This term in maths we are focusing on developing our ‘additive thinking’. We are looking at each number from 1-10, and finding as many ways as we can to break the amount into smaller ‘parts’ or groups. In prep, we record addition using a picture and a number sentence. We use the words ‘and’ and ‘is’ to explain what we have made. For example, ‘2 and 3 is 5′. It is important that students focus on correct vocabulary while they are developing their sense of numbers and their foundation understandings. Symbols, and words like ‘equals’ are introduced once students have a solid understanding of the processes they are using.
This term, Prep A and Prep B have been visiting our older friends at the Queen’s Park aged care home.
We read them stories and poems, share pictures and sing songs!
The residents and staff love seeing our preps there smiling and keeping them company. We are told that for many residents, our visits are the highlight of their week. MPPS was honoured to be acknowledged as part of their volunteer appreciation day.
Prep C and Prep D will take over visiting next term.
Thanks to Leigh Richardson for organising and initiating this fabulous program at our school!
We have kicked off our term 2 science focus with some ‘Super Science Fridays’. Every second week, the preps spend most of the day on Friday engaging in different scientific investigations. The focus of this is on exploring different concepts by:
- making predictions
- thinking about what we know
- asking questions
- testing things out, observing, and recording
- coming up with some ideas to explain what we have observed
The prep students are loving the chance to get their hands dirty (figuratively and literally) to explore different science concepts such as using our senses, light and sound, weather, water and movement.
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.
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Wow, the term is flying by! It’s already Week 3! While our main goals this term are focused around our Establishment Program, including the routines and procedures of school, we are also beginning to have more structured lessons in both numeracy and literacy. In numeracy, we are learning to recognise and count collections and to write the digits 0-9. While in literacy, we are learning about letters, sounds and words. Starting from Week 3, we will have a weekly letter focus in all the Prep classes. Our first letter will be… Ss!
The end of the swimming program sees a return to our usual timetabling. Congratulations to all prep students and their families for successful completion of this sometimes gruelling schedule.
We will continue our focus on animals, and extend our writing traits to include a close look at “Word Choice”. Our grammar focus will be on nouns and adjectives and we will review the strategies good readers use.
In maths, we will have our first look at subtraction with lots of hands on activities to cement understanding of taking away.
Please see your child’s teacher if you have any queries.
Week three of term three sees the swimming program kick off. Two weeks of daily swimming lessons means we work around visits to the pool, and the ensuing tiredness which this generally entails. Our comprehension focus will shift to developing skills in questioning. Questions we ask before we read, during reading and after reading to deepen our understanding of text. We will have a continued focus on developing familiarity with the features of non fiction texts and locating information using tables of contents and the index. Writing tasks will focus on the appropriate use of question marks and questioning words who, what, when, where, why and how. Prep students will continue to work on counting strategies in maths, developing skip counting patterns and facility with efficient strategies for sorting and recording when counting collections.