Welcome to Term 2
We’ve had a fantastic start to Term 2 so far. Students have enjoyed archaeological digs, teacher races and they can now code robots!
Seesaw is now viewable for all families at home. It is a fantastic tool to deepen students learning and help bridge the gap between school and home. Students will be regularly posting their work over the term, and it’s a great way to find out about what your child has been learning. If you haven’t already, please talk to your child’s teacher about signing up!
As mentioned last term, 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.
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
In Reading, we are continuing to develop our comprehension strategies in fiction books. This term we are exposing students to a wider variety of text types and are rotating on a weekly basis between fiction and nonfiction texts. On non-fiction weeks students will be learning about the structure and features of non-fiction texts, to help them get the most out of their reading.
As we did last term, students will have an opportunity to complete independent work, use the Reading Eggs program or work in a small group with their teacher. This allows teachers to monitor growth in reading, assist students at their point of need and to collaboratively set goals.
Take home readers will be sent home daily and levels will be updated according to their appropriate reading level.
In writing the students are learning about the writing process. Each week the students will begin by generating a bank of ideas, choosing one, rehearsing, planning and then drafting a written piece from that idea. The writing process helps students take more ownership of their writing, increasing their independence and celebrating their creativity.
The activities we generate ideas from are fun and designed to explore the things students hold dearest. Often the things we care about the most are also the things we know the most about, and are the most motivated to write about.
Each lesson the students will be taught specific strategies that will help them in their writing, often focusing on penmanship, planning, spelling, classroom behaviour and all activities reinforce the idea that writing is thinking.
Over the term students will choose two pieces to revise, edit and ultimately ‘publish’. These pieces will be the culmination of many weeks work and will be celebrated accordingly!
Our Prep Maths Program for term two has already seen students counting forwards and backwards involving numbers up to 20. In week two we learnt how to use the directional language of forwards, backwards and turn when directing a partner around, and we were then able to apply this skill in order to program a Beebot, giving them three step instructions.
Moving forward, students will spend time learning about familiar two-dimensional shapes, including what their features are and where they can be found in the environment. They will use different materials to make shapes and undertake a ‘shape hunt’ in the school. Students will also compare and measure the length of different items they find and make, using language such as ‘longer’ and ‘shorter’ to describe them.
This term in maths, students will continue to develop their understanding of numbers in order to use the language of more, less and same when comparing numbers. Students will also learn about ordinal numbers to describe positions. Towards the end of the term, students will use concrete materials to solve addition and subtraction questions. This will initially involve numbers to ten and then students will be able to explore numbers beyond ten.
During Term 2 on Fridays we will have a Numeracy focus related to Data. Our priority learning is to create a pictograph or bar graph based on responses to yes/no questions. The students will be involved in a range of activities that teach data collection, analysing data and representing data. The students will complete many hands-on activities with concrete materials while investigating data and information represented in different ways.
OTHER LEARNING AREAS (OLA)
This term, students are focussing on History and Intercultural Capability in our Other Learning Areas (OLA). Students will be exploring History through looking at the similarities and differences of the daily lives of those who lived in the past compared to their own daily lives, now in the present.
The students will delve deeper into the lives of children in the past, through their hands-on excursion to Werribee Mansion, ‘Windows to the Past’ in week 7. As part of our History learning, students will also investigate their own personal and family history. Students will be learning about family trees and create their own family tree, as well as sequencing their own personal life events in order.
Towards the end of Term 2, Preps will be focussing on the wonderful multicultural communities within Australian. Students will learn about diversity, how to respectfully embrace differences and the celebrations of cultures within our classrooms. These units of work will require family support and input, so please look out for information in coming weeks.
FINE MOTOR and HANDWRITING
This term, Prep classrooms continue to support students’ handwriting development through weekly Fine motor lessons. Each week students engage in activities that help develop their fine motor skills, such as bead threading, playdoh, peg pick up, cutting, twisting and turning objects. As the term progresses, each week a new letter of the alphabet will be taught with the correct handwriting formation for the upper and lower case letter, students then practise their new skills on their handwriting sheet. Activity ideas you can do at home to support your child’s fine motor development are playdoh, pasta/cereal necklace threading, cut and paste, colouring, stickers, helping hang the washing using pegs.
This term, students are continuing to build their knowledge of the sounds letters and letter combinations make. Each week two letter combinations are introduced and students brainstorm words that have the sounds at the beginning, middle or end. For example, ‘y’ makes three different sounds, as in yellow, party and my. This further develops the students’ reading and writing toolkit. 2 letter combinations, such as ‘ck’ and ‘sh’ will be introduced this term.
At the conclusion of Term 1 we asked for student voice, and the buddies reflected on the things they have enjoyed, what could improve and what they would like to see in our future lessons. It was pleasing to see that many students in Grade Prep and Grade 6 felt the program had already supported them to feel confident at school.
This Term the buddy program will continue to encourage confidence, a sense of belonging and social skills with a focus on the NMPS school values.
Feedback on why we like our Buddy Program
I like them because I can play with them when I’m lonely
Because we help each other and you have a friend in the school.
Because you make new friends and learn a lot from each other.
It’s like having another friend but having you own personal time with them. They are looking up to us and expect the best from us and I am willing to do that as well as growing their confidence.
Because my buddy is very funny and very smart, and I love acting like a big sister, because i’m an only child.
I like buddies as we get to talk to each other and it makes me remember when I was a prep.
Buddy lessons take place on Fridays.
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.