Primary English Department – Semester 2 Syllabus (Term 1)

Time frame:

March 18, 2013 to April 26, 2013

Theme:   

History and Geography - The world we live in.

Skills Focus:  

Speaking & Listening


In the first part of the second semester, we will be focusing on our History and Geography unit. Using high-interest themes and resources, we will expand on our knowledge of the four language skills - Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing, to discover and communicate about the world around us. This term, we focus our attention on the aural skills while exploring non-fiction materials. We will also revisit the other macro and micro skills that we acquired in the first semester. During this time, Year 3 students will be preparing for our spring theatre production.

 

Year 1 – All about China

Topic

Skills

Tasks

Geographical orientation

 

  • Talking about…
  • Asking questions…

 

  • Map work.     

 

Indigenous animals
The Chinese Zodiac

  • Large screen visual literacy – listening and reading.

 

  • Research the giant panda.
  • Present knowledge of wildlife and nature.

Traditional industries
Silk

 

  • Learning about sequences and results.
  • Following instructional language.

 

  • Literature Study - The Monkey and the Panda.
  • Completing craftwork.

Food & Culture

  • Receiving and producing language.

 

  • Reading information texts and resources with guidance.
  • Writing / Drawing ideas with support.

Year 2 – Biomes (The Rainforest and The Savannah)

Topic

Skills

Tasks

The Amazon Rainforest
Geographical orientation
Inhabitants of the rainforest.

 

  • Talking about…
  • Asking questions…
  • Following instructional language.
  • Reading information texts with support.
  • Guided writing.
  • Writing to express.

 

  • Map work.
  • Researching the rainforest and text analysis.
  • Vocabulary focus & Word Wizardry.
  • Making Liana Vines.
  • Dictionary skills.
  • Poetry writing.

The Savannah
Geographical orientation

Literature focus

  • Using non-fiction and fiction resources to learn about the Savannah.

 

  • Book study - “Handa’s Surprise”.

 

Comparing different biomes.

  • Presenting findings and ideas.
  • Brainstorming and oral presentations.

Year 3 – The Emperor’s New Clothes – Theatre Production By Hans Christian Andersen

Theatre Production

Year 4 – Ancient Egypt

Topic

Skills

Tasks

Egypt today and yesterday
Geographical orientation
Importance of the Nile

 

  • Talking about…
  • Asking questions…
  • Reading information texts with support.

 

 

  • Map work.
  • Using the different sections of an atlas to learn about a country.
  • Reading focus -researching the Nile and the desert.
  • Vocabulary focus & Word Wizardry.
  • Dictionary skills.

Egypt today and yesterday
Milestones in history

Famous personalities

 

  • Using non-fiction and fiction resources to learn about high-interest topics.
  • Introduction to biographies and true stories.

 

  • The study of King Tut.
  • Reading focus – analysis of non-fiction works.
  • Using headings, sections and glossaries effectively to understand non-fiction texts.

Traditions and Culture

  • Presenting findings and ideas.

 

  • The study of the mummification process.
  • Exploring the food and culture of Egypt.
  • Brainstorming and oral presentations.
  • (This task continues into the second term of Semester 2)

Myths and Legends

  • Reverting to works of fiction to extend our knowledge of a civilization.
  • Reading focus – Language to recount.