Kincumber Public School

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                                                               Parent Information 2018

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Welcome to 2M and to an exciting new year ahead. Please find below some information regarding the set up and routines of the class.

2M is a combined Year 3 and Year 4 class of 32 children. The class will be following the You Can Do It and Positive Learning Behaviour values of the school with high expectations of behaviour both socially and academically, in and out of the classroom.

Maths

Children will be pretested in topic or strand areas and grouped within the class depending on learning needs. After 2 weeks of explicit teaching a post-test will indicate learning achieved.

Focus this year will be on learning Multiplication Facts (times tables) and improving the recall of facts. We will also be focusing on problem solving activities through Newman's Analysis.

Mathletics (on-line Maths Program) will be used during computer time. This can also be accessed at home. The Fee is included in the Book Pack.

NAPLAN preparation will focus on preparing children with understanding the questions and how to answer different questions.

English

Focus this term on Persuasive and Narrative Texts and how to write Persuasive and Narrative Texts. School focus this year is on Vocabulary and continuing on explicit teaching of Comprehension using the Super 6 strategies of Monitoring, Summarising, Visualising, Predicting, Questioning and Making Connections.  

Writing Groups

This year our writing program will embed L3 pedagogy. The children will be grouped according to the focus of each lesson. They will write every day.

Reading

Children will be reading everyday in class. They will have opportunities to read for enjoyment, participate in reading groups and listen to and study a novel each term.

I will be encouraging all children to complete the Premier's Reading Challenge and borrowing books from the Library. Premier's Reading Challenge finishes in August.

Library Day is Thursday.

All children should be encouraged to read at home every day and to read aloud with someone at home a few times a week. Books may be borrowed from the school library or the local Kincumber Library.

Computers

Our computer day is on Mondays. During this time, the class will be using research and inquiry skills to locate information on a variety of topics linked to the Stage 2 curriculum.

Homework

The school has a policy of no set homework, however, the children will have home readers or Maths tasks on Mathletics and learning their multiplication facts at home. There may be tasks that may require some research at home.

NAPLAN preparation.

As with Maths, preparation will include covering questions highlighted in past papers as reoccurring needs in our school teaching and learning. A study of past papers and questions will assist the understanding of what the questions are asking and how to answer them correctly. Included in lessons will be questioning time to deconstruct written problems and questions and to understand what the question is asking and how to solve it.

Spelling

We are utilising the Words Their Way program, which tests children on their word study, vocabulary and spelling instruction. Children have word sorts that focus on a particular sound, suffix, prefix and spelling rule each week and they study the makeup of these words and their meanings.

Handwriting

The children will be learning how to write using cursive (running writing) and to correctly join letters. They can obtain their Pen Licence and use pen in their books if they show competence and a neat legible handwriting style with correctly formed letters and joins.

Fitness/Sport

Children will participate in Fitness once a week.  Focus will be on endurance and fundamental skills. Impromptu runs and movement will be incorporated into lesson breaks.

Sport is on Friday and the children will rotate around various sports with different teachers. Some sports include, cricket, basketball, tennis and Oztag.

Assembly

Assembly will be held each Friday morning 9.00am-9.50am.

Fruit Break

Each day children eat fruit at 10.00.am. Please encourage your child to also bring in a bottle of water, which they can keep on their table.

Books/Book-Pack

Children will have supplies (including Mathletics Fee) and all books needed for the year. Book covers will be made in class and will be covered in clear contact to keep books looking spectacular throughout the year.

Classroom Communication

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss any concerns you are having. I am available for afternoon appointments on Tuesdays and Fridays and Wednesday mornings. Please send a note with your child, phone or email the school and the information will be passed on to me.

I look forward to a working with you and your child this year!

 

Melanie Creer