Year One

TERM 4 NEWSLETTER 2018

TERM 4 NEWSLETTER

Our Team:

Brenda Petkovic & Jessica Cooper (1/15)

Kristen Whitehead-Bell (1/17)

Sue Anderson (1/18)

Jo Smith & Jo McNeilly (1/28)

Sharna Dean-Wright (1/29)

 

Our Specialists:

Physical Education – Sue Burt and Franca Peluso

Visual Arts – Danielle Barrett and Melissa Hamilton

Music – Di Pendlebury and Erica Eichner

Indonesian – Alena Schneider and Sally Wilson

Performing Arts -  Alena Schneider and Jenny Barnett

 

Thank you:

Our Year 1 Expo at the end of last term went off with a BANG!! Thank you all so much for your support by preparing materials and attending our Expo. The kids were really proud of their work and loved being able to share it with you all.

Our Focus:

This term we will continue to set personal learning goals for both Literacy and Numeracy. Talking about these with your child will help build a strong link between home and school and promote education as a positive experience.

 

We will also engage students in the process of transitioning into Year 2, with a special time being provided with the Year 2 teachers.

 

We will endeavour to consolidate and extend your child’s understandings in the areas of English, Mathematics, STEM and Physical and Personal development. Each teacher has high expectations and will expect your child to do their best at all times.

We encourage and expect your son/daughter to:

- produce work that is interesting in content, correct and well presented

- use good manners at all times

- show care and concern for others inside and outside the classroom

- display a desire to learn, share and cooperate with others

- show respect for their peers, teachers and other children’s belongings (no trading or borrowing of personal items/equipment please).

 

Below is an overview of our structures and programs that aims to help inform you of what we teach and how we teach. If you’d like to find out more about any of these programs, please pop in for a chat.

 

Specialist Timetable:

 

Specialist

1/15

1/17

1/18

1/28

1/29

Art

10:00 Wednesday

10:00 Wednesday

10:00

Monday

9:00

Wednesday

9:00 Wednesday

PE

2:30

Thursday

9:00 Wednesday

9:00 Wednesday

10:00

Monday

10:00 Wednesday

Music

2:30   Monday

10:00

Monday

11:30

Monday

1:00

 Monday

12:30

Monday

LOTE

12:00 Tuesday

1:00  Monday

10:00 Tuesday

10:30 Tuesday

11:30 Tuesday

Performing Arts

9:00

Wednesday

 

10:00 Wednesday

 

11:30

Monday

 

Key Dates:

Date

Event

Wednesday 24th of October

PFC Disco

Thursday 25th October TBC

Grade 1 Team Professional Practice Day

Friday 26th October

 

Excursion to Briar’s - Sustainability with a focus on Mini Beasts

Thursday 1st November

‘Big Night Out’ Cinema F-6

Tuesday 6th November

Melbourne Cup Day - Pupil Free Day

Tuesdays 13th, 20th and 27th November and 4th and 11th December

1/17 (11:30), 1/15 (12:00), 1/29 (12:30), 1/28 (1:00), 1/18 (1:30)

Swimming- First half Term 4

 

Tuesday 27th November

Parent Helpers Morning Tea

Monday 3rd December

Curriculum day - Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 11th December

Whole school transition session

Wednesday 12th December

Whole School Christmas singalong

Friday 21st December

End of Term 4: Early Dismissal at 2:30pm

 

Parents Helpers:

Thank you to all our parent helpers. We really value your time and support. The time you have put in this year has really helped our students with their learning growth and prepared them for Year 2.

 

If you are not on our parent helper list and would like to participate please see your child’s teacher- remember a current Working With Children’s Check is needed.

 

Communication:

Class Dojo messages need to be kept short. Please make a time to talk with your child’s teacher via the phone or in person, if you have lengthy issues to discuss. Please let the office know if you are going to be late for school pick up or have made different arrangements as sometimes messages are not read during teaching time. Messages will be read and responded to between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm each weekday.

 

English:

Reading:                                                                                         

LPPS has a highly successful reading program following the CAFE structure, which focuses on Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding Vocabulary. The take home reading program provides time for students to enjoy and practise reading. Children will bring easy to read books home each day.  Research shows that the greatest growth occurs when students read ‘good fit’ (easy) books as it allows them to practise and develop effective reading strategies. We engage with harder texts at school to explicitly teach effective reading strategies. Please read with your child every day and return the satchel to school daily (even if you have not had the chance to hear your child read).

Spelling:

The Year One spelling program will continue in term 4. Children will be working through individually assigned common spelling words each week and will be tested on these words every Friday. You can help your child to succeed in this area by encouraging them to practice their spelling words each night and ensuring they bring their spelling folder to school every day. It is important for your child to write their spelling words down as part of their practice as the weekly test is written.

Writing:

Our writing genres this term will be Aboriginal Dreamtime, Report writing and free choice will be offered in our CAFE time. We will continue to focus on the fundamental aspects of writing including handwriting, punctuation i.e. when to use full stops and capital letters and how to make our writing interesting through the inclusion of WOW words and sizzling starts.

We will be continuing the ‘Big Write’ writing program this term. Once a fortnight the children will be provided with a ‘Big Talk Homework’ topic. We ask your family to talk about the writing topic by sharing ideas and writing down key words that the students can take into class. This will prepare your child to participate fully in our dedicated ‘Big Write’ writing session.

 

Mathematics:

 

In Term 4 we will be focusing on:

  • sharing and fractions
  • telling the time
  • money
  • location and mapping
  • revision of place value.

 

In Year 1 we help children develop their mathematical knowledge, language and understanding through encouraging mathematical talk and using a range of materials such as counters, math games, unifix cubes, number charts, picture story books and base-ten materials.

 

Integrated:

The Year One integrated topics for Term 4 are Indigenous Cultural studies and Science (Biological) - life cycles and mini beasts which will be learnt through STEAM activities and an exciting excursion to the Briars.  The Year 1’s will take part in a mini-beast dress up day towards the end of the unit.

We will conclude the year with a celebration of our learning and have fun engaging in a range of Christmas across the curriculum. 

 

Digital Technologies:

We have an exciting ICT program with mini iPads available in each classroom and regular access to laptops in the ICT Lab. Interactive ICT resources are incorporated daily throughout the curriculum. ICT programs incorporating Reading Eggs are an important component of our programs and children are encouraged to access these at home too.

 

Wellbeing:

During Tuesday afternoon Wellbeing, each class will engage in a range of activities designed to encourage healthy practices including dealing with stress. Our focus for Term 4 is “Be Healthy” Children will learn what a Catastrophe Scale is and use it to keep stresses in perspective. We will continue to work on developing manners and building healthy relationships between each other.

THRIVE

Try Your Best

Be Healthy

Relate Well

Get Involved

Live Your Values

Enjoy Positive Emotions

 

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