Prep Highlights ~ Term 2
Foundation News – April 2018
In Foundation, we have had a positive and very enjoyable start to the year. It has been exciting to watch the students develop their confidence and independence as they adapt to school routines. Term 2 promises to be a busy yet exciting term for everyone. As teachers, we have spent considerable time planning lessons and activities and we are excited to be running these in our classrooms. We are looking forward to watching the students continue to develop both academically and socially.
The Inquiry Unit covered in Term 2 will be based around the concept of “family”. The unit will be called “What is a family and what makes them special?” This unit has been planned incorporating the Inquiry Approach to learning. Children are encouraged to ask questions, explore ideas and develop understandings about families, what makes them special, what influences their history and which celebrations different families participate in.
Inquiry Unit Incursion
On Friday 15 June we are looking forward to welcoming Aboriginal story-tellers from Yarn Strong Sista. They will be teaching the students about Victorian Aboriginal culture through the telling of a story, written and illustration by Aboriginal artists, about a birthday celebration. After the students have listened to the story tellers they will be using natural materials collected from Country by Yarn Strong Sista to create an artwork to bring home
In writing sessions students will:
- build on their letter sound knowledge which is part of the Write 2 Read Program
- learn how to identify sounds in words and record these using the appropriate codes
- learn about the structure of a sentence including features such as full stops and capital letters
- learn that a sentence is constructed to convey a message
- learn to write sentences in response to a variety of texts and experiences related to places that are important to them
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:
- learn the Write to Read 70 phonograms and how these can help them decode words.
- build on their knowledge of rhymes and syllables.
- participate in reading groups
- learn how to respond to texts through discussion and in written form.
- build on their fluency of the 100 Most Used Words
Speaking and Listening
Students will continue to :
- determine the features of a good speaker and listener
- establish what makes a good question
- learn how to present in front of the class using traits of a good speaker
- hear rhyme and syllables
Students will be engaged in a variety of activities this term using concrete materials that will develop their knowledge of numbers to 20 and then beyond. A key focus will be to develop a strong understanding of ways to make 10 as this knowledge is critical for all future number work. We will also concentrate on subitising, which is the process of immediately recognising how many items are in a small group.
We will look at the days of the weeks, simple 2D shapes, and ordinal numbers. During our maths sessions we provide opportunities for children to be challenged through the use of open ended problems.
Library and Computer
The students will attend weekly sessions in the library/computer lab. This term the focus on the computers will be to learn basic computer and mouse skills. They will continue to look borrow books and explore the different aspects of a library.
This term we focus on our school values C.A.R.E - Co operation, Achievement, Respect and Empathy. We are looking at being a good friend, how to solve simple problems in the playground on our own and how to control our emotions using the “Zones of Regulation”.
This term the Prep students will be welcomed to Performing Arts. They will begin to understand and demonstrate simple musical concepts using a variety of percussion instruments. They will sing known songs, learn new ones and develop their sense of pitch. Dancing will also be a regular part of the program this term where students will get to explore different types of movement and dance activities. I hope we all have a great term!
This term the foundation students will be working through units designed to improve their fundamental motor skills. Catching, underarm throwing, overarm throwing and skipping are the main focus points. There will also be a three-week skipping unit towards the end of term. On Wednesday 21st of June there will be a whole school ‘Jump Off’ at lunchtime which will celebrate the money raised for the Heart Foundation.
This term the students will be covering two areas in Art.
In Printing they will begin with printing their hands to create flowers which will be used to create Mothers Day cards. They will then print using a range of different recycled objects. Items include buttons, rings, cardboard, foam and items from nature.
Second half of the unit will focus on Construction work.
Students will create in art using small boxes and then make a paper bag puppet, paper plate clown and Carnevale masks.
In Italian the focus will be on learning the colours, seasons and animal names through stories, songs, games and flashcards.
This Semester, Foundation students will participate in a multidisciplinary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program. This expanded Science program is highly practical involving lots of hands on experiences, including experiments, design projects and problem solving investigations to discover the science in their lives. The program will draw on real life experiences and link to the classroom integrated unit of work. The Science component will encompass Chemical, Physical, Biological and Earth and Space Sciences. In Biology sessions, students will explore the basic features of living things. The Chemistry unit involves exploration of materials and their observable properties. The influence of seasonal and environmental changes on everyday life is the focus of the Earth and Space Sciences activities. In the Physics unit, students will examine how an object’s attributes can affect movement. The students will then draw on this learning to complete team investigations and a basic design portfolio task.
Take home readers are an important part of learning to read. We send home readers that are meant to be easy for your child to read. The words and pattern of the text are to be very familiar so fluency and confidence are increased. If you would like to help with changing readers at school, please contact your child’s classroom teacher.
In conjunction with the take home reader students will have their 100 most used words and codes to learn. Please note it is not a race to learn these words and codes. Students need to develop automatic recall of both the codes and words and this comes with time and practice. If your child can read their words, ask them to try and spell them or put them in a sentence for you to demonstrate their understanding. Please use the certificates that are sent home as a guide to which colour words to be working on at home so there is consistency between what is being worked on at home and what we are testing at school. When we are testing the words, this is done with flash cards OUT OF ORDER so please practise the words out of order at home.
Children are also encouraged to use the Mathletics website.
This term students will be completing 2 oral presentations over the term based on our inquiry unit “What is a family and what makes them special?”. Dates and information about these will have been sent home via your classroom teacherGeneral Reminders
The morning routine
To help develop the students’ independence we will be strongly encouraging them to come into the classroom by themselves and unpack their own bags ready for the start of the day. Please wave goodbye at the door. Your reinforcement with this task would be greatly appreciated.
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.
Late Arrivals: 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 will impact negatively, as your child will often miss explicit whole class learning time.
Leaving Early: 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 unsupervisedither in the morning or afternoon staff will have to 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 bring in 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 Monday or Wednesday morning. There is a great range of healthy options for school lunches.
FROM US TO YOU
It is best for us 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.
The Prep teachers have an open door policy and we will make every effort to speak to you personally. If you require more than a quick chat, please talk to us or email us to make a time so we can sit together without disruptions.
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