SEMESTER 1 IN PREP
The Preps have had a fabulous start to the school year by settling into the routines of Primary school and have started their schooling journey with enthusiasm and the willingness to learn new things.
Our integrated studies unit of work is ‘All About Me and My Community.’ Through STEAM investigations students will explore and learn about safety, healthy eating, hygiene, body parts, family and people in the community. In term 2 we will be doing a Design and Technologies unit based on ‘Fairytales and Superheroes.’ During STEAM students will investigate, generate, produce and evaluate a variety of products based on given design briefs.
In Literacy, students will take part in our Little Learner's Love Literacy and SMART spelling programs focusing on letters and sounds, word building, spelling, rhyming, songs, oral language, handwriting and developing their skills to read decodable texts. During Reader's Workshop, students will focus on the CAFE reading program for emergent (beginning) readers where they will learn different reading strategies and take part in activities focused on Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand Vocabulary. A big component of the Reader's Workshop is centered around students developing their understanding of vocabulary which focuses on 'Word meaning in context (Can I guess the meaning of the word using clues from the text?) which is one of our school wide 'Reading Big Ideas' for this year.
In Writer's Workshop, students will use elements of VCOP, SMART spelling and text type writing with a focus on recounts and transactional writing. Students will develop their writing skills through Big Writes, handwriting, sentence writing and experimental writing. A big focus will be on developing student’s oral language and vocabulary through our weekly language experience program.
In Numeracy workshops this semester we will focus on counting, recognizing and representing numbers 1 to 10, 1:1 correspondence when counting a collection of objects, exploring patterns, money and shapes. This will be learned through daily number talks, interactive and hands on activities, the use of ICT through iPad apps and teacher explicit groups.
For classroom based Digi Tech sessions, students will develop their understanding of how technology works as well as build their skills in using technology. They will focus on blogging, algorithms (list of steps/instructions), how to collect, record, represent and interpret data and exploring different digital systems.
Prep students will participate in the Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) afternoon and in 4 different Specialist classes during the week that go for 1 hour each. PMP is to assist the development of student’s gross motor skills. The Specialist classes that Preps will be participating in this semester are:
- The Arts with Diana T-Hume
- Physical Education with Bill Hains
- Digital Technologies & Library with Brooke Gianchino
- Science with Bianca Caruana
We are looking for any parents with Working With Children’s Checks to assist in the morning sessions from 9-11am with literacy and cutting up our fruit for ‘Crunch and Sip.’ Any parents, who would love to be a part of our learning in the Prep rooms, please talk with your child’s teacher and let them know your availability. A Working with Children Check can be completed online at http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/home/applications/
Special Events, Excursions and Incursions for Semester 1:
- First Aid Incursion Wednesday 13thFebruary
- RACV Road Safety Incursion Wednesday 20thFebruary
- Open Night 5-7pm Tuesday 26thFebruary
- Life Education Van Thursday 28th February- Friday 1st March
- Responsible Pet Ownership Incursion Tuesday 26thMarch
We look forward to a fun filled semester with lots of learning and achievements!
From the Prep Team
Emma Virgona (P5), Samantha Hartnett (P8) & Pania Malesevic (P9)