Curriculum - Prep/1 News

 P/1 – Alison McDonald & Genevieve Erskine

We have had a tremendous start to the year with our Prep / One grade sharing the double room and welcoming Miss Erskine to BPS.

Everyone has settled in well to the school routine, and we have enjoyed getting to know our nineteen 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 new rooms, 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 which are displayed in our room. It has been wonderful sharing each of our student’s 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 led these, providing our Prep students with lots of support and learning expertise.

Our P-2 STEAM inquiry focus for this term is entitled ‘Look, Listen! as we explore the physical sciences through hands-on fun challenges. It is lovely to watch our budding young engineers create new learning opportunities and develop their collaboration skills. We have been capturing and sharing these using the Seesaw digital portfolio app. This has been a great tool for students to not only share their learning but an opportunity to enjoy feedback from their families. A busy but exciting start to the year.