Our Grade Prep blog

May 1, 2018
by katewilliams

Thank you to all the families who helped out at the Prep-Year 2 working bee on Saturday 21st April. There were many comments from students and staff about how neat and lovely the school looked after all your hard work.

The Prep students have been busy learning about the letters F, D and E, focusing on the letter name, sound and how to form the letter shape correctly. We have been looking at how words are put together to make a sentence, and how every sentence starts with an uppercase letter.

In Maths we made some new friends: the friends of 10! This is the start of our topic all about addition where we will be learning how to add two numbers together to make a bigger number. We will also be investigating some new and familiar words that help us give and follow directions.

A few reminders:

  • School nurse forms have been sent home. We would appreciate if you could complete and return to school as soon as possible. They are due back by Friday May 18th.
  • The class incursion levy note was sent home last week. If you have not paid yet, please return the form with your preferred payment option via your class teacher or the office.
  • The Prep students will be visiting the Mother’s Day stall on Thursday May 10th. There are a range of gifts available, priced between $1 and $7. Children can bring their money on the day or can give it to their teacher for safe-keeping. Please note that your child’s purchases will be sent home with your child on Friday.

Hope everyone has a great week!

The Prep Team

April 20, 2018
by katewilliams

Welcome to Term 2!

We hope you all had a lovely break. The Prep students have really impressed us with how they have come back so settled and ready to learn. This term is 11 weeks long and we have a lot of fun activities planned!

Our inquiry topic this term is ‘What places are special to us?’ and we will be looking at these key questions:

  • What are places like?
  • How and why are people connected to their place and other places?
  • What makes a place special?
  • How can we care for places?

During Science, we will be exploring materials and what things are made of. This week we began by talking about the materials we already know and exploring our school environment.  We are also very fortunate to have some pre-service teachers from Deakin University working with the prep students twice this term. They are completing science activities in small groups and the students loved their first session, last Monday.

A few reminders:

  • As per our Sun Smart policy, hats need to be worn until April 30th this year.
  • If your child loses anything at school, please check the lost property tubs which are located at the office.

We are looking forward to a great term!

Have a lovely weekend,

The Prep Team

March 23, 2018
by katewilliams

Prep Week 8

Wow, where has the term gone with only one more week of Term 1 to go! It seems just like yesterday that the students were beginning Prep and now they are well established into life at school, looking as if they have been here for ever! It is amazing when we reflect on how much the students have learnt and grown over the past 8 weeks.

This week has been another busy week in the prep rooms with a Music Incursion where we were entertained by three musicians as we learnt about the sounds clarinets, flutes and bassoons can produce.

It has been great to see students so engaged in independent reading and build their reading stamina over the last few weeks.

Here are some very happy students using their Eagle Eyes to read the pictures during Independent Reading.

A reminder that next week is the last week of term and we will be finishing school at 2.30pm Thursday March 29th. We will all be back again for Term 2 on Monday April 16th.

Things you could do with your children in the holidays:

  1. Practice writing their names correctly – a capital letter to start and the rest of the letters in lower case e.g. Mandy.
  2. Continue to learn their words by asking them to read the words as you randomly point to them.
  3. Continue to read their words by writing them and saying the word as they write them.
  4. Drawing around the shape of the words as another cue to remember the word and what it looks like.
  5. Read to your child every day.

The Prep Team

March 16, 2018
by jessbruce

Week 7 in Prep

It has been a sensational week in Prep. Check out our new Independent Book Boxes!

Every student this week received their very own book box to fill with ‘Just Right Books’ that they would like to read during independent reading sessions. This week the Prep students have been learning the difference between Picture Story Books and Non-fiction Books, as well as how to choose their own ‘Just Right Books’.

A ‘Just Right Book’ is one which the students:

  • find interesting
  • can understand what is happening in most of the story
  • can retell what they have read
  • can recognise most of the words on the page, but there are some words to work on
  • can read by themselves but may need help if they hit a tough spot

What’s coming up?

Next week in Maths we will be observing natural patterns in the world around us, as well as creating and describing our own patterns. In English, we are looking at the letter /C/ and the two sounds it makes i.e. /C/ for Cat and /C/ for Circus. We will also be continuing to practise our strategies for decoding words when reading.


  • Thank you to the parents that attended our parent helper’s literacy course. If you missed it there will be another one next Wednesday 21st We would love you to attend if you are interested in helping out in your child’s classroom.
  • If you have a current Working With Children’s Check please take a copy to the office so you can help out in the classroom J
  • Next week is the teacher’s planning week so your child’s timetable will change. Teachers will remind your child when they need to bring in their library bags.
  • Twilight sports are on Friday 23rd of March. It will run from 5:30 to 6:30 and would be great to see some of you there. See the newsletter for further information.

Have a lovely weekend!

The Prep Team

March 9, 2018
by katewilliams

Sensational Week 6 in Prep!

The preps have done a wonderful job this week, attending school for their first full week. We bet there will be some tired little people this weekend (and teachers too!).

Thank you to those who attended the Prep Picnic last night, it was lovely to see so many families getting together and having a lovely time.

An important part of our English curriculum is oral language and we like to incorporate the Language Experience approach into our sessions. This requires us to share in an experience together and to them create a text about the experience. For example, this week we went outside and blew bubbles from big and little wands. We enjoyed chasing them and popping our friend’s bubbles. The children then wrote a class recount about what we did with the teacher and this became our text to read during reading sessions too. The bubbles were a definitely a highlight this week! J

Next time you are walking down the corridors, check out the class pictographs about different things we like and do not like. We created these in Maths this week and it also helped us to get to know our classmates a bit more.

Next week we are looking at 2D shapes, perhaps you can see if the children can spot any shapes as you are out and about on the weekend.

In English, we are looking at /M/ and /H/ and continuing to practise our reading skills. If you would like to see and hear how the sounds of each letter are pronounced, click the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ksblMiliA8&t=25s


  • School photos are next Wednesday and Thursday. Students need to be dressed in full school uniform for these days. Don’t forget to send your order form in with the children too.
  • Although it is now Autumn, hats still need to be worn every day. Please ensure they are in the children’s bags each morning.
  • Lunch orders – this is just a reminder that lunch orders are delivered to the school just before 12.50pm so children still need a snack for morning recess time.

Enjoy the long weekend!

The Prep Team

March 3, 2018
by katewilliams

Week 5 in Prep

It has been a great week in Prep this week with a lot of learning happening in the classrooms.

Don’t forget our Prep Picnic is on next Thursday evening in Blacks Walk from 5.30pm. We are welcoming all parents and family members to bring along a picnic to Blacks Walk where you will be able to meet other families from our Prep community.

What’s coming up?
Next week in Reading and Writing, Preps will be looking at /o/ and /b/ sounds, continuing to practice our independent reading and learning about the first letter recognition of a word which we call lips the fish reading strategy. In Maths we will be looking at Data and creating graphs and in Inquiry we will be practising personal and social skills.

At home please make sure you are reading or listening to your child read as they are now bringing home a take home book and to also practise their red or blue words on a regular basis. Their notice folder with their book and words must come back every day. We also ask if the students could practise their cutting at home with child friendly scissors to assist in strengthening their Fine motor skills.

Lastly, please remember to return ICT agreements to the classroom teacher. Your child will not be able to use the iPads until this agreement is signed by you and your child and returned.

Thank you and we hope to see you at the picnic.

The Prep Team

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.

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