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..
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