Prep


PREP-TERM FOUR OVERVIEW-2018

Welcome back everyone! Can you believe that we are about to commence our final term of 2018?  

To start the term we have our ‘Drama Toolbox’ incursion titled ‘Fairytale Fiasco’ booked in Week One on Thursday 11th October. This incursion is linked to our writing program.

Other events this term include our whole school production-‘Thrive and Shine’ in Week 3, Spanish Day in Week 5 and our 10 day swimming program in Weeks 9 and 10 just to name a few.

We will also be having a Prep Dinner on Monday 17th December. (A note will go home later in the term.)

 

LITERACY

In Reading the students will continue to borrow books from the home reading collection every day.

We will be revisiting the comprehension strategies learnt throughout the year including visualising, questioning, predicting and summarising.

We will continue to focus on a range of decoding strategies to assist students in reading unfamiliar words and recognising high frequency words within different texts. We will encourage the students to think ‘beyond’ the text and explore the elements of the narrative genre including looking at character traits, identifying settings and finding the problem and solution in different fiction texts.

 

In Writing the students will continue to work on recording their personal experiences and adding detail to their recounts. We will also be learning about the text structure and language features of Narratives and the students will use their imagination and prior knowledge to create their own stories.

Students will continue to write sentences using a capital letter and a full stop and will also be encouraged to use other forms of punctuation e.g. question marks, exclamation marks. We will also explore how to use conjunctions such as ‘and’ ‘but’ and ‘because’ to write compound sentences.

 

In Handwriting, the students will continue to build on their skills of forming the letters correctly and being able to write neatly on the lines.

 

In Speaking and Listening we will continue our ‘Sharing Communities’ sessions, which focus on developing the students’ ability to speak in front of the whole class. Throughout these sessions the students will be practising their fluency and expression and will be encouraged to speak at a steady pace and answer questions about their presentation. Feedback from peers will also be given.

The students will consolidate their active listening skills.

 

SPELLING

This term the students will be given a list of five personal spelling words every week, selected from the Oxford Wordlist that they need to learn. They will be tested on these words on Friday.

When helping your child to learn their spelling words at home, you can use the LOOK, SAY, SPELL, COVER, WRITE, CHECK strategy.

 

 

NUMERACY 

In Mathematics, we will continue to focus on developing a sound understanding of numbers to 20 and beyond. In Number our focus will be on our Base 10 system, Addition and Division. Using concrete materials, the students will represent numbers in different ways. We will investigate different strategies to solve addition problems, including counting all, counting on, facts of 10 and using ‘doubles’ facts.  We will also be exploring the concept of division through activities based on sharing.

In the final weeks of Term Four we will spend time revising Number and Measurement concepts taught throughout the year.

 

INTEGRATED

Our integrated topic this term is ‘Force and Motion.’ The students will investigate how forces work through various experiments and make observations about the ways things move. ie. exploring the concept of ‘push’ and ‘pull’

The Key Questions are:

  • What is force and motion?
  • How does force and motion affect the way objects move?
  • How can we modify an object to improve its design?

 

HOMEWORK

During Term Four, we will continue our monthly homework program.

Please ensure that homework tasks are completed every day and handed in every Friday. The assigned homework tasks are a revision of the concepts covered in class. If there are any difficulties completing these tasks, parents are welcome to come and speak to their child’s classroom teacher.

It is an expectation that all students read for a minimum of 10 minutes each night and bring their navy blue reading folders and school diary to school everyday.

 

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING-KIDS MATTER

Our social and emotional learning focus this term is based on the following concepts of  ‘Give, Service and Justice’.

Students will explore the meaning of what is often considered to be right (good) and wrong (bad) and discuss the reasons why they are considered so.

We will also focus on the act of ‘kindness’ and how kindness can have a positive effect on the way we behave in social situations.

 

We look forward to making Term Four an enjoyable and productive learning time for all Prep students.

Thank you to all the Prep families for your continuing support,

 

Prep PLC Leader

Diana Polazzon

On behalf of the Prep team



Prep Term 3 Overview

The Prep team would like to welcome you back and hope you have had an enjoyable break.

 

Term 3 is going to be an exciting time for our Prep students. On Thursday 2nd August (Week 3), we will be celebrating our 100th day of school. Since the first day of school, we have been counting every day and learning a lot about numbers along the way. We are looking forward to reaching this milestone.

 

The Preps will also be attending their very first school excursion on Wednesday 8th August (Week 4). We are travelling by bus to the Collingwood Children’s Farm as part of our Integrated Topic work.

 

LITERACY

 

In Reading the students will continue to borrow books from the home reading collection every day. This term we will look at the similarities and differences between Fiction and Non Fiction books. We will be introducing the comprehension strategies of ‘Making Connections’ and ‘Inferring’. We will continue to develop the strategy of ‘Making Predictions’ before, during and after reading and ‘Visualising’.

 

We will also be focusing on a range of decoding strategies to assist the students in reading unfamiliar words including stretching out words to hear the sounds, ‘chunking’ parts of the word and recognising high frequency words within different texts.

 

In Writing the students will continue to build on and add details about their personal experiences when writing their recounts. We will also be learning about the text structure and features of an Information Report and the students will be writing their own Information reports. The students will continue to write sentences that begin with a capital letter and end with a full stop and they will also be encouraged to use other forms of punctuation e.g. question mark, exclamation mark.

 

In handwriting, the students will continue to work on developing their ability to form letters correctly with a focus on the size, shape and being able to write neatly on the lines.

 

In Speaking and Listening we will be introducing our ‘Sharing Communities’ sessions, which focus on developing the students’ ability to speak about a specific topic for 3 to 5 minutes in front of the whole grade. The students will be practising their fluency and expression and will be encouraged to speak at a steady pace and answer questions about their presentation. The students will also be given feedback from their peers. We will continue to practice our active listening skills.

 

SPELLING

 

The students will continue to be introduced to another five spelling words every week. Students will be tested on these words every Friday until the end of term. These words are selected from the Oxford Wordlist.

 

(Please note we are introducing words 51 to 100 in the second half of the year.)

 

When helping your child to learn their spelling words at home, you can use the LOOK, SAY, NAME, COVER, WRITE, CHECK strategy.

 

NUMERACY

 

In Mathematics, we will continue to focus on developing a sound understanding of numbers to 20 and beyond. In Number the students will learn to solve subtraction problems. Using concrete materials, the students will learn different strategies to solve subtraction problems, including counting back and finding the difference between two numbers.

 

In Measurement we will learn about Time and how to read o’clock on an analogue clock.

 

In Geometry we will focus on recognising different 2D shapes and 3D shapes.

 

The students will also begin to learn how to collect data and represent this information using different types of graphs.

 

INTEGRATED

 

Our integrated topic this term is ‘Living and Non-Living Things.’ The students will investigate, explore, recognise and classify living and non-living things that make up our environment.

 

The Key Questions are:

 

● What are the features of living and nonliving things?

 

● What do living things need to survive?

 

● How do living things grow and change?

 

To build our knowledge of living and non-living things, we have booked an excursion to the Collingwood Children’s Farm on Wednesday 8th August.

 

HOMEWORK

 

During Term Three we will be continue with our monthly homework program. Please ensure that Homework tasks are completed every day and handed in every Friday. The homework tasks are a revision of the concepts covered in class which students should be familiar with. If there are any difficulties completing homework tasks, parents and students are encouraged to come and speak to their classroom teacher.

 

It is also an expectation that all students read for a minimum of 10 minutes each night and bring their navy blue reading folder and school diary to school each day.

 

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING-KIDS MATTER

 

Our social and emotional learning focus this term is based on these themes: Relationships, No to Bullying and Protective Behaviours. The students will develop an understanding about what they can do to get along with others and make friends. They will explore what bullying is and what it is not and they will talk about being in charge of their own body.

 

We look forward to a fun filled term.

 

Prep Teachers

 

Diana Polazzon, Karen Meyers & Kylie Gilcrist, Shanna De Brincat and Lauren Vella

 

 

PREP-TERM TWO OVERVIEW-2018

The Prep team would like to welcome you back to an exciting Term Two.

We hope you have had a restful and enjoyable break and are ready for another busy eleven weeks packed with learning.

 

LITERACY

In Literacy, students will continue to borrow books from the home reading collection every day. They will recognise and begin to generate rhyming words, and continue to develop their understanding of letter names and their sounds. The students will continue to consolidate their understanding of concepts about print.

This term we will be introducing the comprehension strategies of Visualising, Questioning and Summarising. We will also continue to focus on using decoding strategies to assist students when reading unfamiliar words including using initial sounds to predict words in reading, recognising high frequency words in books and using the pictures to give us clues and help us to predict unfamiliar words. Students will be exposed to different forms of punctuation and will be able to name and explain their purpose within a simple text.

 

In Writing, the students will continue to write simple sentences. They will be encouraged to listen to the sounds in words and record them, locate words around the room, use a full stop at the end of our sentence and a capital letter at the beginning and ensure they have spaces between each word.

In Term Two we will continue to focus on recounts (writing about events in order) and functional writing (labeling, making cards and signs).

We will also learn about the structure and features of procedural writing (a sequence of simple instructions to complete a task) and write a few of our own procedural texts.

In Handwriting, the students will continue to work on using the correct pencil grip and correct letter formation.

 

Our Speaking and Listening focus will be on encouraging students to speak in complete sentences and learning how to ask and answer questions using who, what, where, when, why and how. Students will also begin to give simple feedback using appropriate sentence starters. We will continue to practice our active listening skills.

 

SPELLING

The students will be introduced to five new spelling words every week. They will be tested on these words every Friday until the end of term. These words are derived from the Oxford Wordlist.

Please refer to your copy of the first 100 Oxford words, which was sent home at the end of Term One.

When helping your child to learn their spelling words at home, you can use the LOOK, SAY, SPELL, COVER, WRITE, CHECK strategy.

 

NUMERACY 

In Mathematics, we will continue to focus on developing a sound understanding of numbers to 10 and beyond. Students will learn to solve addition problems and how to use different strategies to solve these mathematical problems, including the use of concrete materials and ‘counting on’.

 

Students will explore the length, mass and capacity of different objects using informal units and explain which is longer, heavier or holds more.

 

We will also learn about patterns by making, continuing and creating patterns using concrete materials.

 

INTEGRATED

Our integrated topic this term is ‘Families’. The students will discuss the members of their family and how families can be similar and different. They will discuss the cultural communities they are part of and begin to develop an awareness of other cultures.

 

The guiding questions are:

  • What is a ‘family’?  Who are the members of our family?
  • How are our families similar and different?
  • Where do our families come from and how do families celebrate special events?

 

HOMEWORK

During Term Two, we will continue with our monthly homework program. Homework tasks are due on a weekly basis and need to be handed in every Friday. The homework tasks are a revision of the concepts covered in class which students should be familiar with. If there are any difficulties completing homework tasks, parents and students are encouraged to come and speak to their classroom teacher.

 

It is also an expectation that all students read for a minimum of 10 minutes each night and bring their navy blue reading folder and school diary to school each day to change.

 

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING-KIDS MATTER

Our social and emotional learning focus this term is based on two main areas: Emotional Literacy and Self Regulation. The students will build on their vocabulary to identify and describe different emotions we experience. They will also learn some strategies to help them regulate their emotions for their own benefit or the benefit of others.

 

PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS

At the end of Term Two, we will be conducting our Parent-Teacher interviews.

It is an expectation that parents attend these interviews, as it provides an opportunity to discuss the progress of your child and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

 

We are looking forward to a very exciting and productive Term Two.

 

Prep Team

Diana Polazzon, Karen Meyers & Kylie Gilcrist, Shanna De Brincat, Lauren Vella

 

 

PREP-TERM ONE OVERVIEW-2018

 

The Prep Team would like to welcome you and your family to our Footscray North Primary School community. We are looking forward to getting to know your child.

 

The Prep Team

Diana Polazzon (PLC Leader)-Prep A

Karen Meyers/Kylie Gilcrist-Prep B

Shanna De Brincat-Prep C

Lauren Vella-Prep D

 

At the beginning of Term One we will establish our classroom routines and outline the classroom expectations.

The students will be learning how to demonstrate ‘whole body’ listening. eg. using their eyes, ears, lips, hands and legs.

They will also learn about our school values-Respect, Responsibility, Excellence and Inclusion.

 

The Preps have settled in well and are now following the whole school timetable.

At this stage during recess and lunchtime, the Prep students will be playing in the area outside their classrooms (Area 1) and on the junior playground/sandpit (Area 2)

A reminder that Prep students are not required at school on Wed 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th February.

 

LITERACY

In Literacy, the students will be immersed into poems and chants and simple repetitive texts. They will start borrowing books from the home reading collection every day. Students will also consolidate their knowledge of the letter names and their sounds and recognise rhymes, syllables and the sounds they can hear in words.

 

Students will identify the different parts of a book, learn to point to the words using a left to right sweep and be introduced to independent reading. We will introduce comprehension strategies such as making predictions, using our prior knowledge and visualising. We will also focus on decoding strategies to assist students when reading unfamiliar words including using initial sounds, recognising high frequency words in books and using the pictures to predict words.

 

In Writing the students will learn to write their name with correct upper case and lower case letters. They will create simple lists and write a simple sentence to explain the text or share an experience they have had. In Handwriting, they will work on using the correct pencil grip and correct letter formation.

  

NUMERACY 

In Mathematics, our focus is on the numbers 0 to 10. The students will be using concrete materials to build and develop their understanding of number. Students will explore the links between the number names, numerals and collections up to 10 and beyond. They will describe collections of objects as either ‘more’ or ‘less’.  Students will develop their understanding of time concepts such as the days of the week, months of the year, seasons and time intervals-morning, afternoon and evening. They will also learn about a location and use positional language such as besides, in front and behind.

 

INTEGRATED

Our integrated topic this term is ‘Belonging.’ Students will learn to identify the importance of self and develop an awareness of those around them. They will develop a sense of belonging to the classroom and the school community. Students will also understand the purpose of personal hygiene practices and the importance of being physically active.

Key Questions:

 

  • What are the routines within our classroom to keep us safe and healthy?
  • What are the rules within our school that keep us safe and healthy?
  • What are the ‘School Values’ and why are they important?

 

HOMEWORK

We will be commencing our homework program at the beginning of March. Homework tasks and the student’s school diary are due on a weekly basis and need to be handed in every Friday. The homework tasks are a revision of the concepts covered in class which students should be familiar with. Each activity should only take 5 minutes to complete and should be completed by your child. It is important that they ‘have-a-go’.

 

If there are any difficulties completing homework tasks, parents and students are encouraged to come and speak to their classroom teacher.

It is the expectation that all students read for a minimum of 10 minutes each night and bring their take home books to school each morning to change.

 

The first 10 spelling words will be introduced this term and will be incorporated into weekly homework tasks. Students will be tested on these words every Friday until the end of term.

 

We are looking forward to a great start this term and a very exciting and productive 2018.

 

Thank you for your support,

 

Prep Team

 

Diana Polazzon, Karen Meyers, Kylie Gilcrist, Shanna De Brincat and Lauren Vella