Preps

WELCOME TO TERM 3, 2017

 

We hope everyone had a relaxing two weeks holiday and we are now ready for a great term of learning together. We welcome back Michelle Romic, who returns from maternity leave to re-join the Prep Team in a Literacy Support role, on a part time basis. 

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

 

PARENT HELPERS & VISITORS 

Please note that all visitors (including Parent Helpers) are required to sign in and out at the office. This is a legal requirement and ensures that all people are accounted for in the case of an emergency.  

 

INDEPENDENCE AND RESPONSIBILITY 

We have been at school for almost 100 days now and we are becoming more independent and confident every day. To help develop our students’ independence all students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own items, including carrying their own bags into the classroom and getting themselves organised for their day of learning.  We are also trying to be the ‘boss of our own brain’, where we are learning to make positive choices and controlling our actions/reactions in the classroom and playground. Already, we are becoming proud of our efforts and personal choices. 

 

CHANGE OF CLOTHES  

A reminder to please ensure your child has a spare change of clothes in their school bag. From time to time students still have the occasional ‘accident’ and with Winter here, this can at times involve accidentally getting wet or muddy. Having a change of clothes in your child’s school bag enables us to send them to get changed promptly and limits any disruption to their learning time. 

 

SHOW AND TELL 

Show and Tell will be returning for Term 3. We will also be focusing on developing our listening and speaking skills through a range of other stimuli including our daily Community Circles, picture talks and reflective sharing within the classroom. 

 

 

Upcoming Events and Important Dates  

 

August 1

100 Days of School

 

August 16

Melbourne Zoo Excursion

 

August 21

Book Week Dress Up Parade

 

August 21-25

Book Week

 

August 28

Author Visit P-2

 

August 31

Father's Day Stall

 

September 6

Drug Education/ Health Rotation Day

 


 

HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH THEIR LEARNING

The information below is designed to provide families with ideas on how to support your child at home throughout the term and provide an outline of some of the areas that will be covered throughout Term 2 in the areas of Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Inquiry. 

WEEK 1-3 

READING  

UNIT 

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT YOUR CHILD 

VOCABULARY 

Solve Words 

  • Pointing out and talking about letters and words all around you. For example, on cereal boxes, car number plates and signs. 
  • Looking for rhyme, rhythm or repetition in books. 
  • Allowing your child to solve words when reading by encouraging them to use known strategies. 

Sound out, flip, skip, blend, chunk, letter-sound, re-read, strategy, solve 

WRITING (WEEK 1-5) 

UNIT 

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT YOUR CHILD 

VOCABULARY 

Powerful Writing Techniques & Poetry 

  • Reading stories with your child that contain onomatopoeia (sound words), alliteration or adjectives.
  • Building a climate of words at home. Go places and see things with your child, then talk about/ write about what has been seen, heard, smelled, tasted, touched.
  • Being as helpful as you can in supporting your child to write. Talk through their ideas with them and help them to discover what they want to say. 

Onomatopoeia, alliteration, adjective, poem, rhyme 

 

 

 MATHEMATICS 

UNIT 

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT YOUR CHILD 

VOCABULARY 

Numbers Beyond 10 

  • Counting the food items as they are placed in the trolley or unpacked at home.
  • Reading books that involve counting.
  • Looking for numbers in your environment e.g. On letter boxes and road signs. 

Count, number, teen, tens, ones, order, compare, forwards, backwards, skip counting 

 YOU CAN DO IT 

UNIT 

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT YOUR CHILD 

VOCABULARY 

Confidence 

  • Using the term 'confidence' to promote self-assurance with relation to their behaviour and attitude.
  • Assisting your child's understanding of different attitudes through use of a range of mediums, such as books and videos.
  • Supporting your child to identify when they are experiencing confident or worried behaviours. 

Confident, confidence, self-assured, worried, anxious, body language 

 

WEEK 4-6 

READING  

UNIT 

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT YOUR CHILD 

VOCABULARY 

Maintain Fluency 

  • Talking about a book they are reading before, during and after reading and encouraging your child to talk about their ideas and ask questions about the text.  
  • Visiting the library to select and read books together. 
  • Exploring words in the text by looking them up in a dictionary.  

Punctuation, text, meaning, understanding, strategies, words, re-reading 

  

MATHEMATICS 

UNIT 

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT YOUR CHILD 

VOCABULARY 

Addition 

Add, more, plus, altogether,  

 

WEEK 7-10 

READING 

UNIT 

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT YOUR CHILD 

VOCABULARY 

Make Connections 

  • When reading new books, asking your child 'Does this book remind you of anything?' then discussing their answer. 
  • Reminding your child of particular experiences they have had, that correspond with events in a text. 

Connections, text-text, text-self, experiences, infer, feelings 

WRITING (WEEK 6-10)

UNIT 

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT YOUR CHILD 

VOCABULARY 

Narrative Writing & Editing 

  • Reading narratives with your child, discussing how the author has used characters, setting and events to develop the story. 
  • Supporting them to include capital letters and full stops when writing at home, for example when writing a birthday card. 

Narratives, story, beginning, middle, end, capital letters, full stops, punctuation, characters 

MATHEMATICS (WEEK 7-9)

UNIT 

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT YOUR CHILD 

VOCABULARY 

Subtraction 

  • Creating scenarios that your child can solve, for example, "You have 5 biscuits and eat 3. How many do you have left?" 
  • Making collections with a range of objects. Roll a dice and take away that number of objects from the original collection and identify how many remain. 
  • Creating simple subtraction stories with your child and encouraging them to illustrate with a matching picture. 

Take away, equals, subtract, remove, less, take off, amount, minus, fewer, left, difference 

MATHEMATICS (WEEK 10)

UNIT 

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT YOUR CHILD 

VOCABULARY 

Location, Position & Movement 

  • Using language such as 'between', 'near', 'next to' and 'towards’ at home when finding items around the house. 
  • Giving directions to find items when shopping. For example: 'Can you find the cereal next to the juice?' 
  • Having your child guide you around the home, using the everyday language of location. 

On, under, next to, between, in front, behind, left, right, location, where  

INQUIRY (Week 1-10)

UNIT 

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT YOUR CHILD 

VOCABULARY 

Survival 

  • Encouraging your child to assist you with gardening at home, discussing with them the different things that plants need for survival. 
  • Supporting your child to take responsibility for feeding pets and ensuring they have enough water. 
  • Visiting the zoo with your child and have them reflect on the information learnt when they visited the zoo with school. 

Survive, alive, living, non- living, habitat, require, food, water, air, grow, animals, plants, people.  

 



Staff Email Addresses

A reminder that Prep Team members can be contacted at the below email addresses:

 

 

Room 1 - Jessica Cox

cox.jessica.j@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

Room 2 - Alycia Holland

holland.alycia.a@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

Room 3 - Di David

david.dianne.d@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

Room 4 - Alex Chettle

chettle.alexandra.k@edumail.vic.gov.au