At Khalsa Punjabi School we encourage our young learners to learn Punjabi by listening and speaking short words and sentences. This approach is evidence and research-based. It has been shown that students with or without a background in Punjabi can learn more effectively if they are are motivated and engaged with listening and speaking the language.
Kindergarten teaching and learning program – Units of work linked to NESA K-10 Punjabi language syllabus outcomes. Assessment tasks can be modified and differentiated to suit the needs to a student or groups of students based on their ability.
Students use fun activities to tell others and talk about who they are and they also meet their classmates and the teacher. They listen to others introducing themselves and make a poster about themselves.
Students learn relationships and their specific names in Punjabi. They watch videos and play games to build their knowledge. Students display their learning by making a family tree and participate in a show and tell to talk about their family.
Students listen to stories about animals. They play games to learn names of animals in Punjabi. Students work in groups and create animal puppets with paddle-pop sticks and use them to tell their own stories. Students listen to each group’s stories and vote to select the best ones.
Lesson materials including animal puppet templates, stories and game.
Students use maps to learn about countries/regions around the world with Punjabi speaking populations. They research and discuss the flags, culture and food of these countries/regions using story/video/images. They engage in various group activities and use games to find more facts about their chosen countries. At the end of the unit, groups present their maps to the class and talk about the countries on their map.
Students listen to poems based on their language ability. They pick a few poems and learn them by saying them loud and try to make a song from them. They play games such as hide and seek while singing traditional Punjabi song.
Students watch vidoes and learn the stepd of giddha and bhangra- the folk dances of Punjab. They talk about why people dance and its cultural significance.
Lesson materials including videos of Punjabi folk dances
Students talk about their favourite animal and they engage in play-based activities to improve their knowledge about animals and habitats. This topic is based on an excursion to a zoo and post-excursion activities will encourage students to talk about environmental protection. Students also listen to stories about animals and human interaction with them.
Students talk about foods that they like and why. They watch videos, listen to a story and engage in hands-on activities to talk about food. In the process, they learn about names of food items in Punjabi and improve their vocabulary.
Students listen to their teacher telling stories from the Punjabi School website and answer simple questions in Punjabi. They use prompts to come up with a story and participate in group work to make hand puppets and tell their own stories.
Students learn Punjabi painti akhar (Gurmukhi script) using games and over a 7 week period. An option is to get the students to learn akhar over the course of the year using the lesson materals.