Welcome to Prep 2017!
The teachers this year are Amanda, Anna, Rose and Sam.
Term 2 has already started and we are looking forward to continuing our exciting learning journey with you all.
This Term students have begun the Daily 5 program. This involves Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Word Work (Letters and Sounds) and Work on Writing.
Each student in Prep is learning about our C.A.F.E Literacy Program, which has a focus on their reading goals. (C.A.F.E being an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, Expand Vocabulary), focused at their point of need. These goals can change according to the activity or the point of need for each student.
Each student has received a reading goal from the C.A.F.E Literacy Program. Teachers monitor the progress made on these reading goals by reading with each student weekly in guided reading sessions.
By now, you will have received a Reading Eggs password, which students are encouraged to use at home to assist with our classroom program.
In writing this term, students will be concentrating on class and individual writing goals. These goals will be to copy text, write on the lines, have spaces between words and to remember the sound each letter makes in a word, just to name a few.
Letters and Sounds
In Letters and Sounds students learn a range of common letters blends and spelling patterns to improve their spelling and phonemic awareness. Students will be encouraged to utilise their knowledge of the sounds they have learnt to improve their reading and writing skills.
Mathematics in Term 2 will focus on the following areas:
At the beginning of each maths lesson students will take part in number fluency tasks to improve their number knowledge. Students count forwards and backwards, count by tens and fives, look for patterns in a 100s chart and play many number games on the Interactive Whiteboard. As well as this, the preps are eagerly counting each day of school to reach our 100th day! We will have a celebration of all things 100 on this day in Term 3.
Integrated Studies and Science
This term Prep students will be completing a unit on Weather for Integrated Studies. Students will learn about different weather events and participate in a hands on science incursion later in the term.
Later in the term students will be completing a History Unit on Changes Over Time. Students will explore who makes up their family and how family structures can be different.
The main changes for your child
Starting school involves a number of changes for children and families. This includes the differences between your child’s current setting (eg home, long day care, preschool) and the primary school they will be attending. When children start school they experience changes in areas such as:
The physical environment:For example, the size of the playground, classroom and school buildings, the location and types of toilets, the number of other children and teachers.
Rules and procedures:For example, more structured times for attending class, eating and going to the toilet, rules for different places such as the classroom and playground, lining up and putting up a hand to speak.
Relationships:For example, meeting new children and adults, responding to children of different ages, leaving an early childhood educator, getting to know a range of teachers for different subjects and from different grades.
Learning:For example, more formal learning experiences, structured times and set tasks, increasing independence.
In the first few weeks of school some Prep families may experience difficulty with this. At APPS, we understand that you might feel a little anxious about how your child is coping but please be assured that they are safe and very well supported by everyone in the school community especially their teachers. Our Prep students are having a lovely time in their new environment, learning new things and making new friends. A few tears at the start of the day usually ends quickly when they are up in their classroom!
Here are a few tips for you to try if you are finding leaving each other in the morning a little tough…
Make positive connections with school such as walking with a friend, encouraging children to help pack their own lunch box - they look forward to eating time! Packing their bag promotes independence and they may like to include a little toy or something that is special to them.
From 8:50am the children will make their way into their classroom where they will put their own bag away. Give your child a hug and kiss and let them know that you will see them after school. Once you have said “see you soon” actually leave and don't linger outside the classroom - this lets them know that the day has begun and saying goodbye once is enough!
You can drop hats, water bottles etc at the office and they will get to us- this saves undue distress upon re-entering the classroom.
It is unsettling when your children see you at recess and lunch play at the fence.
Use the communication folder to let the teachers know if there are any changes that may affect your child. Particularly going to after care, or if they have a lunch order. They work both ways: we can send notices home in them and you can use them to let us know of any issues that occur overnight or in the morning that you feel we need to know. Please ensure that you speak to your child’s class teacher if you are concerned about your child.
It helps to organise a meeting place for the end of the day- you can choose this with them. At 3.30 the teachers bring the children from the classroom and they know to remain with them until they see you. It helps if you are there on time especially during the first weeks – give the office a call if you think you might be late so the teachers are aware of this as we like to inform the children.
Please remember the playground is supervised until 3:45pm. If you have not collected your child by this time they will be waiting for you at the office.
Remember to check Konnective and the Communication Folder for regular updates and information.
In prep, the students begin using technology in the classroom. Here are some useful iPad apps for you to support your child’s learning at home.
Base Ten Blocks
School A to Z
Tic Toe Phonics
Super Hero HD