Miss Rachel Mercuri (ICT & Library Specialist)

LIBRARY

PREP

During Term 1, Prep students have a 50 minute library lesson each week. During this session, ICT as well as library skills will be taught. Students will also have an opportunity to borrow library books. In Terms 2-4, Prep students will have a 50 minute library lesson with their classroom teacher and a separate 50 minute lesson of ICT. The aims of the Library Prep Program are:

  • To develop an interest in literature.
  • To introduce a range of reading material suitable to the students’ stage of development.
  • To teach the student how to look after our resources.
  • To teach the student how to find the resources they want to borrow.

Preps can borrow two books at a time, either a picture story book or an easy non-fiction book. The loan period is for one week. Books should be returned on or before the day of the library session.
Named library bags are a compulsory item for Preps to help protect library books from damage and to help the students to keep track of their books.

YEAR 1

Students in Year 1 will have a 50 minute ICT lesson.

The 5 ICT areas of study are:

  • Applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT.
  • Investigating.
  • Creating.
  • Communicating.
  • Managing and operating ICT.

During the year, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the terminology associated with computer hardware.
  • Use programs such as Kid Pix and Paint to develop their graphical skills.
  • Use Microsoft word processing programs to develop their stories and reports.
  • Use the internet to enhance their typing skills and for other educational activities.
  • Use a number of programs specifically designed to aid their knowledge in the content areas in their classrooms.
  • Design simple animations.
  • Learn about Cyber Safety.

Year 1 students also have access to laptops in their classroom. Classroom teachers will plan and incorporate these technologies into all learning areas where appropriate.

YEAR 2

Year 2 students have a 50 minute Library lesson each week with their classroom teacher. The library program will concentrate on library and research skills. The program builds on the Level 1 program and aims to develop the skills the students will need to help with recreational reading and classroom investigations. The aims of the course are:

  • To develop positive attitudes to reading and books;
  • To alert the students to a range of reading material suitable to their stage of development;
  • To help the students to develop a better understanding of themselves and their relationships with others through literature;
  • To teach the students how to take care of library resources;
  • To teach the students how to find the resources they want to borrow.

YEAR 3/4

Year 3/4 students have a 50 minute Library lesson each week with their classroom teacher. The library program will concentrate on research and literature, including library skills. The program aims to develop the skills the students will need for recreational reading and classroom investigations. The course includes:

  • Developing skills to enable the students to locate suitable resources for their needs in the library.
  • Developing skills in finding, using, and presenting information from the resources.
  • Developing positive attitudes towards many forms of literature.

YEAR 5/6

The Year 5/6 students have a 50 minute Library lesson each week with their classroom teacher. This year the library program will concentrate on literature as well as library and research skills.

The program builds on the previous year’s program and includes:

  • Extending the knowledge and use of standard reference materials.
  • Developing research skills in the areas of locating resources and in using the resources once found.

By the end of Year 6 the students should have a thorough understanding of the organisation of a primary school library. They should know:

  • What they are looking for;
  • Which resources are appropriate;
  • How to go about finding the resources they need;
  • How to use the resources once they have been located.

The students will be given opportunities to work through research assignments, to evaluate resources and assess their skill in locating and using information.

Students can borrow books for a period of two weeks. Books should be returned regularly on, or before, the day of the library session. The library is also open every lunch time. Year 5/6 nominated days are Wednesday and Thursday.

INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT)

All students will have a 50 minute ICT lesson in the computer lab with Miss Rachel Mercuri.

PREP

Prep children have access to the wonderful world of computers both in the classroom and in the Computer Lab. Children attend sessions in the Laband the programs that are used in the Lab will also be available in the classroom.
During the year, your child will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn to use the hardware efficiently.
  • Use Kid Pix and Paint to develop their graphical skills.
  • Use a number of programs, websites and apps specifically designed to aid their knowledge in the content areas in their classroom.
  • Develop basic word processing using Microsoft Word.
  • Design simple animations.
  • Learn to save their work and print it.

Prep students also have access to laptops and iPads in their classroom and an Interactive White Board in a shared space. Classroom teachers will plan and incorporate these technologies into all learning areas where appropriate.

YEAR 1

Students in Year 1 will have a 50 minute ICT lesson.

The 5 ICT areas of study are:

  • Applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT.
  • Investigating.
  • Creating.
  • Communicating.
  • Managing and operating ICT.

During the year, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the terminology associated with computer hardware.
  • Use programs such as Kid Pix and Paint to develop their graphical skills.
  • Use Microsoft word processing programs to develop their stories and reports.
  • Use the internet to enhance their typing skills and for other educational activities.
  • Use a number of programs specifically designed to aid their knowledge in the content areas in their classrooms.
  • Design simple animations.
  • Learn about Cyber Safety.

Year 1 students also have access to laptops in their classroom. Classroom teachers will plan and incorporate these technologies into all learning areas where appropriate.

YEAR 2

Students in Year 2 will have a 50 minute ICT lesson.
The 5 ICT areas of study are:

  • Applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT.
  • Investigating.
  • Creating.
  • Communicating.
  • Managing and operating ICT.

During the year, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the terminology associated with computer hardware.
  • Use programs such as Kid Pix and Paint to develop their graphical skills.
  • Use Microsoft word processing programs to develop their stories and reports.
  • Use the internet to enhance their typing skills and for other educational activities.
  • Use a number of programs specifically designed to aid their knowledge in the content areas in their classrooms.
  • Design simple animations.
  • Learn about Cyber Safety.

Year 1 students also have access to laptops in their classroom. Classroom teachers will plan and incorporate these technologies into all learning areas where appropriate.

YEAR 3 & YEAR 4 STUDENTS

Students in Years 3 & 4 will have a 50 minute ICT lesson.
The 5 ICT areas of study are:

  • Applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT.
  • Investigating.
  • Creating.
  • Communicating.
  • Managing and operating ICT.

During the year, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Increase their typing ability through a range of programs and online games.
  • Investigate and research using the internet with a focus on being able to use a search engine, using key words, to find websites related to the student’s topic.
  • Create animations using Kahootz and other programs.
  • Learn specific Cyber Safety skills.
  • Increase problem solving ability.
  • Use cameras and video recording devices.

Year 3 & 4 students also have access to laptops and some Interactive White Boards and TVs. Classroom teachers will plan and incorporate these technologies into all learning areas where appropriate.

YEAR 5 & YEAR 6 STUDENTS

Students in Year 5 & 6 will have a double session of ICT for half of each term alternating with Visual Arts.
The 5 ICT areas of study are:

  • Applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT.
  • Investigating.
  • Creating.
  • Communicating.
  • Managing and operating ICT.

During the year, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Increase their typing ability through a range of programs and online games.
  • Investigate and research using the internet with a focus on being able to use a search engine, using key words, to find websites related to the student’s topic.
  • Learn the importance of paraphrasing and referencing websites used in research tasks.
  • Use the Microsoft Suite (Word, Power Point, Publisher and Excel) for various word processing and mathematics activities.
  • Create animations and digital stories/movies, using the program Kahootz and Photo Story.
  • Learn specific cyber safety skills and participate in a Cyber Safety Presentation/Incursion.
  • Increase problem solving ability.
  • Use cameras and video recording devices.
  • Create video games.
  • Participate in a blog and learn to create a blog for educational uses.

Year 5 & 6 students also have access to laptops and an Interactive Whiteboard in their classroom. Classroom teachers will plan and incorporate these technologies into all learning areas where appropriate.