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May 25, 2018
by katewilliams
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Week 6 in Prep

Open Night

Thank you to all of the families that came to see the wonderful work the children have been doing this year. We are very proud of all of them and it was lovely to see them show off their work to you.

This week in Prep

We have been learning about the days of the week and enjoyed sequencing the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We now also know which days are part of the school week and which days are the weekend.

In Reading, we are continuing to practise using the pictures to help us read and to make meaning about the story.

We have also been learning about our school values with a particular focus on respect and what that looks like at school.

Punctuality

We understand that some mornings can be a bit of rush getting the children to school and that you may be a few minutes late. However, having the children lined up in their class lines for the 9am bell helps to ensure they are settled and ready for the first session to begin after the roll is called. If you are running late and after 9.05, you need to sign your child in at the office. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

 

Spare clothes

As we head into winter, we would like to remind parents to put a change of clothes in your child’s school bag.

Have a great weekend!

The Prep Team

May 18, 2018
by katewilliams
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Week 5 in Prep

On behalf of the Prep Team we hope everyone had a wonderful weekend celebrating Mother’s Day and you all enjoyed spending the day with your families.

Next week is an exciting week where the Laburnum community are welcome into the classroom for our annual Open Night on Monday 21st May, 7-8pm. It is a great event showcasing your students work and performances and presentations by our choir, concert band, art and library leaders.
We invite you to come along with your child and family and celebrate their learning so far in Prep.
If you have any questions please speak to your child’s teacher.

Next Friday we are also having our second STARS lesson for the term where our students will work with different students and teachers from around the school for the lesson. The Preps came back very enthusiastic from the last lesson and were very excited about going to new classrooms. Due to having STARS there will be no assembly on Friday 25th May.

This week we were all very excited about learning the letter J and looking closely at how Jelly is made. We used our senses to describe the jelly and practiced writing sentences using a capital letter and full stop.

When reading we have been focusing on the importance of looking at the pictures before we look at the words when reading. We use this strategy of looking at the pictures to understand what is happening in the story and to help decode tricky words. The students are reminded to practice this strategy at home when reading to you.

Finally a quick reminder that the School Nurse forms need to be completed and returned to school by Monday 21st of May. Thank you!

Have a great week,

The Prep Team

May 1, 2018
by jessbruce
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Morning Science Club is Back!

 

Our morning Science Club is starting up on Tuesday the 8th of May.

The Science Club begins at 8:15am and is located in the Science Room (opposite OSCH). You will need to sign your child in on arrival. The students will be participating in a science based activity lead by one of our school parents. I will be overseeing the session. The students will be dismissed at 8:50am. A teacher will be on yard duty from 8:45am to supervise all students.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Date Year Level
8th May 4
15th May 3
22nd May 2
29th May 1
5th June Prep

 

 

Jan Trend

May 1, 2018
by katewilliams
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Reminders:

  • 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
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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

Reminders:

  • 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
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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.

Other
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
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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.

Other

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

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