Topic outline

  • General

    This area contains information and resources that will help parents to understand what children have been learning in school and how children can be supported with their learning at home. 

    • Topic 3


      Unit of Inquiry

      Our new unit of inquiry is 'Sharing the Planet’ - please click HERE to watch the introduction to the unit webinar 

      Central Idea: 
      People make choices that have an impact on living things and their environment 


      Lines of Inquiry

      We are inquiring into:

      • Living things and their needs 

      • The interconnectedness of living things and their environment 

      • The impact of our choices on living things and their environment 



      Related Concepts: Classification, ecosystems, interdependence, commitment

      Learner Profile Attributes: Principled, caring, reflective

      Approaches to Learning: Thinking skills, research skills, communication skills



      What is this unit about?

      This term, the K2s will begin their final unit of inquiry - Sharing the Planet. In this unit, children will have the opportunity to inquire into living things and their needs. We will also be looking at the interconnectedness of living things and their environment as well as thinking about the impact of our choices on living things and their environment.

      In order for children to develop a respectful and caring attitude towards our planet, children have to learn about natural resources and develop respect for flora and fauna as well as other forms of life. As children are naturally curious, they start forming concepts about the world from a very young age. Fostering that curiosity while highlighting our environment forms the foundation of raising a conscious, responsible and mindful citizen of the world.





      Science

      Conceptual Understandings

      Living things are distinguished from non-living things by their ability to move, reproduce and react to certain stimuli
      Living things are found in certain environments because they have features that enable them to survive there


      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


      Learning Intentions

      Number:

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

      Write numbers to 10 


      Shape and Space:

      Sort, describe and name familiar 2 and 3 dimensional shapes and objects in the environment 


      Pattern and Function:

      Sort and classify familiar objects and explain the basis for these classifications 



      Language

      Conceptual Understandings 

      Spoken words connect us with others

      Writing conveys meaning

       

      Learning Intentions 

      Speaking and Listening:

      Discriminate rhyming words or alliterative phrases in familiar text


      Reading:

      Demonstrate an awareness of syllable division

      Discriminate between visual representations such as numbers, letters and words


      Viewing and Presenting:

      Select and use media, colours, shapes and symbols to convey meaning 


      Writing:

      Form some identifiable letter shapes 

      Use correct directionality in writing



      Personal, Social and Physical Education (PSPE)

      Conceptual Understanding

      Emotions, attitudes and beliefs influence the way we act


      Learning Intention

      Identity:

      Identify their feelings and emotions and explain possible causes 

      Describe how they have grown and changed

       

       

      • Topic 4


         

        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 5

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          • Topic 6


            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 7


              CHINESE NEW YEAR GALLERY No. 1

              • Topic 8


                CHINESE NEW YEAR GALLERY No. 2

                • Topic 9


                  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 >