The teachers and students really enjoyed our transition session last week as the prep students enjoyed their first experience of their new learning space, the JPOD, and got to know some of their new friends and teachers for next year.
Amongst other fun activities the students all drew a self portrait of themselves and these are already in pride of place in the J-pod learning area, giving the students a sense of identity within their new community.
Although the students are changing learning spaces we hope that their transition will be a seamless one, with many of the same approaches to teaching and learning that worked so well in prep continuing into year 1. Instead of the four teachers the students had this year, they will have 6 next year and they will use the learning spaces in a very similar way. Sometimes being in larger groups and often being in much smaller focused and targeted groups with a range of teachers during the week.
‘Investigations’ learning time will continue but will be called ‘Discovery Learning’ with the same emphasis on students taking responsibility for planning and guiding their own Inquiry learning, based sometimes around their own personal interests and at other times around the focused learning topic of the whole community. The rest of the curriculum will be very consistent and build upon all the prior learning and routines established in prep, with Cafe Reading, Letters and sounds, Numeracy and Philosophy all continuing with specialists in Art, Science, PE and Italian. A full timetable will be available early next year with the first J-pod newsletter.
The J-pod already has it’s own level blog and communication through newsletters and blog posts will continue in the same way as during the prep year.
Please get prepared and feel free to sign up now to the J-pod blog, at http://gwpsjpod.global2.vic.edu.au.
In addition to the students moving levels we will also have an interchange of staff, with Mr Ramage working in both prep and the J-pod next year and, therefore, this will bring a large knowledge of the current prep children quickly to the new J-pod team next year.
The students home group teachers will still be an important point of contact for the students (and parents) at the start and end of every day and the students will have their specialist session largely in these home groups.
We are looking forward to another great year at Grovedale West PS and as this might be one of our final Prep blog posts of the year, we would love for you (or your child) to post a comment with your highlight of this amazing first year at school. We love reading out comments to the class and with 10 house points for every comment posted this might have a big impact on our end of year House points challenge.
The Prep Team.