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Class Happenings Prep 2021 – Alison McDonald

It is amazing how this first term for 2021 has flown and how quickly our new students have settled into their new school routines. We have continued to explore ourselves as learners and it has been terrific to see the students working together to support each other as confident and independent class members.

During literacy sessions we have been using the Sounds Write program to develop our knowledge of phonics and alphabet code. This exciting program is a comprehensive system with which to teach reading, spelling, and writing in context. Our young students have been developing their decoding and comprehension strategies as they set and monitor individual goals. It is fabulous to see them so incredibly engaged and motivated to increase their reading skills. The Dandelion decodable reader series has been a lovely way to share our growing skills with our families as part of our home reading program.

With our Prep students now joining us on Wednesdays, we have started our weekly ‘Big Write’ program. We use our morning session to plan and draft a piece of writing – our ‘Big Talk’. Then we set up our rooms for our ‘Big Write’. We lay out all our writing materials before popping on some classical music and having a concentrated and focused writing session until recess. It has been tremendous to see our students develop their writing skills as they start to compose their own sentences to accompany their pictures. We have been practising tracing, copying, and independently building the sounds and words we need to build

In our Math sessions we have been building our investigative learning skills; working in pairs and small groups to explore number facts and patterns. We are using a variety of games-based approaches to build and develop student’s knowledge and fluency in early number acquisition. We have spent time focusing on the correct formation of numerals and fine tuning our ‘Superhero Eyes’ as we practice counting small groups by looking rather than counting all. We have been using our ‘What are we learning?’ wall to help identify learning objectives and outcomes building colourful anchor charts to highlight our focus.

Throughout our ‘Respectful Relationships’ program, we have explored emotional literacy and the power of being able to articulate our feelings and respond appropriately to those of others. We have used collaborative learning activities to help build social skills. We are developing self-awareness and empathy for others, highlighting the importance of identifying and using individual strengths. Our class role plays are always highly entertaining and a great way for us to share getting along strategies.

We are continuing to investigate force and motion in our science unit ‘Machine Makers’. We have had lots of fun experimenting using push, pull and gravity as we explored different forces and how various materials react. We will carry over our project into next term and look forward to continuing to share our discoveries through the Seesaw portfolio app.

 

We have had a busy start to our year and are looking forward to celebrating some more learning milestones next term.