What a busy term we’ve had so far! Settling in to classroom routines, getting to know our classmates/teachers and learning new things!
A great morning was had recently when our Grandparents/Special Friends came to visit – we loved seeing you! Many thanks to those who could join us and a special thanks to the Parents & Friends who made a cuppa for our loved ones.
Please remember: schools hats are to be worn outside due to our Sunsmart policy; drink bottles are to be brought to school each day to rehydrate with water throughout the day; please include a spare change of clothes in your child’s school bag just in case.
A reminder that Preps are now ‘5-days-a-week’ – no more Wednesdays off.
Daily reading in the classroom begins with a big book where teachers will model a book orientation (including looking at the front cover, doing a picture walk and learning to finger point to the words). Students will then practice this in the classroom with readers. Readers will be sent home from March, once the students have practiced their early reading skills and they are at school full time.
Each day this term we will be looking at a “Focus Letter” – this involves learning to write the letter in the correct formation (lower and uppercase) and what common sound it makes. The focus letters each week are:
At home you might talk about what starts with each letter:
Week 2 – s l t i eg: s is for spider
Week 3 – h n m p eg: h is for helicopter
Week 4 – a d g q eg: a is for apple
Week 5 – v u y w eg: v is for volcano
Week 6 – b e c o f eg: b is for ball
Week 7 – j r k z eg: j is for jelly
Week 8 – x and revision eg: x is for x-ray
Week 9 – Revision of alphabet: can you name something for each letter?
Please refer to individual grade note in regards to your child’s “Show and Tell” or “News Groups” as they differ slightly for each grade.
Our focus this term are the numbers to 5 – oral counting, counting of objects/blocks, learning to write the numbers with the correct formation and making with different concrete materials (eg: getting 5 pencils or 5 blocks). We will also be looking at basic 2D shapes and measurement (eg: comparing longer/shorter).
The focus this term is “Me and My Family” – including where we live (Bendigo, Victoria, Australia) and where our country is on a world map. We will also be looking at celebrations (eg: birthdays and Easter) during the term. If you prefer your child to not participate in Easter activities, please see your child’s teacher and alternative activities will be provided.
Art – with Miss Martin and Chinese – with Mrs Walkden
All of the Prep classes spend an hour each week for half a term alternating in the Art room and in Chinese in Room 5. In Art, students will be participating in a variety of activities that aim to improve their fine motor skills. They will get the opportunity to work with a wide range of materials and create a number of works. Any donations of materials are warmly welcome in the art room and will be put to good use.
In Chinese, your child will learn about Chinese culture, how to speak some basic Chinese words/phrases and develop further understanding of Chinese tradition through arts and crafts.
PE / Music
Each Prep grade is paired with another class (Prep C is paired with Prep H) and has a ½ hour of each with Mr. Byers and Mrs. Byers.
PMP – this will start later in the term for all Prep grades. The Perceptual Motor Program is part of our Physical Education Program for Foundation/Prep students. Through this initial program, students learn and practice abilities such as balance, left and right, and basic body movements such as jumping, hopping, skipping and running.
Class Dojo – please check child’s Class Dojo regularly – a great app to follow your child’s classroom through photos being uploaded to the ‘Class Story’ page and messages from the teacher.