Prep


 

Teachers can be contacted on XUNO app and through email:

Prep A Room 2 - Judy La Motta - Judith.Landy@education.vic.gov.au 

Prep B Room 3 - Ana Carrondo - ana.carrondo@education.vic.gov.au

Prep C Room 4 - Kelly O'Connell - Kelly.Oconnell@education.vic.gov.au 

 

The prep team would like to welcome all our new students and their families to Meadow Heights Primary!

Term 3:

Welcome back to all of our students and families. The students have had a great start to Term 3 and have settled back into school routines nicely.  This term is as busy as ever with exciting events such as our planned Zoo visit fingers crossed the weather permits this to go ahead! Prep/1 Newsletter Welcome back to all of our students and families. The students have had a great start to Term 3 and have settled back into school routines nicely. This term will be filled with new and exciting learning opportunities and students will continue to learn more skills in creating friendships and solving problems.  To ensure that your children are not missing out on any important learning, please ensure that they are at school on time. Classrooms open at 8.50 am and our first lesson begins at 9.00am.

 

Literacy

Reading and Viewing

This term, students will continue to focus on blending and segmenting sounds and learn how to chunk sounds to decode unknown words. We will also be focusing on improving the students' comprehension skills. They will learn how to ask questions before, during and after reading and continue to make connections with a text.  In addition to consolidating their knowledge of letters and their corresponding sounds, the children will be building upon their repertoire of known high frequency words (heart words). Throughout the term, new heart words will continue to be introduced each week. To make steady progress in their Literacy development, it is vital for the children to continually revise all of the letters and high frequency words that have been introduced in class.

 

Writing

Now that students have learnt all their single sounds they will begin to use sound/letter knowledge to create text (writing simple sentences with familiar words). Students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of rich writing experiences through modelled writing. Genres such as Recount and simple reports will be revisited and explicitly taught.

 

Speaking and Listening

There are daily opportunities for students to practise speaking and listening through class discussions, share time and structured developmental play.

 

MATHEMATICS

In Mathematics the children will continue to extend their number knowledge and counting skills. This will include counting backwards and forwards from different numbers up to and beyond 20 and writing, ordering and making numbers (using materials) up to and beyond 20. Children will make connections with prior learning, apply knowledge of number, including addition, subtraction and subitisation, to practical situations.

You can assist at home by:

  • Encouraging your child to practise counting forwards and backwards from different starting points between 1 and 20 (slowly working up to between 1 and 100).
  • Discussing and modelling simple addition and subtraction stories with items found around the house as the opportunity arises

 

Addition story example:

When your child is playing with toy cars you may say: I can see that you have 2 blue cars and 3 red cars. Do you know how many toy cars you have altogether?

 

Subtraction story example:

When your child takes a piece of fruit from the fruit bowl you may say: There were 6 apples in the bowl before you took one. How many apples are left in our fruit bowl now?

Providing opportunities for your child to measure things using informal units. What is the length of our table in hand spans? How many steps to the front door from here? Which cup holds more water?

 

Inquiry

This Term our Prep students will make observations of living and non-living things. They investigate the school area to find examples of each. They determine what living things can do and what they need to survive. Students identify and compare the needs of plants, animals and humans as living things. Each class will have a Grey-Headed Flying Fox as a class mascot and will become ‘experts’ on what these animals need in order to survive in our urban environment and what we can do to promote this.

 

SHARE

Throughout Term 3, our students will continue participating in lessons as part of our whole school social skills program.  The overall theme during this term is wellbeing, with weekly lessons around relationships, resilience and happiness.

For parent / carers who may not be aware, students within our school are allocated to a house and participate in different house groups. Houses include: Paringa (Green), Tarcoola (Blue), Mitchell (Yellow) and Shankland (Red), all named after streets around Meadow Heights. Students are encouraged to learn about their house and have the opportunity to collect raffles over the term by exhibiting positive behaviours in line with our school values of Respect, Responsibility, Excellence and Pride. At the end of each term the students from the house earning the greatest number of raffles are able to participate in a special activity.

 

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Term 2:

 

It’s hard to believe that Term 1 of Prep came and went and now we are talking about Term 2! The Preps have had a great start to school and have picked up class routines well. Home reading will continue this term now that they have learnt all their jolly phonics single sounds. Please ensure that your child is practising the sounds daily.

 

Curriculum Overview

Literacy

Reading and Viewing

We had a great start to our Literacy program in Term 1 and we are looking forward to continuing that this term. We will revise all our single sounds this term and you will start to notice your child being able to read and create words by blending sounds together. Students have received a ring with their ‘decodable’ words and sounds to practise at home. Students will begin to be formally introduced to comprehension strategies such as predicting, making connections and summarising.

Writing

Now that students have learnt all their single sounds they are beginning to use sound/letter knowledge to create text (writing simple sentences with familiar words). Students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of rich writing experiences through modelled writing. Genres such as Recount and Narratives will be explicitly taught. Students will continue to be introduced to common high frequency (heart) words and taught how to spell these words through daily lessons language conventions. Furthermore, we will continue with a focus on correct letter formations as we introduce lines for the students to write on in their Writing books.

Speaking and Listening

There are daily opportunities for students to practise speaking and listening through class discussions, share time and structured developmental play.

 

MATHEMATICS

Our numeracy focus will include:

Number & Algebra:

  • Counting and representing numbers to 20
  • 1:1 counting correspondence
  • Number formation
  • Recognition of number names
  • Subitisation (recognising and understanding ‘how many’ without having to physically count)
  • Using number lines to find more and less

Measurement & Geometry:

  • Using everyday language of time
  • Recognition of 2D shapes

 

Inquiry

This term students in Prep investigate the concept of a family. They learn to identify different members of a family and how they are connected. They identify the people in their immediate family and investigate what makes families unique.

 

SHARE

During SHARE sessions this Term students will learn to express their emotions appropriately, solve problems, build relationships and be thoughtful class members who take responsibility and show respect.

 

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Term 1:
It has been an exciting start to the year with students and teachers getting to know each other through our Start Up program. Our classrooms are safe and engaging learning environments where children and valued and encouraged to take risks and have a go. It has been fantastic to see the children settling into classroom routines and enjoying all aspects of school life thus far!

Literacy and Numeracy programs have kick-started with students developing their knowledge and skills through fun, interactive, hands-on learning tasks that cater to a variety of learning styles and abilities.

 

Play is a very important part of our curriculum that allows children to make real-life connections to their learning and encourages communication, team work and oral language.

 

Our S.H.A.R.E. program encourages our students to https://d.adroll.com/cm/aol/out?adroll_fpc=74aba57388009a9138403d1361dc493a-1581493607132&xid_ch=f&advertisable=3VPFXJUJLZBQPCUFZKU2LSacknowledge that they are part of a learning community. Each student is responsible for taking responsibility of their actions in a way that values building safe and  positive classrooms.  Student accountability encourages student learning, and helps improve academic performance and achievements.

 

We have also been learning about how to be safe online through our Cyber Safety program in term 1. Specialists for the year include The Arts, Physical Education and Languages: Turkish & STEM.

We have a couple of special events this term that we are eagerly looking forward to... The 'Teddy Bear's Picnic' is one.

A busy start to the year with lots more to come!

If you would like to practice the A-Z Jolly Phonics sounds at home, please use this link.

 

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