Term 1 – 2018

 WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE CLASSROOM?

HARMONY DAY – Everyone Belongs

Pieta from STOMP taught us a dance for Harmony Day – we learned to do some indigenous dance steps and enjoyed all dancing together.We all belong in Prep CD

  • Now that we have looked at all of the letters and identified them by name we will be beginning to learn the 43 sounds in the English language. This is when we look at the phonemes (sounds) we hear in words and how we record the grapheme (letters) that represent the phoneme. We use the Sound Waves system which shows the children the many choices there can be to record a phoneme using pictures, combinations of letters and the Sound Waves chant and hand actions.
  • Each day the children complete activities that promote the development of their fine motor skills to help with handwriting.
  • We have been learning many sight words and are now using that knowledge to help us in our reading.

  • We read Dan, the Flying Man and then we made our own hats so we could fly! Lily is flying over flowers and Hayden is flying over a crane. We used the green screen to take our photos and then selected the background.
  • We have been measuring the weight of things from around the classroom. We used the scales and compared the weight, some things were heavier, some things were lighter
  • and some things weighed the same. The scales move just like a seesaw.
  • In numeracy we are looking at patterns around us and in numbers and the attributes of patterns.  We can copy patterns, we can make our own patterns and explain them. A pattern repeats again and again.

 

  • EXPLORING NUMBERS
  • Our topic for Inquiry has been about ourselves, being a part of the grade and a member of the school community. We have covered Sunsmart, class rules and school routine and rules in this topic.
HOME READING
Some helpful tips to help with reading
  • Praise your child’s efforts
  • Talk about the book after reading it, relate the experiences in the book to their own personal experience
  • Make reading fun
  • Be patient, give your child time to work out words
  • Remember not all words can be sounded out – instead try to help them make a good guess using the first letter/sound and what would make sense – use the pictures to help
NUMBER DISCUSSIONS
  • Look for numbers around the house or when you are travelling in the car. What are they used for? Can you read them? What number would come before or after that number?
  • Count, but begin at numbers other than one.
  • Count forwards, count backwards
  • Look for patterns in bricks, footpaths, house numbers, wrapping paper, material – can your child explain the pattern?
The most important thing you can do with your child is to speak with them, model correct speech and allow them time to ask questions and respond to your questions.
HOUSE T-SHIRT
If you have purchased a house t-shirt for your child they can be worn to school on a Wednesday as we have PMP in the afternoon. This is our ‘sport’ session for the week.