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 2




      Unit of Inquiry 

      The ‘Who We Are’ unit is an ongoing unit of inquiry in which children will learn about themselves and others through their experiences. Children have been building and sustaining positive relationships within the school and developing their understanding of what makes a good friend. During this unit the children have been encouraged to cooperate and collaborate with their peers which involves sharing, taking turns and working together. They have been inquiring into the different emotions we may experience and how these emotions have an impact on our actions.

      Central Idea 

      Interactions with others contribute to shaping relationships 

      Lines of Inquiry

      Qualities of a good friend (FORM)

      Related concepts: Relationships, values

      How we collaborate and cooperate with others (FUNCTION)

      Related concepts: Team work, Conflict

      How our actions impact others (CAUSATION)

      Related concepts: Behaviour, Choice


      Language

      Conceptual understanding: We can enjoy and learn from language (Speaking & Listening)

      Learning Intention: To discriminate rhyming words phrases in familiar texts

      Conceptual understanding: Writing conveys meaning (Writing)

      Learning Intention: To assign meaning to own writing (mark-making) and to use an appropriate grip to manipulate tools and equipment


      Mathematics

      Conceptual understanding: We collect information to make sense of the world around us (Strand: Data Handling)

      Learning Intentions: To answer direct/closed questions to interpret data, e.g. how many people celebrate their birthday in January and to collect, organise and represent data in pictograms


      Personal, Social, Physical and Emotional

      Conceptual understanding: Emotions, attitudes and beliefs influence the way we act (Strand: Identity)

      Learning Intentions: To identify our feelings and emotions and explain possible causes

      Conceptual understanding: Group experiences depend on cooperation of group members (Strand: Interactions)

      Learning Intentions: To establish new classroom routines

       

      • Topic 3



        SETTLING-IN UPDATE 

        After much anticipation for the full K2 cohort to come back into school, we are delighted to see your children return to school. All of the children have settled into their new class environment remarkably well and are enjoying engaging with their peers and new class teams. The children are becoming familiar with their new daily routines and are following the newly implemented safety procedures very closely and carefully. We would like to thank our families for their ongoing support in helping the children settle into school and we hope this has been a positive experience for everyone involved. 


        The K2 teachers have collated a few useful tips for you to take into consideration.

        Please also share this information with helpers and relatives:

        Uniform
        Please ensure that all clothing is clearly labelled (incl. socks & shoes) with your child’s name on the tag. 


        Communication
        Each child has been issued with a new Communication Pouch. This pouch will be used when we have something important to send home with your child (such as a leaflet) or if we have specifically asked you to send something to us (such as a cheque). We will alert you that something is in the pouch by sending an email. The pouch should only be used when asked to do so by the school office or your class team. The pouch will remain in the front pocket of your child’s school bag and will only be checked when an email has been issued.


        Contact the school office for all general queries such as change of pick-up details, to report an absence or urgent messages. For communication relating specifically to your child’s welfare and learning you may email me your class teacher.  


        Arrival and Pick-up Arrangements
        As you are aware, the arrival and departure arrangements have changed significantly this year to reduce the number of adults entering/exiting the school building and to control the number of children entering and leaving at the same time. Please read over the information below carefully to ensure our entry and exit procedures continue to run smoothly. Thank you for your cooperation and continued support with this. 

        Arrival and departure using main entrance (Carpark users/Lake Silver residents): 
        When dropping your child off at school, please do not arrive before 8:20am/12:50pm as we need to allow the school bus children an ample amount of time to alight from the bus and to get into school safely. The school buses should be away by 8:20am and your child can safely line up on the social distancing spots along the pavement. 


        When collecting your child from school, please make sure you are ready and waiting to collect your child at 11:20am/3:50pm. We have a large number of children to release from the main entrance therefore we would appreciate if families were there on time to collect them. Pick-up cards must be presented by the adult collecting your child. 

        Arrival and departure using side entrance (Public access from street level): 
        Our school staff will be waiting in the K2 area from 8:20am and 12:50pm. Please only use the social distancing spots in this area when your child is ready to enter the school. When all 12 spots are filled, a member of staff will then take the group of children to get their temperature checked before using the lift. Children will be supported to find their classrooms by staff located in school. 

        When collecting your child from this area, please make sure you are ready and waiting to collect your child at 11:20am/3:50pm. We have a large number of children to release from the side entrance therefore we would appreciate if families were there on time to collect them. Pick-up cards must be presented by the adult collecting your child. 

        We must be notified of any changes by 10.45am or 3.15pm by calling or emailing the school office. Email notifications will be acknowledged by return - please do not email the class teacher as they will be in class with your child and may not receive it on time.

        Please also note that the school will not change a child’s departure routine without explicit prior instruction from the child’s parents.

        Thank you again for your support and understanding over the past few weeks. 

        The K2 Team

        • Topic 4


          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 >