Dear Foundation /Prep Families,
Welcome to term 3, which is slipping by too quickly. 103 days of school down already! We’re very excited about heading into our next hundred; so much learning happens during this term, now that our students have settled into all the routines of school.
Our Integrated Studies topic for term 3 is Our World of Animals, and we’ve enjoyed one very exciting event so far- a fantastic incursion by Wild Action Zoo. We’ve met, held and patted many different animals so far, including a (small) salt water crocodile called Steve, a barking own called Connie, a wallaby joey called Sugar, a green tree frog called Freddo, a two headed lizard (not really!) called Bumpy Stumpy, a turtle called Shellie, 2 snakes called Casper and Ollie, a potoroo called Paleo and a beautiful blue and golden macaw called Midget. Have a look at our blog to see the photos we took! We are really excited about next week’s excursion to the Collingwood Children’s Farm, thank you to those parents who have volunteered to come along and help. Don’t forget to send in something that has to do with animals for Show and Share, that will then be added to our ‘Observation Table.’ If you need a new Show and Share roster please let us know.
In literacy we are learning about nonfiction texts this term, so don’t be surprised if indexes and tables of contents pop up in conversation! Your child will continue to bring home books each night, and the M100W wordlists. When they are able to recognise the first 100 words by sight, we will send home a Look Say Cover Write Check book, which is one of many strategies we use in our spelling program. Each Friday teachers will endeavour to select 5 words for your child to practise spelling at home; students shouldn’t spend more than 10 minutes on this each week. Remember to keep the reading and word activities fun and light at home- so your child continues to develop a healthy, relaxed approach to sharing their learning at home and school.
In numeracy we will continue to explore numbers to 20 and beyond, and will be looking at time, addition and subtraction, shapes and simple graphs. You can support your child in their numeracy development at home through board games, dice and card games, and including them in any real life situations where number skills are needed- counting, shopping, cooking etc. We also begin learning about some of the different strategies in our “Mathematician’s Toolbox”. These are the strategies we can select from when solving mathematical problems.
Other highlights that are coming up are Italian Day on Monday 3rd August, (don’t forget to dress up!) and a special show at the local library for Book Week, put on by CARP productions. Attached is our Prep term calendar with other upcoming events. Please check the Prep blog each week for any other updates or photos of what we’ve been up to at school! We will send you some more information about the exciting events we have planned to celebrate Book Week, Science Week, and Literacy and Numeracy Week soon.
Jenny, Nicole and Melanie