Art News Term 1 2020
Last year there were so many families that participated in the Woolworth’s Earn and Learn program at Moreland Primary School. I was completely surprised to find out that it was the Art department’s turn to use the points for 2019.
We were able to purchase heaps of new art supplies including a brand new art cart. It took six months for the goodies to arrive making it the perfect Christmas present for the art room.
I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who brought in their Woolworth’s Earn and Learn stickers last year!
Japanese Science News
Yokoso (welcome) Mariko!!
As many of you will remember from the announcement at the end of last year, we are welcoming a Japanese language assistant to Moreland Primary School this year and she is arriving in Melbourne this Sunday!
Her name is Mariko and she is a university student from Tokyo. She will be supporting Carley and I in Japanese class for 4 weeks from Monday 17th February until Friday 13th March. We are very lucky to have Mariko join us and I hope all students will use this opportunity to practice their Japanese as much as they can.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Martin family (Nicola and Daniel) and the Duffin family (Penny) for kindly offering to host Mariko. In fact, as many more families generously offered to host Mariko, the school had to randomly select the names from a hat. Thank you for your continued support and I will endeavor to seek more opportunities like this in future.
I will formally introduce Mariko to everyone at the assembly on Monday so please come along or visit her in the Japanese Science room to say konnichiwa!
Prep Learning Area
The Preps have been busy settling in to the daily routine at school and learning lots of new ideas. For our Integrated Curriculum topic Me at School, the students have started learning about making healthy eating choices at school and making sure they understand the importance of our Nude Food expectation. We have also looked at what their school uniform looks like and what to put in their backpacks every day to be prepared for school.
This week, we have also explored what the school and classroom rules are and why we need to make sure we are respectful of them. Next week, we will be learning about SunSmart so please make sure your child has their hat labelled.
Prep testing will continue on Wednesday’s. Please check your interview time (either on compass or in the Prep area) so that we can keep them to schedule.
Testing should take between 30 to 45 minutes. Your child will spend this time with their homegroup teacher. During testing, the parent/family member can go and get a coffee or have a walk. They are not required to attend the test. After the testing there will be time for a brief 10-minute chat with the homegroup teacher. Please be prompt to your interviews so that we can keep them on time.
We have noticed that several students don’t have school hats to wear outside and are relying on us to provide a spare hat. If this is the case for you, can you please remember to purchase a school hat, as we unfortunately don’t have spares to lend each day.
Letters and Sounds
The Preps have also been hard at work learning new letters and the sounds they make. Each letter is introduced using a catchy chant and action to help the students remember the sound they make. To keep the Prep families up-to-date with the letters we are currently learning so that you can reinforce this and practice at home, we will post the chants in the newsletter.
This week we have learnt:
Chant: Mummy on the moon – m, m, m.
Chant: Bounce balloons – b, b, b.
Next week we will be learning:
Chant: Lizards like lollipops – l, l, l.
Chant: Trotting tigers – t, t, t.
Just a reminder that our Brain Food break at 1pm each day is for healthy options only (fruit or vegetables).
Please make sure you pack your child some fruit or vegetables to eat at this time and cut it into easily edible pieces so that they can eat it quickly within this time. Eg. An apple.
1/2 Learning Area
Today I met my classroom pets! They are stick insects! They look like sticks! Do you want to see one?
Yes? Okay! Here is a picture.
They are cool!
They are small!
They are very different to sticks because they have legs!
They are interesting!
We have eight (that I could find).
If you want to see them, come to the 1 / 2 classroom!
We might have more!
And that's it!
3/4 Learning Area
This term we welcomed the new year 3s to the 3/4 area. Everything is very different this year. Our teachers are Mrs Dunn (3/4A), Renata (3/4B), Luisa(3/4C), Miss Jennah/Pru (3/4D) and Sengul (ES). They have been introducing us to interesting topics, we particularly enjoy the math games.
The grade threes got their laptops on the first Friday of the term. They were very enthusiastic.
This term we have been doing a little project simply called ‘Origins’. We talked about our family backgrounds and made profiles including our interests, likes, dislikes and fun facts. We also made feet, in which we drew our family, friends and things like that. Each area has a world map we can use to show our origins.
Our teachers read us a book about being an active citizen. Then the students and teachers talked about what values we want in our learning area and we are making some posters about it, because that’s linked to being an active citizen. When we finish we will put them up in our classrooms.
We have also started the house point system, if you get enough house points you get to be a couch potato. A couch potato means you get to sit on the couches during floor time for a week.
In the first week of term two the 3/4s will go to school camp, which will be exciting for the grade 3s because it will be there first time going on school camp. I hope this camp will be as good as last year’s!
This year is going to be a good year. J
Hilary McKay, Year 4
5/6 Learning Area
In the 5/6 area this week, the students have been busy working on their ‘Island’ Project. They have been creating names for their state, thinking about viable businesses they may run, designing logos and maps but most importantly ensuring that everything has done democratically.
Here are some sneak previews of their work so far…..
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