Our Grade Prep blog

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.

February 27, 2017
by emmadove

Sensational Week!

It was a rather short week in Prep last week. However, it was still SENSATIONAL!

The students started their sound focus for the year. It has been fair to say that the SUPERSTAR preps have been SENSATIONAL. They made SMARTY PANTS, SUNFLOWERS, even took a trip down to the STATION. Any guess of what our first SSSSSound was? All the students have been listening carefully to the sounds at the start of words, particularly those that start with /S/ sound. The confidence the preps have shown in the Cued Articulation of the /S/ sound has been SUPER. If you haven’t already, please ask your child to show you their cued articulation. They will be coming home doing plenty more in the coming weeks.

This week the Preps will be working on the /M/ sound.

In other Prep News, our Dad’s Dinner is fast approaching and will take place on Tuesday March 7th between 5.30pm and 6.30pm. This is a fantastic event where the students and dads come together. We play outside, eat some delicious food and then do some work in our classrooms.

The Numeracy Helpers Course will take place Tuesday the 28th of February. A notice has been sent home for parents who wish to attend the course. Similar to the Literacy Parent Helpers Course, there is a morning and evening sessions you can attend.

With the Laburnum Primary School fete only 5 weeks away the time has come for the Prep families to band together for the upcoming Working Bee. The Junior School Working Bee will take place on Saturday March 18th from 9.00am – 12.00pm.  A terrific community event will see many necessary jobs completed around the school. If you can attend, it would be greatly appreciated. Many hands make like light work!

Have a great week!

The Prep Team!

February 17, 2017
by emmadove

10 days of Prep have passed.

Fair to say it has gone pretty fast.

Filling buckets and being a great friend,

It’s a shame the school day has to end.

In the playground we have fun,

Wearing our hats to keep off the sun.

Library, Music, Art and Sport,

Loving all that we have been taught.

Bring on the learning there is more to come,

We have had a great start to Term One.


Below are some pictures of the Developmental Play that has been taking place at the beginning of the day. During this time we are making friends and developing our fine motor skills through activities such as cutting and threading.


November 16, 2016
by emmadove

Market Week!

Dear Parents / Guardians,

There is only two more weeks until LPS’s Market Week. This term the Year 6 students have been learning about economics. We have worked hard to create stalls selling many goods and services. Some of the exciting games on offer include mini-hoop basketball, soccer top targets, coin toss games, ping pong games and paper plane throwing competitions. Some of the fabulous products on offer include popcorn, baked goods, snow cones, milkshakes and fairy floss. Prices range from 50c to $2 per activity/product. Most children do like to buy something, but if you do not want your child to buy anything, do not send any money. We do talk about families being different and people having different treats. Please make sure money is in a named purse or bag, (ziplock is fine), as change is easy to lose and this causes distress.

The stalls will be held during lunchtimes in Week 8 of term and each year level has an allocated day of when they can attend.

Year 1 & 2 – Tuesday 22nd Nov

Year 3 & 4  – Wednesday 23rd Nov

Year 5 – Thursday 24th Nov

Prep – Friday 25th Nov


The money raised from the stalls will contribute to the end of year celebrations for the Year 6s. We look forward to seeing the students there!


The Year 6 teachers and students.

November 11, 2016
by emmadove

What a busy few weeks we have had in Prep! There have been so many special events lately.


It was a beautiful day for our excursion to the zoo and we had such a fantastic time. We got to see many of the animals as well as take part in a special visit to the education centre where we met some animals close up.

A big thank you to all our wonderful parents helpers who helped make the day such a success. It is an experience the children will remember for a long time.




The Prep Disco has been another highlight! It was great to see the children arriving in their special disco outfits ready to show off their dance moves, and a fantastic time was had by both preps and teachers alike. The following day all the preps completed detailed recounts of their experience. Here are some of their thoughts:

On Thursday all of the preps went to the fun disco. First we has some free dancing. Next we all played musical statues and got a glow stick. Then we did some rock and roll dancing to Uptown Funk. I loved it. – Annalisa

On Thursday all the preps went to the hall. First we played musical statues. Next we got a glowband. Then we did the chicken dance. Next we had a photo. Last we went outside and got a juicy cold nice icypole. My favourite song was Can’t Stop the Feeling. Miss Spillane and Mr Mac were DJs.  – Tristan




This Thursday the whole school joined together to sing “Let it Play” for Music Count Us In. It was great to see the Preps standing with their Grade 6 buddies, singing so beautifully and remembering all the actions.


Did you know that this week the Preps have started rehearsing for the Christmas Concert? Put the date in your diaries, Thursday 1st of December. It is a night not to be missed. Shhhhh, please don’t ask us what songs we are singing, because it is a surprise!


The Prep Team

October 21, 2016
by emmadove

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school and what will be a very exciting Term 4! The Prep teachers are baffled at how quickly this year has gone. We are already at the end of our first two weeks of term and we have had some exciting learning happening in the classroom.

In the first week back at school, we had Twilight Sports. The rain tried to get in our way, but luckily it held off long enough for us to complete all events. The Prep students were particularly impressive in their sprinting and obstacle course skills.

In Literacy, we have been looking at the /th/ sound. We have learnt that it makes two different sounds: a voiced and unvoiced sound. I wonder how many Preps can show their parents the two different cued articulation movements.

In Maths, we have been focusing on subtraction. The Preps have been doing a wonderful job at taking away from a larger number. They made some animal subtraction stories and used hands on materials such as teddies and counters to assist them. The students also used number lines to help them count backwards. What a terrific job they did!

In History, we have been discussing different family dynamics and the celebrations that are important to different cultures. It was so exciting to hear about the special events Laburnum students celebrate such as Chinese New Year, Diwali and Christmas.

Finally, the students have had a play around with Coding. They have programmed Beebots to move around as well as a range of apps: Light bot and The Foos. They have shown so much excitement about the concept of coding.

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