February 23, 2016
by hwpsspecialists

Art- Grade 1/2 Term 1

This term the grade 1/2 students are focusing on lines and shapes. We have been thoroughly enjoying sketching our school buildings, the gardens and playground as we plan our masterpiece. We discovered the artist Hundertwasser and how he thought everybody needed to have nature a round them and even called raindrops kisses from heaven. He also hated straight lines and said there was a jungle of them all around us. He loved to use labyrinth spirals and bright colours. He was an architect and designed very interesting buildings. We are going to be creating a painting of our school in the style of Hundertwasser using oil pastel lines and a wash of colour over top.

hundertwasser-paintings[1] 220px-Hundertwasser_nz_1998_hg[1]Hundertwasser was from Vienna, Austria.


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February 11, 2016
by hwpsspecialists

Japanese Foundation Term 1

Foundation students will be introduced to some basic Japanese language and songs this term as well as bettering their cultural understanding of Japan.

Hai – yes

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Head, shoulders, knees and toes in Japanese uses the same tune as the English version.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes (atama, kata, hiza, ashi)

Eyes and ears and mouth and nose (me to mimi to kuchi to hana)

atama, kata, hiza, ashi, hiza, ashi.

atama, kata, hiza, ashi, hiza, ashi.

me to mimi to kuchi to hana.

atama, kata, hiza, ashi, hiza, ashi.


Kanji numbers

The shape of Kanji numbers will be introduced this term whereas their sounds will be taught in term two.


一1                                                                           六6

二2                                                                       七7

三3                                                                           八8

四4                                                                           九9

五5                                                                           十10 

February 11, 2016
by hwpsspecialists

Japanese Grade 12 Term 1

Grade 12 students will be revisiting numbers, Kanji Characters and greetings this term. Students will also be introduced to the sounds and writing for some Hiragana Characters.

Kanji Numbers

1一 ichi                                                                11十一 jyu ichi

2 二 ni                                                                  12十二jyu ni

3三 san                                                                13十三jyu san

4四 shi/yon                                                         14 十四jyu shi/yon

5五 go                                                                   15 十五jyu go

6六 roku                                                               16十六jyu roku

7七 nana/shichi                                                  17 十七jyu nana/shichi

8八 hachi                                                             18 十八jyu hachi

9九 kyu                                                                 19十九jyu kyu

10 十 jyu                                                               20 二十 ni jyu (2 lots of ten)



おはよう- ohayo (morning)

おはようございます – ohayo gozaimasu (good morning formal)

こんにちは – konnichiwa (hello/good afternoon)

さようなら – sayonara (goodbye)

バイバイ- bai bai (bye)

じゃまた – jya mata (see you later)


Hiragana Characters

あ、い、う、え、お – a, i, u, e, o

か、き、く、け、こ – ka, ki, ku, ke ko

February 11, 2016
by hwpsspecialists

Japanese Grade 34 Term 1

For this first term, Grade 34 students will be developing their reading and writing for Hiragana Characters as well as developing their geographical knowledge of Japan and its cities.

Hiragana Characters

‘A’ Line             あ、い、う、え、お (a, i, u, e, o)

‘KA’ Line          か、き、く、け、こ (ka, ki, ku, ke, ko)

‘SA’ Line          さ、し、す、せ、そ (sa, shi, su, se, so)

‘TA’ Line          た、ち、つ、て、と(ta, chi, tsu, te, to)


Four Main Islands

Hokkaido – ほっかいど

Honshu – ほんしゅう

Shikoku – しこく

Kyushu – きゅうしゅう



Tokyo – とうきょう

Kyoto – きょうと

Yokohama – よこはま

Nagoya – なごや

Hiroshima – ひろしま

Nagasaki – ながさき

February 11, 2016
by hwpsspecialists

Japanese Grade 56 Term 1

This term students will be revisiting and extending their Hiragana knowledge by learning to sound out and write the correct stroke order for the first 5 lines. Grade 56 students will also develop a better understanding of Japan’s school system while interacting with our sister school.

Hiragana Characters

‘A’ Line             あ、い、う、え、お

‘KA’ Line          か、き、く、け、こ

‘SA’ Line          さ、し、す、せ、そ

‘TA’ Line          た、ち、つ、て、と

‘NA’ Line          な、に、ぬ、ね、の

‘HA’ Line          は、ひ、ふ、へ、ほ

‘MA’ Line         ま、み、む、め、も

‘YA’ Line          や、ゆ、よ

‘RA’ Line          ら、り、る、れ、ろ

‘WA’ Line         わ、を、ん

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