Prep Teaching Team

Prep A – Yolanda Andrews (M-W) and Mollie McMahon (Th-F)

Prep B– Julia Mercadante

Prep C– Paige Frazer 

Prep D– Emily Marlow (PLT Facilitator)

Prep E- Caroline Bett

From left- Mollie, Caroline, Yolanda, Julia, Emily, Paige

Term 1 Curriculum

Reading

In Prep, the first session of the day is Reading. For the first 20 days of school, the focus of Reading will be learning the routine of guided reading and developing the foundational skills required for independent reading. 

Students will then be exposed to modelled reading, where the teacher reads aloud and demonstrates skilled reading behaviours, enjoyment and interest in a range of different styles of writing and texts. Children will also participate in the shared reading of a book, following along as the teacher reads and pointing at words to develop concepts of print.

After whole-class reading, students will work in small groups. As we move throughout the term, each group will work with their teacher for their guided reading session. Running parallel to the guided reading group will be a Nessy group and independent groups focusing on the whole class learning goal.

Guided reading will involve the teacher supporting a small group of students to read a text. It is during this time that teachers will help students work towards their reading goal and reflect on the comprehension and decoding strategies they are already using.
Take-home readers will be sent home daily and we encourage you to enjoy this time with your child. These texts should be at your child’s independent reading level to ensure they grow in confidence and develop a love of reading. You are also welcome to share other books with your child that are of interest to them.

Writing

For the first 20 days of school, we will be establishing the routines of the Writer’s Workshop. The Writer’s Workshop is designed to build student independence and confidence in writing. The idea behind the workshop is that every student is a working author and the teacher acts as a coach to help every student explore their craft.

In Prep, the teacher and students will ‘unpack’ a writing prompt or ‘seed’ together with a focus on developing appropriate language and vocabulary. Students will then be writing independently while a writing conference takes place with a small group. Every student will have a conference throughout the week.

Whole-class introductions will be short and tightly focused. Students will learn, through modelled tasks, how to draw with detail and begin to make writing attempts about their experiences.

In addition to Writing sessions, all students will have two Word Study lessons a week. In these sessions, students will focus on letter sounds. Activities will be planned to give students the chance to explore these sounds in both letter and word form.

Students will also participate in fine motor activities where they will gain confidence as they learn the mechanics of writing such as correct pencil grip, good writing posture and letter formation.

Maths

Our Prep students will learn that there are different parts to the Maths lesson and that classrooms have different materials to help them with their learning.

This term there will be a focus on numbers, collecting an amount and comparing collections and counting. Students will also sort and classify objects based on different attributes. Prep students will connect number names (e.g. three) with a numerical value and an amount. They will initially explore numbers up to 10 including zero and then beyond. As their understanding of numbers develops, they will begin to compare numbers and explain their reasoning using words such as more, less or the same. Students will also become confident when sorting a group of items and explaining how their items have been sorted. 

As the term progresses, Prep students will describe the position of objects e.g. beside, in front of and behind. There will be opportunities for students to follow and give directions using simple words, statements and gestures.

During independent learning times, concrete materials such as counters and blocks will be available to support learning. At the end of the Maths lesson, students will return to the carpet to share and reflect on their learning.

Wellbeing

In Wellbeing, Preps will be following the Respectful Relationships programme. This programme is a statewide initiative that aims to develop students’ social, emotional and relationship skills by embedding a culture of respect and promoting emotional resilience from the early years upwards. More information about the program can be found here.

How to support a smooth transition into Prep:

  • Encourage independence by asking your child to complete the school routines e.g. carry their own school bag.
  • Promote a sense of responsibility by asking your child to do small jobs at home e.g. set the table for dinner or make their bed. 
  • Involve your child in conversation e.g. asking questions about their day at school and looking at Seesaw together to promote discussion. 
  • Encourage your child to share their feelings and wonderings about school.
  • Encourage a love of reading. Read every day and talk to your child about the books you are reading.
  • Visit your child’s classroom to see their learning environment.
  • Pack lunch boxes together.
  • Share positive stories about your school memories.
  • Introduce yourself to other Prep families and organise catch-ups for the children to get to know each other.