November 14, 2019
The Preps have been learning about mass in mathematics. Experiences have included exploring the informal comparison of two objects using the technique of ‘hefting’. Last week, the preps with their buddies explored the use of scales for measuring mass. It was wonderful to observe the interaction, curiosity and encouragement between the buddies as they explored using scales as a form of measurement. A key component of measuring mass is the understanding of the correct vocabulary for describing mass. Terms include: heavy, light, heavier than, lighter than and the same as have become familiar in describing the weight of something.
To further support your child’s understanding of mass, you may like to draw attention of mass in everyday life for example: weighing fruit at the supermarket, measuring ingredients for cooking and how we know when a car needs petrol.
REMINDER– The colour fun run is happening this Friday! Don’t forget to register for the major fundraiser for the year hosted by the Parent’s Association. Please speak to your teacher if you need any further information.
JSC Giving Tree
You may have noticed a gum tree arrangement next to the school uniform display in the foyer. Watch this transform into our school Christmas tree for 2019. In conjunction with the Salvation Army, JSC will soon be launching the Christmas Giving Tree. There will be more information coming soon in the newsletter.
Have a lovely week,
The Prep Team!
November 1, 2019
Wow a great start to the week we had! Grandparents and special visitors were welcomed into our classrooms and the children were so excited to play games, make hand print crafts, colour in and find out about what school was like in the past.
Thank you to all who came!
We have continued to write recounts about Grandparents day. See below.
In addition to this great event, the preps have enjoyed Prep sport, learning about addition in maths and exploring non-fiction books in reading.
A couple of reminders:
- Icy poles are sold on Tuesday and Thursday at lunchtime and cost 50 cents.
- JSC Disco is on 5th Please send back permission forms and $7 by 22nd November.
- Melbourne Cup Day – Public Holiday next Tuesday, 5th
Have a lovely weekend!
The Prep Team
October 10, 2019
If you are a Telstra employee you are eligible to register Laburnum Primary School for a $1200 Telstra Kids Grant. From Tuesday the 15th October through to Friday the 25th October eligible Telstra employees will be able to register for this grant on behalf of our school.
You must register online by the deadline. The system will then invite you to complete the grants process so that the Telstra Foundation can gift the Telstra Kids grant if your application is one of the automated “lottery-style” entries chosen.
The more entries there are for our school, the greater the chance our name will be randomly chosen.
So if you are a Telstra employee please hop online as soon as possible and register.
August 27, 2019
Over the next few weeks, the Preps will be looking at money in Maths sessions. We have begun by thinking about what we already know about money and where we use money and what for. This has included sessions on building their vocabulary to include things like bakery, butcher, supermarket, etc.
Soon we will be looking at the Australian coins and notes, developing an awareness of what they are, look like and worth. As part of this focus, we are asking if any families have any international coins or notes that they would be happy to bring in and show the classes. If so, please hand this to your child’s teacher and it will be returned to you soon after. Alternatively, you could take a photo and send that in too.
Always appreciative of your support,
The Prep Team.
June 21, 2019
Thank you to everyone who attended the prep performance at assembly. The children did a fantastic job and were very proud about spreading the message of picking up rubbish and bringing nude food to our school community!
This week we have been working on making connections to books we read by using our personal experiences. For example when you read a book about the beach you might think about and make a connection to a time you have been to the beach. We have discussed that this is what good readers do to have a better understanding of the books we read.
Today the children went to their STARS groups. It is a fantastic opportunity for the preps to meet other children and teachers in the school as we are in mixed groups from prep to 6. Today STARS was organised by the Wellbeing Captains and we focussed on mindfulness.
The preps were meant to have the final visit from the firefighters today. We have had to postpone this session until next term due to the crew responding to calls. Hopefully when they come next term the weather is a bit better!
We hope you all have a fantastic weekend and only one more week of school. Don’t forget that school finishes at 2.30pm next Friday (28/6).
June 10, 2019
We hope everyone enjoyed the extra sleep in on Monday! 🙂
Last week, many families attended the book fair and we hope you and your children are enjoying the new books.
We have been working at building our reading stamina in Prep and we can now independently read for 15 minutes! The classes revised the expectations for Independent Reading time last week and students were able to describe what it should look like, sound like and feel like perfectly! They know to sit in one spot, try all of their reading strategies, think about what is happening in the story and focus on their book. We also spend time sharing our reading with partners.
In Writing, we have been looking at expanding our sentences so that they are more interesting to the reader. To do so, we have looked at characters in our favourite stories, writing a brief description of them, including what they are doing and how they are feeling. The students are doing a fantastic job experimenting with capital letters and full stops too.
In Maths, we have begun to explore common 2D shapes and will continue this focus for the next couple of weeks. In addition to this, we have also looked at comparing numbers and identifying which collection has more or less. This week, we will look at using a hundreds chart to expand our counting skills and to gain a deeper understanding of numbers and number patterns.
As our Inquiry topic, ‘How do we look after special and important places in our environment?’ is coming to an end, each Prep class has brainstormed a range of ideas for communicating our knowledge to the wider school community, in hope to have less rubbish at the school. We will keep you posted about these great ideas!
Finally, if you are interested in helping in the classrooms you are required to attend one of Laburnum’s Parent Helper Courses. We are hoping to run a session before the end of term and will let you know as soon as possible. Keep your eyes out for the date and time soon! 🙂
If you still require a Working with Children Check (to be able to help in the classroom too), please see this link: https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
Have a great week,
The Prep Team
May 22, 2019
Please return all school nurse forms by Friday 24th May 2019.
If you do not wish for your child to participate, please tick the no consent box and sign on page 5 of the questionnaire and return to school.
The Prep Team
May 6, 2019
This week the preps have been focusing on capital letters, the letter W and the blend of Th. The students used yarns of wool to create a whole class spider web that served as inspiration for descriptive writing.
The preps have also been looking at the significance of images when telling a story. They’ve used a range of videos and visual story books to decode the story.
In Maths they have been learning about estimation and all the ways we use estimation in everyday life.
Finally they have been developing their understanding of self through a ‘Bucket Fillers and Dippers’ activity. The students decorated buckets and have been looking at ways to fill and dip from their bucket, highlighting actions and activities that make them feel happier versus things that take away from their and the class’ happiness.
During week 3, we will be visiting the Mother’s Day Stall on Wednesday. Items are priced from $2 to $10 and can be viewed in the office if you would like to see.
Have a good week! 🙂
March 25, 2019
As we enter the final 2 weeks of Term 1, we have been reflecting and celebrating the achievements of your children. Routines are working with less reminders, friendships have been made and much enjoyment has been had within our program.
As we continue to foster independence in the children, they should be encouraged to:
- Take on the responsibility in the next two weeks of packing and unpacking their school bag to make sure they have all they need for their next learning day.
- When arriving at school your child should be encouraged to carry their school bag into their classroom on their own.
- They will then place it in their locker and begin the morning routines that their classroom teacher has set up with them.
We are looking forward to sharing the experience of having the police come and visit the children on Monday the 25th of March.
The visit will involve the children learning about what police officers do to keep us safe, that they aren’t scary and what it’s like to sit in a police car. They may even get the chance to sound the siren!
Enjoy your week!
The Foundation Team
March 14, 2019
Just a reminder that the school Twilight Sports is on tomorrow evening, Friday 15th March at 5.30pm – 6.30pm.
Students can come in their house colours and participate in a range of fun activities. There is also a BBQ on the night.
* We understand that on the Term 1 timetable it is listed for next Friday, however the date was changed across the school after we handed these timetables out. Apologies for any inconvenience.*
The Prep Team