YEARS 1 AND 2     PARENT NEWSLETTER     TERM 4   in   2017

Welcome to Term 4! It is very hard to believe that we are already at this point in the year. The teachers are looking forward to a busy term with your children. We have plenty of engaging activities planned. We would like you to take time over this term to reflect and celebrate how your children have all grown emotionally, socially and academically. This term is 11 weeks long and promises to be another exciting term with incursions, excursions and much more!.

Curriculum

Inquiry Units

In Year 1 and 2, the integrated units have been planned incorporating the inquiry approach to learning.  Children are encouraged to ask questions, explore ideas and develop understandings about the world in which they live.
Year 1 - ‘What does ‘Australia’ mean to you?’

During this unit, the Year 1 students will spend time exploring Indigenous Australia. Students will have the opportunity to investigate the name of the Wurundjeri (First peoples in this area) and where Wurundjeri country is (Nillumbik and into Melbourne city). They will also be exposed to a number of Dreamtime Stories & songlines.

Year 2 – Drama and Media Unit

Essential Question: How can we present our ideas and stories through drama and media?

Big Idea: We can be Dramatic!

During this unit, the Year 2 students will spend time, across many areas of the curriculum, exploring the wonderful world of drama and media. Students will have the opportunity to investigate the different elements of drama (e.g scripts, actors, settings) and how we can use media to share our ideas and stories. During class, the Year 2 students will participate in Reader’s Theatre, giving them the chance to practise their performance skills (public speaking). We will use iPads and Scratch (ICT) to develop, create and share different stories.

English

Year One

Writing

Students will be exploring and writing information report this term in Year 1. We will continue to complete a ‘Big Write’ each fortnight with our ‘Talk’ sheet coming home prior to their writing. Please take the time to have a quick discussion about the topic with your child. This is invaluable in supporting their writing. The Big Write provides the students with an opportunity to put into practice all of their writing skills and complete a piece of writing from start to finish.

In grammar sessions, we will be focussing on developing students’ understanding of:

Year 1:

-       Pronouns and adverbs (and revisinf nouns, verbs and adjectives

-       Types of sentences (statements, commands, questions, exclamations)

-       Revising simple sentences and punctuating sentences

-       Introducing compound sentences

Spelling

Students will continue to focus on developing their phonogram knowledge and application when spelling familiar and unfamiliar words. We will continue to concentrate on mastering the 100 – 200 most used words, in particular the words that have irregular spelling patterns. Students will be taking a closer look at a variety of spelling rules that are helpful when reading or spelling unfamiliar words.

Reading

Year 1 students will continue to participate in reading groups where they will practice and develop important reading skills through a variety of activities. Independent reading will continue to be a focus where students practise the skills and strategies they have been explicitly taught.

Year Two

Year 2 students will be exploring and writing narrative and persuasive text. We will spend time completing regular ‘Big Writes’. This provides the students with an opportunity to put into practice all of their writing skills and complete a piece of writing from start to finish. Often the students are given a prompt to get them started!

In grammar sessions, we will be focussing on developing students’ understanding of:

-       Review synonyms and antonyms

-       Sentences with questions

-       Concrete and abstract nouns

-       Noun groups

-       Articles

-       Plurals

-       Contractions

-       Apostrophe

Spelling

Students will continue to focus on developing their phonogram knowledge and application when spelling familiar and unfamiliar words. Both levels will be concentrating on mastering the 100 – 200 most used words, in particular the words that have irregular spelling patterns. Students will be taking a closer look at a variety of spelling rules that are helpful when reading or spelling unfamiliar words.

Reading

Year 1 and 2 students will continue to participate in reading groups where they will practice and develop important reading skills through a variety of activities. Independent reading will continue to be a focus where students practise the skills and strategies they have been explicitly taught.

Maths

Children will be engaged in a variety of topics this term that will allow them to deepen their understanding of number, shape and measurement. We will continue to use various equipment (e.g Numicon / abacas) in the classroom as it is a multi-sensory approach that assists students to develop a powerful understanding of number ideas and number relationships.

In Year 1 we will be covering the following areas:

-       Place Value

-       Fractions

-       Time (Days, Months, Seasons, Clocks)

-       Counting patters

-       Patterns

-       Revision on topics previously taught in the year

In Year 2 we will be covering the following areas:

-       Time

-       Fractions

-       Capacity & Mass

-       Number skills revision

News from the Specialist Programs

Art

The Year One and Two students have a fantastic term planned in the Art room. The students will construct, collage, model, draw, paint and print. We will be making rainbows, painted paper, landscapes, gratitude trees, textured houses, printed cards. The inspirational artist this term is Eloise Renouf.  Helping others will be the wellbeing goal. Finally, Christmas craft will be an exciting aspect of the program.

Music

During Term 4 the Grade 1&2 students will continue to develop their skills, knowledge and concepts. They will practise singing and learning new songs, using the instruments, dancing and even a bit of acting! They will be learning and practising their songs for the school Christmas concert. During the term the Grade 1’s will get to learn about ballet through the wonderful Christmas story ‘The Nutcracker’ and the grade 2’s will be learning a range of songs related to well known stories. I hope you are looking forward to a fun term!

PE

In term 4 this year, the year 1/2’s will be participating in units on cricket, athletics and Mini Olympics.
Through these units they will be focusing on improving their locomotor and fundamental motor skills whilst continuing to improve their teamwork skills.

Resilience Project

Year 1 & 2

During Term 4, the Year 1 and 2 students will continue developing their socials skills through The Resilience Project program. Our weekly lessons are divided up into categories- Emotional Literacy, Mindfulness, Gratitude and Empathy. Lessons are connected to the Australian Curriculum and all students will continue to complete tasks in their own workbooks. We believe these lessons, together with our daily meditation sessions are beneficial to both staff and students in developing positive mental health strategies.

Library and ICT (Information, Communication and Technology)

Your child will have the opportunity to borrow from the school library weekly. Books must be returned or re-borrowed fortnightly. Please remember your child may only borrow if they have a library bag. The Library will close for stocktake from November 24.

In ICT sessions this term, students in Year One will be exploring PowerPoint. The Year 2 ICT Unit builds upon the learning activities in Media and Drama.  Students will use Scratch to rewrite a familiar story. They will then create and present short iMovie clips. 

Platoons

We will continue to run our Platoons program this term. Year 1 students will have their session on Thursday session 1 after meditation and the Year 2 session will be on a Monday morning at 9:50. This session provides the students with an opportunity to participate in physical activity and practice important motor skills.

For the remainder of the year, the Year 2s will have a chance to be a Leader for their group. Students will have a turn and will present certificates to their group at the end of a session. This provides the Year 2 students an opportunity to develop their leadership and public speaking skills.  

Home Reading and Homework

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.

Note: Students who participate in the Literacy Support Program with Julie V.N will have homework. This homework is targeted towards your child and is a necessity for them to consolidate what they are learning in this program. Please ensure that your child completes this homework

General Reminders

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 educational 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 8.55am 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 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!

Food Allergies

Please note that we have several students in the 1/2 area 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.

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 on the Monday or Wednesday morning. There is a great range of healthy options for school lunches.
Website-
www.classroomcuisine.com.au

Term 4 IMPORTANT DATES

Week 3    Monday October 23rd     Year 2   ACMI

Week 3    Thursday October 26th     Whole School Fun Run

Week 4    Friday November 3rd    Curriculum Day (Pupil Free Day)

Week 5    Tuesday November  7th     Melbourne Cup Day

Week 10Tuesday December 12th     Christmas Celebration Evening

Week 11Thursday December 21st     Year One BDO - Healesville Sanctuary    Year Two Big Day In - ENPS

Week 11   Friday December 22nd    Last day of term 4 - early dismissal 1.30pm

CONTACT US

Cara Grant 1A                                             Room 5           grant.cara.l@edumail.vic.gov.au

Lyndell Whiting 1A                                        Room 5           whiting.lyndell.j@edumail.vic.gov.au

Jess Rogers 1B                                                Room 6           rogers.jessica.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

Michelle Lucas (Unit Leader) 1C                Room 7       lucas.michelle.s@edumail.vic.gov.au

Hannah Wright 1D                                       Room 8           wright.hannah.h@edumail.vic.gov.au    

Kate Hocking            2A                                          Room 9           hocking.kate.c@edumail.vic.gov.au

Claire Amsellem 2B                                       Room 10         amsellem.claire.c@edumail.vic.gov.au

Michelle Mercer 2C                                      Room 11         mercer.michelle.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

Natasha Soundy 2D                                    Room 12         soundy.natasha.j@edumail.vic.gov.au

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.

With thanks from the 1/2 team ~ Michelle Lucas, Hannah Wright, Cara Grant, Lyndell Whiting, Jess Rogers, Michelle Mercer, Natasha Soundy, Kate Hocking and Claire Amsellem