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September 21, 2018
by jessbruce
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End of Term 3

What a big term we have had! 🙂

The children have done another amazing job in all areas and have certainly grown up a lot.

As you know, the last two weeks we have been going to swimming. Many skills were learnt and the children showed a lot of independence as they dressed and undressed themselves – thank you to all of the parents for the preparation before swimming.

We have also been busy making toys that have a moveable part and we are sure they will get played with a lot over the school holidays.

If you haven’t already returned your permission forms for Chesterfield Farm, please make sure this is back on the first day of Term 4.

The Prep team would like to wish you a lovely break and we will see you for Term 4 on Monday 8th October.

September 4, 2018
by jessbruce
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Sun Smart

It is now the time of the year when we need to be wearing our school hats.

Please ensure your child has a Laburnum hat that is clearly labelled. If they don’t have a hat, they will be required to stay undercover as they cannot borrow hats from lost property or other children.

August 25, 2018
by jessbruce
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Prep News

SWIMMING

The Prep students are really looking forward to swimming in weeks 9 and 10. It is part of the curriculum and it is a fantastic opportunity for the students to learn, or build on, their swimming skills. It is also a great opportunity for the students to mix with other students from different classes. They will be in groups of approximately 6-8 students from across 3 of the prep classes and, as we begin to look towards next year (can you believe it!!), it can support the expansion of friendship groups and widen the ‘pool’ of familiar faces.

Please remember that all students are expected to change their own clothes at the pool. You can help them by encouraging them to dry themselves and get into their own pyjamas of a night and change from their pyjamas into their school clothes in the morning. This includes shoes and socks!!

This is an interesting article on the important skills that children build when dressing themselves.

http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/getting_dressed.html

INQUIRY

Our Inquiry unit for this term is, ‘How toys move.’ We have enjoyed looking at the different ways that our toys move, measuring the distances different balls can roll, learning about the importance of fair testing when comparing the distances and using different methods to show and discuss data that we collect. At the end of the unit we are hoping to make toys that have a moving part. To do this we would like everyone to start collecting any objects that we can use. In particular boxes, cereal boxes (no nuts) and shoe boxes are great sizes, rinsed out juice containers (please no egg cartons or toilet rolls) and any other scraps that you think would be useful.

SPORT

In week 8, 9 and 10 we have Prep sport on a Friday from 11 am- 12pm. If you are available to help us out with these sessions we would greatly appreciate it. Please speak to Eden Ralph in Prep B if you have any questions or would like further information.

BOOK WEEK

We have all enjoyed Book Week this week. We have focused on Australian authors in our reading sessions of a morning, including Melbourne author Nicki Greenberg. It has been a wonderful opportunity for the children to really focus on their comprehension skills (reading for meaning) and reading for pleasure.

We would like to encourage everyone to read books at home. As you read talk your thoughts aloud, wonder about the characters, what they’ll do next, what they’re feeling and why they’re feeling that way. Our students understand the pleasure that can be gained from books, and as you sit together and read, it is a wonderful opportunity to share the enjoyment that you find in reading too.

August 10, 2018
by katewilliams
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Week 4

What a busy couple of weeks we have had!

Last Week:

  • A big thank you to all the parents who attended the Parent/Teacher interviews. We enjoy chatting about the strengths of all your wonderful children.
  • What a fantastic time we had celebrating the Prep students 100th Day of School! Everyone looked fabulous and had a great time celebrating with activities centred on the number 100.

This Week:

  • We attended a Hands on Science Incursion and learnt about how objects move. Students even built their own flying rockets!

Next Week:

  • In Maths, students will be practicing counting backwards and creating graphs.
  • In English, we are learning to retell stories, with a focus on what’s happened and the characters feelings.

Reminders:

  • Monday August 13th is a pupil free day. Teachers will be participating in professional learning about Working Memory and the impact this can have on student learning.
  • If you have any old toys at home that you wouldn’t mind bringing to show the children that would be fantastic. We are also after any toy catalogues.
  • Don’t forget to return swimming notices as soon as possible. Please inform your classroom teacher if your child will not be attending swimming.

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

The Prep Team

July 27, 2018
by jessbruce
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Term 3 Week 2

This week in Reading, we have been learning to retell important events in stories. We have also been very carefully selecting some ‘Just Right’ books to read during independent reading. We know a book is ‘Just Right’ when it is not too easy or too hard. In Writing, we are enjoying using our handwriting books to practice the correct formation of lower case letters. In Maths, we have been learning about ordinal numbers and competed in a series of classroom challenges to be 1st, 2nd and 3rd. We have been developing our Inquiry skills of forming and asking questions to find out something we want to know and have investigating things that are made to move.

On Thursday 2nd August we will be celebrating 100 days of school! It is incredible to think the Preps have completed 100 days of learning, friendship building and fun so far. We have planned a day of amazing activities and celebrations. Last week your child brought home a note explaining our dress up theme and plastic bag to collect 100 items from home. Please make sure these bags are returned by Thursday as they are part of one of the activities.

Parent Teacher Interviews are being held next week. If you have not booked an interview time yet, please see the school newsletter from the 21st June for instructions on how to access the booking system via Sentral. As interviews are only 10 minutes we ask you to please be on time as we cannot go over into the next allocated interview slot. Interviews will be conducted in your child’s classroom (unless you have requested an interpreter, in this case please come to the conference room on the second floor). Please knock on the door at your allocated time.

Our Science incursion is coming up in Week 4! Please make sure your child has returned their permission slip and payment as soon as possible.

Have a wonderful weekend!

July 20, 2018
by katewilliams
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Back to school for Term 3

We hope you had a lovely break and enjoyed spending time with your families.

Before the end of Term 2, your child’s Semester 1 report was published on the Parent Portal. It was a pleasure for us to write these as it highlighted the many strengths and achievements all of the children have obtained during the first half of the year. Please take the time to read these reports as these will be discussed further at the Parent Teacher Interviews, held in week 3. See the school newsletter from the 21st June for instructions on how to access your child’s report and book an interview.

In our classrooms this week, we have been going over the expectations and routines of each session. In Reading, we have revisited what a ‘Just Right Book’ is and made some great choices of books to include in our Independent Reading Boxes. In Maths, we have been learning about estimating and how to use our maths skills to make good estimations/guesses.

This term, our Inquiry topic is ‘How have toys changed?’ and we will also be looking at how things move. If you have any old toys at home that you wouldn’t mind bringing to show the children that would be fantastic. We are also after any toy catalogues for later in the term.

Looking forward to another great term!

The Prep Team

June 22, 2018
by katewilliams
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Prep Week 10

Hi Parents,

Well it’s that time again…the last week of Term and I’m sure your children are getting tired.
This Term has been a really exciting one with lots of learning and adventures including:
– the Mother’s Day stall,
– open night,
– book fair,
– our first ever excursion “walk to the post office”,
– our exhibition,
– lots of buddie time with the grade 6’s,
– pyjama day,
– and of course lots of learning in the classroom!

I think you could safely say the students need a well-earned rest!!

The Prep team would like to say a big thank you to all the family members who came along to the Prep Exhibition. It was an overwhelming response and the students were very excited to showcase their work and tell you all about their maps and read their writing. They all did such a fantastic job and the teachers are very proud of how far they have come this term in their creativity and writing.

Just a few reminders:
– Next week is planning week which means our timetable will change. Preps have their specialist classes on Thursday for the second half of the day and a lesson on Friday.
– Next Friday is the last day of term and we finish at 2.30pm.
– Please remember to provide some winter woollies for your child as it is cold outside at recess and lunch if the sun doesn’t make an appearance (e.g. beanies, gloves, jackets etc).

Thanks for all the support and have a great week ahead.

The Prep Team

June 8, 2018
by katewilliams
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Prep Week 8

Prep Post Office Walk

What a sensational week we’ve had! Last Wednesday the sun was shining as we walked to the Laburnum Post Office. A big thank you all to the mums and dads who volunteered their time to walk with us. We all had a great morning!

Keep an eye on your mail, a letter is heading your way! This letter is to invite parents or grandparents to attend our exhibition of learning on Thursday June 21st from 9:15am to 10:00am. Each class will have their inquiry work on display and the students are very excited to talk about their maps.

This week in Prep

In Maths, we have been learning about length and have been busy measuring various items in our classrooms using informal units such as blocks and paperclips. In Reading, we have been discussing the beginning, middle and end of stories.

Have a great weekend!

The Prep Team

June 1, 2018
by katewilliams
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Week 7 in Prep

This week in Prep

We have been learning about money! We talked about the different coins we have in Australia and described their colour, shape, value and pictures.

We love changing the books in our Independent Reading boxes using our class libraries. We are learning the differences between fiction and non-fiction books.

We visited the school library with our buddies to see all the amazing books for sale during the Book Fair. Please remember the library will be open before school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for students and families to visit and make their purchases. Parents need to take their children to the library to buy books as students will not be able to buy books during class time.

Our walk to the Post Office

It’s nearly here- our walk to the Post Office! We will be leaving for our adventure at 9.30am on Wednesday morning. Please ensure your child has sensible shoes and a jumper on this day. Thank you to all our parent helpers who have volunteered to walk with us.

Have a great weekend!

The Prep Team

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