Everyday our Prep students are getting more confident and familiar with the routines of school life.
We are making great progress with our phonics and are moving on to our next set of phonemes (‘v’, ‘w’, ‘y’, ‘z’, ‘j’, ‘n’, ‘k’, ‘e’). Applying our knowledge of the phonemes we have already learnt (‘s’, ‘m’, ‘c’, ‘t’, ‘g’, ‘p’, ‘a’, ‘o’, ‘r’, ‘l’, ‘d’, ‘b’, ‘f’, ‘h’, ‘i’, ‘u’) and using these new phonemes means we can read and write an increasing range of 3, 4 and 5 phoneme words.
Ask your child to share with you some of the words they are able to sound out and write such as: hug, soft, yes, zip, swim, blink.
We have been exploring what makes a sentence and have been talking about capital letters, full stops and spaces between words. We have been reading sentences, copying, reordering and writing our own using our growing knowledge of letters and sounds.
Ask your child, “What is the symbol we need to put at the end of a sentence?”
As part of our building an understanding of how we use writing and reading as part of communication, Prep are starting to develop their understanding of the features of texts and the different types of texts. We have looked at books and how they have a front cover, back cover, spine, title, author, blurb and illustrations/photos. Over the coming weeks, we will start to investigate imaginative and informative texts and how we can tell the difference by looking at their features.
When reading to your child or during home reading time, discuss these features and ask them to point them out. You could also encourage them to decide if the text is informative or imaginative.
We have been exploring 3D shapes such as spheres and cubes in the environment around us. We have also started to learn about addition and different strategies such as using concrete materials and representing our thinking using pictures. We are also learning to explain our thinking and strategies and listen to the ideas of others.
Ask your child if they can identify spheres or cubes in the environment when you are out and about.
It was with great excitement that we planted some beans and made predictions about what they would grow into. Now, everyday, we are able to see our beans turning into plants! No magic beanstalks yet, but instead our beans are sprouting into bean shoots and we are starting to see leaves and roots! We have been recording our observations of how our plants grow. We are learning that living things need certain things to grow.
Ask your child, “What do living things need to grow?”
Names on School Items
Inevitably, from time to time, our students misplace items at school. Please check regularly that your child’s name and class is visible on the items they bring to school. It helps us reunite lost items with their owner quickly. We have a Lost Property cupboard located near the cafeteria which we check often. You can support your child to develop their independence by reminding them to check the Lost Property cupboard if they have lost something.
Hats and Water
With hotter weather fast approaching, please make sure your child brings a good sized water bottle to school that can be easily refilled. They must also have a school hat for outside play and PMP. We encourage our students to keep their hats in their locker at school at the end of each day so they do not accidentally forget it.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there! We hope you enjoy your special day on Sunday!
Erin Torres (Head of Prep), Renee Bauer, Kate Jackson, Vanessa Perry
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