Leanne Wells Peter Millar Nicole Lacey Lauchlan Woodward
Education Support Staff Fran Turner Jennie Williams Mel Fuller Edward Saw Nay Thway Aung
Special Thanks To All Families: At Lightning Reef Primary School, we are very fortunate to have dedicated families who did a fantastic job, while supporting your children during remote learning. We would like to thank all families for doing a wonderful job in these challenging times. It was great to see all work uploaded to Class Dojo every day, as well as hard packs being completed and returned each Friday.
Reminder: Just a reminder that all students are required to have drink bottle with their name clearly labelled on it.
Term 3 Learning: LITERACY: In Term 3, the Junior classrooms are investigating Fairy Tales. This unit will be incorporated throughout all our learning during the first 5 weeks of the term. The focus in Reading this term will be on asking ourselves when we are stuck: What would make sense? Does that word look right? Does that word sound right? What was that book about? In Writing, we are working on writing more than 1 sentence that makes sense, has a capital letter and full stop and hearing and recording sounds in each word. SMART SPELLING: Students will continue to learn spelling patterns on a weekly basis and continue developing an understanding of letter names and sounds. We will continue to break words into the sounds they can hear (graphs, digraphs, trigraphs etc.) and the letters that represent these sounds. Every week, students will have a new sentence and a word of the week. We will continue to make learning as meaningful by including lots of real life experiences.
NUMERACY: The Foundation/Yr 1 curriculum is based on solving real-life problems, thinking aloud and using various materials to assist mathematical thinking. In Term 3 students are learning about joining two groups of numbers together. We are also learning about two dimensional shapes, and revising counting to twenty and beyond.
INQUIRY: In Inquiry students will be learning about the Design Cycle and students will be set different challenges to plan and build different items from Fairy Tales. For example, designing a strong house that would be able to withstand the breath of the Big Bad Wolf (Three Little Pigs).
PIE: (Personal & Interpersonal Learning) In Prep/One we teach our School Values and related behaviours through games, stories, song and drama. Students work together on solving problems and discuss how we could best respond to various situations that occur at school and beyond. We celebrate when we show the school expectations, wearing our “Brag Tags” proudly! Students are continuing to build on their understanding of our school values and working their way through the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships program that covers eight essential topics: Social and Emotional Learning: Emotional Literacy; Personal Strengths; Positive Coping; Problem Solving; Stress Management; Help Seeking; Gender and Identity; and Positive Gender Relationships.
We would like to thank all families for their support throughout the home learning period. We were very proud of everyone’s efforts throughout this challenging time and doing their best to adjust to learning from home. It was great to see students uploading their work via ClassDoJo daily as well as students completing and returning their work packs each Friday.
Just a reminder that all students are required to have drink bottle with their name clearly labelled on it.
Term 3 Learning:
INQUIRY: In Inquiry students will be learning about the Design Cycle and students will be set different challenges to plan and build different items from Fairy Tales. For example, designing a strong house that would be able to withstand the breath of the big bad wolf (Three Little Pigs).
In Term 3, the Junior classrooms are investigating Fairy Tales.
This unit will be incorporated throughout all our learning during the first 5 weeks of the term.
In reading and writing students will be exploring the structure and messages behind Fairy Tales, as well as how to create their own Fairy Tales using their own created characters, settings, problems, and solutions.
Students will also continue to complete SMART spelling on a weekly basis and continue developing their understanding of the spelling rules and breaking their words into the sounds they can hear (graphs, digraphs, trigraphs etc..)
Students will have a new focus each week and practice their words throughout the week followed by a writing dictation on Friday.
Students are continuing to build on their understanding of our school values and working their way through the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships program that covers eight essential topics: Social and Emotional Learning: Emotional Literacy; Personal Strengths; Positive Coping; Problem Solving; Stress Management; Help Seeking; Gender and Identity; and Positive Gender Relationships.
In Term 3 students are taking a closer look at Place Value, in particular exploring 3 and 4 digit numbers. After Place Value students will take a closer look at addition and subtraction, focusing on developing skills to solve problems quickly and efficiently.
Students will also be exploring length, area and mass as well as looking at time.
Teachers in Year 3/4: Room 2: Anna Bertoncello. Room 3: Katrina Johnstone (Monday, Tuesday, Friday) and Nicole Lacey (Wednesday and Thursday).
Literacy; In Term 3, students will be writing descriptions, poetry and procedural texts. Our focus in Reading will be maintaining fluency, adjusting reading pace, summarising, making connections and synthesizing. We use SMART Spelling in our classrooms, with a different sound learned each week.
Numeracy; In Term 3, students will be focusing on place value, multiplication and division, along with addition and subtraction. Students will also be learning about mass, capacity and volume, time and symmetry. Students use open-ended tasks to practise their skills including the four proficiencies – fluency, problem solving, reasoning and understanding.
Inquiry Learning; During Term 3, students are learning about Geography and Design Technology. We are learning about the environment and how different vegetation grows in different places. We will then be designing a garden for our school.
Home Tasks; Home Reading will be a focus in Term 3. Home Reading is really important to help students practice the skills they are learning in the classroom. Please fill out home reading diaries each night. This term we are including spelling homework along with reading. Students need to complete a look, say, cover, write, check sheet each night and return on Friday.
Literacy: In Term 3, students will be writing narratives and responses to various text types. When writing narratives our focus will be writing for different audiences such as the junior area of the school.
Our reading focuses will be based around analysing, critiquing, maintaining fluency, making connections and solving words.
We will continue to use the SMART spelling approach each week.
Numeracy: In Term 3, students will be focusing on financial literacy, decimals, percentages, ratios, shapes, graphing and interpreting data.
Students will use a variety of open ended tasks to ensure all students can achieve success in their learning.
Inquiry learning: Our Inquiry Units in Term 3 will be Money Matters and Natural Disasters, the students will be exposed to many learning activities which will broaden their knowledge and understanding of these areas. Individual presentations will be developed and presented to demonstrate their learning.
Home learning: Students should be completing home reading each night to continue to develop the skills and learning they have completed in the classroom. This is in preparation for the transition to secondary school where homework will be completed regularly.