As we approach the middle of the year it is amazing how our younger learners have adapted to school life. It is hard to believe our Prep students have been with us for only five months. They have found their favourite places to play, developed terrific organisational skills and the progress each has made in literacy and numeracy is sensational. They have set learning goals, practised giving and receiving feedback and challenged themselves to extend their skills, celebrating their many terrific successes.
Our short foray into remote learning, whilst disruptive for families, provided a great opportunity to showcase and share our key learning programs. The Seesaw App formed a vital link enabling us to continue our learning with the magnificent support of our families. This impromptu upskilling was a terrific way to share our routines and greatly supported our recent Parent / Teacher phone conversations.
Mrs Bath has led our Respectful Relationships program, providing a lovely range of engaging activities through which we have explored character traits and how we can positively identify and respond to the different feelings we experience. As ever, these sessions are always fun and lively, supporting our students as they navigate our Personal and Social curriculum.
Our weekly music sessions with Ms Louise have continued to inspire us as we explore music and culture from around the world. Our indigenous sessions have been enlightening with wonderful stories and intriguing artefacts. The native animal dances were a terrific way to link Aboriginal culture with our recent inquiry studies. The children’s participation was tremendous, listening spellbound as Richard shared traditional stories and songs.
Our Science and Inquiry topics moving into Semester Two are, ‘Wonderful Water’ and ‘Past and Present’. We are investigating water sources and how we use this important natural resource in a sustainable way. Our humanities unit will focus on intergenerational recollections as we learn about and compare family life, toys, transport, and communication from the past with today.
Although the last few weeks have been very busy with mid-year assessment tasks, the highlight has been the wonderful reflections the students have been contributing for their reports.
We have had a very exciting term of teaching and learning. A big thanks to all our families and school community who support us so wonderfully.