Term 3, Week 8

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s, Grandad’s and special men in our lives. I hope you all enjoyed your little gift and card that your child made for you.

This week we will be completing full assembly practices each day. All speaking parts have been assigned and I will copy and laminate them so they can be taken home to practice. I am hoping the children have enough time to practice and familiarise themselves with their role so on the day they won’t need to hold onto their speaking cards. I will be close by to assist if they run into trouble. If you can please send in costumes this week, in a clearly labelled bag, so I can ensure everyone has something and we are well and truely organised for our special moment in the lime light that would be great. Just to remind you our assembly is TUESDAY 19th SEPTEMBER.

We have our Japanese incursion scheduled for this Thursday. If you haven’t already please make sure you send in the payment and permission form to the front office as soon as you can. Anyone who hasn’t paid unfortunately cannot attend and will be sent to another class during our scheduled time.

This Thursday is Outdoor Classroom Day I am trying to plan, depending on the weather, a period of our day that we can complete outside. This is Australia’s first year joining the global event and Aubin Grove is one of 200 schools / learning centres taking part from WA this year. We are very lucky at Aubin Grove to have such wonderful play spaces that encourage us to use our imagination, practice and strengthen our gross motor skills and foster positive social interactions.

This week in Literacy we are moving on from narratives to begin looking at persuasive texts. We will be reading a number of books that require us to form an opinion and have lots of oral discussions as to why we believe our opinion is the correct one. I am looking forward to seeing how the children respond to this and hope we can all have a bit of fun while we are learning at the same time! We are also introducing the or/aw sound in phonics and will explore this sound for the next 2 weeks.

On Tuesday we will be completing the math assessment to go in our Progress folder. We will also begin to look at friendly numbers such as 3,5 & 8.

In HASS we have moved on to exploring weather around the state and world. Last week we combined with Miss Fletcher’s class to finish our globes and create an iMovie for open night. The children will watch the iMovie they performed in and see how filming on the green screen has allowed us to insert different backgrounds during the movie.

I hope you all have a great week!

 

 

Term 3, Week 7

Welcome to week 7!

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the lovely weather we have been having.

Tomorrow is forecast to be a lot warmer than we are use to so please ensure your child brings a water bottle to school tomorrow.

Tomorrow we will be completing our writing assessment for our progress folder. The children will be introduced to the writing topic and we will have time to have an oral discussion before they have to write, completely unassisted, for 20 minutes. These will them be collected, marked and moderated by the Year 1 team. They will be in your child’s folder which will be handed out on the last Thursday of term.

We are working hard to learn our words to our assembly song and will continue to practice our assembly each day. Tomorrow I will be assigning speaking parts. Over the coming days once all speaking roles have been assigned and children are happy with them I will send home a copy so children can practice these at home. Daily assembly practice will be scheduled into my timetable from now on until our assembly. Children have been bringing in their favourite books and discussing what they are wanting to wear. Can I please ask that all costumes/clothing be brought in CLEARLY LABELLED, in a bag, by Thursday next week. Costumes don’t need to be over the top as children will need to sit, stand and dance in a small space on the day.

In Maths we are continuing to learn about data and the turn around mental maths strategy. The children are getting really good at posing questions and finding the best way to collect data.

Tomorrow we will be working with Misss Fletcher’s class to create an iMovie on weather. The filming will take part in Miss Fletcher’s classroom while the rest of the two classes will combine and be in our room to complete our HASS open night activity.

I will be away on Thursday so Mrs J will take the class for the day.

I hope you all have a great week.

Term 3, Week 5

Welcome to week 5. I am back on deck and feeling a lot better than I have over the last two weeks.

Last week we finished up learning about Australian coins in maths and creating mental images using information given to us in texts.

We move on this week to focus on some new topics in both literacy and numeracy.

In literacy we continue to identify the oi/oy sound in words. During our phonics sessions we begin the day by completing a word sort. This is done each morning before school and continues for 10-15 minutes once the siren goes. We were introduced to this sound last week and have discovered over the week that the oi sound is usually found in the middle of words such as foil, soil and coil. An exception to this is the word oil. We then realised the oy sound is normally found at the end of words such as in joy, annoy and destroy.

During our literacy block this week we will be focusing on settings in our guided readers and big book. We will be using adjectives to describe the settings and how important they are in the text.

In maths we will begin to explore data and questions we can pose to gather data. We will also be learning the friendly numbers strategy to help us solve addition problems. The friendly number strategy is an easy strategy to implement when we come across sums that end in 0. EG 10+7. The 7 takes the place of the 0 so the answer is 17. The children have really enjoyed solving these types of number problems and are getting very quick at it.

In HASS we are learning about the world. We have talked about the land and water and named the continents. We are learning about the equator, the hemispheres and the north and south pole and are completing an ongoing work sample that will be displayed on open night.

We are having fun on the iPads and are learning all about an app called comic life. We have been using this app during our health lessons to create posters on emotions that will also be displayed at our open night on the last Wednesday of term.

As it is week 5 and our assembly is fast approaching this week we will begin to start practicing our song and discuss what talking parts there will be. Each child will be offered to have a talking role during our assembly but won’t be forced to do so if they aren’t comfortable. I will post a seperate blog to do with our assembly to give you the heads up of what is needed in terms of costumes.

Just a heads up that we will be celebrating our book week in week 10 and the last Friday of term the children will be allowed to come dressed up. The Year One team will be selecting a book that is one of the listed books, which we will let you know soon, and the children may come dressed up in something to do with our selected book.

Just a reminder that ‘T’ days are kiss and drop.

I would also like to remind everyone that on Friday’s homework is due. Children need to put their reading folder in the orange basket on the table near my desk, spelling words, if ready for testing, in the blue basket and every fortnight their homework grid in the green basket. These are all clearly labelled and haven’t changed throughout the year. I have two amazing parent volunteers that come in each week and test the children with their spelling words and change the home readers. If home readers and spelling books haven’t been put in the basket on Friday’s then your child won’t get a new book or spelling words that week.

Last week we had a discussion on classroom and school rules just to jog everyone’s memories and to revise Mr Pansini’s message about not bringing items from home to school. The topic of handballs came up as there had been a few appear in class. After clarifying with admin it was decided that students are allowed to bring handballs to school to play with during recess and lunch breaks only. The children have been informed that handballs are their responsibility and if they go missing, get damaged or end up on the roof etc unfortunately teachers can’t spend time trying to find them or get them down. All other toys, jewellery and keepsakes must remain at home as per the school rules.

I hope you all have a great week.

 

 

Food for school

I have had a large number of children come up to me today and over the recent weeks complaining they are still hungry or don’t have any food to eat at recess or lunch. I have happily given out any spare fruit I have brought in however am struggling to have enough apples or bananas to cover the whole class when one after the other they come up and mention they have run out of food or don’t have anything to eat.

If I could ask for crunch and sip to be brought in a seperate container from now on so the children don’t accidentally continue to eat all of their recess and/or lunch during our in-class break. Crunch and sip must be fruit and vegetables only. We break at about 9:45 for a quick 5 minute nibble, drink of water and a toilet break. Crunch and sip is seperate to recess and children still need food packed for recess.

The children then go out to recess at 10:45. They must sit and are meant to eat something in the first 5 minutes before they run off and play. The lunch siren goes at 12:35 and the children have to sit and eat for the first 15 minutes. If it is possible to pack a few extra things so the children have some more options if they still feel hungry that would be great.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me.

Thanks

Amy Caird

Relief for rest of the week

Just a very brief message to let you all know that unfortunately I will not be at school for the remainder of the week. I was in very briefly to open up the classroom this morning then went home unwell as soon as I dropped the children off at Art.

I have been to the Doctor and at this stage I won’t be back until Monday. I do apologies for the unexpected time off, this time it is for me and not my kids. I am not sure who will be taking the class at this stage as Mrs J is already booked elsewhere. She will be teaching the class as normal on Friday.

I will still check my mail box so if you need anything please send me an email.

Thank you all so much for your understanding.

Week 3

Welcome to week 3.

This week we will be continuing to learn about the ow/ou sounds in words and doing word sorts before school when the doors open. We are investigating narratives and their structure during our writing sessions as well as creating images using the information we have read in our guided readers and big book sessions.

We have started our new math challenges and will complete these every Thursday. We spent last week and this week going through the questions together and modelling how they can be solved using our mental maths strategies. Just like last term the children have 10 minutes to complete their challenge and then we mark them together graphing our progress after each challenge.

We will begin to explore money and their values this week in our numeracy block as well as the friendly number strategy.

I have introduced a new health program this term that is called Resilience,Rights and Respectful Relationships (RRRR program). It is based on exploring emotions and how to deal with them. The children have enjoyed the first two sessions so far. We start off with some for of cosmic yoga/meditation and then complete suggested activities. This week we played emotional statues and did a self portrait of different emotions. We are also introducing iPads during our health sessions to create posters of different emotions.

Jnr sport has begun and our rotational activities are based around games we will play during our jnr sport carnival. I am yet to find out the set date for the carnival but as soon as I do I will advertise it.

This term we will be having our open night. It will be on the last Wednesday of term. Due to this no new work will be hung up and you may notice the classroom begin to look a little bare. I assure you we are still working very hard but I am keeping the work we have completed to create a big display for you to look at when we open our class up for the open night.

We will be off to assembly on Tuesday and will have 2 in a row.

Homework was sent home last week and will continue until week 9. Homework grid go for 2 weeks and are due back on Friday of week 3, 5, 7 & 9.

Have a great week.

Last minute change

Good evening,

I just wanted to inform you that I will not be at school tomorrow or Friday due to my son become unwell today. Mrs J will teach the class on both days and I will call in briefly to have our class photo done tomorrow.

Hopefully everything will resume as normal on Monday.

Thanks

Term 3

Wow!!! half the year has passed us by already. Just before we set off on holidays I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for a great first semester.

Next term there are a few important dates that will need to be noted on the calendar and a few changes in class to the way our morning routine will run.

There are no student free days next term or long weekends so we will have 10 full weeks in the classroom. Our assembly is on the last Tuesday of term, 19th September. On Wednesday 20th September our school will be opened from 5:30-7pm for open night. We will also be celebrating book week in the final days of term 3. Watch this space as I will post more information closer to the time.

Next term I would like to introduce kiss and drop on Tuesday and Thursdays. This is to encourage the children to come in and be more independent in their setting up and completing of morning tasks. Our literacy block is changing slightly next term so this will affect our before bell activities. The children will be required to come in and take part in deliberate practice word sorts based on our weekly sounds. It would be beneficial for all children to try and arrive as close to 8:25 as possible each morning so they have the opportunity to complete this task.

Mrs J will be taking the class on the first Monday back. I will be back on the Tuesday and teach for the remainder of the week.

Homework will commence in week 2.

I hope everyone has a safe and well deserved break. I look forward to hearing all of the holiday stories when I return next term.

Term 2, Week 10.

Welcome to our final week of Term 2.

It has been a very busy term with swimming, excursions, assessments for reports, pj dress up day and finally dance performers.

I will only be teaching Monday-Wednesday this week due to my daughter having to go to a specialist appointment on the Thursday. The class will have a relief teacher on the Thursday and Mrs J will be in on the Friday to finish off the term.

On Thursday we will be having some aboriginal dancers come into the school to perform for us. We have decorated some handprints that will be on display in recognition of NAIDOC day.

At the end of the week maths challenges will be sent home for you to look at and keep. Reports are due to be sent home on the last day of term. If you are away we will keep hold of the report and hand it to you next term.

On Thursday we will be having a news telling session as part of our listening and speaking program. Your child is welcome to bring in something small that they would like to show and discuss with a small group of children. Can you please make sure the item they select ins’t too valuable and clearly labelled. The news telling session will be at the end of the day and on Thursday only.

Next term for the first week only Mrs J will be teaching on the Monday. All students are due to return on Monday 17th July (No staff development day). I will return on the Tuesday and teach the remainder of the week. If you kept some of the items off the booklist at the beginning of the year can you please return the remainder of them as soon as possible. I have some children who have run out of lead pencils, glue and crayons and haven’t got any spares to replace them with.

There will be no homework sent home this week. Can you please send back home readers tomorrow. I will send home notes to those that haven’t been returned to remind you of the book titles. Please send these back as soon as you can so the trolley can be checked and sent to the next class.

Term 2, Week 9

Welcome to week 9.

We are quickly approaching the end of term. It is evident that we are almost ready for a break after having lots of assessments, excursions and unfortunately some bugs hit our classroom.

This week will be the last week homework will be sent home for the term. Can you please send back all homework items; reading books, spelling lists & grids on Friday 23rd June. I will be doing a stocktake on our home readers and moving the trolley onto the next classroom. Homework will continue week 2 of Term 3.

I have had a few children run out of glue sticks, red pencils and items that were listed on the booklist at the beginning of the year. If you didn’t send in all of the items at the beginning of the year could you please send in the rest of them so when the children run out I can quickly get them another one. I keep all spare resources labelled and in tubs  so the children can ask for new one and continue to complete their work.

This week we completed an activity on how to give and receive feedback. The activity was called Austin’s Butterfly and was a true story about a little boy called Austin who was also in Year 1. He was learning about butterflies and had to draw a specific type of butterfly for Science. He completed 4 drafts and then a final copy to try and improve his learning and understanding after receiving feedback from his class mates. We did the exact same activity and completed our own butterfly drawings. These will be displayed in our classroom for you to see. I was so proud with all the children and the constructive feedback they were giving Austin and each other. Feedback is an important skill and one of our focuses within our learner qualities. We are hoping that feedback given will encourage the children to drive their learning further so they can be the best they can be.

We have also put up some new work samples for you to look at so feel free to pop in and have a browse.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I will see you all on Monday morning.