, images and symbols in our environment have meaning

      Everyone can express themselves in writing


      Learning Intentions 

      Speaking and Listening:

      Discriminate and recreate vocal and environmental sounds 

      Respond appropriately to “what” & “where” questions 


      Reading:

      Recognise familiar words such as own name and environmental print 


      Viewing and Presenting:

      Recognise common signs and symbols used in the environment 


      Writing:

      Use writing for specific purposes 

      Choose to write in play or informal situations, e.g. filling in  a form, writing a menu or wish list 


      Personal, Social and Physical (PSP)

      Conceptual Understanding

      Knowing how we are similar and different from others helps us to shape our understanding of self


      Learning Intention

      Identity:

      Talk about similarities and differences between and others


      Interactions:

      Celebrate the accomplishments of others

      • Topic 3

        Diversity, Equality and Inclusion 

        Children flourish in environments that value diversity, equality and inclusion. At Wu Kai Sha Kindergarten we are working hard to promote children's understanding of the world and others around them, keep them safe and prepare them for a life in an ever changing and diverse world.

         

        • Diversity is about recognising and valuing difference, where everyone is respected for who they are

        • Equality is about creating a fairer society, where everyone can take part and where everyone has the opportunity to be all they can be

        • Inclusion is an ongoing process that aims to increase access and  engagement in learning for all students by identifying and removing barriers

         

        Thank you to those who attended the recent webinar with Miss Ainsworth and Ms Ngao. It was wonderful to see so many in attendance and receive such positive feedback. The session covered: 

        • what diversity, equality and inclusion means in education

        • how we promote diversity, equality and inclusion at WKSK, including discussions around gender stereotypes and cultural differences

        • an overview of the ESF Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) curriculum and ways in which we deliver this at WKSK

        • ideas to help adults deal with issues or questions at home.

         

        For those who were unable to attend the session, please click here to access the recording. 



        CELEBRATING DIVERSITY IN OUR WU KAI SHA COMMUNITY

         

        To support our children in learning about diversity we would like to invite our Wu Kai Sha community to participate in some activities at home. 

         

        ‘This is How We Do It’

        We share a wide range of stories and books with children that celebrate diversity and the difference between us. ‘This is How We Do It’ is a book that explores the lives of seven children across the world and is a great tool for comparison with our own lives, cultures and community. 

         

        We would like to invite you to listen to parts of the story that interest your child and discuss the similarities and differences between their own lives.

         

        Please click here to listen to 'This is How We Do It' by Matt Lamothe read by Ms Ainsworth and Mrs Ngao. 

         

        As you listen to the book pause and talk with your child.

        • What do you notice in the pictures?

        • What is the same in your life? What is different?

         

        Please note that this is a long book. Please do not listen to it all at one time but pick the parts that most interest your child. 

         

        ‘This is How Wu Kai Sha Families Do It’

        After reading the story, we would like families to share videos or photos of the things they do. For example: special celebrations at home, the languages spoken, the things done to relax or any other ideas found in the book. This video could be of adults or children talking, or could be from a family friend who lives somewhere else in the world and would like to get involved. 

         

        Please share your videos or photographs on this Padlet. Submissions from the Padlet will then be put together into a video to showcase and celebrate our diverse community. 

         

         

        Please note you will need to be signed in to your child’s Padlet account to access this Padlet as it is only accessible to Wu Kai Sha families. 

         

        We look forward to celebrating diversity in the WKSK community with you. 

         

         

         

        • Topic 4

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          • Topic 5


            CHINESE NEW YEAR ART GALLERIES

            Thank you for participating so enthusiastically in our Chinese New Year artwork collection. Your beautiful pieces of art have now been displayed in two stunning virtual galleries. You can find these below and have the option to take a guided tour around each gallery or to self navigate.

            We hope that you enjoy looking at all the beautiful pieces of art on display. 


            Gallery 1

            Room 1: Lanterns and paper craft

            Room 2: Lions and Kumquat trees

            Room 3: Further CNY Artworks


            Gallery 2

            Room 1: Chinese Zodiac animals

            Room 2: Lucky banners and fire crackers

            Room 3: Peach blossom

            • Topic 6


              CHINESE NEW YEAR GALLERY No. 1

              • Topic 7


                CHINESE NEW YEAR GALLERY No. 2

                • Topic 8


                  ESPRESSO - Online Learning Resources

                  Children and families at Wu Kai Sha Kindergarten are able to access the award-winning ‘Espresso’ service at home. We use Espresso in school to help motivate, engage and support learning in the classroom. Children from Wu Kai Sha Kindergarten can continue to enjoy what they have been using at school, and you can be involved in your child’s learning at home.

                  For further details, please click HERE >