Prep Year

Term 1  2020 Overview

Teaching Team 

Prep A Eve Wilson

Prep B Mollie McMahon 

Prep C Susannah Woolley 

Prep D Emily Marlow

Prep E Kale Vagnoni

Prep F Emma Lawrence

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to make contact with your child’s teacher using Compass. 

 

Ideas for a Positive and Smooth Transition 

  • 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. 

 

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 develop decoding strategies as well as the skills required to comprehend a text.

Each session begins with a whole-class Magic Word warm-up. The Magic Words are the 100 most frequently used words in texts. 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. Each group will have a guided reading session with their teacher, independent tasks focusing on the whole-class learning goal and a targeted Reading Eggs session on the iPad throughout the week.

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 choose 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. In reading sessions, students will be supported by their classroom teacher to read instructional texts. These texts will be more challenging and will allow your child to practise applying their decoding and comprehension skills.

 

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.

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.

Throughout the term, 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 

In Numeracy, students are learning that there are different parts to the lesson and that classrooms have different materials to help them with their learning.

This term there will be a focus on number as well as sorting and classifying objects. 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 they develop this understanding, students will 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 they move through the term, 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. 

Data also forms part of our learning this term. Prep students will become familiar with simple graphs and use images or numbers to represent an amount. 

All learning will be modelled by the teacher and then students will be given time to independently explore the topic. During independent learning times, concrete materials such as counters and blocks will be available to support learning. At the end of the Numeracy lesson, students will return to the carpet to share and reflect on their learning.

Wellbeing 

We will be following the Respectful Relationships program. This program 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.

 

The Buddy Program

Prep students met their Year 6 buddies last week. Every Friday, students will work together for a 50-minute session. During this time, the students will complete a range of fun activities and tasks to encourage a sense of belonging. Year 6 students will develop their leadership skills, while the Prep students will develop confidence, social skills and a friendship with the “big kids”. It has been wonderful to see the big smiles on the Preps’ faces when they interact with their buddies!