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Please click here for the 2017 Prep Parent Information Booklet

 

PREP-TERM THREE OVERVIEW-2017

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 Prep. We will be celebrating our 100th day of school in Week 3 on Thursday 3rd August. We have been counting every day and doing lots of number activities along the way and we are looking forward to finally reaching 100!

The Preps will also be attending their very first school excursion in Week 4. We are travelling on the bus to the Collingwood Children’s Farm on August 9th as part of our Integrated Topic work. (A note will be going out in Week 1)

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.

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 language 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 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 also 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, 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 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 focus this term is ‘Living and Non-Living Things.’ The students will explore, recognise and classify living and non-living things that make up the Australian environment.

The Key Questions are:

What are the features of living things

What are the features of non-living things?

How do living things grow and change?

What do we need to survive?

 

To build our knowledge of living and non-living things, we have booked an excursion to the Collingwood Children’s Farm on Wednesday 9th 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 an expectation that all students read for a minimum of 10 minutes each night and bring their take home folders to school everyday to change their take home readers. Please note-Reading logs are also checked by the classroom teacher every week. 

BOUNCE BACK

Our social and emotional focus this term is centered around three themes: Relationships, No Bullying and Protective Behaviours. The students will develop understandings around what they can do to get along with others and make friends. They will also explore what bullying is and what it is not and they will learn about being in charge of their own body. As part of our ESmart component of our Kids Matter program we will be continuing our discussions on how to ‘stay safe’ when we are online.

We look forward to a fun filled term.

 

Prep Teachers

Diana Polazzon, Phoebe Hickman, Shanna DeBrincat, Karen Meyers & Kylie Gilcrist

 


PREP-TERM TWO OVERVIEW-2017

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 also 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 meaning from pictures 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 be learning about the genre of procedural writing (a sequence of simple instructions to complete a task).

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 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.

 

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 also 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 different patterns by making, continuing and creating patterns using concrete materials.

 

INTEGRATED

Our integrated focus this term is ‘My Family’. The students will discuss the members of their family and how families can be similar and different.

 

The guiding questions are:

What is a family?

What does my family look like?

How are our families similar and different?

How do our families support us to grow and change?

 

HOMEWORK

During Term Two we will be continue with our monthly homework program. Homework tasks and the reading log 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 the expectation that all students read for a minimum of 10 minutes each night and bring their take home folders to school each morning to change.

 

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

A copy of the first 100 Oxford words will be sent home within the first week of Term Two.

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

 

BOUNCE BACK

Our social and emotional focus this term is centered around three themes: Courage, Looking on the Bright Side and Emotions. The students will develop understandings around what it means to show courage by demonstrating resilience and being brave. They will also explore what it means to express gratitude and appreciation as well as strategies to assist them in ‘bouncing back’ when faced with challenging situations and they will learn that emotions-feelings happen inside their bodies and everyone experiences different feelings.

 

PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS

At the end of Term Two, we will be conducting our Parent-Teacher interviews. The dates and times will be distributed later in the term.

It is an expectation that parents attend their allocated appointment, as it allows you 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, Phoebe Hickman, Shanna DeBrincat, Karen Meyers & Kylie Gilcrist

 


PREP-TERM ONE OVERVIEW-2017

Please click here for the 2017 Prep Parent Information Booklet

 

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.

 

At the beginning of Term One we will establish our classroom routines and outline the classroom expectations. The students will also learn about our school values-Respect, Responsibility, Excellence and Inclusion.

 

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 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 the language of location and position such as besides, in front and behind.

 

INTEGRATED

Our integrated focus this term is ‘Communities.’ Students will learn about being part of the classroom and school community and how the rules of each community help us to belong.

Key Questions:

What is a rule?

Why are rules and routines important?

How do rules help us?

Who makes the rules?

What are the different types of rules within the home, school and community?

 

HOMEWORK

We will be commencing our homework program at the beginning of March. Homework tasks and the reading log are due on a weekly basis and are 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 the expectation that all students read for a minimum of 10 minutes each night and bring their take home folders 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 2017.

 

Prep Team

 

Diana Polazzon, Phoebe Hickman, Shanna DeBrincat, Karen Meyers & Kylie Gilcrist

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