We have been welcomed back to another term of terrific learning with some lovely autumn sunshine. The little people have certainly enjoyed the warmth as our days slowly shorten.


During morning literacy sessions we are continuing to develop our reading and writing skills. In Sounds Write we are continuing to build our ‘say the sound’, ‘read the word’ strategies. This term we will focus on developing reading fluency; using our sound knowledge to blend with automaticity.


Learning conversations are scheduled throughout the week to track learning goals and progress. It has been great to see the students looking out for their names each day and discussing what they will be sharing during their reading conferences. These conversations develop our next learning goal and track progression. Celebrating successes with our ‘class dance’ is always a highlight. Our Prep students have particularly enjoyed being able to change their own Dandelion readers each morning, revelling in being able to read independently.


The beautiful picture story book, ‘Anzac Ted’, framed our class learning as our school community commemorated Anzac Day.  This significant day plays an important role in highlighting challenging concepts such as respect, friendship, and courage for our younger students. The senior students hosted a lovely service, continuing to provide wonderful role models.


Our STEAM inquiry focus for this term is entitled Schoolyard Safari. As part of this biological science unit, we have been gathering information about the basic needs of insects by observing where they live and how they grow under different conditions.  Our Prep students have been eagerly sharing their extensive knowledge, and the enthusiasm for our minibeast inquiry has been tremendous.


In our Math sessions we have been building our number fluency, working in pairs, small groups and independently to explore number facts and addition. We are continuing to explore a variety of addition strategies using a game based approach to build and develop student’s knowledge and confidence. It has been great to see the way students share their knowledge and ways of thinking during our reflections at the end of lessons.


Sue Bath has continued to lead our Respectful Relationships collaborative learning activities. These support the ways in which we can implement positive coping strategies when feeling challenged. Students have fully immersed themselves in these activities and it has been great to see their growth as they reflect on emotional responses and ways to take responsibility for actions.


We have had a busy start to the Term and are looking forward to sharing all the great learning adventures planned.


-Mrs McDonald 


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