One/Two Unit Newsletter
Term 4, 2018
Reading: We are continuing to learn different strategies that help us read a text with understanding. We are learning to identify the most important parts of a story to retell the story in sequential order. We are also learning to use all sources of information to deepen our understanding of the text.
We will be looking at syllables in words, short and long vowel sounds, words that have the same spelling but different meaning (homographs) and words with the same pronunciation but different spelling (homophones).
Please continue with your reading routine at home. We encourage you to have book discussions with your child before, during and after reading their book. Some things you could discuss may be:
• Predicting what might happen next
• Characters and their feelings and motivations
• Illustrations and images
• Similarities and differences to other books or real life events.
• Retelling what has been read.
Writing: The genres of writing that we will be looking at this term are narrative and writing to socialise.
We will encourage students to write a narrative that includes an orientation, problem, events and a solution. In creating these imaginative texts we will encourage students to entertain their audience through descriptive language and character development.
When writing to socialise students will have the opportunity to write different cards, greetings, messages, letters and invitations for real audiences and purposes.
We will be focusing on improving our handwriting by forming letters correctly and placing the letters correctly on dotted thirds.
We will continue to develop the children’s skills with editing by encouraging them to re-read their work out loud to ensure that their writing makes sense, includes detail and appropriate punctuation.
Maths: This term we will be learning how to problem solve using multiplication and division. Some of the vocabulary that we will be using includes: groups of, multiply, times, shared between and divided by. Throughout this term we will be focusing on time. We will be learning how to read both digital and analogue clocks and will be looking at telling the time to o’clock, half past, quarter to, quarter past and to the nearest minute. We will also be working on collecting and gathering various data. We will represent our results in the forms of lists, tables and picture graphs.
Religious Education: In addition to our daily prayers and unit Mass, we will work through two Religious Education units this term:
Grief and Loss: In this unit students will be given the opportunity to explore the nature of change and loss in relation to changes in creation, the seasons and in the life cycle of people and animals. They will explore feelings related to the experience of loss and death, and gain insights into the variety of ways that families, cultural groups and the Church celebrate life of the departed. Students will gain some understanding of the Christian concept of eternal life.
Getting ready for Jesus- Advent: In this unit students will focus on Advent as a time of waiting and preparation, and build on the arrangements they and their families make in the lead up to Christmas.
Inquiry: We Love Bendigo. This term we are focusing on revisiting what students know about Bendigo. We are hoping to further develop students’ knowledge of the significant landmarks, of the people that have contributed to the development of Bendigo and where Bendigo is situated in Australia. We will continue to build on the story of Bendigo and how and why we came to be here.