Term 2, Week 2, 2016

Hi everyone! Here are some of the moments that encapsulated the preps’ learning this week…

Investigations

Guided Inquiry: ‘Personal Identity – My Family’

As you saw during Week One, students discussed and shared some of the things they like, that help make up who they are. Last week, students began to think and talk about some of the very special people in their lives – their families. One of the ways they shared this information with the prep learning community was through creating videos. In order to do this, they tuned in to the technical aspect of operating the video camera on the iPads, worked together to film each other, edited and revised their work and shared it with their group. This experience involved negotiation, persistence, feedback and a sense of audience, relating to three of the 6Cs – collaboration, character and communication. You can see a sample of their work below:

Maths

The numeracy focus last week was on reading and writing numerals, the verbal counting sequence and accurately counting a collection of objects by counting each object once. A variety of games and learning activities offered different ways to engage in these learning foci. One popular game not pictured below was the ‘Number Treasure Hunt’ – pairs took turns to hide a laminated numeral outside; the partner then had to find it, with tips like ‘warm….hot….boiling!’ and ‘cool, cold, freezing!!’; once the numeral was found the seeker read it out loud, getting help from his/her partner if needed. This would be a good game to play at home!

Reading

Our focus author during Library sessions is Aaron Blabey. We read ‘Sunday Chutney’ in Week One and ‘Pig the Pug’ last week. While enjoying the read aloud, students note rhyme, Magic Words in the text, starting sounds and pictures and discuss the books’ themes like belonging, treating others as we would like to be treated, sharing and regulation of our emotions.

Each reading session during the week now encompass a mix of:

  • Guided Reading with a teacher
  • Read to Self
  • Read to Someone
  • Listen to Reading
  • Work on Writing
  • Word Work

Students have been doing a wonderful job of transitioning between their different learning experiences during reading sessions, making the most of their learning time.

Writing/Philosophy

In preparation for our Whole School Assembly Anzac Service last Thursday and Anzac Day coming up on Monday, students tuned in to the meaning of Anzac Day in an age appropriate manner. We read ‘Anzac Ted’ together and teachers explained that many Australians offer assistance to others during unsettled and sometimes dangerous situations (for example, during times of fighting/war and natural disaster, like flood or earthquake). Sometimes, the helpers may be injured themselves or feel a bit frightened while they are helping others. On Anzac Day we think of the people who go to help others even though it might be scary or uncomfortable. Thinking of their hard work, on Anzac Day, is a way of saying ‘thank you’.

Letters and Sounds

Students continue to enjoy a wide variety of short, game based learning experiences during Letters and Sounds sessions. These include:

  • short songs with actions
  • rhyming games (eg. ‘Doggy, Doggy, Who’s Got The Bone’ and ‘I’m thinking of something that rhymes with bed, I use it to think, it is my ….. (head)’
  • starting sounds games (eg. ‘I spy something/someone starting with …… (the sound, rather than the letter name – eg. ‘Sssss’ for ‘Sally)
  • Magic Words games (Snap!; Memory; Treasure Hunts; Word Sorts; putting the word in a sentence; finding the word on the Magic Words list when the teacher calls it out)
  • oral blending (eg. asking students to pass the ‘h – a – t’; students blend the sounds together, say the word ‘hat’ and pass it)

Things to remember:

  • No school on Monday April 25th – Anzac Day Public Holiday
  • Next week, please send a photo of your child with some family members ready to use next Friday (April 29th). If possible, they will need to be able to keep it and attach it to their work
  • The last session of Kinderlinks will be held next Friday (April 29th) from 1.30 to 2.30 in the Prep Room. The theme is ‘Music Fun – Beat the Drum’ with special guest drummer Mr Ramage!

We hope you have a safe and happy long weekend and look forward to seeing you all next week!

The Prep Team

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