Another busy week for the Preps at MPPS. This week, we have been learning all about the letter Ll. We made L leaves in our Alphabet Scrapbook, we drew pictures of things starting with L and we even wrote down some L words! In writing, we discussed what we like to do on our birthday and then we drew pictures and wrote about it. We learnt about graphs this week in numeracy and we even made a birthday graph where we sorted and ordered all our birthdays. We are trying very hard to remember when our own birthdays are! We have been talking about calendars, the days of the week and the date each day. Of course, we had some great developmental play during Friday Fun and some of us have even been doing a Finger Gym on Friday afternoons to help get our hands strong so writing is easier!
What are busy couple of weeks we have had! We had a fantastic day last Friday celebrating our 100th day of school with lots of activities and delicious food for our party. Thank you to all families who contributed a treat to share with all 3 prep classes. Luckily the disco was organised for the same night so the children were able to dance the night away and use up some of their energy! It was great to see so many prep children having a fun with their friends at the disco and lots of parent helpers.
Last week we had our excursion to the Collingwood Children’s Farm where we were able to see and feed some of the beautiful animals. This week we also had a visit from the Wild Action Zoo where students were able to get up close to some fascinating creatures like a crocodile, snake, and an owl (photos to follow soon)! They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learnt some interesting facts about each animal. We are loving learning about animals in our world and things they need to survive!
Last week our letter of the week was ‘p’ and this week we have been learning about the letter ‘k’. We have been continuing with some personal writing and our “VIP” letters. This week in buddies we have been working on an animal project where students choose an animal, draw and label a diagram of it, and write facts they know about this animal. This project will continue over the remainder of the term during buddies.
We have made a flying start to Term 3 in Prep over our first 2 weeks. Firstly, we have to congratulate the prep students on their amazing presentations of their learning during our Three Way Conferences this week! We were astounded at their ability to articulate their learning progress and experiences. This was a great night that really emphasised the team effort in supporting our fabulous preps in their education – with the students themselves as leaders of their own learning! Our topic this term is “Our World of Animals”. We will be putting on our ‘scientist hats’ as we investigate and explore animals in different environments. This term will see the preps sorting and classifying animals, using their senses and recording their observations of animals, and investigating the needs of animals for survival in different habitats. This will include some great hands-on experiences including the Collingwood Children’s Farm on Wednesday, and the Wild Action Zoo incursion in Week 4. Our literacy learning continues, with our first 2 weeks looking at the letters ‘r’ and ‘n’. We have started weekly personal writing, where students make choices about what type of writing to do, exploring text types such as story writing, recipes, recount of events, writing jokes, lists and information about topics of interest. We have also started the V.I.P. (Very Important Prep) of the week in each class. Students each write a letter to the V.I.P. telling them why they are special. By the end of the year, each prep will get to bring home a beautiful book of the letters to share with you. We have been exploring different materials and strategies that we can use to measure and compare length over the last 2 weeks in maths, and will continue to work on our counting and number skills over the next few weeks. As always, we appreciate all your support. Keep checking those satchels for notes for the many activities coming up – the 100th day of school party and school disco for next Friday, just to name a couple!
The end of term 2 means we’re halfway to becoming grade ones! How very exciting. The first 100 days of school will be over shortly, stay tuned for some exciting celebrations! These past two weeks we’ve been focusing on vowels and we will continue to do so next term. Vowels are so important because they’re in every word, apart from words with a y in place of a vowel, like my and try. Vowels make so many different sounds, but knowing there’s at least one in most words, (and in most syllables for that matter) really helps writers stop, listen and think about those middle sounds as well as the beginning and end sounds. We’ve also focused on the letter Bb, and the way we remember it’s direction is by knowing that the bat comes before the ball… We’ve been lucky to have a couple of ex-students return to our school for work experience and spend some time in the prep rooms helping us out. Thank you to Libby and Isabella; the last few days of term are always a busy spell and it was great to have extra assistance at a time when all the students were exhausted! We hope all students and their families have a happy and safe break and a restful holiday, so they are ready for some fabulous learning in term 3!
With only two weeks to go before the end of term, we have been very busy in the prep area. Thank you again to all the families who attended our Prep literacy information session last Tuesday. It was great to see so many families turn up to gain further insight into how they can help their child with reading, writing and spelling at home. Thanks also to Nicole and Jenny for all their hard work and preparation for the night.
The preps are continuing to enjoy our integrated topic Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Me and last Wednesday we had Joel from Ambulance Victoria visit our school. The students thoroughly enjoyed this session and learnt all about when you should call an ambulance, the number you need to dial and what the word “paramedic” means. Last Friday we had Jill from the local police station come and talk to our preps about being safe in the community and what to do if they ever get lost. But of course the most exciting part was getting to sit in a real police car! This week (week 8) was the second visit from the local fire department. Our preps were full of enthusiasm as they all lined up and had a turn squirting the fire hose over our school yard! Stay tuned for some fantastic photos!
Last Thursday was World Environment Day and we did our part by going all day without lights and heat! It was a challenge, but a great way to remind students about protecting our environment. The students all looked lovely in their green attire and lots of fun was had with colouring in competitions and green goodies for sale.
Our buddies program is in full swing and students are really enjoying time spent getting to know their big buddy. Last week they worked together to trace around a buddy bear, labeling and drawing the different parts of his body. This week the pairs created posters to hang around the school reflecting the message from The Power Of One incursion from week 6.
Last week our letter of the week was W, and we have been using this to focus on the question words what, when, where, why and how. This week our letter is F and the preps have been making some fantastic frogs in their alphabet scrapbooks.
The term is passing by so quickly- it’s hard to keep up. We have had a busy 3 weeks- finishing this week with our Athletics Carnival on Wednesday, and the Power of One performance on Thursday. Thank you to all the parent helpers for making it so easy for us to run our events so smoothly and for ushering our students from one event to the next. Writing reflections have indicated that the long jump was a hot favourite, closely followed by the ‘awesome’ bus trip! Special thanks to Nicole too, for making it all run so smoothly- it really did go off without a hitch. The whole school relay was a fun finale on the oval- with several of our very brave preps pounding the track for their house. Congratulations to Chisholm, but also to all Preps- for us it’s more about having a go and putting our best foot forward, whether it’s into the sandpit or on the running track.
We’ve been enjoying our Integrated Studies unit on being healthy, and have welcomed more of our parents who are professionals in the health area. Thank you to Clare for putting us through our paces, and to Sandra for a more relaxing session on yoga. We also enjoyed a presentation by Arete – who brought along some interesting doctor’s items to share with us including a stethoscope, a sphygmomanometer, a thermometer and an otoscope. Stay tuned for some great photos from our fun unit this term! Our Integrated Studies topic touches on safety and who can help us be safe- so our students were all thrilled to meet some real firefighters this week, who will be returning in week 8 too, to show us their truck and equipment. We look forward to meeting some ambulance drivers and a police officer as well.
Our letters of the week have been M, H and G, and next week we are looking at W. We apologise in advance for all the Groovy Green Grape singing you may have to hear over the weekend! The tune is a bit catchy.
Another activity we’ve been enjoying is our weekly sessions with the school House Captains, who have been working with some of our preps on the fine art of playground fun. So far they have covered picking teams fairly, various tiggy games, marbles, elastics and ball games. We are waiting for an order of brand new balls and equipment to try out some of these new games soon. Sharing our knowledge and skills across year levels is beneficial for all, and it’s been terrific seeing so many preps utilising their new skills during breaks outside. Stay tuned for some great photos soon..
Week 3 has been a busy week as we launch into our integrated studies topic Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Me with two exciting presentations by two of our much appreciated MPPS parents. Special thanks to Alison Sim and Belinda Bickerton for teaching us about bones and teeth. We’ve been talking about feelings and emotions and how we recognise and act on these. Our letter of the week is ‘E’ and you are probably aware that we have reached day 50 in our count up to 100 days of school.