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- 5/6 Camp Preparation
We are enjoying Investigation time each morning. The children are enjoying a range of experiences indoors and outdoors. Our outdoor kitchen, woodwork and planting areas are providing endless opportunities to talk, discover and problem solve. Inside the children are experimenting with linking cubes, making a Lego city, taking orders and exchanging money at the Cafe, learning about solids and liquids in our icy science area, working on our fine motor skills by making necklaces with patterns, constructing amazing box constructions and crafty pieces and many more engaging activities.
During Religious Education we have been working on our unit ‘What do I know about Jesus?’ We have began to explore the Church season of Lent, beginning with a very memorable Prep Community celebration of Ash Wednesday. We look forward to learning more about Easter over the coming weeks.
Our Numeracy time has been focussed on patterns, counting and subitising. Subitising the ability to instantaneously recognise the number of objects in a small group without the need to count them. We have also been exploring and describing the positional language of location/direction familiarising children with terms, such as ‘between’, ‘near’, ‘next to’, ‘forwards’, ‘towards.
In Literacy, we have been working on our pencil and scissor grip. We continue to work on our word of the week to promote phonological, spelling and handwriting development. The children are also enjoying a range of early reading and writing experiences.
In Physical Education lessons we are preparing for the school sports. Our Visual Arts lessons have involved experimenting with a variety of different mediums. During Japanese the children are beginning to be immersed in the Japanese culture and are learning how to greet one another.
Are you wondering about…….
Focus children Once a fortnight, children are provided with an opportunity, to be a focus child for the day. These children speak to the class during ‘tuning in’ time. The teacher honours the authentic interests of the focus child and uses these interests as a platform to scaffold learning. The teacher spends time with each focus child during investigation time, building a relationship and enjoying his/her chosen activity. Focus child report back to the class during reflection time to share learning and observations.
Reporter The role of the reporter is to talk with, listen and respond to other children. They use a pencil, paper and clipboard to help document what they observe.The reporter’s task is set by the teacher and personalised to suit the child. At reflection time the reporter reports back and shares what he/she has discovered from the task.
Photographer The role of the photographer is a teacher directed task to take photos/video of some aspect of the learning space related to one or more of our learning intentions. Children become familiar with the use of technology and enjoy reporting back to the class during reflection time. Often this task will be used to launch the formal teaching later in the day.
- Please supply some earphones to assist during our learning time, if you have not already done so.
- RAZ kids is a valuable resource. It can be used as an alternative to take home dot books on occasion. Log in information and passwords were sent home last week. If you need any further assistance with this please speak to any of the teachers. Please remember to record your child’s home reading in his/her diary.
- The weekly spelling activity sent home on Friday’s can be kept at home. There is no need to return them to school each day. Some families choose to keep these in a scrap book at home for future reference.
- Remember LIBRARY DAY is every Tuesday. Please ensure children bring their library bag and return books on this day.
During whole class focus we decided who we want to have in our cabins when we go to camp. We organised our activity groups and had the owners of the camp, Dennis and Maree, talk to us about food options and the boundaries of the camp site. They talked about the activities and told us that they were safe, so we were safe and that we would have the best time ever. We all agreed.
Bella, Sienna and Gemma
Before we go on camp, we discussed the rights and responsibilities of all the students while we are on camp. These responsibilities should ensure that we all have a good time….
We have the responsibility to:
- respect each other by speaking and acting nicely to each other.
- allow others to sleep.
- let others have privacy.
- encourage and support each other but with no pressure.
- speak up.
- be trustworthy.
- have a positive attitude.
- listen to instructions.
- be good leaders.