Welcome to 2021!

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In Room 9, we acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land on which we meet. We pay our respects to the elders both past and present and we further extend that respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that are here today. 

Apart of our daily morning meeting, the students of Room 9 and I conduct an Acknowledgment of Country to show respect and appreciation for Indigenous peoples and their culture. 

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Hello and welcome to Year Three! My name is Jasmine Kennedy, I originally moved to Western Australia in 2017 from a small town on the south coast of New South Wales called Batemans Bay. I first moved to Perth to study my Masters of Primary Education and moved to Kalgoorlie for my first teaching job in 2019. 
 
As always, I moved to Kalgoorlie for a six-month teaching contact but fell in love with the community and have been here ever since. For the first two years of my teaching career, I worked at East Kalgoorlie Primary School where I met some amazing children and learnt some extremely valuable skills. 
 
I am extremely passionate about embedding Indigenous Perspectives in the classroom and whole-child learning, I cannot wait to bring my holistic approach to teaching at North Kalgoorlie Primary School. I look forward to developing a positive working relationship with you and your child as we embark on a wonderful year of learning.

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Term 3 in Room 9

Literacy

Reading - In reading, we will continue to explore and learn a range of reading comprehension strategies to ensure that your child is able to create meaning from text when reading. We will also be focusing on your child’s fluency and prosody when reading a text.  


Writing - In writing, we will be studying the two text types of narrative and information reports. We will continue to use the Talk 4 Writing approach while learning and consolidating these text types. The model texts for your child during these units will be ‘Mad Magpie’ for narrative and Inspirational Aboriginal Australians for Information reports. 

Speaking and listening - The information reports we create during our writing units will contain a spoken element which will see your child presenting their information report on an Inspiring Aboriginal Australian to the Room 9 class. ​

Numeracy

Number and Algebra - In number this term, we will continue to develop and consolidate your child’s ability to automatically recall the multiplication facts of x2, x3, x5 and x10 and their related division facts. We will also be investigating fractions and how we can model and represent unit fractions including 1/2, 1/4, 1/3, 1/5 and their multiples to a complete whole. 

 

Measurement and Geometry - In measurement and geometry this term, we will be exploring the concept of symmetry and how we can identify symmetry in our natural and built environment. 

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Geography – In geography, we will be learning about Australia’s First Nation people. We will focus on celebrating their rich culture and explore how the many different language groups of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples divides their country/place and how this differs from the surveyed boundaries of the Australian states and territories.    

Visual Art

 

In visual art, we will be respectfully exploring a range of artworks from Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to view varying styles and see how symbols are used to convey meaning and tell stories. Visual Arts this term will be heavily integrated into many different curriculum areas as we explore First Nation Peoples and symmetry within Mathematics. 

Digital Technology

In digital technologies, we will be learning how to use visually represented sequenced steps (algorithms) to code a Sphero to move using an iPad. We will also continue to use Typing Tournament to improve your child’s ability to type on a computer or device.

Health

 

In health, we will continue to complete weekly PATHS lessons that focus on the physical, social and emotional changes that occur as your child grows older, such as changes to their body, friendships and feelings. We will also restart our PATHS Kid of the Day and complete protective behaviour lessons on how we can remain safe. 

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Term 2 in Room 9

Literacy


Reading - In reading, we will continue to explore and learn a range of reading comprehension strategies to ensure that your child is able to create meaning from text. 


Writing - In writing, we will be studying the two text types of persuasive and procedural writing. We will continue to use the Talk 4 Writing approach while learning and consolidating these text types. The model texts for your child during these units will be ‘Dogs make the best pets’ for persuasive and ‘how to catch a dragon’ for procedural. 


Grammar - Our grammar focus for this term will be to work on using more creative and less common nouns, verbs and adjectives whilst also continuing to emphasise the need for paragraphs to organise our writing.   ​

Numeracy

Number and Algebra - In number this term, we will be developing your child’s ability to automatically recall the multiplication facts of x2, x3, x5 and x10 and their related division facts. We will also continue to revise and consolidate our addition and subtraction strategies to solve more difficult problems. 

 

Measurement and Geometry - This term, we will be learning the concept of angles as the way to measure a turn and how we can identify angles in our everyday environments. We will also focus on right angles and your child’s ability to determine whether an angle is smaller or larger than a right angle. Additionally, in measurement we will be exploring the metric units of length, mass and capacity to measure, order and compare objects. 

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Geography – In geography, we will be learning about the location of Australian states, territories, capital cities and major regional centres of Western Australia and the location and identifying attributes of Australia's major natural features. We will also look at the many language groups of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and compare and contrast how the division of states differs from the division of Australia by language groups.   

Visual Art

 

In visual art, we will be respectfully exploring a range of artworks from Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to view varying styles and see how symbols are used to convey meaning and tell stories.

Digital Technology

In digital technologies, we will be learning how to use visually represented sequenced steps (algorithms) to code an object to move. We will also continue to use Typing Tournament to improve your child’s ability to type on a computer or device.

Health

 

In health, we will continue to complete weekly PATHS lessons that focus on the physical, social and emotional changes that occur as your child grows older, such as changes to their body, friendships and feelings. We will also restart our PATHS Kid of the Day and complete protective behaviour lessons on how we can remain safe. 

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Our Term 2 Masterpieces

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Geometric Animals

At the beginning of Term 2, Room 9 was learning to write persuasive arguments in order to change a persons point of view. As a class, we decided that we would attempt to argue which animal makes the best pet. We had a number of pets to choose from, ranging all the way from cats to grizzly bears to giraffes. In conclusion of our persuasive unit, we created artworks of our chosen animal to accompany our amazing arguments. 

Learning Intention: Use a range of geometric shapes to form a specific animal that fits on an A3 piece of paper. 

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Fire Incursion

During Term 2, we were privileged to have the local Kalgoorlie Fire Brigade come and visit us and discuss the importance of fire safety. We spoke about how to be fire smart, strategies to prevent household fires and how to act if were ever caught in a fire.

 

As Australia has recently been devastated by bushfires, we followed our session by reading the book 'Fire' by Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Whatley. This book gives an insight into the many stages of a devastating bushfire and how the community works together to rebuild in the time after. We used this book as inspiration to create an artwork displaying what could happen from a bushfire to hopefully encourage others to be fire safe.  

Images from the incursion

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Fire artworks

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Procedure Writing

This Term, we learnt about writing procedure text and innovated on the original Talk 4 Writing model text 'How to Catch a Dragon'. From this text, we researched bugs and integrated STEM with our writing focus to create our own writing pieces on catching bugs. We also used inspiration from our research of bugs to create mixed media artworks representing our selected bugs. Below shows a number of activities we completed during this term in relation to procedure writing and how we were able to integrate a number of other curriculum areas. 

How to Trap a Dragon - Talk 4 Writing Hook

For our Talk 4 Writing hook, Room 9 was visited by a dragon which we were able to see on our classrooms 'surveillance' camera. The dragon caused a little bit of a mess in the classroom and because of this, we created wanted posters to try and catch the dragon. We then finished the lesson by reading the class model text 'How to Catch a Dragon'. 

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Procedure Writing - How to Catch a Bug

Learning Intention: To write a procedure text detailing how to catch your chosen bug using the relevant 5 point structure.

Mixed Media Bugs

Learning Intention: To create an A4 mixed media bug based on their chosen STEM bug.  

STEM - How to Catch a Bug

Learning Intention: To research, plan and design a bug catcher to catch a bug of your choice. 

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Welcome to NKPS Class Meeting Slides

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Term 1 in Room 9

Literacy


Reading - In reading, we will be exploring and learning a range of reading comprehension strategies which will assist your child to make meaning from a range of literary texts. 


Writing - In writing, we will be studying the text types of narrative and persuasive in preparation for NAPLAN in Term 2. We will be using the Talk 4 Writing approach and our model text for narrative is 'The Magic Paintbrush'.


Grammar - Our grammar focus for this term will be to revise nouns and adjectives whilst also exploring verbs and the use of paragraphs when writing.   

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History - In history, we will be exploring one important example of change and continuity over time in the local community. We will also explore the role that local community members play in developing our community. 

Visual Art


In visual art, we will be exploring a range of techniques that can be used to enhance our creation of artworks, such as: line, shape, colour, space and texture. 

Numeracy

Number and Algebra - In number this term we will be exploring place value and your child's ability to recognise, model and represent numbers initially to 1000 and then beyond. We will also be exploring the connection between addition and subtraction and learning a range of strategies to assist us with our computation of problems. Lastly we will also explore money and how we can represent money in multiple different ways.

 

Measurement and Geometry - In measurement, we will be exploring units of time and how we can represent the four main times on both an analogue and digital clock. 

Digital Technology


In digital technologies, we will be exploring cyber security, cyber bullying and how we can stay safe online. We will also be reintroducing your child to Typing Tournament and exploring computers as a digital system. 

Health

 

In health, we will be completing weekly PATHS lessons and reintroducing the PATHS Kid of The Day. We are also focusing on protective behaviours and how we can remain safe.

Some of our amazing work so far...

Self Portraits


Learning Intention: To create a self portrait using only water colours, pencils and textas. 

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Place Value Names


Learning Intention: to find the sum of a collection using MAB blocks. 

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Line Art

Learning intention: To use straight, curved, broken, thick, thin and continuous lines to create an artwork. 

Shape Art

Learning intention: To use geometric and organic shapes to create an artwork. 

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