Middle School

Welcome back to the 2018 school year! We hope everyone had some time to relax over the break and are ready for a great year of learning. Don’t forget, “no hat no play” as this term will be hot. Don’t forget to bring a drink bottle, snack, lunch and fruit each day.

Our focus in English this term is narrative and exposition writing. We will be completing one Big Write and one Cold Write in this shorter term. In reading we will be looking at different reading strategies, prefixes, suffixes, letter-sound relationships and homophones We will focus on how to choose a good fit book, what makes a good reader and how readers get better over time. Our main areas for reading comprehension include - inferring and visualising, searching for and using information and summarising. Our class novel is, ‘It’s Fine to Be Nine’ and we will also be exploring Nadia Wheatley’s ‘My Place’, a story about how places and people change over time. 

In Mathematics our Number focus for the term is Place Value and Operations. We will also be exploring several problem solving strategies including Guess and Check, Act it Out, Draw a Picture and Create a Table. We will be creating surveys for data collection and representing this data using lists, tables and graphs. Students will be creating and understanding simple grid maps usings scales, legends and directions. Students will also be focusing on telling time to the minute, understanding the relationships between seconds, minutes, hours and days as well as converting units of time and solving simple time lapse questions.

Our topic for this term is focused on the curriculum area of Civics and Citizenship. The aims of the unit include - a lifelong sense of belonging and being an active and informed citizen, developing knowledge, understanding and appreciation of values and a basic structure of Australian government.

During our Social and Emotional learning time we will focus on emotions exploring what emotions look like, emotional triggers and positive peer support. Our You Can Do It keys this term are Getting Along and Resilience.

Some special events we have this term are-

School Photos Thursday March 8

Labor Day Holiday Monday March 12

St Johns First Aid Tuesday March 13

House Cross Country Tuesday March 20 (weather permitting)

Last Day of Term 1 Thursday March 29

Our classrooms are open from 8:35am each morning for students to get themselves organised so learning time can start promptly at 8:45am.

Yvonne Reed M11, Scott Gardner M16, Trish Papettas M17, Courtney Mason M18,

Lynda Cameron M19