Year 1

ART [NWS Year 1]

“If God made the flowers, they are worth painting and writing about. If God made the birds, they are worth painting. If God made the sky, the sky is worth painting. If God made the ocean, indeed it is worth writing poetry about. It is worth man’s while to create works upon the basis of the great works God has already created.” Francis A. Schaeffer

Overview

Students will learn to explore and express themselves with tools, media and processes to give special effects in a range of art forms. They continue to develop the understanding we are reflecting God’s creation through the process of art. Skills in using the basic elements of art are developed as students use them to communicate their observations, ideas and imaginations. They will develop an awareness that their work is valuable and a means of communication. The students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the visual art works of others, by responding to art works they make and view.

Aims

  • To understand God is the supreme artist: Creation is God’s artwork
  • To play and explore with media and tools to give special effects
  • To develop an awareness that their work is a valuable and important means of communication
  • To develop an understanding and appreciation of the visual art works of others
  • To continue to develop a foundation in the elements of art

Topics Include

  • Fine Art: Drawing, Painting, Printing
  • 2D and 3D Constructions and Craft: Construction, Collage, Textiles

Time Allocation

  • 2 periods per cycle

Requirements

  • Levied items

Assessment

  • Techniques/skills
  • Processes to express ideas
  • Understanding the purpose of different art forms

“I am sending you Huram-Abi, a man of great skill. He is trained to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, and with purple and blue and crimson yarn and fine linen. He is experienced in all kinds of engraving and can execute any design given to him.” 2 Chronicles 2:13-14

 

 

BIBLE [NWS Year 1]

“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.” Theodore Roosevelt

Overview

Students grow their knowledge and understanding of who God is and how He reveals Himself in the Bible. They develop an understanding of God’s nature and character through reading stories from the Old and New Testament. They are encouraged to see the whole Bible as God’s plan of salvation. Students will learn about their place and purpose in God’s plan and apply God’s Word to their everyday life in today’s world. They learn how to be a follower of Jesus through prayer, reading the Bible, and actively loving others.

Aims

  • Develop a love for God and His word
  • Build understanding of God the Father, Jesus Christ, Ourselves and Others, The World and Living Things
  • Build understanding that the Bible is God’s Truth and reveals the truth about Himself and Jesus
  • Learn to trust God through faith in Christ
  • Develop and foster Christian values and attitudes on stewardship, social justice and on understanding the different cultures and the world we live in

Topics Include

  • God’s great kingdom plan
  • God keeps his promises and blesses the whole world through the gospel of Jesus
  • Jesus teaches us to trust him by explaining how and why we should put Him first in our lives

Time Allocation

  • 1 period per cycle

Requirements

  • Bible

Assessment

  • Class Participation and Discussion

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” Romans 10:17

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES [NWS Year 1]

“Never before in human history have we had so much information to process. A weekday edition of The New York Times now carries more information than the average person in the 17th century would digest in a lifetime. One thousand books are published every day. The total of all printed information doubles every five years. More information has been generated in the last three decades than in all the previous 5000 put together. We are in the midst of an information explosion.” Wilson da Silva

Overview

Students learn that they can use technology to express God’s blessings in the world He has created. Students are introduced to the computer and trained to ably navigate the user interface of Mac & Windows, physical port interfaces, logging into the school network, and maintaining and saving data in the Cloud. Students learn good email etiquette and email security at a basic level, good sitting and work posture while using computers, and touch-typing skills. Students discover their creative and artistic selves by using digital art tools like the Oil Brush, Pencil and Palette Knife with ArtRage; and creative story-telling with Comic Life.

Aims

  • Students learn that they can use technology to express God’s blessings in the world He has created
  • To introduce students to basic computer components (external), port interfaces, human-computer interface devices, software and computer peripherals
  • To effectively navigate the Graphical User Interface (GUI) of Mac OS X and Windows 10, manipulating elements within each operating system to achieve basic objectives of the study domain
  • To develop an ability to effectively and safely use computers both independently and creatively - using a wide range of educational software.
  • To develop awareness of the place of computers in the home and in the networked-setting of the school

Topics Include

  • Computer Awareness— Parts of a computer (external), port interfaces and human-computer interface devices, logging into the school network, maintaining and saving data
  • Emails- good email etiquette and email security (basic level)
  • Good sitting and work posture
  • Domains of Study:
  • OS: Mac OS X and Windows
  • Emailing: Microsoft Outlook
  • Digital Art: Artrage 2 Starter Edition
  • Touch-typing: Mavis Beacon
  • Word Processing, Desktop Publishing, Comic Life

Time Allocation

  • 2 periods per cycle

Requirements

  • Nil

Assessment

  • Folio of tasks assigned in class

“Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge” Proverbs 18:15


 

DRAMA [NWS Year 1]

“You have to understand your best. Your best isn’t anyone else’s best, but your own. Every person has his own norm. And in that norm, every person is a star. A famous actor could stand on his head and still not be as good as you! Because only you can be you! What a privilege! Nobody can achieve what you can if you do it… So do it! We need your best, your voice, your body. We don’t need for you to imitate anybody else, because that wouldn’t be your best. And if it isn’t your best then it may as well be your worst.” Stella Adler ‘The Art of Acting’

Overview

Students in Year 1 continue their exploration and understanding of how drama can communicate meaning. They identify the main idea as they participate in process drama, and improvisation as they create roles, characters, and situations. Through increased interaction and collaboration with other actors, students learn about safety in dramatic play and how the use of space and expression increases audience engagement. Students are encouraged to consider how biblical perspectives can be devised and represented within the elements of drama, the performing of bible stories and demonstration of core biblical values.

Aims

  • To understand that God is the Creator and has formed us in His image, therefore, we are created to create too. The ability to speak, move and express ourselves is a gift given by God, and one that can impact others. Drama is a tool we can use to honour God
  • To enable students to further consolidate their foundational skills, knowledge as well as an understanding of how to control and apply the dramatic elements, forms, skills, techniques and processes of drama so that they can respond to the world around them
  • To equip students with an increasing confidence in their ability to create meaning in movement and performance using space, levels, shape, dynamics, voice, rhythm and movement sequences.
  • To develop the ability to engage audiences and to recognise that audience members respond to and interpret the main ideas presented in performances in different ways
  • To learn how to explore the interrelated relationships between the characters and setting when establishing story structures, role and situation so that students can learn that meaning is communicated through drama

Topics Include

  • Group/partner games and purposeful play (Freeze frames, Tableaux tasks)
  • Stage craft (play building, kinaesthetic learning, stage grid)
  • Performance (informal, mime, movement, improvisation, dance, audience engagement)
  • Creation and exploration (role, situation, character, cultural influences)

Time Allocation

  • 2 periods per cycle

Requirements

  • Nil

Assessment

  • Performance
  • Reflection
  • Process-focused assessments and checklists

“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them” Romans 12:6a


 

ENGLISH [NWS Year 1]

“We must contemplate the import of ignoring the printed word. If you cannot read, you can do only what you are told.” Joseph P. Bean

Overview

Students grow in their knowledge that communication begins with God. Through reading, writing and speaking we can have a greater understanding of God and others around us. Students develop fluency, make connections and understand texts whilst reading. They understand the purpose and structure of a range of imaginative and informative text types. Students effectively use punctuation, grammar and vocabulary when writing simple sentences and short texts. Students use their knowledge of phonics and spelling rules to spell unfamiliar words. Students foster respect through listening and responding to others as they share personal thoughts and ideas in pairs, groups, whole class discussion and by giving short presentations.

Aims

  • To understand and appreciate that all forms of communication are a gift from God. That can be used to connect with Him and others through reading and sharing His Word, and communicating with God through prayer
  • To develop an understanding that texts serve different purposes and this affects how they are organised
  • To engage with a variety of texts and make connections with personal experiences, increasing their fluency, accuracy and understanding of texts.
  • To develop their conversation, interaction and presentation skills.
  • To create a variety of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts using their knowledge of text structure, spelling and grammar

Topics Include

  • Writing - variety of texts and genres
  • Phonics and spelling
  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Handwriting
  • Reading - decoding, fluency, phrasing and comprehension
  • Speaking and listening

Time Allocation

  • 22 periods per cycle

Requirements

  • Booklist items

Assessment

  • Spelling assessments
  • Oral presentations
  • Writing samples
  • Reading fluency and comprehension assessments
  • Oral reading and group discussion

“They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read.” Nehemiah 8:8

 

 

HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION [NWS Year 1]

“The world would have us believe that winning or success is measured by points on a scoreboard or by dollar signs. The Christian realises that winning or success is determined by whether or not a goal has been achieved, and that goal is to bring glory to God.” Thomas M. Boqdon

 

Overview

Students build on their awareness that taking care of our bodies brings glory to God. Students are supported to make decisions to enhance their health, safety and participation in physical activity. Students explore health decisions and behaviours, by understanding Godly character traits of doing one’s best, being an encourager and working with unity in a team. Students are provided with opportunities to learn through movement, broadening the range and complexity of fundamental movement skills in a range of settings, including indoor, outdoor and aquatic. They learn how to select, transfer and apply simple movement skills and sequences individually, in groups and teams.

Aims

  • To develop an awareness that taking care of our bodies brings glory to God
  • To develop an understanding of how to build positive relationships in different contexts
  • To engage in regular movement based learning to further develop fundamental motor skills
  • To develop co-operative and team work skills in a variety of simple game situations
  • To develop an interest and enjoyment in maintaining our physical health and fitness

Topics Include

  • Fundamental Motor Skills - Leap, dodge, skip, dribble, serve, strike, overarm throw, catch
  • Aquatics
  • Athletics
  • Health
  • Fitness Training
  • Skipping
  • Cross Country
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Forehand Strike
  • Minor Games

Time Allocation

  • 4 periods per cycle

Requirements

  • Booklist items

Assessment

  • Ongoing assessment during skill development sessions and in game situations
  • Aquapass levels (Royal Lifesaving Society)

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore, I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

 

 

INTEGRATED STUDIES [NWS Year 1]

“The world is a great book, of which those who never stir from home read only a page.” St. Augustine

Overview

Students continue to explore the world around them through Science, History and Geography. They learn to show respect for God’s creation and people. They identify and describe changes to the weather, changes in everyday materials and food. Students explore and describe the features God gave animals to survive in their habitats and the basic needs of living things. They investigate how light and sound can be produced. They begin to discover the history of people living in the past compared to the present and learn about the significant celebrations of different cultures. They identify how they are connected to their local area and where they belong in their community.   Students carry out investigations, pose questions and make predictions. They learn to make observations, draw diagrams, and create presentations about their learning to share with others.

Aims

  • To gain a greater understanding of all God’s people, and develop a sense of wonder and take responsibility for His creation
  • To develop a sense of wonder, curiosity and respect for places, people, cultures and environments in their community
  • To develop an understanding of historical concepts and skills including continuity and change and an appreciation of the past
  • To develop an understanding, knowledge and the skills through which they can develop a scientific view of the world and to nurture their natural curiosity about the world around them.

Topics Include

  • How Does your Garden Grow?
  • Light and Sound
  • This is Where I Belong
  • Weather – Changes in the Land and Sky
  • Happy Habitats
  • Changing Materials
  • A Walk in the Past
  • Let’s Celebrate

Time Allocation

  • 8 periods per cycle

Requirements

  • Booklist items

Assessment

  • Topic assessments
  • Samples of work
  • Projects
  • Presentations

“From one man He made every nation of men, which they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.” Acts 17:26


 

LIBRARY [NWS Year 1]

“Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.” Laura Bush

Overview

Students develop their understanding that being able to read is a part of God’s plan and that through the written work we can learn about God and the world around us. Students revise library rules and procedures on borrowing and caring for books. They listen, read and respond to a variety of Picture Books and build on their understanding of the different parts of a book.

Aims

  • To help students gain an appreciation of the beauty and power of God through the language they read
  • To listen to, read and view a range of literature
  • To continue to build confidence in the library procedures to care for and borrow books

Topics Include

  • Library procedures
  • Alphabetical order
  • Literary forms
  • Parts of a book and the structure of non-fiction text
  • Character study
  • Book Week - A study of CBCA short listed books
  • Author and illustrator study
  • Celebrations

Time Allocation

  • 2 periods per cycle

Requirements

  • Booklist items

Assessment

  • Class Activities
  • Observations

“Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do and whatever else you do, develop good judgement.” Proverbs 4:7 NLT

 

 

MATHEMATICS [NWS Year 1]

“God uses mathematics in everything He makes. He makes things in multiples of sevens, elevens, and forties. Everything that God does, He does according to mathematics: the writing of His Bible, the making of Arcturus and establishing the circuit of the earth. He imparts some of that wonderful knowledge to us that we may know something about His grace and love for us in this respect.” Asa Sparks

Overview

Students grow in awareness that God created a world of logic and order. Students develop skills in areas of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Using hands-on learning experiences, they apply Mathematical concepts to everyday life. They recognise, model, read, write and order numbers to 100. Students partition numbers using place value and practise addition and subtraction strategies. Students explore two and three-dimensional shapes, Australian coins, time, length, capacity, volume, collecting, and representing data. They learn to make groups, share objects and identify simple fractions. Students use mental strategies and continue to develop problem-solving skills.

Aims

  • To develop an understanding of the order and pattern of God’s creation through mathematics, and an appreciation for the vastness of His intelligence
  • To develop an understanding in connecting names, numerals and quantities, and partitioning numbers in various ways, recognizing and creating patterns and building a deep sense of number
  • To develop fluency in counting numbers in sequences forwards and backwards, locating numbers on a number line.
  • To develop problem-solving in using materials to model solutions to everyday problems.
  • To discuss and interpret data, graphs, and the probability of everyday occurrences
  • To develop reasoning in explaining direct and indirect comparisons of length, mass, capacity and volume, time using both informal units and formal units.

Topics Include

  • Number and Algebra: Counting and skip counting to 100 (2s, 5s and 10s), Order & Numeration, Place Value, Addition to 20, Subtraction to 20, Division (Sharing), Money, Fractions (one half of a whole or group)
  • Measurement and Geometry: Length (informal units), Capacity (informal units), Mass (informal units), Time (o’clock and half-past), Shapes (2D and 3D), Patterns, Space and Location
  • Statistics and Probability: Chance, Questioning, Collecting, Organizing and Representing Data, Presenting, Interpreting Data

Time Allocation

  • 10 periods per cycle

Requirements

  • Booklist Items

Assessment

  • Unit Assessments
  • Samples of Work
  • Individual Conferencing

“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7


 

MUSIC [NWS Year 1]

“The aim and final reason of all music should be nothing else but the glory of God and the refreshment of the spirit.” Johann Sebastian Bach

Overview

Students listen to, and experiment with a range of sounds. They develop skills in creating and performing music which explores their ideas about the world. Students learn that they can express their love for God and people through singing and playing music. They select and make choices about their use of the elements of music as they compose and perform. Students build on their ability to discriminate between rhythm, pitch, dynamics and expression as they listen to and make music. They develop their understanding of the varying features of music from different cultures and how these are used for different purposes.

Aims

  • To develop confidence to be creative, skillful and informed musicians
  • To develop skills to listen, improvise and compose, interpret and respond with intent and purpose
  • To develop an understanding of music as an aural art form, its relationship with other art forms and contributions to cultures and societies
  • To use their musical gifts to worship God with the music they create and perform

Topics Include

  • Beat and Rhythm
  • Singing
  • Pitch
  • Aural Training
  • Basic Theory
  • Performance
  • Music Appreciation

Time Allocation

  • 3 periods per cycle

Requirements

  • Booklist Items

Assessment

  • Assessments
  • Participation in practical work
  • Performance
  • Observations and checklists

“Praise the Lord. Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for His surpassing greatness. Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet; praise Him with the harp and lyre, Praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute, Praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” Psalm 150