Welcome back to another busy and exciting term. We have a lot planned and many exciting opportunities to look forward to.
This term in reading, students will continue to explore non-fiction texts and build on their understanding of the difference between these types of texts. Our focus will then shift to exploring narrative texts, in particular fairy tales to coincide with our whole school production. In our study of classic tales such as ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, we will further explore characters and setting as well as practise comprehension strategies such as predicting, making connections and summarising. We will also continue to revise and learn new digraph sounds such as ch, sh, ng and long vowels. The Preps are continuing to build confidence when sounding out small words in books and using their sight word knowledge to read more fluently.
Preps are learning to extend their writing to include more than one sentence. They are reminded to always include finger spaces between words, a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end of sentences. They are also beginning to utilise their ‘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 using their knowledge of sounds to read words during home reading, as well as their sight words.
This term in Number and Algebra, the Preps are continuing to learn about 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 subtraction this term, using counting materials to support solving subtraction problems. In measurement, we regularly practise 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 mass and using words to compare mass such as ‘heavier’ and ‘lighter’. They will also explore telling o’clock times on analogue and digital clocks.
Topic: Our Community and Its Helpers
This term we are learning about our local community and the people who help to keep us safe and healthy. Throughout the term we will be visited by many community members including paramedics, surf lifesavers and fire fighters. Students will also take a trip to the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens and Frankston Foreshore on our Big Day Out to explore significant places in our community.
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Jessie Sinclair (P20), Scott Bloomfield (P21) and Bree Bacon (P22)