WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE CLASSROOM?
The children have had a very busy year in Preps in 2018.
In term four we have celebrated with Sunbury West on Show where we performed ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ for our family and friends.
We completed 4 days of swimming at Sunbury Aquatic centre and improved on our water safety.
In the classroom we have been cooking yummy bread and pumpkin scones. We made ourselves a caterpillar wrap full of salad and cheese.
The children have made great progress and are looking forward to Christmas and finding out who their teacher will be in 2019.
Merry Christmas to all.
Excursion to CERES
We have been reading and researching all about living creatures. We have discovered many interesting facts about the creatures such as where they live, why they look like they do, family names, and how animals depend on each other.
Our excursion to CERES helped us further explore living creatures.
- We were bees communicating by dancing and flapping our wings.
- We used spoons to dig in the soil around the vegetable patch to find mini beasts.
- The magnifying glasses helped us to look closely at the mini beasts
- The worms wriggled across our hands.
BOOK WEEK ACTIVITIES
We have read many of the books that have been shortlisted for the awards this year.
We read ‘The Second Sky’ – Gilbert wanted to fly in the sky like the birds. He found he could fly in the sea.
We wrote about what we wished we could do. We published our writing and drawings and displayed them for everyone to see.
DRESS UP DAY FOR BOOK WEEK
We had fun with backgrounds and made photos of us in our costumes.
100 Days of School
Since the first day of school we have been counting up to the our first 100 days of school. At the beginning of Term 3 we invited our families along to help us celebrate this achievement. We are 100 days smarter and eager to continue in our learning.
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.
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
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?