Our Grade Prep blog

February 23, 2018
by jessbruce

Week 4 in Prep

The students may have only been at school for 3 days this week but we have certainly been busy!

We learnt all about the letter and sound P. We read a poem about pancakes and practised pointing at each word as we read it. Everyone made their own pointers to keep practising this skill during independent reading.

On Friday we made popcorn! It was exciting observing how the small kernels of corn popped into big clouds of popcorn when heated. We used paper and sticky tape to create a container to hold our delicious popcorn too. We discussed the sequence of events for making popcorn and identified what happened first, second and last.

In Maths we have been focusing on the numbers 5, 6 and 7. We are working very carefully to form our numbers correctly and match the number to collections.

During Inquiry we focused on identifying personal strengths. We all shared some activities or skills we are good at, and recognised that each person is good at different things.

What’s coming up?  

Our focuses for the week are the letter/sound I and N, numbers 1-10 and learning about the parts of our bodies and how we grow and change over time.


Wednesday 28th February is the last Wednesday testing days, please make sure you know your child’s appointment time.

Musica Viva will be holding an incursion at our school on Tuesday 20th March. Permission forms went home this week. Please make sure you return the completed slip for your child as soon as possible.

Book club orders are due by Tuesday 27th February- please note no late orders will be accepted.

Thanks to all the prep students for a great week!

The Prep Team

February 15, 2018
by jessbruce

Prep Information

Dear Prep Families,

Thank you to those who attended last night’s Prep Information Night.

As mentioned, here is the slideshow presentation and the specialist information booklet.

Week 3 in Prep

This week we have learnt the letters and sounds for A and T. We have enjoyed a lot of reading activities based around a familiar poem, ‘I’m a little teapot’ and have developed our skill at pointing to each word as we read it.

In Writing, we have been practising writing our names with a capital letter only at the start. Our pencil grips are developing as we learn how to form each letter correctly. We have been discussing our thinking in regards to different visual prompts and then showing our thinking by drawing or writing.

During Maths, we have explored the numbers 1-5 and in particular how to represent these numbers in a variety of ways.

What’s coming up?  

Next week, Monday is a student free day as the teachers will be working with a reading specialist.

Our focuses for the week are the letter/sound P, numbers 6-10 and looking at our personal strengths.


There are only 2 weeks left for the Wednesday testing days, please make sure you know your child’s appointment time.

Remember that the library is open before school from 8.45am, this is a great opportunity for you and your child to read books together and borrow some for home. These books can be on loan for up to 7 days. Prep R and Prep J don’t have library sessions this term so please take advantage of the library and all the wonderful books it has to offer.

We hope everybody has enjoyed their first few weeks in Prep. We have enjoyed getting to know you and your children.

Prep Info Night 2018 Specialist Booklet-2d5oq80

2018 Prep Info Evening Presentation-17950pn 

The Prep Team

October 21, 2017
by emmadove


Dear Parents/Carers,

For your information.

G.A.T.E.WAYS December ‘Festivals of Workshops’ for Prep to Year 6 students

G.A.T.E.WAYS are very excited to inform you of details of their end of year Festival extravaganzas!  They have been running Festivals for many years now and they are a lovely way to finish our year.

The Prep Festival of Workshops will be hosted by Brighton Grammar Middle School, Brighton on Monday, 11 December and Tuesday, 12 December from 9.15 – 3.00pm.

The Year 1- 6 Festival will be hosted by Firbank Grammar School in Brighton on Thursday, 14 December and Friday, 15 December from 9.30 – 3.15.

This is a PARENT ENROLLED program.

Enrolment instructions are on the front page of the brochure and on our website.



Thank you,

The Prep Team

September 6, 2017
by emmadove

Kane’s Arcade

Kane’s Arcade

Last week the Preps visited the Grade 1’s to have a look at the Arcade Games that they have made as a part of their Inquiry unit. The Preps had a lot of fun trying out the wonderful games and winning prizes. It was a great introduction to the toys that the Preps will be making in the following weeks. Starting this week, the Preps will be rotating between each teacher to make a different moving toy.


We are all looking forward to swimming beginning in Week 9. Thank you parents for returning all the swimming forms and to those who have volunteered to help out on the bus.


We are in need of boxes, plastic bottles, lids etc to help create our toys in Week 9 and 10. Please bring them to your class teacher so we can get creating!

We do ask if toilet rolls, egg cartons and milk containers could please not be sent.

August 29, 2017
by emmadove

Book Week!

Last week in Prep we had a lot of fun celebrating our love of books during Book Week!

With a special incursion from Leigh Hobbs, the Preps have become master illustrators! Leigh taught the Preps how to draw characters from his books and how to create their own new character. Ask them at home if they can produce a master piece for you, with the adorable characters of Old Tom, Horrible Harriet and Mr Chicken.

We wanted to say a great big thank you to all the parents for helping their children with their amazing costumes on Friday! The students looked amazing!

Keep up the love of reading at home, we love reading in our classes!


  • Father’s Day breakfast on 1st of September at 7:00am.
  • Swimming notices and payments are due.
  • Laburnum School Gala – Thursday the 7th at 7:00pm.

August 11, 2017
by emmadove

100 Days!

Wow! What an exciting week! The day that each and every Prep students has been counting down to finally arrived on Wednesday. We are now 100 days cleverer! The prep teachers couldn’t be more proud of the amazing effort and growth which the students have shown over the last 100 days. Their confidence in particular is something that the teachers are amazed with.

On Wednesday we started our 100th day with a parade in the hall to show off our fabulous /p/ costumes. We loved having so many parents, friends and our friends in Year 1 there to watch.

The fun continued for the rest of the day (and the whole week) with activities centered around the number 100 and a party lunch.

We went on a MASSIVE number hunt, with our buddies, around the school to find all the numbers to 100.

We have written about what we can do, now that we have been at school for 100 days, and what we think we will look like when we are 100 years old.

A big thank you to all the parents for helping your children with their amazing costumes and for providing such delicious food to share for lunch. There were some very full bellies on Wednesday afternoon.

We had a fabulous day!

Here’s to the next 100 days of school!

July 26, 2017
by emmadove

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school Preps!

We have had a great start to Term 3, and what a term it will be! 100 days of Prep, Book Week and swimming! Oh my!

Thank you to those families who have made a time to meet with their classroom teacher for parent teacher interviews. If you missed out on making a time, please feel free to make a time with your child’s teacher to discuss their Semester 1 report.

This week we have been exploring the sounds of /v/ and /qu/. Preps have been /v/ery in/qu/sitive when hearing these sounds in their reading and writing. Please ask your child how they make these sounds using their cued articulation hand movements.

We have also been looking at two digit numbers and what they are made of, for example, 23 is made of 2 tens 3 ones. The preps have using paddle pop sticks in bundles of tens and loose ones, in order to visualize their two digit numbers. Here are some photos of the numbers we have explored.


The Prep Team

May 16, 2017
by emmadove

Post Office Walk

Last week the Prep grades all went for a walk in the beautiful autumn sunshine to post our invitations to our Grandparents and Special Friends.  We had carefully folded our invitations and put them inside our envelopes and stuck a stamp to the front. We carefully carried our letters while we counted the cats, worked out the numbers on the letterboxes, discovered lots of autumn leaves and waved to friendly people on the way. We are looking forward to showing our special visitors our school on Monday morning.


May 2, 2017
by misstsmith

Prep News

If you go out to our CLASSROOMS today, you’re sure for a big surprise….

This week has seen each of the Prep classes double in size, with the addition of the some very cute and cuddly classmates. With our sound focus for Week 2 centred on /t/ all of the Preps invited their teddies to join in and help with our reading, writing and maths activities.

Each morning, the students and teachers have had to walk around the school to find the teddies because they went on their very own tour of Laburnum Primary School overnight! We found them in the staffroom having a cup of tea and biscuit, reading books in the library, and of course causing havoc in the classroom! Cheeky teddies! While the weather made it tricky at times we were determined to have our teddy bear picnic up in the staffroom and it was a great success. The Preps introduced their teddies to their friends from other grades, sat on a picnic rug and enjoyed a delicious lunch.

In Mathematics, we have been working on our numbers to 20 as well as completing and interpreting graphs about the most popular coloured teddy in each Prep class. Brown was extremely common!

It was also a shorter week, due to Anzac Day. On Monday at lunch time, the students were treated to an Anzac story which was read to them by the school captains over the intercom and prompted a rich discussion around the significance of Anzac Day.

A few reminders as we move into Week 3:

 Life Education

Next Wednesday and Thursday the students will be meeting Harold the Giraffe in the Life Education Van. A complimentary Parent Information session is offered that aligns itself with the content covered with the students and will take place at 9.15am on Wednesday 3rd of May.

Grandparent’s Morning Tea – Wednesday the 27th of April.

We will be posting our letters to our grandparents next week. If you have still not brought an envelope with a name and address on the front, please do so Monday morning. The Grandparents or special friends will then be coming to visit in our school and classroom in Week 5.

April 21, 2017
by misstsmith

Welcome Back to Term 2!

The Preps have settled back into routine well this week and are excited for a fun and busy term ahead.

Highlights and Reminders!

  • The Preps have all begun learning Spanish with Senora Plata this week!
  • Next week we will be having our Teddy Bear Picnic! Your child will be bringing home a letter for their Teddy Bear inviting them to sleep over at school for the week to do some fun activities and have a picnic. Please remember to bring a teddy to school on Monday.
  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day is coming up so please check your child’s letter box for notices.
  • We are excited for our parent helpers to assist in our classrooms in the coming weeks so please be on the lookout for notices in your child’s letter box. You must have attended the parent helpers course AND have a Working with Children’s Check to assist.
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