Term 1 Week 2
5 Feb 2018
Dates to Remember February 5th - Music program commences 5th - House Captains Elections 6th - Swimming carnival (10:00 12:30pm) 8th - SRC elections - Year 1 to 6 8th - Got Game - How uniforms to be worn 9th - Canteen commences 12th - Assembly - Dingoes Performance 12th - Parent Information evening (6:30pm) 13th - Scripture/Ethics commences 21st - School Photographs Check the school app and website for a complete calendar.
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The school will be holding a parent teacher evening at 6:30pm on Monday 12 February. This will be a chance to gain valuable information from the school and collectively meet your child(ren)’s classroom teacher. We have discussed the issue of student participation with Helping Hands and they have agreed to look after up to 29 students of school age on this date. A note will be sent out tomorrow morning to request parents indicate their need to have their children looked after in order to attend the session.
Canteen Canteen will start on Friday this week. The P&C runs the canteen through 100% voluntary help. If you are able to help out in the canteen at all on a Friday, help is always welcome. Information will be provided this week to new parents on the canteen - how it runs as well as items for sale. Just a reminder that in the interests of student well being, the canteen will no longer be offering fruit juices to students. This is following numerous teacher concerns about student behaviour on Friday’s following canteen. Ice blocks will be continued to be sold at the beginning of lunch on the school oval.
School Photographs On Wednesday 21 February our local photographer Martin Brady will be in to take school photographs. Martin has been our photographer for many years and his unique style results in photographs that are outstanding and personalised. Tomorrow we will be sending out the envelopes used to decide what photographs you want. Every child has their photograph taken on the day as well as class and school photographs. Family photographs are optional.
Assemblies Our Assembles for this year will once again be on Wednesday’s with our first assembly on Monday 12 February. This year asssemblies will all be led by the House Captains and the SRC from year 5 and 6. Ms Caponas will prepare a musical item from each class for each assembly starting with the Dingoes.
The Week Ahead in Learning for Term 1 Week 2 This Week in Koalas - Year K
This week we will read the story ‘The Day the Monster Came to School’ and will use this book as a basis for conversations about being at school, following the rules and keeping safe. We will complete a variety of early writing, drawing and craft activities based around the book.
This week we will learn some counting songs. We will begin to count and to recognise all the numbers from 1-10 and beyond, though playing a variety of games and using hands on equipment..
PDHPE - Got Game is on Thursday please wear the sports shirt to school on the day.. During the week we will work on social skills like playing together, taking turns and being a good friend. We will make a class set of rules to follow in order to make the classroom the best place for learning.
Please label all lunch containers, drink bottles and clothing. A hat should be brought to school each day. There will be no Library this week. Library will commence in week 3. Music classes are on Monday with Ms Caponis, and Mandarin classes are on Friday with Ms Yang.
This Week in Echidnas - Year K/1
Students will participate in a variety of activities based on shared stories. They will be involved in whole class talking and listening and then will write and/or draw their responses.
The Mathematics focus this week will be on Whole Number. We will use songs and chanting to review number across the learning of Kindy and Yr 1. Students will be taught games that will be used throughout the year for Number recognition and calculation.
PDHPE: Got Game is on Thursday. Students are to wear their sports uniform including sports shoes on Thursday. In the classroom, students will learn about School and Play safety and we will create our class rules from this learning. Creative Arts - Students will participate in a number of art and craft activities based in class learning
Ms McSpadden has noticed that most items students have at school have been labelled. Thank you! Please ensure the following items have your child’s name clearly written: hat, jacket, lunch box, all containers, water bottle and school bag. Home Reading commences for Year 1 students this week. Kindy students will commence Home reading in Week 3.
This Week in Wombats Year 1/2
Students will plan an imaginative text and discuss the possible audience(s) of such texts, eg: children/ adults. In handwriting, they will work on correct letter formation and sizing, integrated into their imaginative text. Students will learn a simple structure for speaking formally in front of an audience as part of preparation for ‘news’ and other more formal speaking. Reading groups will start, with emphasis on decoding strategies, eg: looking for picture clues, and on making connections with the text.
Year 1 will learn ways to count to 100 by ones from any 2 digit starting point. They will choose informal units to measure length, eg: paper clips. Students will create questions related to the number of students in Stage 1,
PDHPE: Got Game will be on Thursday. History: Students will commence their study of ‘Present and Past Family Life’. Visual Arts: Students will create a picture of an artefact from past family life.
Year 2 will learn ways to count from 100 by ones from any 2 digit number. They will use uniform informal units, eg: pop sticks to compare two shapes. Students will ask questions related to the number of students in Stage 1 and survey favourite sport(s) of Stage 1.
Tuesday- Swimming Carnival for students who turn 8 years in 2018- a note was sent home last week Home Reading commences for Year 1 and Year 2. A note will be sent home with your child on Monday, and also emailed to you. Positive Behaviour For Learning Library will commence next (PB4L): Students will collaboratively week. create ‘Wombats Class Rules’, based Scripture and Ethics will comon Safety, Respect and Learning. mence next week
This Week in Goannas Year 3/4
Our spelling program will commence this week, with students receiving their words on Monday. The Goannas phonics focus will be ‘are’ words.
Students will begin our first five week block of Mathematics. Students this week will be investigating place value, patterns and algebra. Year 4 students will be working with numbers up to five digits and year three up to four digits. Students will begin our writing unit For patterns and algebra students will on expositions. Students will be re- be looking at number patterns and viewing the structure of expositions finding missing values. as well as focusing on effective language used within expositions.
Got Game- Ball skills will continue this Thursday. Can all students please wear their sports uniform.
Swimming Carnival- Will be held this Tuesday. Can all students please return their notes.
Science- We will commence our unit on heat. Students will begin exploring the science behind heat and how it affects different objects
Scripture and Ethics- Will commence in week 3, can all students please return their note ASAP.
This Week in Dingoes Year 5/6
The Dingoes will commence their spelling program this week which will operate in class and as homework. We will begin a unit on the book Storm Boy for reading and commence our debating program by looking at the roles of debaters and how debates are organised. Our writing this week will continue our look at literary descriptions.
Last week we looked at Roman Numerals and how they can be used to show how numbers are expandable. This week will look more closely at expansion of these numbers and how numbers are prime or composite in nature depending on their factors.
History: This term we will be exploring the events that led to the growth of the population of the Australian Colonies and the events revolving around the Gold Rushes on the mid 19th century. PDHPE: Our sun safety work will continue with the design and planning of a persuasive poster to remind students to be sun safe. Creative Art: Identity Artwork will continue.
1) Swimming carnival is on Tuesday. House uniforms please. 2) Stationery items need to be brought in ASAP 3) Scripture notes are due this week 4) Library will commence next week.
This Week in Music
This week, Koalas will be getting to know each other, learning hello songs and playing rhythmic games with our names. We will be introducing percussion instruments and learning how to care for and share instruments.
Echidna’s will be introduced to crotchets and quavers and playing games that encourage us to identify differences in rhythms we hear. We will be learning to read rhythms and notating them on a score.
This week will see all Wombats learning to play recorders. We will be focused on breathing, tone production and keeping a steady crotchet beat as a group.
This week will see all Goannas playing recorder, with a focus on reading a musical score and identifying beats that get 1/2 or 1 beat (crotchets and quavers). We will identify notes on the lines and spaces of the treble clef.
All Dingoes will be getting into rehearsal with our class recorder ensemble in preparation for This year’s Festival of Instrumental Music. We will be revising the opening of “Norwegian Dance” and introducing the new time signature of 3 /2 time in “Handel’s Highlights”.
This Week in Mandarin
This week we will revise how to say ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ in Mandarin. We will learn to say ‘good morning’ and ‘teacher’. We will also learn to sing nihao song.
This week we will finish our drawing of the Chinese dragon. We are going to have a quick revision of the vocabulary we have learnt last year and start to create our vocabulary treasure bag.
Dingoes are going to revise Pinyin, the Chinese alphabet, as well as to distinguish the four tones. We will start to create our vocabulary treasure bag.