Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Foundation Term 1 Week 7


                      
                                   Term One Week 7


The time is flying by at an incredible rate! The children are an enthusiastic cohort who are developing a preparedness to give everything a go without fear of failing. Most children understand the class mantra "Making mistakes are proof that you are trying". They respond with a loud and enthusiastic "NO" when asked, "Does it matter if you make a mistake?" and with an equally passionate "YES" to the question "Do you have to try your best?"

With the Foundation students now in school full time - although Labour Day meant another short week - there have been some necessary timetable changes made to the specialist programs. Next week Library and Art will be on Tuesday and P.E. and Performing Arts will be on a Wednesday. Eventually all specialist classes, Art, P.E. and Performing Arts, will be held on a Wednesday. We will let you know when this happens.









Language

The children have continued to enjoy listening to and viewing a range of stories throughout the week. Stories are read for a purpose as well as purely for pleasure. The children particularly enjoy listening to stories whilst eating their lunch.

The children have continued to build their knowledge of sound/letter relationships, a skill which is fundamental to both reading and writing. Whilst some children are writing several sentences, other children have now developed the confidence to have a go at writing short, simple sentences and other children continue to develop their understanding of letters and sounds. This reflects the fact that all children are different and learn at different rates and in different ways. A child might want to write a simple sentence such as 'I like to play at the park' and it may be written as 'I lk t pa at the prc.'  We would celebrate such an amazing effort as it shows a developing understanding of sounds and the fundamentals of a sentence - capital letter, spaces and full stop. As mentioned above the children are encouraged to have a go and not be held back because of fear of making a mistake.

The sounds covered so far, and which are constantly revisited, are s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,g,o,c,k,e and a range of high frequency words. The first colour (or whatever colour is appropriate to each child) of M100W will be sent home shortly to play games to help children connect with and remember these words in a meaningful way. Some children will receive a copy of the alphabet with pictures to play games with to help reinforce the sound each letter makes.

Classroom Apps

These apps are currently being used during Discovery time as well as during Word Study and Writing lessons. We will add to this list as we progress during the year. 

1. Phonics Match
2. Demografix - School Fonts


Maths

Last week we completed our unit on Patterns and this week we have begun a three week unit on Addition. The children are learning about Friends of 10 which are two numbers that add to make 10: 5 and 5, 4 and 6, 3 and 7, 2 and 8, 1 and 9 and 0 and 10. We will also introduce the students to Doubles next week e.g. 5 and 5 is 10 and 2 and 2 is 4 before moving on to simple addition stories using counters. For example, there were 3 teddies at the park and then 3 more arrived, how many altogether? Learning mental computation skills such as Friends of 10 and Doubles will be a feature of our Maths program for the entire year, mostly practised during Warm-ups at the beginning of our Maths lessons. 

Rotations with Grade 1/2s

We are looking forward to working with the Grade 1/2 classes when we commence our STEM, Language Studies & Library sessions next week. Stay tuned to hear and see all the excitement that is sure to unfold.

Inquiry/Wellbeing

The children have continued to develop an understanding of differences - no two children are exactly the same, no two families are exactly the same and that is exactly what makes MPPS such a wonderful community.

Over the remainder of the term the children will continue to look at the Golden Rule - treat others as you like to be treated -and further consolidate their understanding of others.
Buddies

For the past two weeks our Buddies program has involved the Grade 6 buddies interviewing our Preps. The children have really enjoyed learning more about each other and having giggles along the way. 


This week the Buddies will work together to develop an understanding of the National Day of Action against Bullying. The children will be watching a short 12 minute video called The Allen Adventure which is about an alien and children learning about differences and appropriate and kind behaviours. They will then be creating 'message chains' with important ideas that they learnt from the video.  



Parent/Teacher Interviews

Thank you so much for attending these valuable interviews. It was wonderful and so beneficial to hear more about your children.

Online Testing 

The English and Maths Online Testing has now been completed. The information garnered from this testing will further enable us to target our teaching at each child's point of need. 

Staff Car Park

Just a friendly reminder that the staff car park is for staff only. Please make sure you use another safe spot to park in the mornings and afternoons. Thank you. 

No Trash Tuesday and Thursday

Thank you to the parents who are ensuring their children have 'no trash' in their lunch boxes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our Green Gang would be very proud of you! Lets keep trying to reduce the amount of plastics we use and bring to school!








Monday March 18 & 25: Yoga
Thursday March 21: Harmony Day Multi-age morning - please see Harmony Day notice that was sent home and Flexibuzz message. 
Monday April 1: School photos
Friday April 5: Last day of Term 1
Monday April 22: First day of Term 2




 






  • Can we please ask that students only drink water at school and bring two fruit (fresh/raw) breaks each day
  • We have a 'no nuts' rule for our classroom including peanut butter
  • Being a 'healthy-eating school' we ask that lollies are not brought to school, instead kept as a nice treat for home time.
  • If your child is having a birthday and you would like to bring something in for the class to help us celebrate the very special occasion, could you please just bring one item per child and remember our 'no nuts' rule
  • Please return the 2019 Payment Summary Sheets to the office or the classroom as soon as possible.
  • We always welcome parent/family helpers in the classroom. If you are interested, please ensure you provide a copy of your Working With Children Check to the office. More information can be found at: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/  
  • Term 1 is a SunSmart term - please ensure your child has a MPPS wide brim hat for recess and lunchtimes. Students without hats will be asked to play in the shaded areas.
  • Take Home Books - Could you please ensure your child is reading their Take Home Book every night and that you sign their Reading Journal. We also encourage you to continue to read picture/chapter books to your child on a daily basis to really instill a love of reading. Daily reading is essential to help your child improve their reading ability and oral language! Thank you for your support!

Discovery Time













Junior School Term 1 Week 7


 Term 1, Week 7






Welcome to the third edition of the Junior School newsletter for 2019! 

As usual a short week ends up a busy week! The children returned to school excitedly talking about their Long Weekend, with many going on family holidays, but unfortunately some children were unwell and needed the time to recuperate. 

Next week we commence our STEM, Language Studies and Library rotations. The children are very excited! Stay tuned to hear about all the news.

As part of our Inquiry unit the Grade Ones and Twos have been investigating ways to keep our bodies healthy through rest, nutrition and exercise. This week they have been planning a balanced and healthy food plate. 
We have also planned a walk to the local Woolworths at Thrift Park on Tuesday 26th March to help consolidate understanding. To attend this excursion we need their 'local permission' form signed and returned to school, so if you have not completed this form as yet please do so ASAP. Each grade will need a couple of parent helpers to assist with student supervision on the walk. There will be two sessions with the first at 9:30 am and the second at 11:30 am. Please advise your teacher if you can help out on the morning.











Monday March 21: Harmony Day (Bring a plate)
Monday March 25: Yoga (Session 4) 
Tuesday March 26: Woolworths Excursion
Friday April 5: Last Day of Term 1









In READING this week, we are are learning to read between the lines to make inferences about a characters feelings or thoughts, by using our prior knowledge and the clues in the book. We have settled into the quiet routines of ability based reading rotations and enjoying the activities which incorporate reading comprehension, guided reading, Reading Eggs and spelling activities. 

During 
WRITING this week, we have continued to work on our publishing skills and enjoyed finalising our good copies to make books for the classroom. part of the fun included sharing our books in Author's Chair.

Over the past fortnight in MATHS, we have engaged in addition tasks through games and open-ended dice activities.The students have completed a variety of activities at different levels using our new
differentiation system of mild, medium, hot and spicy.









* Please ensure that all students wear helmets if they are riding or scooting to school. If students are not wearing a helmet, they risk serious injury in the event of a crash. 

* We always welcome parent/family helpers in the classroom. If you are interested, please ensure you provide a copy of your 
Working With Children Check to the office. More information can be found at: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/  


* Term 1 is a 
SunSmart term - please ensure your child has a MPPS wide brim hat for recess and lunchtimes. Students without hats will be asked to play in the shaded areas.












Yoga Stretches





Team Work





Finally -Where's Wally Puzzle Completed!







Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Foundation Term 1, Week 5


Term 1, Week 5

    
The Foundation students have been busy over the last two weeks further settling into the routines of school life. Their confidence has soared and all the students eagerly move in and out of the preppie's playground and explore other areas of the school (except for the biggie's playground!). The children have been enjoying the Yoga to Go program where they have been learning about a range of values - honesty, respect and team work. They have been working on perfecting a range of yoga poses including "I am a mountain", "I am the sun" and taking on the persona of different animals such as snakes, lions and seals as stories relevant to the animal habitats are told. 













Language
The children have enjoyed viewing a range of books online as well as listening to the teachers read stories. They have been encouraged to predict what may happen in a text and identify their favourite part of a story. The children have had their first visit to the library where they book browsed and, with the help of Mrs O'Neill's 3/4 grade, chose a book which appeals to them. We will advise the regular library time once the children are in school full time but in the meantime we will again visit the library on a Tuesday. Please return the library books in a named library bag to the class library box before or on next Tuesday.
Some children did not have a library bag but were allowed to borrow as long as the book was put into their take home school bag. Please could you send a library bag to school next week, if you haven't already done so.



Over the past weeks the children have been exposed to the following sounds: p, i, n, m and d. These are in addition to the sounds introduced earlier - s, a, t. Playing with rhyme through books and poems (e.g. Ooey Gooey, I Saw A Little Worm Today) and clapping out syllables will help the children develop and consolidate their literacy skills. Additionally, regularly playing games such as 'I spy', 'Memory' and 'Fish' with the letters/sounds (and pictures) will help consolidate their knowledge. Practising writing the letters (always ensuring the sound of the letter is used) in shaving cream, with playdough, on whiteboards, in the dirt with a stick or even with pencils, textas on paper will further develop their confidence and competence. Having fun when doing these activities is one of the keys to help children lock these skills into their long term memory.

Thank you so much to the parents who have already assisted with listening to the children read their take home readers. If you would like to assist us with this all you need is a WWCC (Working with Children Check) and lots of enthusiasm. At the moment we would welcome parents on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday morning although this may change once the children are in full time (dependent on Specialist classes). Please follow the link: Working with Children Check.


Maths

The children have been enjoying lots of counting activities, counting forwards and backwards and discovering what is one less and one more. To cater for all children's abilities we have been counting from different starting points to a range of end points. We have been practising one-to-one counting, touching or moving every object as it is counted.

This week we have begun our new unit on Patterns. The students have been using coloured teddies to copy, create and continue simple, and increasingly complex, patterns.


Kids Connect

The children have continued to participate in our Kids Connect program, where the focus has been learning each others names and establishing some wonderful connections with their peers. We have several mantras within our classroom with 'Treat others as you like to be treated', 'Mistakes show you are trying' and 'Choose Happy' being the main inspirations.
     
     We have again attached the Classroom Expectations which we encourage you to discuss with your children. If you have any questions, please come and see us.


We will show respect to all.
We will be kind to each other.
We will always try to do our best.
We will use our manners.
We will listen to the teachers and to each other.
We will never leave the school ground on our own.


 TAKE HOME BOOKS

     Could you please ensure your child is reading their Take Home Book every night and that you sign their Reading Journal. We also encourage you to continue to read picture/chapter books to your child on a daily basis to really instill a love of reading. Daily reading is essential to help your child improve their reading ability and oral language! Thank you for your support!

 CURRENT SPECIALIST TIMES

Tuesday: Performing Arts and Art - please ensure your child has a named Art Smock at school as soon as possible
    Thursday: Physical Education - children are encouraged to wear runners on this day and bike shorts under school dresses, or wear skorts, shorts or long pants
    
      FLEXIBUZZ APP

    Please ensure sure you have downloaded the FlexiBuzz app and selected our grade as soon as possible. All class and school newsletters and communications will be sent via this app. We don't want you to miss out on important information. If you would like some help doing this, we are more than happy to help you! 











Monday March 4: Yoga (Session 4)

Wednesday March 6: Meet the Teachers (Session 2)

Monday March 11: LABOUR DAY

Monday March 18: Yoga (Session 5)

Tuesday March 12: Children begin school full time

Thursday March 21: Harmony Day Multi-age morning - please see Harmony Day notice that was sent home and Flexibuzz message. 





 






  • Can we please ask that students only drink water at school and bring two fruit (fresh/raw) breaks each day
  • We have a 'no nuts' rule for our classroom including peanut butter
  • Being a 'healthy-eating school' we ask that lollies are not brought to school, instead kept as a nice treat for home time.
  • If your child is having a birthday and you would like to bring something in for the class to help us celebrate the very special occasion, could you please just bring one item per child and remember our 'no nuts' rule
  • Please return the 2019 Payment Summary Sheets to the office or the classroom as soon as possible.
  • We always welcome parent/family helpers in the classroom. If you are interested, please ensure you provide a copy of your Working With Children Check to the office. More information can be found at: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/  

  • Term 1 is a SunSmart term - please ensure your child has a MPPS wide brim hat for recess and lunchtimes. Students without hats will be asked to play in the shaded areas.

Junior School Newsletter - Term 1, Week 5

 
 Term 1, Week 5






Welcome to the second edition of the Junior School newsletter for 2019! 

As the first term rushes past, we congratulate all of the Year 1 and 2 students for settling into the school year and for making the most of their educational and social opportunities. 

The classes are gelling well and the students are also enjoying coming together as one big cohort. New friendships have formed and there have been a number of activities completed that investigate friendship and promote positive social interactions between the students. 

We look forward to the exciting year ahead!








Monday March 4: Yoga (Session 4)
Monday March 11: LABOUR DAY
Monday March 18: Yoga (Session 5) 
Friday April 5: Last Day of Term 1









In READING this week, we are learning to connect what we read to our lives, other books and the world around us. We have started ability based reading rotations this week, which incorporate reading comprehension, guided reading, Reading Eggs and spelling activities. 

During 
WRITING this week, we have investigated some different forms of poetry, experimenting and having fun with words.

Over the past fortnight in MATHS, we have engaged with units on Data and Chance. The students have learnt how to pose appropriate survey data and represent their findings on a graph. The have also described the chance of everyday events occurring.









* Please ensure that all students wear helmets if they are riding or scooting to school. If students are not wearing a helmet, they risk serious injury in the event of a crash. 

* We always welcome parent/family helpers in the classroom. If you are interested, please ensure you provide a copy of your 
Working With Children Check to the office. More information can be found at: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/  


* Term 1 is a 
SunSmart term - please ensure your child has a MPPS wide brim hat for recess and lunchtimes. Students without hats will be asked to play in the shaded areas.