Term 1 - Welcome to Prep !
We have had such a successful start to the year with students settling into school quickly. Students are separating from their parents beautifully and we are proud of how happy they are to be at school. With all our students attending our transition program last year, we believe this made starting school smoother for the Preps as they were used to being at school with their peers.
This term we have a heavy focus on phonics- learning the most common sounds the letters of the alphabet make. We will be learning 3 sounds a week and will begin to learn to blend these sounds together to make small words (eg. b-i-g = big). The students are beginning to explore books and will be starting to recognise letters, sight words and different pictures within the texts we read. Using this information they are beginning to understand that texts can tell us different stories and information. We are also now using our individualised Reading Eggs Program on the iPads.
During writing sessions, students are developing their understanding that written texts are used to communicate thoughts. We are learning how to write short sentences including CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words and some sight words (golden and blue words) through the use of dictation. E.g. The cat is on the mat. We are also focusing heavily on handwriting and learning how to form letters thecorrect way.
This term in Numeracy, students are workingon counting forwards to and backwards from 10 together with organised 1-to-1 correspondence when counting and making patterns. We are focusing on naming and identifying two dimensional shapes and following directions for moving objects. We will finish off the term by knowing how to make tally marks and collecting basic data using yes/no answers.
We encourage parents to support their children to understand maths by practising maths in everyday real life situations, for example, collecting objects from outdoors and counting them, making patterns with their toys, measuring items when cooking etc. A fun and engaging site for families to explore together is the Victorian Maths Challenge site found at https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/vmc/Pages/default.aspx Please look under the early childhood tab.
Topic: Getting Along
As the Preps settle into their new school environment, we are focusing on learning different social skills to assist them with play out in the yard and when working with others in the classroom. We will learn about identifying and correctly managing different emotions.
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We look forward to having another great term in Prep.
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Jessie Sinclair (P16) and Bree Bacon (P18)