Prep

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

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