Friday, 10 August 2018

Wonderful Writing


This term we have been exploring the difference between writing factual texts and imaginative texts. We have been enjoying some memorable experiences to inspire us to produce some fantastic writing pieces. Recently, we ate some delicious fruit salad and talked about some fruit facts before we read some great literature about fruit including 'Posh Pear' and 'Too Many Pears'. With our minds bursting full of ideas we then wrote our own fruit stories.


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It is marvelous to see the children using the 'bump it up wall' to visualise their writing goals and motivate themselves to improve their writing. Another writing technique the children have been using is rereading their writing and using a 'pit stop pencil' to make any edits or corrections they might require.

The teachers are delighted to work with so many wonderful writers!!

Friday, 3 August 2018

Happy 100 Days of Getting Smarter




Happy 100 days of getting SMARTER






Thank you to all students and families for helping to support our '100 Days of Getting Smarter' celebration.  It was a wonderful opportunity for the children to dress up and share their learning with you.  We appreciate you giving up your time and prioritising this event.

After the learning journey we sang 'Happy Birthday to us'.  Our day was filled with many fun and exciting learning experiences.  Students participated in a writing activity based on the concept 'I wish I had 100...'  Students were awarded with a certificate and took part in a 100 year old parade.  We were fortunate to have a photo booth where students had their photo taken. These photos are on display in the windows on the Kindergarten unit.  

We all had such a fun day!.















Friday, 27 July 2018

Term 3 Overview

Term Three in a Nutshell

Literacy

This term the students will continue to learn letters and sounds. As students learn new sounds in the sequence they will move on to learning more complex letter sounds and patterns. Depending on individual student progress they may be learning and reviewing; single letter sounds, digraphs, trigraphs or long vowel sounds. Students are still encouraged to hear sounds in words and use their knowledge of sounds when reading and writing.

Students will be comparing informative and imaginative texts to discover their similarities and differences. With a clear idea of the features of these texts students will be taught how to write factual texts and then be given opportunities to complete creative writing pieces.

Students will continue to learn about text decoding skills and how to use their reading friends when reading. As well as decoding skills they will be taught comprehension strategies to help them acquire a deep level of understanding of texts. Students will look closely at creating images in their mind and making text connections.

Mathematics

This term 'Mini Maths' lessons will continue to operate where students will learn and explore number concepts such as place value, ordering numbers and addition. These concepts are taught using a variety of different visual tools and concrete materials.

As well as number concepts students will learn about mass in measurement. They will use hefting techniques to explore the concept of heavier and lighter and use that language to make comparisons. Later in the term we will be looking at using questions to gather information and record data on picture graphs.

Science

In Science this term students will be investigating what things are made of. They will be exploring the idea of items being natural or man made and the properties of different materials. Following this topic the students will be observing the way things move. They will have opportunities to discover that the way things move varies depending on their size and shape.

Geography

During Geography lessons we will be learning about interpreting simple pictorial representations and mapping familiar places. Students will be observing their surroundings and recording the position of things using a 'bird's eye' perspective. They will see a variety of maps of their local surroundings and be shown different keys, legends and symbols which they can then use to recreate their own maps.

IT

This semester students will be learning how to safely handle and use Chromebooks. They will be taught about the importance caring for the computers as well as safe use of the internet, passwords and personal information. Students will have opportunities to turn on the computers, operate a touch pad and use a keyboard. They will also be learning to log-on to the Chromebooks and open tasks in the Google Classroom.

Art

This term in visual arts students will be responding to visual artworks and will be asked to consider where and why people make artworks. This will encompass visual artworks from Australia including artworks created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Students will identify how design elements such as line, shape and colour are used in their artworks and the artworks of others.


SEL

This term for Social and Emotional Learning we will be learning about social decision-making. We will learn that social decision-making skills help us to consider the consequences of our actions for ourselves and others, and to make thoughtful, effective decisions. This involves;
  • understanding how social situations make us feel
  • considering that different choices can have positive and negative consequences

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Kenny Koala Visits

On Tuesday 3 July Constable Kenny Koala taught us about how to stay safe and gave us practical tips on how to 'Stay OK'.

Constable Kenny Koala taught us about the importance of:
  • always staying close to our loved ones
  • listening to our loved ones
  • holding our loved ones hand 
  • who to speak to when we feel unsafe
Constable Kenny talked about the importance of knowing contact numbers and suggested writing a contact number on your child's arm when attending events that have a large crowd.  
Please take the time to teach your child a contact number as this will help them to 'Stay OK'. 

Thank you for your continued support!




Friday, 22 June 2018

Reading and Writing in Kindy

There has been so much learning and individual progress happening in Kindergarten!

In English, we have been focusing on writing sentences.  You may have noticed our writing 'Bump it Up Wall' in the classrooms.  This supports students to see what writing looks like, how to become an independent writer and set realistic goals.  Our big focus is creating an idea and ensuring it makes sense. We are learning to start a sentence with a capital letter, use finger spaces in between words and finish a sentence with a full stop.  We use a short phrase and actions to remind of these writing goals.  Ask your child about the rhyme.  For the remainder of the term we are learning about different animals and using this new information to label the body parts of animals and write super sentences.  We are continuing to learn to and practise reading on a daily basis.  Students are becoming more confident to have a go at tricky words using their reading friends.  Teaching reading happens in the classroom and developing a love of reading happens through a partnership between home and school.  As our wise reading expert Mem Fox says 'Reading should always be enjoyable, never teach reading'.


What a success our assembly was in week 6!  Thank you to all our our loved ones who were able to come on the day to celebrate our learning.  We really appreciate your support.


Friday, 18 May 2018

Maths Madness

Recently in Kindergarten we started Mini Maths. Mini Maths lessons are an exciting part of our day where we move into specially selected maths groups to do numeracy. Number concepts are a critical component of being a successful mathematician. For this reason number concepts are taught regularly and then for a chosen space of time they are also the focus for additional Mini Maths lessons.  The first number concept we explored during Mini Maths was counting collections with one to one correspondence. We refer to this as careful counting. Some children were counting small collections, groups as large as twenty or learning to count by 2's.
The content of these lessons change regularly as do the groups the students are in to reflect the skills and needs of the our little mathematicians.

During Mathematics, we have also been exploring the concept of measuring length. We use the words longer than and shorter than to compare and order objects. We have also started measuring the length of objects using informal measures such as unifix cubes. In our classroom their are some cute dinosaurs we have drawn and measured for you to check out. See some examples below.











Friday, 11 May 2018

Sounds Update


To keep you updated on the sounds we have been learning some images with our classroom signs have been included below.

                                      






Here is a short video to show you what your child's word day might look like.