Prep Highlights ~ Term 4
It is hard to believe that this time last year your children were attending their first transition sessions and here we are with them almost completing their first year of school. We hope you are as proud of them as we are for their wonderful achievements socially, emotionally and academically this year. We look forward to seeing more progress during term 4 as they start to prepare for the transition to Year 1. Term 4 is a busy term with incursions, excursions and special whole school events. Term 4 can be a challenging term for some students as there are often a lot of exciting events both at school and out of school, changes to routines, and some anxieties about moving to a new level. Students often become tired which can impact on their ability to cope. We will help the students with this through encouragement of Growth Mindset, our welfare program, transition sessions to the Grade 1 classrooms and communication with you.
In writing sessions students will:
- continue to build on their letter sound knowledge which is part of the Write 2 Read Program.
- continue to use their knowledge of codes in words when spelling.
- develop their ability to read and then write the 100 most used words.
- develop their ability to write simple sentences including features such as full stops and capital letters.
- learn about making sentences more exciting through the use of descriptive language.
- compose a narrative based around an animal of their choice.
During handwriting sessions we will continue to focus on:
- correct pencil grip
- correct formation of letters and numbers
- placing letters on the baseline
- having spaces between words
Students will continue to:
- use the 70 phonograms, rhyme and syllable knowledge to help decode words.
- participate in guided reading groups and reading rotations.
- learn how to respond to texts through discussion and in written form.
- develop their comprehension skills by making predictions and connecting ideas to personal experiences.
- learn to distinguish between non fiction and fiction books
- discuss the purpose of texts.
- develop reading stamina.
Speaking and Listening
Students will continue to:
- use the features of a good speaker and listener in class.
- respond to texts, identifying favourite stories, authors and illustrators.
- listen to and respond orally to texts and to the communication of others in informal and structured classroom situations
Students will be engaged in a variety of activities this term using concrete materials that will develop their knowledge of subtraction and sharing. We will look at data and 3D shapes. We will also try to develop the students number fluency of the tens facts and build on their number knowledge by getting the students to confidently count backwards and forwards from various starting points above 20, naming numbers before and after etc.
Our unit this term is called “How did you solve that?” This is a design and technology unit that provides the students with the opportunity to design, build and reflect on a variety of structures from a bed for Goldilocks, a bridge for the Billy Goats Gruff and a sleigh for Santa.
This term the students will be attending Science lessons with Jo Harwood once a week.
Library and Computer
The students will continue to attend a one hour session in the library/computer lab.
In term 4, the foundation students are going to be working through units on Cricket and Mini Olympics. In these units, they will be revisiting a number of skills they have started learning about this year including throwing, catching, hitting and of course the ability to work in teams.
P.E will be back with Sarah Van Nieukerk again.
In Term 4 the units we will be covering are Collage, Appreciation and Christmas Art.
In Collage the students will be introduced to the techniques through a story of Henry Matisse. The students will create art through cutting, folding, and altering paper. Colour and contrasting will be the focus. Then student will create a portfolio collage piece based on these techniques and geometric shapes.
A study of Gustav Klimt and patterns will be the starting point for this lesson. A collage using different materials such as buttons and ribbons will also be created. Finally, a Springtime collage using torn tissue paper will be produced after a study of Jackson Pollock style of art.
Christmas art will include Christmas Calendar, decorations and a card.
In Italian for the final term of the year, the students will be introduced to the Seasons through stories, charts, art, language practice and song. Then the cultural aspect of an Italian and Australian Christmas and their similarities and differences will be discussed.
Ciao Signora Sciola
During Term 4 the Prep students will continue to develop their skills, knowledge and concepts by practising their singing and learning new songs and musical games. During the Term, we will have a chance to explore some popular fairy tales and how music and drama can bring them to life. They will prepare an item for our end of year Christmas Concert and have a chance to perform in front of the school community. It should be great fun!
Take home readers will continue to be sent home daily. We send home readers that are meant to be easy for your child to read. The words and pattern of the text should be very familiar so fluency and confidence are increased.
In conjunction with the take home readers, students will continue to have the 100 most used words and codes to learn. This term once a student can recognise their 100 most used words they will receive some spelling words to learn. These words are ones they can not spell from the 100 most used word list. Once a child can spell all 100 words they will receive words from the 200 most used word list
Children are also encouraged to use the Mathletics website. If you are unsure if your child’s logon details, please see your classroom teacher.
This term the children are also expected to complete a small information report which they will present to the class. Please contact your classroom teacher if you do not have any information on this.
The morning routine
To continue to help develop the students’ independence, confidence and resilience we strongly encourage each student to say their ‘goodbyes’ at the classroom door, come into the classroom and unpack their own bags ready for the start of the day. Your ongoing support and reinforcement with this task would be greatly appreciated and is especially important in term 4 as we begin to prepare the children for Grade 1.
Attendance and Punctuality
Being at school each day is very important for your child’s education. The school aims for a 95% attendance rate (no more that 10 days absence PER YEAR). There is a negative impact on social and education outcomes if attendance is below that. If your child is absent please use Compass to let the school know on the day or the day after.
All students arriving after the 9am bell must go to the office to be signed in and collect a late pass before going to their class. Please be aware that being late on a regular basis may impact your child negatively as they will often miss explicit whole class learning time.
When collecting your child early, they must be signed out at the office before collection. If you are aware in advance that your child will be leaving early with someone other than yourself, please let your child’s teacher know.
It is important to note that children are not supervised in the schoolyard before 8:45am or after 3:45pm. If your child is alone in the yard unsupervised either in the morning or afternoon, staff will take your child to Out of School Hours Care. We want all children to be safe!
Please note that we have several students in the Foundation level that have severe allergies to nuts. For this reason we ask that children DO NOT bring food containing nuts, Peanut Butter or Nutella. We also ask that you be mindful of egg and dairy allergies, so please check with your child’s teacher before bringing birthday treats for the class. If your child has an allergy you might like to give their teacher some alternative treats to have on hand.
Rubbish Free Lunches
Students at Eltham North Primary School are terrific at looking after the environment. Part of this responsibility is NOT bringing any unnecessary rubbish into the school. Please continue to help students make healthy food choices and use labelled plastic containers. Any rubbish brought to school will go back into lunch boxes to be taken home. It is also expected that students take home any rubbish from their lunch orders.
We will continue using Classroom Cuisine, the online Lunch Order Company. Lunch orders are still on Mondays and Wednesdays only. You need to register and then order online no later than 8:30am Wednesday morning. There is a great range of healthy options for school lunches.
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FROM US TO YOU
We want to work together to help your child. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or concerns. We are available before and after school on certain days if you need to make an appointment.
With thanks from the Foundation Team:
Janine Tucker, Andrea Couper, Tamara Pennycook, Nadia Bovalino, Rachel Hanslow-Sells and Alicia Scott