Welcome to Term Four!

 

I hope everyone has had a nice break and is ready for Term 4!

This term in literacy we are looking at fairytales starting in week 2. We will use this as an introduction to narrative writing and hopefully begin to see the students create their own stories. Fairytales we will be looking at include, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Bean Stalk, 3 Billy goats gruff, 3 little Pigs, Goldilocks, The Three bears and The Gingerbread man.

Within our literacy block we will continue to be focusing on Sight words, writing simple and compound sentences, sequencing events correctly and comprehension while still completing handwriting once a week.

In maths we will be continuing with mental strategies (counting backwards, counting on and facts to 10), partitioning, capacity and location and transformation.

In HASS we are going to be looking at different traditions and celebrations around the world. This should be a very interesting and engaging topic for all the students to get involved in.

For science we are completing a unit called ‘on the move’, we will be looking at the way things move and what enables them to do so.

News has slightly changed for this term, we are trying something different. There are two separate tasks that will be given to each student to have a turn throughout the term. The first one is call the Mystery Box. The mystery box come in three different sizes. The child’s task is to take the box home with them and choose something from home to bring in to school in the box (not a toy). They need to, with a bit of your help, think of 3 clues that they can say to their classmates to help them guess what might be inside the box, thinking about its shape, size colour, what it can be used for or made out of etc. Clue cards will also be sent home with the box. Please ensure if your child brings this home that it is brought back the next day so someone else can have a turn.

The second news task will be a class toy that will be sent home with a different student every day. The students will get to name this toy in the first week. I wish I could send him home over a whole weekend to have a bit more time but we need to make sure every child gets a turn. The toy will go home in a bed with a book, in the book can you please encourage your child to write something that they did with the toy (training, friends house, park, sharing dinner etc) and draw a picture. They will then bring it in the following day and share their adventures that they had with the teddy.

Morning writing books will be starting from week 2, the books this term are focusing on handwriting, in the morning could you please sit with your child and help them concentrate on forming their letters correctly if you have the time.

Sports carnival is Wednesday in week 3 (25th of October) it will only be going for half the day, as I have more information I will pass on to you.

Scholastic Book Club magazines have been put in each of the students take home boxes, the due date for these to be processed is the 27th of October.

Gluing, Play dough and Parent help rosters are all up on the back of the easel, I am so appreciative of all the help that is offered in this classroom, So thank you for continuing to do so.

Im looking forward to this term! I cant wait to see the progress each and every child has made over the year.

 

 

Oral Language Week 3

Today a template sheet went home to prepare students for our week 3 oral language topic, ‘Tell Me About It.” This links to our current science unit called, “What’s It Made Of?” In this Primary Connections science unit, the students are looking at using their senses to investigate what objects are made of.

For topic time, we would love students to investigate and complete their template sheet at home. They will then be able to read their clues to their peers, before allowing their peers to guess what the object is.

Thank you for your support with our oral language program.

News Topics For Term Three

Please see the document below for students news topics for Term Three. We will also be providing a hard copy of these in students take home boxes on their first day back at school.

Thanks for all of your efforts in supporting your child to develop their oral language skills.

News Term 3

Week 5 News – Mystery Item

In week 5, our topic for our oral language program is “Mystery Item.” A template sheet was handed out with the original news topics, however a copy of this can also be found below.

To prepare for this topic, students will need to think of an object that they would like to bring in that they can write clues for. Whilst students share their news with the class, the object will remain hidden (so please bring the item in concealed in a container or bag). They will then provide clues for their object and their peers will get an opportunity to listen to their clues and guess the item. A sample sheet is included below for ideas (there is two samples on the one sheet below for ideas, the top one is clues for an apple, the bottom is clues for popcorn – students only need to provide clues for one answer).

Many thanks for your support with our oral language program.

Dee, Deb & Ashleigh

Mystery Item – Adjectives brainstorm

Home Reading Program – iTunes U Course and Parent Information Session

As mentioned previously, our home reading program will be commencing in week 4. In preparation for this, we would like to provide you with some information on how we structure our home reading program at Aubin Grove Primary. We would like to provide this information in two ways, to support all families being able to fully engage with our home reading program. The first option is to attend our Home Reading Information Session which will be hosted by our Early Childhood Deputy, Jaylene Fritchley at 9:45 on Friday the 12th May in the undercover area(following out Mothers Day Morning which finishes at 9:30).

If you have an iphone or an iPad, you are welcome to access our online reading course. This course provides detailed instructions on what to expect each night of home reading and provides videos and resources to support you to engage in this program with your child. To enrole in this course, simply go to the itunes U app on your device then add the course and enter the enrolement code. If you have further questions on this, Jaylene will be available on the Friday following our mother’s day activities in the under cover area.

https://itunesu.itunes.apple.com/enroll/KHV-KVZ-ZD5

The enrolment code isKHV-KVZ-ZD5​

We would also love a volunteer/s to assist us in changing over the home readers for students. This will involve marking off student books and selecting a new one at the allocated colour, then recording this information in our borrowing book. I would estimate that it is a 20 minute process and we would love your assistance either on a Friday afternoon (2:30-2:50) or Monday morning at your convenience.
If you are able to help us out with this, could you please let me know. This role would be commencing when the books are returned at the end of week 4.
Many thanks,
Deanne

 

Oral Language Topic Time

Oral language is an important part of our Pre primary curriculum and we like to provide opportunities for students to engage in speaking and listening tasks in a variety of contexts within the classroom environment. This term, we are commencing a weekly ‘Topic Time’ in which students will be asked to prepare and present on a specific topic each week. We use a variety of set topics to keep it interesting and for students to develop and use a broader range of vocabulary. To support students confidence and abilities in this area, I would love for you to help your child to prepare and practise for this at home. Attached you will find the topics for the term, a schedule of news days (as I have allocated a day each week for students) and a template sheet for week 5.

If you have any questions regarding our oral language program, please feel free to see or email me. Thanks in advance for your support with this.

Deanne

Mystery Item – Adjectives brainstorm News roster Term Two news

Sight Words Flash Cards

At Aubin Grove Primary School, we focus on learning to read and write the Magic 100 Sight Words as part of our Literacy program. Instant recognition of these frequently occurring words, helps your child to develop fluency and maintain comprehension when reading. I have some sight words flash cards that I have made to match each of the colour words in our program. Please feel free to print and laminate these cards at home to practise with or play games such as memory or fish (you will need to print two copies for these games).

The sequence of colours for the Magic 100 Sight words is gold, red, blue, green, orange, indigo then violet.

I hope you enjoy using these with your child.

100 sight words checklist with colours

Gold sight words

Sight words flash cards red

sight words flash cards blue

sight words flash cards green

sight words flash cards orange

sightwords flash cards indigo

sightwords flashcards violet

 

Helpful YouTube Videos To Use At Home

Single Sounds Mastery Files

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During our parent night on February 14th, students were provided with Mastery Folders to develop their speed and accuracy with identifying the name and sound of each letter of the alphabet. Each page of the mastery folder will contain 5 or 6 letters for your child to work on at a time. When your child correctly identifies a sight word, they may colour in a petal on the flower (please keep this to one petal per night). When the flowers are completely coloured in, please have your child bring it to class so that they can be tested. If your child has already achieved instant recognition of the letters and their associated sounds, they will be given a sheet to try and write three words that start with each sound. I would love to see students have a go at sounding out and writing independently, so please do not worry about fixing spelling mistakes.

Thanks for your support with this task.