Term 4 in Prep:
In Term 4, the Prep children will be learning the following:
Learning strategies: comprehension, accuracy, fluency and expanding vocabulary. Individual strategies will be communicated via reading diaries. Children will be conferenced and will participate in strategy groups focussing on their individual strategies.
Letters and Sounds:
- Some children will be learning/revising single sounds through the introduction of a sentence per week. Each sentence will have common words and children will engage in meaningful activities associated with the letters/sounds and words.
- Some children will begin learning about digraphs (when two letters make one sound, e.g. /sh/).
- Cued articulation will be used as a visual aide for remembering single sounds (example can be found here): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPLnfNciLbA
- Recounts of familiar experiences.
- Narrative writing.
- Responding to picture prompts (‘Rocket Writing’).
- Students will continue to focus on their individual writing goal and will be conferenced weekly in a small group.
At the beginning of each lesson, students will revise some number skills including:
- Counting fluently forwards and backwards from any starting point.
- Forming numerals.
- Recognising numbers.
- Comparing numbers (more/less).
Students will be explicitly taught the following:
- Copying, continuing and creating patterns.
- Skip counting.
- Solving worded problems.
- Sequencing, representing and modelling numbers.
- Partitioning numbers.
- Identifying and describing Australian coins and notes.
- Ordering Australian money.
- Counting small collections of coins.
- Sharing objects equally with remainders.
- Time, e.g. connecting o’clock times with familiar events.
- Graphing – answering yes/no questions, recording information on a graph and analysing information.
- Length, e.g. comparing the length of two objects, e.g. the pencil is longer than the eraser.
- Weight, e.g. comparing the weight of different objects, e.g. the book is heavier than the feather.
- Capacity, e.g. Comparing how much different containers can hold. ‘
- Describing location and movement using positional language.
- Give and follow simple instructions.
- Interpreting simple maps.
- Identifying flips, slides and turns.
- Identifying outcomes of chance including certain, impossible, likely, unlikely and might happen.
- Welcome back week: rules, student to teacher feedback, growth mindset, NAIDOC week activities, settling in.
- Our school values will be linked to all lessons taught: respect, resilience, persistence, responsibility and honesty.
- Emotions and problem scale (how big is the problem?).
- Friendships/being kind.
- Playing with friends outside.
- Alerting a yard duty teacher when help is needed.
- Including others.
- Resolving conflict.
- Solving problems.
- Finding things to do outside.
- Playing safely.
Students will be learning simple programming through coding. They will plan for an object to move by giving instructions to move to a variety of targets. For example, move forward, turn right, etc.
- Sign adjectives to describe nouns such as colours, numbers and shape.
- Describe their family members and friends.
- Sign nursery rhymes.
Students will respond to music through movement, singing and playing instruments. They will learn about:
‘Topsy Turvy Tales.’
Students will explore a variety of fairy tales and using their creativity will design their own fairy tale. They will investigate how they can express their imagination through the different features of their fairy tale.
PMP (Perceptual Motor Program) is a program that focusses on improving children’s fine and gross motor skills. Students will engage in a range of activities requiring them to climb, jump, skip, bounce and balance.
Currently the Preps are bringing home their readers which should take no longer than 5 minutes in collaboration with their magic words. You may choose to further assist your child by:
Reading and writing:
- Spontaneous sound out or write this word games.
- Write a journal about their week.
- Practising handwriting, this could be done using sand trays, apps, whiteboards, pencil and paper.
- Recognising numbers on letter boxes.
- Simple maths addition and subtraction.
- Practise counting for example counting forwards and backwards on the way to school.
- Asking to read to the hour time on analogue clock.
- Asking to describe the coins in your purse/wallet.
- Identifying shapes in the environment.
- Sharing equal amount between two people.
- Playing with playdough.
- Threading beads on a string.
- Picking things up with tweezers.
- Lacing cards.
- Playing with loom bands.
If you require any further ideas please don’t hesitate to contact the Prep teachers.