This term we will continue to expose the students to a variety of text types and structures during the Reading and Writing block. We will consider the purpose of writing and how an author conveys meaning in a text, and will write to retell and construct an information report, focusing on the structure of this text type. The students will focus on correct letter formation and on beginning to include punctuation in their writing.
In our Reading rotations the children will be consolidating their learning about letter names and associated single letter sounds, book orientation, sequencing events, story structures and high frequency words, all of which create the foundation for future learning. They will also continue to build their oral language skills and vocabulary, and be exposed to rimes and onsets, comprehension skills and a range of explicit reading strategies and skills.
Reading is well under way and the children have a book to read each night and it should be returned each day.
It is very important that all children read each night. At present most children are reading by memory while some are beginning to use the pictures as clues to assist them. The use of pictures to gain understanding should be encouraged. (Don’t cover them up).
Encourage your child to use the pictures and ask “Do the word and picture match?” Pictures help to confirm that the word being read makes sense. Illustrations can provide hints to help students decode a word. Help your child at home with this strategy by ensuring they are reading books with pictures. Have your child read the book using the pictures first, and then re-read using the words.
When reading their library book spend time modelling how to look at pictures, maps, graphs etc. Stop at full stops. Point out full stops and encourage them to “stop and take a breath.” Predict what happens next. Spend some time looking at the front cover and discussing what
they think the story will be about. Also, at the end you could ask “What do you think might happen next? Why?”
In the classroom we are learning to recognise the M100W common sight words through our Whole Class shared reading experiences and in our small group teacher led focus reading groups. These words have been sent home and the students need to practise reading them each night. New words will be sent home when your child can confidently read their current list. Please ensure that the M100W word cards remain inside your child’s reader pouch.
Literacy groups will continue this term and will run every morning in each class. Thank you to the helpers who have already assisted us during the Literacy block. If you are able to help on any of these days please contact your child’s teacher.
Term 2 is a very busy term in Mathematics. We have begun learning about Algebra by identifying different patterns in the classroom and making our own repeating patterns. The Foundation students have enjoyed making their own patterns with coloured blocks, shapes, toys and anything they can find in their classrooms. This term we will also learn about Time, Days of the week and the Months of the year. Our hands-on Mathematics learning will also cover Mass where we will use sets of scales to compare and measure different objects in the classroom. In our Mathematics learning we will also begin to look at Addition, Place Value and numbers up to 20.
Each day the Mathematics lessons begin with a variety of activities, games and songs designed to develop students’ ability in number sense and counting. We encourage you to support your child’s Mathematics learning by practising writing numbers and assisting in simple everyday tasks that may involve mathematical problem solving such as adding, recognising numbers at the supermarket, and using clocks to identify specific parts of your daily routine.
In Religion, the Foundation students are continuing with The Easter Story and are celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus – Alleluia, Jesus is Alive! The students are learning about the love Jesus has for them through the relationships they themselves have with their own family and friends. We will build on this with the celebration of Pentecost.
Throughout the term the students will learn about belonging to family and how the church and school community are part of the family of God. Sharing their experiences of family and friendships, they will reflect on how they live as part of a family, school and the family of God. The students will learn about some of the people in Jesus Christ’s family and some of the gospel stories concerned with his childhood.
The Foundation students continue to enjoy prayer and song at the beginning and end of each day. Learning about the different ways in which we pray and why we pray will allow them to learn about the relationships they have with God and each other through prayer. Religion this term will link closely with our Inquiry Learning which explores the world around us, as we also learn about The Creation Story and God’s great love for us.
In our Inquiry topic this Term ‘We are all a Piece in the Puzzle’ the Foundation students will examine the differences between living and non-living things and will learn about how different environments sustain plant and animal life. We will explore the world around us and gain an awareness of self and our local community. We will learn about The Five Senses and conduct experiments in the classroom to understand how science is a process of asking and solving questions about the world around us.
We will observe patterns of growth and change in the world around us, including weather, seasons and living things. Students will also explore differences between day and night, and learn about how the earth and moon move.
This Inquiry unit is sure to provide students with some wonderful hands-on learning experiences throughout Term 2!