Pre-Primary – Mrs Catherine Matthys
Welcome to Room 4, I’m Catherine Matthys the Early Childhood Teacher and Ms Dupra is our Allied Professional. In term three we welcome Miss Aird from Notre Dame University into our class as she completes her teaching practicum. We will all continue to work together alongside the specialist teachers to provide the best possible education for your child in 2021. In Room 4 we will endeavour to create a welcoming environment where all students feel safe, have a sense of belonging and will be encouraged and supported to embrace their own cultural identity as well as accepting and embracing others.
To enhance students learning I will be using Explicit Direction Instruction in all subjects. In literacy this semester we are continuing on developing our reading and writing skills with Promoting Literacy Development Program. The class has been focusing on correct letter formation with the Writing in the Sand program. In term three we are using The Gingerbread man story as part of the Talk for writing program.
In Numeracy, term 3 we are starting with ordinal numbers, Days of the Week and Time then moving onto flat shapes (2 dimensional shapes), patterns and solid shapes (3 dimensional shapes). Fourth term we will build on from term 2 with adding and subtraction and analysing data.
This second semester in HASS we are studying Geography starting we places we know, places we belong to and caring for special places. Term 4, the class will be learning about the turtles that visit our Port Hedland beaches.
In Digital Technology we are using the story Rosie’s Walk to continue with coding. The class is very excited about using the Bee Bot. In Design Technology the unit is ‘Farm to Family’, where the students explore and investigate items that are designed and produced from fibres sourced from plants and animals. They identify and design a solution involving the suitability of different fibres for a specific purpose
In Health we are learning about people we can trust using the Friendly School Program to support students’ Social and Emotional development. Our class will also incorporate the program Zones of Regulation where we will learn to identity and label our emotions and feelings, as well as learn problem solving strategies on how to manage these emotions.
On Wednesdays the class enjoys specialised programs which include Art with Mrs. Wong, Music with Mr. Lindsay, Science with Miss. Smith, Physical Education with Mr. Van Der Merwe and Nyangumarta (Languages Other Than English) with Mrs. Stewart.
Make sure you keep checking in on our Seesaw app for all the fantastic work that your child is participating in.