Thursday, 11 May 2017

Junior School Newsletter, Term Week 3 & 4

Junior School Newsletter: Term 2, Weeks 3 and 4
Learning and Teaching


There was great excitement in the building this week as the children were looking forward to their Mothers’ day shopping. It was delightful to watch the happy little shoppers selecting their gifts from a wonderful selection.

The students are enjoying being ‘Little Scientists’ with the introduction of our Inquiry Unit on Chemical Science. They are predicting, mixing, observing and recording chemical reactions and recording their findings in their Science Journals. We are looking forward to our upcoming excursion to Scienceworks at the end of term. Please keep your eye out for the note that will be coming home soon outlining this exciting event.

Preps enjoyed an invisit from George, Rick and Robert from the Mentone Fire Brigade this week. They learnt many important tips to keep them safe in the event of a fire such as organising a family meeting place and practised their 'drop down low and go, go, go'.


Week 3 & 4:
  • Further consolidate the student's knowledge of all upper and lower case letters and the most common sound that each letter represents
  • Further develop the student's understanding of punctuation including appropriate use of capital letters for names and the start of a sentence and full stops
  • Further consolidate the student's understanding of writing and having a go at recording the imaginative stories they have in their heads

Grade 1:
  • Create a short narrative with a beginning, middle and end
  • Revisit Penny Punctuation with a focus on exclamation marks
  • Reread, edit and publish a chosen narrative
Grade 2:
  • Create a short narrative with a beginning, middle and end
  • Revisit Penny Punctuation with a focus on exclamation marks, paragraphs and introduce talking marks
  • Reread, edit and publish a chosen narrative

Week 3: 
Foundation: 'i' as in igloo, 'th' as in thing
Grade 1: oo' as in book, extending with 'ing'
Grade 2: 'ey' as in book, extending with 'ing'
Week 4: 
Foundation: 'k' as in kitten / 'ch' as in chip 
Grade 1: 'u' as in bus
Grade 2: 'ea' as in beach

Week 3 & 4:
  • Use comprehension strategies to understand and discuss books
  • Further develop our understanding that texts are made up of words and groups of words that make meaning  
  • Further consolidate our knowledge of all upper and lower case letters and the most common sound that each letter represents
  • Further develop our understanding of blending sounds associated with letters when reading consonant-vowel-consonant words 
Grade 1:
  • Read and discuss the structure and characters in narrative texts

Grade 2: 
  • Read and discuss the characters in narrative texts to create character profiles

Week 3 & 4:
Week 3:
  •  connect number names, numerals and quantities, including zero, up to 20 and then beyond
Week 4:
  • understand the language and process of subtraction to enable us to solve simple subtraction problems using hands on materials
Grade 1
 Week 3:
  • create number lines to 100, to count by 2s, 5s and 10s from different starting point

Week 4:
  • Using materials with a 6 or 12 sided dice to solve and record subtraction problems
Grade 2
Week 3:
  • Create number lines to 1000, to count by 2s, 4s,3s, 5s and 10s from different starting point. Extending number lines beyond 1000
Week 4:
  • Using a 20 sided dice to solve and record subtraction problems

Understand the role of a scientist in our world. Work in teams to explore what happens when you mix water into cornflour.

Being brave to participate. Work in small teams to create role plays.

Prep: start and log onto ipads and netbooks with increasing independence 
Grade 1: use the browser to access Mathletics and Reading Eggs
Grade 2: experiment with font, size and colour and further develop skills required to publish work

The students have been learning about the 'Golden Rule'. This is 'Treat Others As You Would Like To Be Treated'.


Working With Children Check
All parents/guardians, visitors & volunteers to the school MUST sign in & out of the school and display their WWCC in a lanyard, which is available at the school office. The Department of Education requires any person involved in an activity where children may be present to have a current WWCC or have supplied proof that they have applied for a WWCC with the Department of Justice. All schools are required to comply with the Working with Children Act 2005. Volunteers are expected to carry the WWCC card on their person at all times when working or volunteering at the school or during school related activities. There is no fee for this check. Apply now by visiting: 

The Junior School encourage and appreciate Parent helpers. Please see your child's teacher if you are able to assist.

Lost Property:
We are collecting a lot of lunch and snack boxes which have been left outside and in the corridors. If you are looking for any lost items we are housing them for collection in the labelled pigeon hole near Miss Arentz's room.

Art Smocks
Mrs Unwin has requested that all students please have an art smock at school. There is no need to purchase one if you don't already have one as an old shirt or thick t-shirt will do the job. We would rather not send students home wearing their artistic pursuits!


17th May - Prep Fire Education
23rd May - Italian Day
25th May - Curiosity and Powerful Learning Open Night to celebrate Education                      Week
12th June - Queen's Birthday Holiday
23rd  June - Excursion to Science Works
30th June - Last Day of Term

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