W elcome back to Term 2! U nlike first term, where we had the pleasure of the sun’s warmth, the coolness is already in the air and Autumn and W inter will be upon us. Term including a Prep W e have a lot of things happening this breakfast, school production plus and a few more surprises! sports and a school W e were pleased with the parents who attended the prep information sessions and from the feedback we have received we are pleased to announce the content was welcomed and helpful. For those few who were unable to attend another session will run early this term. As we presented during the information session we will increase our use of the class W iki as a form of communication and to provide a positive home-school learning partnership. Hippos CURRICULUM NOTES TERM 2, 2014 Religion Contact details: Mrs Schwab [email protected] u.au This term in the unit ‘What do I know about Jesus’, the children will identify the concept of the bible as a special book that tells us about Jesus’ life. They will also identify the similarities and differences between their life and the life of Jesus and express ways they can show love for others. The unit I care for God’s World will provide the opportunity for the children to list and describe objects, actions or scenes that are beautiful and wondrous and to identify ways in which they can care for God’s world. We will demonstrate our understanding and express our appreciation for gifts through celebrations of song Inquiry and prayer. This term’s inquiry unit is ‘The Past, Present and Our Future.’ In this unit the students will understand that knowing about our family histories enables us to discover our cultural origins and develop historical awareness. The students will explore: the structures of families, celebrating family events, compare the similarities and differences in families, cultural celebrations and commemorations and cultural diversity in our community. This will include the students taking home interview questions regarding their own family, for example, a family member who has migrated from another country. We will use a variety of learning experiences: ICT to research other cultures and present our ideas, read and role play a variety of stories about celebrations and use math as a way to graph our findings. Through investigating and exploring cultural diversity students will develop understanding, a sense of welcome and a willingness to embrace the richness of multiculturalism. Literacy Reading: The children have been making significant progress in recognising and being able to name the letters of the alphabet. We will continue making this a daily focus with the children to consolidate their knowledge. They will read a variety of predictable texts with similar characteristics, supportive images and familiar vocabulary; nursery rhymes and engage in supported activities to deepen their understanding. This will draw upon their developing TAKE HOME READERS AND READING LOGSThe readers your child takes home have been chosen so they are familiar and easy to read. This will enable your child to develop a love of reading, gain fluency and enjoy the nightly reading process. Your child will have their reading heard once a week by a teacher(this will fall on their focus student day). An assessment task and observations of their reading behaviors will be completed and effective feedback provided to your child. This is only one way we assess your child’s literacy skills knowledge of concepts about print and letter/sound relationships. The children will engage in literacy activities which include: ! Alphabet/word work- students engage in games, activities to support their knowledge of sound/letter and word knowledge ! Familiar reading - students read known texts and engage in supported activities ! ICT- students use programs to reinforce sound/letter knowledge ! Teacher focus group- reading and participating in explicit focus tasks Writing With so many significant experiences happening this term, a focus for the children is to confidently approach writing to use familiar words ( eg.Oxford words), phrases and images to convey ideas. This will be taught through modeled and shared writing experiences. We will continue to focus on attempting to write using approximate letters for some letter-sound relationships in common words. Handwriting will be taught through the auditory and visual elements of the Thrass program and we will include tactile experiences to assist the children to correctly form upper and lower case letters. This will include varying their pencil grips and how they sit while writing. We will explore writing through the use of a range of writing implements and software. Spelling- This term we will continue to develop the children’s letter/sound knowledge through games, activities and explicit teaching tasks. We will introduce further high frequency words to their familiar word lists. Nursery Rhymes will play a pivotal role in expanding their concepts of how words work. Thrass- On a daily basis the children have become familiar with the Thrass chart by listening to the auditory sequence and participating in games. This program supports the children’s understanding of the phonographic approach. We will continue to explore further elements of the program to support their reading and writing. Colourful Semantics is an oral language focused language program which develops the children’s concept of understanding and constructing sentences in both the written and spoken construction of their ideas. We use colour-coded cue cards to show the structure of a sentence; each card represents a word or part of a sentence. The cards tune the children into the key words in sentences. For example ..WHO was in the story…WHERE did it take place ? WHAT LIKE …describe the character ( happy, ugly, silly, funny) Combine the elements to create a complex sentence…The silly boy was in the park yesterday. 2 Mathematics NUMBER AND ALGEBRA- This term the children will continue to be actively involved in daily counting activities using dice, beadstrings, numberlines and counters. The children will be extending their understandings of the “Principles of Counting” *Each object should only be touched or included once *Numbers must be said once in the right order. *Objects can be counted in any order. *It does not matter how you put them *The last number tells “how many” They will also focus on ordering numbers and the concepts of more, same and less in relation to quantities. The formation of the numerals 0-9 will be explicitly taught using a range of different tactile materials eg overwriting sheets, sandpaper numbers, playdoh and magnetic boards. MEASUREMENT & GEOMETRY~ This term the children will be learning about time. The focus will be on connecting events to days of the week and sequencing familiar events in time order. They will also be learning about 2D shapes where they will sort, describe and name familiar two-dimensional shapes eg squares, circles, triangles and rectangles. Children will also continue to investigate the everyday language of location and direction such as between, near, next to, forwards and towards. They will give and follow simple directions. STATISTICS AND PROBABILITY- Children will represent responses to questions using simple displays. The focus on data representation will link to our inquiry unit The Past, Present and Our Future. Traveling Journal Nelson’, our class mascot will continue to come home with the children on rotational basis. ‘Nelson’ has his own backpack with a journal for writing in. Your child can play with him, take him on outings, e.g. to the supermarket or the park, read to him or prepare him a special dinner. Talk with your child about the adventures Nelson has had when visiting your home and have your child draw a picture or take a photo of Nelson’s visit prior to attempting to write about the experience. You may be the scribe for your child. Please ensure that Nelson is returned to school on Thursday’s and Monday’s so that your child can share the adventures with the rest of the class. We hope you enjoy Nelson’s visit. 3 FOCUS STUDENT DAYS… This year students will be allocated as being the focus students for that particular day. The emphasis is not only for Show and Share days, but also to allow the children to negotiate roles and responsibilities on particular days with their peers. For example emptying bins, setting up and packing up classroom resources. Please note: if your child is away for their Show and Share time, it will roll over to the following week ! Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Damien Remy Curtis Indi Mark Amelia Sam Evie Lachlan Ben Ruby Will Chance Ethan Heath Tyson Ellie Coby Harrison Matilda Marli WEEKLY TIMETABLE Monday 9:00 – 11.00 * snack *Flag & Assembly Religion Literacy ReadingReflectionLiteracy Groups Spelling-/Thrass Literacy ReadingReflectionLiteracy Groups Spelling-/Thrass Writing RECESS 11:0011.30 4 Tuesday RECESS Wednesday Specialist subjects SportScienceBounce Back- RECESS Thursday Religion Friday Religion Literacy ReadingReflectionLiteracy Groups Spelling-/Thrass Writing RECESS Literacy ReadingReflectionLiteracy Groups Spelling-/Thrass Writing RECESS 11:30 -12.30 Math Math Math Math Math *snack 12.301.30 PMP & Show and Share PMP & Show and Share Literacy Handwriting Running Records HFW focus Music & Library PMP & Show and Share 1:30 – 2:15 LUNCH LUNCH 2:15 – 3:20 Writing Focus Inquiry LUNCH Religion & Show and Share LUNCH LUNCH Music & Library ICT & technology Partnership in learning We are committed to a learning partnership, which will provide the best outcome for your child and this can be achieved by us all working together to support your child. In the classroom and school As a school we are committed to using a model where the teacher is responsible for the delivery of the curriculum. We value the assistance in the classroom from teacher assistant, parents, grandparents etc. When you work in our classrooms we ask you to work alongside groups of students, not doing it for them but allowing them to problem solve and enjoy the learning experience. Prior to assisting in the school a reminder that a Working With Children check and a Classroom Helper’s Agreement completed There are many other ways you can support your child/school~ production( making costumes, props) , sport and athletics skills, excursions, Parents and Friends, classroom representative to name a few. Working in the classroom may look different each week depending on the timetable. It may include working with different groups of students and not your own child. We will prepare students for this outcome. Whilst it can be difficult, we ask that younger siblings do not accompany you when working in the classroom or excursions due to safety reasons. Confidentiality and commitment When you work in the classroom being confidential is essential to everyone’s child. We acknowledge that each child is unique and will travel along their learning journey at a different pace and we cater for the needs of every child . We ask you to consider when offering to assist in the classroom/school that you commit to the roster and scheduled times to allow for consistency and minimal interruptions. As a part of the Hippo’s Literacy and Math blocks the students will participate in small group activities and we are seeking your assistance. You will receive a timetable and roster for you to complete to indicate your available day. Once the timetable is completed you will find the roster displayed on the noticeboard outside the Hippo’s classroom and on our class Wiki. The roster will be displayed each day for your convenience. If you are unavailable, for any reason and we are unavailable in the mornings to communicate with you please feel free to remove your name from the list. Similarly, if our daily timetable requires us to cancel or make changes we will make contact you at our earliest convenience. To make this process easier please ensure you have provided us with current and alternative contact details. 5 Notes for parents Dates/reminders/class reps Each term a Parent Representative is required for every class. The role of the class rep is to delegate and organise other parents in the class to help at events such as Shrove Tuesday. In this instance your role would be to help (co-ordinate/invite other parents ) the Parents and Friends make the batter and then cook it for the children or make learning tools for the classroom. If you would like to offer your time please let either Susan or I know. Each week there will be a different focus for Show and Tell. This allows time for the child to practice at home with you. We understand that some children feel shy about speaking in front of others, however it is an important part of speaking and listening development. Your encouragement and assistance will make this process easier for your child. Please see the Focus student list for your child’s chosen day. Week 1 – Holidays- My holiday adventure was…provide photos or drawings to describe an event Week 2 – Timeline- It’s me as a baby, provide a photo of you as a baby Week 3- Mother’s Day- Why I love My mum ..draw something, provide a photo of your mum or a special person Week 4- Homemade - Bring something that you have made yourself. Tell us how you did it. Week 5- Ask the Teacher – Prepare students to ask the teacher a question Week 6- Nature Box - Bring several things that are not man-made. Tell where you got them. Week 7- The Past - Bring something from the past. Know when, where, and who it's from. Week 8- Emotions - Tell about a time when you were happy, sad, scared, or brave. Images can help. Week 9- Inventions - Bring an object or picture of an invention. Tell who invented it & how it's used. Week 10- Joke – One or two appropriate jokes for children to share with the class. 6 Specialist subjects Physical Education This term students will continue to perform basic motor skills and movement patterns, throughout PMP sessions. The main movement focus this term is around jumping, throwing and catching. They will use vocabulary to describe movement, follow procedures and share space safely. Science Science sessions during term two, will continue to encourage an interest and curiosity in science for the students. They will learn to make a prediction based on prior scientific knowledge, observe a demonstration, offer explanations and then further their knowledge through experimentation. There is an emphasis on exploration and inquiry into why reactions take place with certain materials and properties. Emphasis will be given to the foundation of knowledge in the area of chemical science, in particular, the physical changes made to materials through combining and mixing. Science sessions will be very hands on, using readily accessible materials so that further experimentation can occur at home. Social Skills Humour is one of the processes of optimism that significantly contributes to personal resilience. We are able to feel more hopeful and lighthearted when we can see a funny side of a difficult situation. Humour helps us to gain a sense of perspective on our problems because it can throw a little light in an otherwise black situation. It reminds us that life goes on. It helps us to cope with what we can’t change. Humour can provide an opportunity to reduce the tension created by strong and uncomfortable emotions such as sorrow, fear and anger. When we laugh, we experience pleasure and a greater openness to discussion and interaction. Research consistently demonstrates that laughing results in beneficial physiological changes in our bodies that improve our health and help us to fight illness. This understanding underpins the therapeutic use of humour in medical contexts. Shared laughter is also a unique human bond that helps us to connect with others. Having fun with peers and incorporating humour into classroom activities helps students to feel more connected with each other and their teacher and to stay engaged and on task. Laughter and humour hold students’ attention and create positive emotions, thereby helping students to retain the information they are learning. 7 wiki w ki/ noun noun: wiki; plural noun: wikis a website or database developed collaboratively by a community of users, allowing any user to add and edit content. CONTACT DETAILS Mrs Schwab Email [email protected] or SMS Mrs Schwab 0438841023 Mrs Kerlin [email protected] or SMS Mrs Kerlin 0427848261 Helpful hints, tips and weekly updates can be located on our class Wiki. The children will begin to access the Wiki during class time later in the term. If you need assistance to navigate this wonderful cyber resource just let us know. http://hipposprepone.wikispaces.com Availability to parents / Home-school partnership. If there are concerns which you wish to bring to our attention, please don’t hesitate to contact us at school. As you are aware the morning is a very busy place in the Hippo’s class and our primary concern is your child therefore it is not the optimal place for discussing any concerns or issues. However if you have urgent concerns, which may impact your child’s day please send us an email or SMS prior to school beginning, so we are informed before your child arrives and we can assist with any special needs to ensure he/she has a positive school day. If there are concerns regarding your child we will make an appointment with you to discuss the matter without you feeling rushed or being disturbed.
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