LEARN FROM HOME - during Covid-19
You can click on the links below to view the weekly timetables created for A2. The timetables are also located on Connect.
Week 9 & 10 - Term 1 - Timetable
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A Busy Week - Week 4 - Term 3
This week has been a busy one with lots of wonderful learning taking place.
In Literacy we have been really enjoying our story 'Possum Magic.' This week the children wrote sentences to retell the story using the headings, beginning, middle and end. Our story map that we created has really helped us to recite it and we have also added actions! We are practising our oral retell and actions daily to perfect it! Today we focused on WOW words for a character description of Hush. The children came up with some very creative words to describe him which we then wrote down.
In Numeracy this week our topic has been Humpty Dumpty In position and movement. We have been encouraging the children to use language such as below, between, left, right and above to make walls for Humpty Dumpty. We then completed a craft and will consolidate this with some writing to describe our walls next week.
Today we enjoyed a concert by the Lakeland SHS which the children thoroughly enjoyed... even the teachers where up dancing! In the afternoon A6 visited us and we had some quiet time while listening to a story they read.
Cross Country Extravaganza! - Week 3 - Term 3
The cross country run was a huge success and we were so proud of all the children for taking part and trying their best. Our beautiful class demonstrated the strong bond they have for each other, proudly cheering and congratulating each other. The sun was shining, the atmosphere was electric and the parental support made it all so special for the children. We even managed to enjoy a bit of dancing while waiting for the race!
100 Days of Learning - Week 1 - Term 3
We have had a fun filled day of celebration activities and the children and adults have all had a blast. I can not thank you enough for the incredible effort you all put into the children's outfits, they were terrific and scarily realistic!!
Eco Warrior Green Day - Week 10 - Term 2
What a fabulous way to end term 2! We just adored all the children's outfits and all the effort that was put in, well done!
To begin our Eco Day we had a special visit from our Year 6 Eco Warriors who provided us with lots of information on Sea Turtles and also gave us some great strategies to help us Reduce, Reuse and Recycle our waste. We watched some videos on turtles and compared the different characteristics of turtles on land and in the sea.
The children wrote a fact file using the information they had learnt and created bubble painting pictures both of which we have displayed in the classroom. The day was finished off by creating our funky Earth Day hats.
I am incredibly proud of how much the children have progressed this term, they deserve a well earned break and lots of fun over the holidays.
STEM Marble Run - Week 9 - Term 2
We created our paper plate marble run. The children had to create a marble run with paper strips to build the tunnels. When they finished they swapped their marble run with their friends to test how well the marbles rolled on the plate. They discovered that if they tilt the plate too much the marble fell out of the plate. They also added extra marbles onto the plate to make it challenging. This activity created lots of discussions and problem solving strategies.
Maths Focus - Week 7 - Term 2
This week in Maths we learnt about Partitioning (Part-Part-Whole) we did various activities using various materials including our fingers to show different ways we can show a number. For example: show different ways to make #6 using their fingers.
Partitioning is an important concept to learn as it teaches the children the basic of addition and problem solving.
Proud Peacock - Week 5 - Term 2
In PATHS we do a lot of discussing and think pair share. We talk about being proud of our achievements and always striving to be our best self. I am super proud of the children this week.
We have now covered our 4 key emotions- happy, sad, angry and excited. We have been doing lots of discussions around these feelings, identifying them and also considering ways/strategies to manage them, for example bunny breaths and doing the turtle.
In our writing we learnt an Autumn poem that we added actions to. The children where then asked to innovate the poem by creating their own verse. All the children wrote their sentences independently using their knowledge of the sounds taught to them. They were all able to use full stops, capital letters And finger spaces to create the perfect complete sentence. I have uploaded the poem for the children To show you over the weekend! My little susperstars!
In Measurement we have been focusing on extending our mathematical language using the terms longer and shorter. Today we had a lot of fun measuring our feet using unifix cubes and going on a hunt to find and compare the lengths of different objects to our feet.
A2 - Week 5 - Term 2
We introduced take home readers this week and already we can see how the children are taking interest in reading and reading lots of tricky words. Well done everyone!!! This week we reviewed patterns and in particular we learnt about number patterns. We did skip counting in 2s & 10s. Most of the children were able to make complex patterns using more than two colours. We used lots of hands on materials to make different patterns.
History - we looked at a 1968 Kindy Class photo and compared it with a 2019 Preprimary class photo. We discussed the similarities and differences. We also watched a video of how children played in the past.
Science - we learnt about how different animals moved and we did a guided drawing of different animals showing their movements.
Homereading - Week 5 - Term 2
A2 Weekly Roundup - Week 4 - Term 2
We had a wonderful end to our week in A2. We continued on with our spelling for week 2 and by doing recall with the children, I can see how much you are doing with them at home. They are starting to spot their tricky words in writing now, which is supportIng them tremendously In their confidence!
In our 'Talk for Writing' literacy unit we have been looking at WOW words and encouraging the children to extend their sentences by using describing words. We created a plan for our own individual hats which we then enjoyed painting. The children then used describing words to write sentences. Now that we are building a bank of sounds that the children are very familiar with, we are supporting the children in using their knowledge to write independent sentences. They are beginning to show more confidence and understand that we can create words and sentences with our sounds. We encourage all children to have a go and it is wonderful to begin to identify the sounds blending together in their independent writing. Well done my little cherubs!
We had a very practical day of lessons on Friday and enjoyed making some Veggie Muffins! Our afternoon was spent eating them in the glorious sunshine.
In Measurement we have been focusing on using informal units and have been measuring our hair in terms of ladybug rulers! Our language is being extended as the children compare length using the terms 'longer than' and 'shorter than'.
As we have begun to notice the changes that occur in Autumn we decided to do some splatter painting to create 'Autumnal Men'. The children mixed autumn colours together to create leaf men. Next week we are going to learn an Autumn poem to go along with our creations... keep posted!
Week 4 - Term 2 - Update
What a wonderful start to the week with beautiful sunny weather and all the children happy and eager to learn. Each morning the children begin their day with tabletop activities of their choice and during this time they catch up with their friends. It's lovely listening to the children's conversation and observe them interact socially.
We did our second week of Spelling of the high frequency words and I have noticed during our reading that the children are beginning to make connections and recognise the words in the texts. During our guided reading the children are getting better with blending and applying their letters and sounds knowledge. Please try doing the home reading we have recommended at home to encourage them to read and apply what they have learnt. You will be amazed.
Today in Science we did something different, we took our learning outside the classroom in the sunshine. We did our Science lesson outside and explored different ways our bodies move and identified how different things move. The children enjoyed this very much and so did we. It was great to be outside and enjoying this lovely sunny weather.
Weekly Roundup - Week 3 - Term 2
The children have really stepped up to the new challenges set. It has been a busy week of ‘firsts’ for them and we are as proud as punch at how well they have adapted to the new routines and tasks set for them. Spellings have been very worthwhile as I have noticed how children are beginning to identify these worlds throughout all areas of their reading and writing tasks... keep practicing the recall and writing of these words as it will make a huge difference to their awareness of print being meaningful in both reading and writing.
Terrific Tuesday - Week 3 - Term 2
We've had a very busy last couple of days with all the children back at school. Yesterday we started our first session of Words Grammar and Fun, this is our school's oral language program. We have completed two sessions of WGF. The children were engaged and interested in the activities, which was fantastic to see.
We went to the computer lab to learn how to Login and logout and we also looked at the different parts of a computer.
In Maths we played some games to consolidate what we have learnt in number. I have noticed the confidence in children's counting skills and their ability to apply them during our rotations. I was amazed at how much they already know with just a couple of weeks being back at school.
In History we continued with our topic about our family and where our families come from.
In Science we learnt about how things move and how different parts of objects play an important role in the way it moves. Today we did marble painting to explore rolling. They also used Mobilos to construct moving objects.
Overall, we all had lots of fun learning and also time to play with our friends.
A Terrific Thursday - Week 1 - Term 2
We have had the most wonderful start to our first week of term. The children have returned to school enthusiastic and eager to learn. They are little superstars and we are thrilled to have them back with us.
Good Afternoon! - Week 10 - Term 1
Just wanted to send a little message to say that we want you to know we are here for you. Please don't feel like it is a closed door policy. We have been in contact with you all via phonecalls (left messages on a few voicemails). We are all finding different things enjoyable and different things challenging and we are really keen to hear how you are all going with everything. Our activities and learning grids we provide are to encourage the children to maintain routine and continue with their learning and progress. We are so grateful for all the work you are doing with them at home. Feel free to ask any questions or share any of your fabulous learning with us, no matter how small!
To our Truly Special A2 Family - Week 8 - Term 1
Firstly, I wanted to thank you for all your unconditional support during this uncertain time. We are so lucky to have such a special group of children who have been our little rays of sunshine each day, staying positive and working together to keep some sort of normality.
Today we read a very relevant story called ‘The Enormous Watermelon’. This story is about a group of characters who work together to pull up a watermelon before enjoying it! We related it back to our own situation by talking about how we can work together as a community and family to ‘spring clean our world’ of all the spikey germs. The children were full of beautiful ideas of how we can all work together to help us get back to school as soon as we can.
On Monday, we will begin our online learning by uploading our learning grid to ‘Connect app’. This will begin practically and be a summary of what would have been planned for the next 2 weeks of school. As stated by the government, we encourage all children to stay at home, enabling us to return to normality as soon as possible.
During our 2 week Easter break no work will be sent home because this is the normal holiday period. A pack of learning, activities and stationery has been created for each child which will be to support our weekly learning grids for each week, starting in term 2. This pack is solely for use alongside the planning which will be sent home and children should complete this to the best of their ability. Each booklet is for learning opportunities and must be used for directed writing and planned activities.
Mrs. Hart, Mrs. Palmer and Mrs. Johnston
This Week's Learning Highlights - Week 7 - Term 1
This week in Maths we sorted different items following a rule; shape, colour and size. We also discussed and demonstrated different ways we can be a good friend. We role played 'Mrs Wishy Washy' and wrote about our favourite character in the book.
We also did a germs experiment using water, pepper and soap to explain the importance of hand washing. We were all amazed by this!!
Thank you so much to our lovely families for being super supportive this week, especially teaching our littles ones how to be independent and going into the classroom all by themselves to get ready for the day. I was very proud of their effort.
WELCOME BACK PRE PRIMARY! - Term 1