JAPANESE as a Second Language: Lois Barndon

Year 3: the focus this term will be on getting the hiragana right. We will use it for a study of food popular in Japan. The text for this topic will be the Japanese version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We will learn the days of the week, and practise listening for key words and phrases.

Year 4: for the first part of this term we will complete What Can You Hear on Mr Tanaka’s Farm, as we did not finish the vocabulary and grammar in the second half of the workbook. Then we will undertake an intensive programme to consolidate the learning of hiragana, with lots of writing and speaking opportunities. This will be taught in conjunction with a review of the Japanese number system – time, calendar and money.

Year 5: the first four weeks will be used to complete the workbook we began last term – the section about ‘Home’, focussing on the correct use of prepositions to use the vocabulary from the workbook to locate people and objects, and appropriate verbs for sentient and non-sentient nouns. In the Year Five students will undertake a study of hobbies and free time activities in Japan and compare them to their own interests. Students will focus on the accurate reproduction of the characters and pronunciation of hiragana.

Year 6: during the first three weeks of this term, Year Six students will complete the final activities in their Family and Home workbook. For the rest of the term their language studies will be about their last year of Primary School and their dreams/ plans for their future. There will be a strong focus on accurate pronunciation and appropriate grammar, as well as neatly writing the hiragana characters.

SCIENCE : Jessica Vahala

This term all students will be exploring Physical Sciences as well as Science Inquiry Skills.

Pre-primary: Students will be looking at the way objects can move and the factors that affect their movement.

Year 1: Students will be discovering how light and sound are produced and how they are sensed.

Year 2: Students are learning how objects move and change shape through a push or pull force.

Year 3: Students will be discovering how heat can be produced in many different ways and can be transferred from one object to another.

Year 4: Students are exploring how forces can be applied to an object through direct contact or from a distance. Students will be introduced to a variety of forces.

Year 5 and 6: Students will be learning about light and electricity. Students will be exploring how shadows are formed and objects that absorb, reflect and refract light. Students will also learn how electricity can be transferred and transformed through creating electrical circuits, and discover how electricity can be generated from a range of sources.

MUSIC: Jamil Osman

In Music this term students will sing, play instruments, listen, dance, move and engage in musical play to explore and develop their musical skills and understandings. They will make music by themselves and with others, learning a repertoire of rhymes, songs and singing games.

Lower primary students will learn to explore their singing voices, keeping in time and clever echo rhythmic pattern. They will identify intervals in the Pentatonic scale, tempos, dynamics and timbres. They will improvise and compose melodies using the Pentatonic scale.

Upper primary students will learn to play tuned and untuned percussion, sing in tune with hand signs, read and write rhythm and solfege of songs, read and write on the musical stave, improvise, create and compose music. Some music they will explore will be Rondo alla Turca by Mozart, In the Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg, Humoresque by Dvorak and a variety of folk songs and sea shanties.


The Wonderful World of Books is our theme for Term 3. We are studying illustrations and how they enhance a story and the different types of illustration techniques from the pencil drawings of Shaun Tan to collage illustrations of Jeannie Baker and the plasticine artwork of Barbara Reid.

Pre-primary: Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, Fish Jam – By Kylie Howath, Under the Sea – Frane Lessac

Year 1: Galahs – Janine Brian, Bob Graham – Sandy Beach, A is for Australian Animals – Frane Lessac

Year 2:Dreamers – Sally Morgan, We love you Magoo – Briony Stewart, We Are Still Here – Frane Lessac

Year 3:Dragons – Briony Stewart, How to Make a Bird – Cardboard, Ancient Wonders By Mark Greenwood

Year 4: Lauren Child – Collage, Where the Wild Things Are – characterisation, Moondyne Joe By Mark Greenwood

Year 5:Kim Gamble – Tashi, How to Make a Bird – Sculpture, stick and paper, Moondyne Joe By Mark Greenwood

Year 5/6: We Love You Magoo – Creating a dog character, Jandamarra By Mark Greenwood

Year 6: Jeannie Baker – Collaged pictures, Shaun Tan – Pencil drawings, Jandamarra By Mark Greenwood


The Pre-Primary to Year 2 students are continuing their work on their Fundamental Movement Skills with a focus on running, jumping and throwing to tie in with the Athletics Carnival. They will be learning team games, practicing long jumps and hurdles, becoming familiar with the vortex for throwing and doing plenty of sprint races.

The Year 3 – 6 students will be focused solely on refining and improving their skills and abilities in the many disciplines of athletics. They too will be working on their team games, with a focus on teamwork and communication, as well as jumps, throws and sprints with a goal to place higher than third (our place last year) at the Interschool Athletics Carnival.