Curriculum - Prep/1 News


 We have had a tremendous start to the year. Everyone has settled in well to the school routine, and we have enjoyed getting to know our eleven new Prep students. The Grade 6 buddies have diligently spent recess and lunch breaks ensuring their young friends feel happy and safe in their new learning environment.

It has been great to see so many children taking on the responsibility of organising themselves at school. This is a role our Grade One students have been modelling and leading.

Within our room, we have thought very carefully about how we want our class to look, feel and the ways in which we would like everyone to behave. We used this to create our class agreement and class rules that are displayed in our room. It has been wonderful sharing each of our students learning expectations for this year and planning how we hope to meet these.

At the beginning of week 2 we embarked on the Sound Waves phonemic program, using sound-to-letter strategies that develop reading, writing and spelling skills.  This program will complement our current ‘Daily 5’ reading and ‘Big Write’ literacy programs. Our Grade 1 students have lead these programs, providing our Prep students with lots of support and learning expertise.

Our STEAM inquiry focus for the first half of this term is entitled ‘Birregurra, Our Community.  P-2 are investigating our local area and its significant features and history.  We have visited the Main Street to look at all the buildings and landmarks. In conjunction with ‘Google’ maps and satellite images, we will use our design and engineering skills to build a model of the street and then navigate some of our programmable robots around the finished project.

We are fortunate to have Hannah Zappelli in our class for daily morning literacy support.

 A busy but exciting start to the year which we are sure will be filled with lots of great learning adventures.