We would still like families to help with the following activities to ensure students get the most out of their schooling:
Encourage independence by asking your child to complete the school routines eg: Carry their own school bag
Promote a sense of responsibility by asking your child to do small jobs eg: set the table for dinner, make their bed.
Look at Seesaw regularly
Involve your child in conversation -Ask your child questions about their day at school
Encourage your child to share their feelings and wonderings about school
Create 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
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher,
Please find an overview of the term’s subjects below:
This term the Preps will be learning about the three main purposes of writing: to inform, to entertain and persuade. By looking at the author’s purpose, students will be able to spot each area’s key features. It will also help students think critically in evaluating the efficacy of a book, and help them to be more articulate in expressing their opinions. To show off their learning, students will be learning to write book reviews. Alongside this new area of learning students will still be consolidating their comprehension skills by making regular predictions, connections, visualisations and inferences of the texts they read.
On a technical level students will continue to build their reading skills within guided reading groups. Guided reading allows teachers to work with small numbers of students of like ability, and provides students with regular goalsetting and opportunities for reflection.
This term in writing, students will be learning the routines of the Writer’s Workshop. The Writer’s Workshop fosters independence, creativity, and gives students the opportunity to take ownership for their writing learning. It also frees up time for teachers to work at a closer level with students, addressing their individual needs and setting achievable goals on a regular basis. Each day students will be learning new skills in minilessons and shared writing pieces, and they will also be assessed on a weekly basis to ensure they are progressing.
During Term 3, The Prep students will continue to develop their numeracy skills.
Students will start off the term looking at Patterns, they will learn how to copy, continue and create patterns with objects, drawings, numbers and movements.
The Preps will also learn how to subitise small collections of objects and model sharing in practical situations.
The preps will be engaged in many hands on activities that teach Mass, deciding which object is heavier or lighter providing reasoning and describing position and movement during Location by using simple words, statements and gestures.
PROBLEM SOLVING FRIDAYS
On Fridays the prep students will be involved in Maths lessons that encourage problem solving skills. The students will be given a range of challenging questions, problems and scenarios that encourage problem solving skills. Students will be taught a range of strategies such as;
Make a model, Draw a diagram, Trial and improvement.
These lessons will encourage the students to use different techniques to find the answer, be able to justify and explain their answer with reasoning and promote a growth mindset.
OTHER LEARNING AREAS (OLA) Biological Sciences
Every week Prep students will be exploring what makes something alive. We will be learning about growth and life cycles by observing various organisms and determining the seven key features of living things through a range of media, excursions and activities. Students will be looking at the relationship between animals and their habitats, and will also be examining the external features of different organisms, and how these help them to survive.
OTHER LEARNING AREAS (OLA) Respectful Relationships
This term in Respectful Relationships prep students will be exploring the topic of positive gender relations with the aim of developing an understanding of the positive and negative impacts of gender based violence. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practise skills to support positive peer relations. Prep students will learn to become assertive with regards to their bodies and be made aware of help-seeking strategies to keep themselves safe.
Respectful Relationships is a key component of the Victorian Curriculum. All students will be participating in age appropriate learning activities in order to promote a safe space where young people can learn about gender equality and respectful relationships.
FINE MOTOR and HANDWRITING
This term, Prep classrooms continue to support students’ handwriting development through weekly Fine motor lessons. Readable handwriting requires the use of correct letter formation, accurate sizing for lower and upper case letters, correct pencil grip, appropriate paper position and stable posture. As the term progresses, each week a new letter of the alphabet will be taught with the correct handwriting formation, pencil grip, paper position and posture, we support students with the song 1,2,3 4 feet flat on the floor, 5, 6, 7,8 back up nice and straight, 9, 10, 11, 12 this is how my pencils held. You could ask your child to give you a demonstration of how to be a good writer. Activity ideas you can do at home to support your child’s fine motor development and handwriting are playdoh, shoe-lace threading, doing buttons up, press studs and lego.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING - CLASS PET Show and Share
This term, as part of the Speaking and Listening curriculum students have the exciting opportunity to take home their class pets (soft toys). During this home visit, the students enjoy spending time with their class pet for a whole week and then prepare a presentation by writing about their adventures, drawing pictures of what they got up to, or using photographs to show their time together. Each week two students will be sharing their Pet adventures to their classmates. This program requires families to support their children and most importantly to return the class pet and book Monday mornings, as Show and Share occurs every Monday afternoon and then the Pet meets another student and goes home for some more adventures. The focus of this activity is developing students’ active listening behaviours, relevant questioning/statements and presentation skills such as volume, eye contact and clarity.
This term, students continue their word study focus of furthering their phonological awareness. We continue to look at sounds certain letter combinations make, such as ‘th’, ‘ng’ and letter combinations that are different but make the same sound, such as ‘ay’ and ‘ai’. Students will be exploring onset (the initial phonological unit) and rime (the string of letters that follow. Teaching children about onset and rime lays the foundations for reading, recognising common chunks within words, helping students decode new words when reading and spell words when writing. To help at home, you could ask your child questions such as what word rhymes with lat; what is the starting sound (onset) of log; what is the rime ending of log.
This term, students will be exploring apps Sock Puppets and Book Creator on the iPads. The aim of this unit is to expose students to a variety of ways of publishing and presenting their written work. Students will learn how to effectively create multi modal texts and present their ideas, characters and settings with images and sounds.
At the end of term 2 the Buddies enjoyed a local excursion to the park. Both the Prep and Grade 6 students enjoyed playing, running, climbing, sliding and rolling. There was lots of fun had by all to celebrate the successful partnership between the Grade 6 students and Preps.
This Term the Buddies will continue to catch up regularly. The focus will be on mindfulness and building a growth mindset.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher via email.
Prep A Kristen Pepyat 3 - Old Building email@example.com
Prep B Mollie Mcmahon 5 - Old Building firstname.lastname@example.org
Prep C Susannah Woolley 2.5 - Old Building email@example.com
Prep D Emily Marlow 4.5 - Old Building firstname.lastname@example.org
Prep E Mike Griffiths: email@example.com 1 - Old Building
Prep F Emma Lawrence 2 - Old Building firstname.lastname@example.org
Ideas to assist with a positive and smooth transition:
- Encourage independence by asking your child to complete the school routines eg: Carry their own school bag
- Promote a sense of responsibility by asking your child to do small jobs eg: set the table for dinner, make their bed.
- Involve your child in conversation -Ask your child questions about their day at school
- Encourage your child to share their feelings and wonderings about school
- Create 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 organize catch ups for the children to get to know each other.