We had such an amazing first term with our Preps and are very proud of how well they've settled into school. It's been so great to see them happy and enjoying learning so much.
This term in reading, the students are beginning to learn about elements of a story focusing on characters and settings, this will support them when retelling the story. At the end of the term we will explore non-fiction texts and build an understanding of the difference between these types of texts. We will also continue to revise and practise the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make. The Preps are beginning to sound out small words in books and use their sight word knowledge to read more fluently. In writing, we are learning how to write short sentences including CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words and some sight words (golden and blue words). E.g. The cat is on the mat. The students are learning to always include finger spaces between words, a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end of sentences. We are also beginning to utilise our ‘Writer’s Notebook’ to generate ideas such as writing about their favourite things, people in their family or what they know about the world. To support oral language development, Preps will continue frequent turn and talk opportunities during lessons as well as practising speaking to an audience with fortnightly ‘Bring and Brag’.
At home it is still important that students regularly practise their alphabet and sounds, as well as their sight words and regular home reading.
This term in Number and Algebra, the Prep students are continuing to learn about numbers to 10 and are progressing to learn numbers to 20 by counting forwards and backwards, recognising numbers and writing numbers. As we move towards understanding our numbers to 20, they will learn how to value these numbers using different materials including counters, MAB blocks, unifix and ten frames. We will introduce simple addition this term, using counting materials to support solving addition problems up to 10. In measurement, we are regularly practising the order of the days of the week and are learning to connect these days with words like today, tomorrow and yesterday. The Preps will explore measuring length and using words to compare lengths such as ‘longer’ and ‘shorter’. We will also explore basic three-dimensional shapes such as cubes, pyramids, cylinders and cones.
Topic: Our Family and Our Stories
This term we are learning about our families and our different cultural backgrounds. The Preps will learn about different types of family structures as well as explore different cultural traditions and customs that our families have. We will share stories from different cultures and look at the stories and customs of our Indigenous community.
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We look forward to having another great term in Prep. If you would like to contact us further please do so via phone or through the Sentral Parent portal.
Jessie Sinclair (P20), Scott Bloomfield (P21) and Bree Bacon (P22)