Junior School

Term Four

Welcome back everyone to our final term for the year. We are all looking forward to a big term of reviewing previous learning and beginning our transition into 2019.

 

Literacy

Within writing this term, students will review the different text types investigated this year, which include: narratives, recounts, procedures and expositions. They will focus on the types of punctuation that can be utilised within these texts, such as capitalisation, full stops, exclamation marks and question marks, to ensure sentences make sense and are interesting for their readers. Students are manipulating sounds in words to create new words with the same sounds and build onto  words using suffixes, such as ‘ed’, ‘ing’ and ‘s’. Learning sight words remains a high priority and children are encouraged to practise reading and writing common words often to commit them to memory. The learning of all these skills is necessary for when they are reviewing and editing writing for structure, spelling, punctuation and meaning. Reading with fluency remains a focus, while students utilise strategies to solve words and make sense of them. Students are again being challenged to search for and summarise information; connect with different texts and analyse the content to gain a deeper understanding of what they are reading. In phonics, we will be concentrating on ‘schwa’ (the vowel that tries to hide) and explore making words by changing, deleting or adding sounds. We will also look at homophones and rhyme, before we move on to focusing on revising all of the sounds we have covered this year.

 

Numeracy

This term we will be consolidating our knowledge in all areas of Numeracy. Students will revise how to recognise, model, represent and order numbers using classroom equipment and playing mathematical games like Mastermind and The Nasty Game. They will continue to build upon known strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems. These might include counting on, counting back and recognising doubles and near doubles. We will also be looking at the connection between addition and subtraction. Students always look forward to learning about money! Some will work on naming and ordering Australian coins while others will be ordering small collections of coins and notes. We will revisit what we know about skip counting, repeated addition and multiplication and build on this towards the end of the term. Number fluency will be a focus throughout the term to help students with their instant recall of known facts.

 

ICT

This term in ICT we will primarily be using iPads to develop our skills in digital technologies, and to support Year 2 students transitioning to the iPad program in Year 3 next year.  FIrst and foremost, we will be talking about responsible use of the iPads, and how to ensure we stay safe in our Cyber world. Students will learn the basic features of the iPad, and interact with Apps such as Puppet Pals, Photo Booth, Pages, Book creator and Popplet.

 

Topic - Environmental Footprints

This term our topic focuses on our ‘environmental footprint’. Students will learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle as they consider the importance of sustainability. They will conduct experiments to see how long things take to decompose. Students will develop personal sustainability goals for school and at home. Our excursion to the Eco Living Centre will support students in learning about how water, energy and waste impact the environment. The centre is designed as a real home where students can discover the environmental impact of their daily lives. Through a variety of hands-on activities, they will learn how they can make a difference to the environment at home and at school.

 

SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)

Throughout Term 4, students will participate in activities that develop problem solving skills. They will learn coping strategies to assist them with challenges they will face in the future, students will learn a range of problem solving skills to use in a variety of settings. To be able to solve problems, children need to be able to think critically and evaluate the consequences of various actions. Junior students will explore many different ways of solving conflict, discuss and describe similarities and difference in points of view between themselves and others and identify cooperative behaviours in a range of group activities. Students will practise individual and group decision-making and practise solving simple interpersonal problems.

 

Term 4 Overview 2018

A reminder that classroom doors are now open from 8:30am for students to come in and get organised for their learning time to begin at 8:45am sharp. Please ensure your child is in the classroom on time each day to help make every minute count.

 

Please feel free to speak to any of the Junior Team teachers in regards to the learning that is taking place in each classroom, our doors are always open! If you would like to contact us further please do so via phone or through the Sentral Parent portal. We are looking forward to another successful term.

 

From the Junior Team,

 

Leonie Heeley (J2), Scott Bloomfield (J3), Sam Gilchrist (J4), Patrick Galante (J5), Stephanie Van Twuiver and Felicity Dexter (J6).

 

 

Physical Education

This term Year 1 and 2 students will be gaining lots of experience in Athletics activities. Students will learn basic skills and rules using modified equipment. We will use filming techniques to improve our skills and investigate if students are preforming activities correctly. This is particularly important for Year 2 students as next year they will be involved in House Athletics program. Students will be speaking about how their body feels when completing exercise and also what happens inside their body when completing exercise. Towards the end of term students will be looking at skipping skills. As always there are lots of tiggy games and game weeks for students to enjoy and for them to practice other skills.

 

Kathryn Kenway

 
Term 2 Overview 2018
Term 3 Overview 2018

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