Prep


It is with great excitement that we have returned to school to begin our final term for 2021. Everyone is keen to catch up with their friends and we have returned with much enthusiasm and once again a suite of new adventures and skills to share.


We are continuing our ‘Sounds Write’ program, and this term we are focusing on building our ‘code’ fluency, using our new reading, and spelling skills across all our literacy tasks. We have been experimenting with dictated sentences, enjoying writing about some of the fun characters from our Dandelion reading series.


Our weekly ‘Big Talk’ and ‘Big Write’ sessions have continued to see our young group develop their terrific story telling skills, using their growing vocabulary as they develop their writing. The children are using feedback from our conferencing sessions to identify and highlight a focus for their next piece of work, building increasing confidence and independence. Our ‘Star’ writing rubric supports the children as they review both their own pieces and provide peer feedback to their writing buddies.


In numeracy we are consolidating the ‘clever’ counting strategies we have been learning. We are exploring number patterns and continuing to develop fluency and mastery, focusing on sharing, and recording our discoveries accurately in our math journals. We are applying these as we build our addition and subtraction problem solving skills.


Specialist programs have resumed onsite, and the children are enjoying the range of fabulous learning activities that have been planned. We have welcomed Ms Gabby as our new Art teacher and the children have enjoyed getting to know her and the interesting projects she has introduced.


Our Science Inquiry unit this term is exploring ‘Under the Sea’. This unit provides the opportunity for students to learn about aquatic habitats, marine animals and the important role of ocean conservation. This unit is rich in cross curriculum learning activities and has really inspired the children to share their wide knowledge and interest in our underwater world.


The Prep transition program is scheduled to commence on, 12th November and we are currently waiting to see how this will look given current restrictions.


We once again thank our wonderful families for the amazing, positive way they embraced our return to school for this term. We are looking forward to another wonderful term and continuing to share our learning journey.

 

- Mrs McDonald

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