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Prep Newsletter
Term 4,2018


Writing:
In writing, we will continue to encourage students to write several ideas, use finger-spelling to write unfamiliar words, include spaces between words and use simple punctuation.
As we will be reading informational texts about minibeasts, students will be learning how to describe them in information reports; this will include labeling diagrams.
In handwriting, we will focus on correctly sizing and forming upper and lower case letters and accurately placing them on the dotted third lines.
We are working on learning to re-read what we have written to check that it makes sense.


Reading:
We are learning to locate information in fiction and non-fiction texts, finding the key ideas and making sure that what we read makes sense. We will continue to consolidate letter and sound knowledge, automatic recognition of common words and the use of various decoding strategies to independently work out words. You can continue to support your child in this by reading every night and using the comprehension questions that are found in their diaries. Please continue to practise words and fill out your child’s diary at night after reading. We remind you that children may require word list revision to ensure that they are transferring this knowledge to both reading and writing.


Maths:
The children will continue to practise counting forwards and backwards by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s from regular and irregular starting points. We will be encouraging children to use strategies such as counting on/back, to use doubles/near doubles when problem solving and to understand basic number facts to 10/20. Children will continue to use a range of concrete materials to solve simple addition and subtraction problems.
We will revise shape and data, ensuring children build their understanding of 3D shapes in their environment and can collect, process and organise data using simple tallies and pictographs.
To assist with the children’s understanding of location we will be exploring the concepts and language associated with following and describing direction.
We will consolidate the children’s understanding of days of the week and months of the year, with an extended focus on o’clock and half past on a digital and analogue clock and matching times to regular events throughout our day.
At home, please continue to involve your child in telling the time using digital and analogue clocks and relating time to familiar events (days, months, seasons).


Religious Education:
In addition to our daily prayers and school and unit masses, we will work through two Religious Education units.
I Care for God’s World
In this unit students will be given the opportunity to reflect on the wonders of our world and that we have a responsibility to the planet and in caring for our world. We will explore the creation story and will express our appreciation for God’s gifts through prayer and song.
We Celebrate Christmas
In this unit, the students will identify that Advent is a time of waiting and preparing for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Students will learn that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Students will explore memories and customs associated with the celebration of Christmas.


Inquiry:
A Bug’s Life
This term we are focusing on minibeasts/bugs, insects, spiders and other soft-bodied creatures. We aim for students to understand their features, habitats, life cycles and why they are important. Our focus is for students to be observant and record their discoveries like scientists.
We will be using the environment around our school, YouTube clips, books and models of minibeasts to help make these discoveries.

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The Sandhurst Catholic Education Office and Schools acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which their Offices and Schools are built. We commit to working in partnership with Aboriginal people for reconciliation and justice.

Believe !     Imagine !     Serve !
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