Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Term Four.....and we are off and running!

Welcome back,

I hope you all had a lovely holiday with your children with lots of rest and cuddles. 

Term four in Pre primary is a big one.  We have laid lots of foundation stones for future learning and we want to make sure that these are set in concrete before they head off to Year One. 

What should your child be able to do before they enter Year One in order to make a smooth transition?
1. Recognise all the the letters of the alphabet, say the sound for the letter and correctly form the symbol for the letter.  They should be able to discern between capital letters and lower case letters. 
2.  Zip up and unzip CVC words.  That is words that are Consonant Vowel Consonant words.  Eg.  cat.   c + a + t = cat.   Unzip  cat.  The sounds are c  a  t. 
3. Read and write their first 25 sight words. These should be being practised at home every night.  Many children are now working on words beyond the first 25. The recall of these sight words gives children a significant advantage when reading and writing and  greater confidence to 'have-a-go' at reading tasks. 
4. The children have been exposed to the digraphs sh, ch, th(soft) and  th(hard). They should begin to use these in writing and recognise them in reading. 
5. When writing the children should write from left to right.  They should be separating words and representing the key sounds in words they are trying to write. They should begin sentences with a capital letter and end with a full stop.
6. All children should count to 20 with one-to-one correspondence and be able to count down from 20 to 0 correctly (this is hard...number 13 often totally disappears!)  They must be able to read and write the numbers to 20. 
7.  Children should be encouraged to read, write and count with numbers beyond 20. 

So what should you do at home? Be aware of these expectations and reinforce learning at school by allowing time for reading and writing at home in a fun play setting.  Give opportunity for meaningful counting activities. Eg. When travelling to Perth...Try spotting the windmills between Bunbury and Perth.  How many can you find?
Play board games with number tracks.  Board games are great for learning to take turns, be tolerant and encourage each other.  
Use mathematical language like more and less.

Read every night.  5mins. (Come and see me if you are having difficulty with this).
Do your sight words every night.  5mins. 
Write a sentence every night.  5mins. 
Count to 20 and backwards to 0 every day. 1 min  

This Term...
We will be Travelling Around the World.
If you have some knowledge of cultures other than Australian and would be prepared to give a 10 minute 'talk' or demonstration to the children ( times 4 groups) we would love to hear from you.
This might be to show pictures, make food, complete a craft or sing a song from the country of your ancestry. Let me know if you can help. 


  • Please put your name on the parent help roster.  We need you!
  • Our PPB Performance Assembly in Friday week 5.