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Kindergarten

From the Teachers

In Kindergarten, homework is designed to consolidate our learning. It is important that students read or are read to, daily. Children are also encouraged to practice their owl words, numbers to twenty and letter/sounds. A reminder that work completed through the Home Learning Hub will not be assessed by teachers and therefore does not need to be sent into school. 

English

At Garran Primary school we believe that literacy learning should feature in all learning areas of the curriculum and be interwoven through everything we do. Literacy is the means by which we communicate, whether by comprehending the thoughts, ideas and intentions of others, or in communicating our own thoughts, ideas and intentions. With this in mind we must build receptive skills (listening, reading and viewing) and expressive skills (speaking, writing, visually representing), as outlined in the Australian Curriculum.

Mathematics

At Garran Primary School we believe that learning Mathematics creates opportunities for, and enriches the lives of, our students. We believe that having a sound understanding of Mathematics is essential for our students to make sense of the world around them, enabling them to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently. We nurture our students to see themselves as capable mathematical thinkers, who can apply mathematical reasoning skills and understanding in their everyday lives.

Wellbeing

A strong sense of wellbeing provides children with self-confidence and optimism which can maximise learning potential. It includes feelings of life satisfaction, happiness, and social adaptability as well as good physical health. A strong sense of wellbeing encourages children to explore their environment, interact positively with others and can create a sense of agency in students.

English

Curriculum Overview

Receptive modes (listening, reading and viewing)

By the end of the Foundation year, students use predicting and questioning strategies to make meaning from texts. They recall one or two events from texts with familiar topics. They understand that there are different types of texts and that these can have similar characteristics. They identify connections between texts and their personal experience. They read short, decodable and predictable texts with familiar vocabulary and supportive images, drawing on their developing knowledge of concepts of print, sounds and letters and decoding and self-monitoring strategies. They recognise the letters of the English alphabet, in upper and lower case and know and use the most common sounds represented by most letters. They read high-frequency words and blend sounds orally to read consonant-vowel-consonant words. They use appropriate interaction skills to listen and respond to others in a familiar environment. They listen for rhyme, letter patterns and sounds in words.


Productive modes (speaking, writing and creating)

Students understand that their texts can reflect their own experiences. They identify and describe likes and dislikes about familiar texts, objects, characters and events. In informal group and whole class settings, students communicate clearly. They retell events and experiences with peers and known adults. They identify and use rhyme, and orally blend and segment sounds in words. When writing, students use familiar words and phrases and images to convey ideas. Their writing shows evidence of letter and sound knowledge, beginning writing behaviours and experimentation with capital letters and full stops. They correctly form known upper- and lower-case letters.

 

English Resources

Reading Eggs
ABC Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities. Every Student in Kindergarten and Year One are provided with an account.

ABC Education
The ABC education website has hundreds of games, articles, videos and digibooks. It is easy to navigate, you simply selecting your age group and subject area and numerous resources are at your fingertips.

Storyline online
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

Wushka
Wushka was developed with the aim of providing a digital reading program that supports best practice in the everyday teaching of reading, reflecting the reality of literacy teaching with printed books, reading groups and take-home readers. Students have a username and password assigned to them by the classroom teacher. 

Starfall
Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. Starfall activities are research-based and align with Individual and Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics.

ABCya Literacy
ABCya provides over 300 fun and educational games for grades PreK through 6. Our activities are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun.

rED Writing - Learn to Write (cost involved)
This is an app that you may wish to purchase on the App Store, it is $4.49. rED Writing teaches children how to form all letters and numbers correctly. When you open the app you will need to select the correct state font. Please ensure you select ACT as the fonts vary significantly from state to state.

Mathematics

Curriculum Overview

By the end of the Foundation year, students make connections between number names, numerals and quantities up to 10. They compare objects using mass, length and capacity. Students connect events and the days of the week. They explain the order and duration of events. They use appropriate language to describe location. Students count to and from 20 and order small collections. They group objects based on common characteristics and sort shapes and objects. Students answer simple questions to collect information and make simple inferences.

 

Mathematics Resources

Mathletics
Mathletics can provide valuable maths learning for students throughout their entire school journey, from the start of primary school to the end of secondary. As students mature, so does the program, providing updated visuals, challenges, and activities that will keep them captivated with maths. Every Student at Garran Primary has an account with Mathletics

ABC Education
The ABC education website has hundreds of games, articles, videos and digibooks. It is easy to navigate, you simply selecting your age group and subject area and numerous resources are at your fingertips.

Splash Learn
The Splash Learn vision is to transform K-12 learning by making it fun and personalised for every child and to prepare them for skills required in 21st-century. The adaptive algorithm ensures the learner is adequately challenged. It is free to sign up and use Splash learn. Student’s Get a Personalised Learning Path Fit for Catching up, Enrichment or Regular Practice.

Cool Kindergarten
This is an easy user friendly website where students work on foundational math skills like number recognition, counting, adding, subtracting, decomposing numbers and problem solving.

Topmarks 
Topmarks is a leading independent educational website for children, teaching professionals and parents. Topmarks gives children the opportunity to learn online, through safe, fun and engaging games and activities.

ABCya Numeracy
ABCya provides over 300 fun and educational games for grades PreK through 6. Our activities are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun.

Dr Paul Swan
Dr. Paul Swan is an inspirational mathematics consultant from Western Australia, who shares his exciting ideas, videos, and resources on his site. His website has plenty of free maths resources and games for students of all ages and abilities. There is also a FREE teaching at home hub full of exciting maths games and resources.

Wellbeing

 Overview

At Garran Primary School we strongly believe that the best learning takes place when student's have a chance to not only focus on curriculum but also on their own personal wellbeing. This may include getting a good nights sleep, eating healthy food, exercising, having time to decompress and debrief at the end of the day and spending quality time with family, carer's and friends. Looking after ones wellbeing will look different for everyone.

 
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Wellbeing Resources

Cosmic Yoga

Cosmic Kids Yoga was created to introduce the benefits of yoga and mindfulness while kids are having fun. They use stories, role-play and a good portion of silliness to make yoga and mindfulness fun for kids. Cosmic Kid's Yoga encourages children to move and stretch their bodies. It also teaches a focus on breathing, relaxation and visualisation. 

Smiling Mind

Learning mindfulness does not start or end in the classroom, parents and family members also play a key role. Smiling Mind is a unique tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life.

Sleep Meditation Stories for Kids

This playlist includes Guided Sleep Meditations and bedtime Sleep Stories for kids with the specific aim to aid with sleep and relaxation. These soothing stories are perfect to help little people relax before bedtime. The playlist also available on spotify.

Kidspot Kids Cooking

Get the kids in the kitchen and making these fun recipes that will keep both their hands and brains busy!

Best Colouring pages for Kids

Mandalas bring relaxation and comfort to people all over the world. This webpage allows you to print out mandalas of varying difficulties for your children to colour.

Mindful

When we teach mindfulness to kids, we equip them with tools to build self-esteem, manage stress, and skillfully approach challenges. Explore the guide on how to introduce mindfulness and meditation to your children... at any age.

Hey Sigmund

Every day there are stunning new insights into the human mind and the way we work, love, play, behave, relate, think and feel. We are learning more and more about what it means to be human, and how to master the art. Now more than ever, anybody who is any version of human has something to gain from the science of psychology. This website contains the latest research and news in psychology. It attempts to bring psychology into the mainstream, unfolding the brilliance that happens within the scientific realm. The website contains videos that help explain anxiety to children and adults alike as well of ideas for coping strategies for all different ages. 

Highlights Kids

highlights kids help children become their best selves by publishing content and creating experiences that engage, delight, and foster joyful learning. These include, puzzles, games, articles, recipes and craft ideas.

Australian Curriculum Resources

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All Learning Area Achievement Standards

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Information for Parents and Carers for the Foundation Year