This week has been all about sorting! Sorting our maths materials, sorting shapes and even sorting letters! We have learnt that we always need a rule when sorting and that we can change the rule and sort again! One of our favourite games this week has been when our teachers sorted us and we needed to work out how they sorted us. This game is called ‘what’s my rule?’. Some of the ways we have sorted our maths tools is by: colour, shape, size and object. We love sorting!
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!
It’s been a short but busy week for the preps at MPPS. In literacy this week, we have been learning all about the letter Ss! We have started using our handwriting books and we’ve done some fantastic writing and drawing about our favourite toy! In numeracy, we discussed the difference between maths tools and toys and we’ve started to record our maths thinking in our maths books. A great week in Prep A, B, C and D.
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
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!
Dear parents and carers,
Term 2 has literally started on the run, as this week saw us all participating so enthusiastically in our Cross Country Run! Congratulations again to all students for a terrific effort on what turned out to be such a beautiful morning. The autumn sunshine was a welcome sight- and for the rest of the term we can continue to enjoy it without our hats, which you can now put away until term 3. Don’t forget to label all other clothing items very clearly, as we find many leftover things in the bag room each afternoon.
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Me!
Learning about the benefits of exercise is a big part of our Integrated Studies topic this term. We have started with our run this week, and later in the term will have our whole school Athletics Carnival. Students will also be learning about recognising and expressing their emotions, recognising and acting on their basic needs, recognising safe and unsafe environments, knowing who helps to keep them healthy and knowing which foods are healthy for their bodies. We’ll be asking for lots of your input to assist us with this topic- thank you to those parents who have volunteered to be guest speakers, and to those who might like to offer their expertise in the health field, please let us know as soon as possible. (Grandparents are also welcome to contribute!)
We will continue to work on our understanding of numbers to 20 and beyond, and will also be learning about addition, subtraction, length and time. Remember to talk about numbers that you see in your everyday life and practise counting anything and everything! You can use the number charts and number lines sent home earlier this year to practise recognising and finding numbers, and counting forwards and backwards. Ask you child to tell you everything they know about a number, you may be surprised with how much they can tell you! Our first 100 days of school are flying by, and next Tuesday we will be celebrating our halfway mark- day 50.
Our literacy program will continue to focus on the letters of the alphabet and the different sounds they make, important reading strategies to help us become independent readers, writing skills, comprehension skills and recognising the most commonly used words by sight. Keep up the work at home with the M100W lists that come home, and don’t forget to discuss your weekend activities with your child before Monday morning! Later this term we will be holding a literacy information night for prep parents, so you can understand more about how students learn at school and assist them more at home.
Home Reading is going well- thank you for all your assistance with the program. Please remember that our students are trying hard to focus during our literacy session, so distractions need to be kept to a minimum. While you are welcome to bring your younger children, please be prepared to find an alternative if it’s not working!
Coming up later this term will be MPPS Athletics Carnival. This is a great day out for the whole school, and one that we couldn’t manage without the support of our MPPS families. If you can come along for half an hour all the whole day, let us know when the notes come out soon!
Welcome to Ashlee and Samantha from Victoria University who will be working in the Prep Area during Term 2 and Term 3 on their teaching placements!
Term 2 Dates to Note
Please place the dates to remember in a spot you will remember to check, as the term ahead is a busy one.
|Week 3||Thursday 8th May||
|Friday 9th May||
|Week 4||Tuesday 13th May||
|Thursday 15th May||
|Week 6||Wednesday 28th May||
|Thursday 29th May||
|Week 7||Tuesday 3rd June||
|Wednesday 4th June||
|Week 10||Thursday 26th June||
|Friday 27th June||
Jenny, Rebecca and Nicole