Year Levels - Prep


Prep Newsletter – Term 3
Welcome back to Term 3. We hope you have had a restful break. At the end of last term, you would have received your child’s report. Enclosed in the report was a Parent Feedback form. It would be appreciated if this could be completed with your child and returned to school.  
This term we are looking forward to working closely with you and your child to achieve their goals. 
All students have continued to show persistence to improve their learning. It is now time to allow your child to enter their classroom, organise themselves and begin their day independently, this will assist their transition to Year 1. 
It is very important your child attend school every day, as there are always learning opportunities that we do not want your child to miss out on. This also allows your child to make the most out of their year and develop the foundational skills they will build upon for the rest of their school life.
Important Dates / Upcoming Events
8 August: Three-way conferences (Students required at school for their interview time only)
21 August: Book week, dress-up parade
21 August: TIMS (THRASS, ICT, Maths & Science) family night
23 August: Curriculum Day – No School for students
30 August: Father’s Day Stall 
3 September: Bring your Dad to School Day
9 September: School Concert -  Whole school concert rehearsal
10 September: School Concert – matinee & evening Performance 
11 September: School Concert - matinee & evening Performance
20 September: Last day of Term 3, students finish - 2:30pm
Home Readers & Homework
Each night your child is required to read their home reader to an adult to help them with their learning. It is important that your child sees this as a positive time to spend with you. 
Home readers must be signed by parents each night and returned to school each day. Your child should also continue practising the CSPS high frequency words each night. 
This term, students will be receiving a homework sheet each Thursday to complete, to further build their Literacy and Numeracy skills. This homework sheet should be completed as independently as possible and returned the following Tuesday. 
As it is Term 3, all students need to wear their winter uniform. The winter uniform consists of the winter dress (which can be worn with tights or long socks), pants, polo shirt, jumper or jacket. Please ensure your child is wearing supportive BLACK school shoes every day. School hats do not need to be worn this term, however a plain navy beanie can be worn outside on cold days. Students are also allowed to wear a plain navy raincoat over their school jumpers to and from school and outside at play times. Please remember to clearly label your child’s jumpers and other belongings. 
Thank you.
Entry into School Buildings prior to 8.45am
Please remember that pick up and drop off is at the external door of your child’s classroom. Please do not enter the school buildings prior to 8:45am as per the school expectation. If you need to speak with your child’s teacher, please organise a time to meet or enter at 8:45am when the bell rings. If your child arrives after 9:00am please sign them in at the office prior to bringing them into the classroom, as classroom rolls have already been taken by this time. We also encourage children to carry their own bags and walk in class themselves as this promotes independence.
Specialist Timetable

PB: Monday - Italian, P.E. & I.T. / Tuesday - Library / Wednesday - Science / Friday - Art

PF: Monday - Art, P.E. & I.T. / Thursday - Science & Library / Friday - Italian

PK: Monday - Art, P.E. & I.T. / Tuesday - Library / Friday - Science & Italian

PY: Monday - Science, P.E. & Art / Wednesday - Library / Thursday - I.T. / Friday - Italian


Reading and Viewing:
The students worked hard to learn many of the CSPS High Frequency words last semester. This term students will begin to independently use reading strategies to help them read and decode unknown words. We will be working on reading fluency, expression and a focus on comprehension. Students will learn to ask and answer questions about texts. This term we will also be doing an author study on Nick Bland. We will be working our way through each of his stories to build comprehension and to learn to make connections with our own experiences. Students will become familiar with blend sounds associated with letters when reading. They will also begin to explore poetry by identifying and exploring rhyming words and different word families. 
This term in Writing the students will continue to learn the THRASS chart. We have worked our way through both consonant and vowel sounds and will continue to use the THRASS chart to help us with our spelling. Students are becoming more aware of letter sounds and will be learning how to use the THRASS chart to write independently. As well as students refining their recount writing skills, this term we are introducing the narrative text type, so they will be very busy writing lots of stories at school, using fairy tales as prompts. We will be focussing on identifying the differences between imaginary and real texts. Students will also begin exploring different text types, such as poems and procedural texts. 
Speaking and Listening:
Speaking and listening is a very important part of our daily lives. Students in Prep have been taught the 5 Ls of listening approach and we will continue to use this in the classroom. It is important that students are clear and are using an appropriate voice level when speaking to others. Through our Language Experience program we promote oral language and immerse the students in as many fun, exciting and new experiences to build their knowledge about our world. This term, your child will be given a specific day to bring in a special item for Show and Tell. Please ensure that these items are small, manageable and something that your child can look after independently.
Number and Algebra:
This term the students will be introduced to Addition where they will use concrete materials to model number stories on a ten frame with numbers to 20. In Subtraction, they will learn how to subtract numbers up to 20, using a ten frame. Students will learn about Money and how to read the coin and note value. They will role play every day financial situations, such as working in a shop, a bank or at a school canteen. Throughout the term, we will continue to build our knowledge of number by counting daily, practising ordinal numbers, subitising and counting to and from 20 and beyond. 
Measurement and Geometry:
This term in Measurement and Geometry students will learn about Time. When learning about Time, students will order events, explain their duration and match the days of the week to familiar events. We will be sequencing the days of the week and learning about calendars.
Integrated Curriculum
Our Integrated Studies topic this term is our school concert “Alice in Hollywood” where students will explore Dance, Music and Drama throughout the Arts. 
Dance: Students will learn about how they can dance. They share their dance with peers and experience dance as audiences. Students learn about dancing safely and become aware of their bodies’ movement capabilities. They explore movement possibilities using space, time, dynamics and relationships. As audience, they will observe how other dancers communicate through movement. Students will be introduced to dances found in their local community and on screen. 
Music: They will experiment with diverse sounds and discover how they can be effectively combined. Students will learn to listen and respond to music, becoming aware of the elements of beat, rhythm, pitch, dynamics and tempo as they sing, play, improvise and move to music. They will learn to feel the beat, sing and to discriminate between sound and silence, loud and soft, and fast and slow. 
Drama: Students will talk about their experiences of music they hear in their community, identifying what they enjoy and why. Students can explore drama and learn about how they can perform to communicate ideas and stories. They will share their performances with peers and experience it as audiences. Students will be introduced to processes that assist them to make real and imagined situations.