Prep

TERM 4 IN PREP

 

Term 4 is a very exciting and fun filled term for us as our first school year comes to an end. We have started the term with eagerness and great interest in our learning.

 

As part of our integrated studies the Prep unit of work is ‘Fairytales and Superheroes.’ This unit of work is based on the Victorian Curriculum area of Design and Technologies focusing on the strand of ‘Creating Designed Solutions.’ During integrated sessions students will investigate, generate, produce and evaluate a variety of products based on given design briefs. Students will study the following fairytales and superheroes throughout the term: Jack & the Beanstalk, Spiderman, Little Red Riding Hood, Batman, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The 3 Little Pigs. These fairytales and superheroes will also be incorporated into Literacy and Numeracy sessions.

 

During Literacy Workshop sessions, students will learn about graphs, digraphs and trigraphs that make up our focus word for the week, practice word building, spelling, rhyming and how to segment the word of the week through hands on word work stations. These stations will include language experience, handwriting/sentence writing, word building and ICT activities.

 In reading, students will focus on comprehension strategies such as making predictions, checking for understanding, making connections to texts, backing up and rereading and identifying features of fiction and non-fiction texts. The CAFÉ reading program will be continued in Reader’s Workshop sessions. This program focuses on engaging all students in daily literacy instruction based around four areas of reading which are Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand vocabulary.

 In Writer’s Workshop sessions, students will learn how to write basic recounts, narratives and persuasive texts, continue with correct letter formation, capital letters at the beginning of sentences, full stops at the end of sentences, the inclusion of finger spaces, reading back their own writing during editing, constructing simple sentences and typing sentences using Word processing programs e.g. Microsoft Word. The Preps will continue using the VCOP program integrated into writing sessions. The letters stand for Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation. This engaging writing program is based around talk time.

 

In Numeracy sessions, students will focus on copying, continuing and creating patterns with objects and drawings, will connect the days of the week to familiar events, create simple data displays, work on addition and subtraction problem solving, division (sharing) and subitising. Students will work in ability groups for Number topics, mixed ability groups for Non-Number topics and will continue to consolidate their number knowledge through fluency and understanding sessions. A variety of activities such as maths games, interactive and hands on activities, the use of ICT through iPad apps and teacher explicit groups.

 

This term classroom based DigiTech sessions will operate on a fortnightly basis. Students will continue developing their understanding of how technology works as well as building their skills in using technology. They will focus on data, cyber safety and exploring components of digital systems. Students will complete a variety of activities in areas of plugged learning (using a device), unplugged learning (no device), the use of robotics and software programs e.g. DB Primary and Scrath Jr app. DigiTech will alternate with a new program that the Preps are trialling this term called ‘S.T.E.A.M’ The letters stand for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. The activities are based on the integrated unit of work designed to develop problem-solving skills, increasing student choice and the skills required to work collaboratively with their peers.

 

 

‘Fun & Fitness’ will continue this term in Preps and takes place every Monday afternoon from 2.30-3.20pm. Students are in four mixed Prep groups to build connectedness and to build new social relationships outside of their own classroom. Students rotate each week through the different activities and amongst the different teachers. The activities are:

  • PMP (Healthy & Physical Education) e.g. balancing, skipping, climbing
  • Fine Motor e.g. cutting, pegging, pinching, weaving
  • Drama (The Arts: Drama)
  • Play-based Learning

 

Prep Grades Special Events, Excursions and Incursions for Term 4

  • Taskworks Excursion Wednesday 1st November
  • Whole School Transition begins Thursday 23rdNovember
  • Fairytale & Superhero Ball/Games Friday 8th December
  • Fairytale & Superhero Expo Friday 8th December 

 

We look forward to exploring and investigating our way through this term with lots of learning, achievements and memories to be made in our last term together.

 

From the Prep Team

Lesley Campbell, Pania Malesevic, Emma Jepson & Kirsty Courtis