Term 1

What’s on Term 1 in Prep?

Welcome to our first ‘What’s On’ for 2017.
What a sensational start we have had to Prep this year. We are thoroughly enjoying getting to know your children, and our days so far have been filled with lots of fun and new experiences.

Here is a snapshot of some of the exciting learnings happening in our classrooms:

Inquiry Learning

Our Inquiry Learning Unit is called ‘Starting School’. Through our explorations in this unit, we hope to give the children opportunity to settle into the routines of school life and learn a lot about each other. The children will discover the many similarities and differences between them that make them unique. We will be exploring our amazing selves through self-portraits and whole class discussions, as well as drawing and talking about our wonderful families.
Students will also be introduced to the Gardenvale Primary School values through our mascot HERRRby and through this, learn what it means to be respectful, responsible, resilient and a good friend along the way. 

Maths

Our explorations in maths this term will be primarily focused on numbers 1 to 10.

We are very aware of the range of abilities in our classrooms and realise that for some children, this is revision, and for others this is brand new territory. Because of this, we aim to keep our activities in maths as open ended as possible, catering for children who need to be both supported and extended.

We will also be looking at aspects of patterns and shapes through games and hands on activities throughout the term, and will begin to use our classroom computer programs to support our Mathematical explorations.

English

Throughout Term 1, we will enjoy a wide variety of texts in the classroom. We will be reading and responding to stories through visual and creative artworks and discussions. Students will begin to develop written expression, initially through drawing and verbalising their weekend recount. We will begin practising the recognition of letter names and sounds and explore early strategies to assist when reading and writing. 
We will be implementing a fine motor skills program, which involves children in a wide range of tactile experiences and activities designed to enhance the development of handwriting skills and letter formation.

IRC and Library

During lessons in the Library children will have time to explore the way the library is set up, spend time reading together as well as exploring books independently. They will learn how to borrow and return books each week.

iPads and computers are used regularly in Prep as a teaching tool during literacy and numeracy lessons.



IMPORTANT DATES





Monday 13th February                                                   Information Night
Wednesday 22nd March                                                 Teddy Bears Picnic
Sunday 19th February  (2pm-5pm)                                  GPS Welcome Picnic (Junior School Oval)
Monday 13th March                                                       Labour Day Holiday
Wednesday 15th March                                                  Prep’s First Wednesday at school
Thursday 16th March                                                     Reading for life (7.30-9pm Junior Hall )
Friday 31th March                                                         Last day of Term 1