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We have been welcomed back to another term of terrific learning with some lovely autumn sunshine and whilst our grounds desperately need some rain, the little people have enjoyed the warmth. It is wonderful to see our younger students settling back into our class routines.

During morning literacy sessions, we are continuing to develop our Café reading, Soundwaves and Big Write programs. There is always a steady stream of volunteers to lead our morning phonics chant and task board shuffle. Learning conversations with each student are scheduled throughout the week to track learning goals and progress. It has been great to see the students looking out for their names each day and discussing what they will be sharing during their reading conferences with Hannah and myself. It is from these conversations that we develop our next learning goal and track progression on existing goals.  Celebrating successes with our ‘class dance’ is always a highlight. Our Prep students have particularly enjoyed being able to change their own readers each morning, revelling in being able to spot their known ‘Magic Words’ in their take home books.

Show and Tell continues to be a popular weekly feature. After much class discussion and terrific input from the students, we have decided to trial a new way to structure this important language learning opportunity. Each week four students will take home a dedicated box into which they pop an item of personal significance. This then becomes their focus for our next session. Students felt that this would perhaps make sure everyone remembered and that all had a turn to participate. These sessions also provide our younger students with an authentic setting to practise some of the personal strengths strategies they have been developing throughout our Respectful Relationships program. We have been exploring personal traits such as being helpful, kind, patient, brave, hardworking and friendly.

The beautiful picture storybook, ‘Anzac Ted’, framed our class learning as we joined our local community to commemorate Anzac Day.  This significant day plays an important role in highlighting challenging concepts such as respect, friendship and courage for our younger students. It was a moving service and the joint participation across the generations was particularly special, as was the atmospheric thunderstorm that followed us back to school.

Our STEAM inquiry focus for this term is entitled ‘Dinosaurs and More!’  P-2 have continued their investigation of the external features of modern animals, comparing them with the skeletons of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. We have designed and built some magnificent prehistoric creatures with an array of moving parts. The feedback from our families as we share our discoveries and design skills through the Seesaw portfolio app has been terrific.

We hope to showcase some more of our critical and creative thinking during our open morning celebrating Education Week, rounding it off with our annual Biggest Morning Tea.