Semester 1 in the Junior School!
What a fantastic start to 2019 we have had! This term we are all continuing to be implementing STEAM within our classrooms, which is a very exciting adventure for all of us (teachers included).
Junior students will continue to work on our writing program, Big Write/VCOP and be focusing on writing recounts and transactional writing. Keep an eye out for the ‘Big Talk’ forums on DB where we encourage students to have conversations with you about writing topics to help with developing their ideas.
Our reading sessions will continue, with students taking part in Reader’s Workshop activities focusing on CAFÉ strategies and activities. They will work with the teacher on Comprehension, Fluency, Accuracy and Expanding Vocabulary. Students will regularly visit the school library and our book nook to borrow books of interest and that are at the appropriate reading level. We will also be working on our school wide ‘Reading Big Ideas’:
- Word meaning in context. (Can I guess the meaning of the word using clues from the text?)
- Finding the main idea. (What is the author trying to tell the reader?)
- Identifying the author’s purpose. (Why did the author write this text?)
In Numeracy we will be working on improving our skills in Counting, Place Value, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions, Weight and Mass and Location. Students will complete lots of hands on activities and begin to develop and extend their problem solving skills.
Each week in our Digital Technology sessions, students are learning about the difference between ICT skills and Digi Tech and plugged and unplugged learning. Students explore how different devices work (Digi Tech) and continue to work on developing their skills in using these devices (ICT Skills).
Special Events, Excursions and Incursions for Semester 1
- First Aid Incursion Wednesday 13th February
- Open Night 5-7pm Tuesday 26thFebruary
- Life Education Van Friday 1st March – Friday 8th March
Please feel free to speak any of the junior teachers in regards to learning that is taking place in each classroom. Enjoy 2019!
From the Junior Team
Belinda Heard (J1), Andrew Altube (J2), Adriana Grant & Liz Padman (J3), Sue Nicholas & Rachel Shambrook (J4), Brodie Davenport (J6), Rebecca Matlock & Brooke Gianchino (J7)