Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Term Two - Here we go.....

Welcome back to Term 2!!!
It was wonderful to see all children really happy to be back at school. Everyone just cruised in as if they'd never left. It sounds like everyone had a great holiday - and it has been great to see parents and their children working together in the mornings to illustrate and write about special holiday events. 


The Pre primaries will be focusing on biological science this term and may be involved in handling soil, plants and animals. Could each student please bring in a pair of gardening gloves that will be kept at school. This will enable their learning to be more 'hands on' and safe.
Fynn has started the conversation by bringing in a nice jar or Algae today.  How interesting! 
We are going to find a microscope and try and look at it up close. 
If your child makes a discovery and shows an interest in something from the world of nature then please let us know and bring in anything they want to share... as long as it is non toxic and doesn't smell as bad as our resident deceased mouse.  

Reading Folders

As the students show readiness they will begin to bring home a book as a 'home reader'. In order to keep the books in excellent condition each student will need a 'reading folder'.  An example folder is on display in the classroom as you walk in. Folders can be purchased at local news-agencies.  Reading folders must be waterproof and a sensible size. A note about home reading and how to do it will accompany the first readers. 

Parent Helpers
Next week we will be starting out Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) on Thursday afternoons with Ms Holt. PMP is a program which aims to develop a child's perceptions and understandings of him/her self and his/her world through movement/motor activities.  PMP provides multi sensory experiences which give the child a wide range of experiences in seeing, hearing, touching, processing the information, making perceptual judgements and reacting. It is sequentially structured so that the child gains progressively higher order skills.
We rely on parent/grandparent/aunty/uncle help in order for this program to run effectively. As the classes are mixed together for this activity we will need 3 parent helpers from each class. Could you please add your name to a slot on your classroom parent roster if you are able to help. This session will run from 1.30-3pm on Thursday afternoons. We will still need a parent helper in the mornings as well.

Gathering Time Writing
We will begin 'writing' during gathering time each morning. Each student has been allocated 2 days a week to do their writing. During this time please assist your child to draw a picture and then 'write' about their picture. Work together to identify sounds in the words they want to write. Talk about aspects of writing such as full stops and capital letters. Be positive and praise them for their efforts. Please scribe under what they have written. The timetable for gathering time writing is pinned to our parent information board outside our classroom.

Literacy focus
This term we have begun looking at small words using the concept of 'Onset and Rime'. Similar to teaching beginning readers about rhyme, teaching children about onset and rime helps them recognize common chunks within words. This can help students decode new words when reading, and spell words when writing. For example cat would be broken up into c.....at. 'c' is the onset and 'at' is the rime. They help children learn about word families, which can lay the foundation for future spelling strategies. We will still be reviewing the sounds of the alphabet so keep practicing these too.
Following success with onset and rime, the students will begin looking at CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words and how to blend the 3 sounds (zip them up) and segment the 3 sounds (unzip them).

Here is a video explaining 'Preparing for Reading' where the 'onset and rime' stage fits.

Diana Rigg. Preparing for reading.

Fairy Tales.
Our Literature focus this term will be on Fairy Tales.  Fairy tales serve well to develop oral language skills and support early reading and writing. 
Please make some time to read your child fairy tales over the next few weeks.  Talk about the tales. Who are the characters. Decide who are the good characters and the bad.  Did the story have any messages? What was the setting for the story? Is this fairy tale similar to any other tale that you have read? Take time to READ the Pictures.  


We will be looking at the all important 'teen' numbers this term. We will focus on what each number looks like as a numeral, word, tally, in a ten frame, as pictures and where it sits on a number line (what number comes before and after it).  Another focus will be on pattern - where we see it in the world, identifying patterns and making our own pattern.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to come and see us.

Thank you,
Julie and Gemma