A very big thank you to all the families for coming into our classrooms for the Student-Led Conferences. The Prep students worked so hard to prepare for your visits and were so proud to share their learning with you. We were very proud of the way our students confidently shared their learning with you.
We are continuing to explore shared texts that use animals as main characters. We have been reading picture books with mice, emus, penguins and bears as main characters. We are developing our story retell skills by identifying key events that happen in the beginning, middle and end of narratives and including details to further enhance our retells. We are also expressing our likes and dislikes both orally and in written form. This week we have chosen our favourite shared text and shared our reasons for choosing our particular text. We have also begun the process of retelling our favourite story by using captions, sentences and illustrations. We will continue to develop our oral retell skills by sharing our favourite book and retelling the story in a Seesaw recording.
Ask your child: Which was your favourite picture book? Why is it your favourite picture book? What happened in the beginning, middle and end of your chosen story?
Over the remainder of the term our phonics focus continues to be the phonemes wh, ch, sh, th. We have been using these phonemes to read, spell, write and use an increasing number of 3, 4 and 5 letter words in our writing.
We have also added a new set of camera words to our word bank.
Ask your child to share with you their new camera words: do, like, going, give, what, says. Ask your child if they can spot any of our camera words when you are out and about together!
We have been looking at the concepts of sharing and duration of time. We continue to develop our understanding of sharing and making fair shares. We have also been working on the understanding that some activities can be done anytime and that some are done at specific times. We have been focusing on regular events that take place at the beginning, middle and end of each day.
Ask your child about what activities or events occur at specific times of the day. For example, what do you always do in the morning when you get into the classroom? What do you always do in the middle of each day? What do you always do before bed? Which activity takes the longest?
We have continued with our unit on Forces and how things move. We have been exploring how various toys move and sorting them according to whether they can be pushed or pulled, or if they can be rolled or if they slide. We have also been exploring how the shapes of objects can affect how they move.
Ask your child about some ways their favourite toys move. What parts help them move? What shapes are those parts?
Parent Helpers in the Classroom
We look forward to welcoming our parent helpers back into the classroom in Week 9. We enjoy having our wonderful parents share their time with us to support and encourage our students on their learning journey.
Erin Torres (Head of Prep), Renee Bauer, Kate Jackson, Vanessa Perry
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