PREP

A Blog for CPPS Preps

Term 2

P7 have had a great start to term 2. They have been displaying determination when working on their learning goals and working hard to achieve these. Here are some pictures of them busy at work.

 

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House Cross Country

The whole school participated in house cross country on the last day of term 1. Here are some pictures of the Preps taking part in their first school cross country.

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Harmony Day

The whole school have been busy celebrating Harmony Day. Students took part in cultural art/craft, watching students perform cultural dances, having a special lunch in classrooms and dressing up in traditional clothing or wearing the colour orange that represents harmony.

Here are P7 on Harmony Day.

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Patterns, Patterns and More Patterns

The Preps have been busy in maths learning about patterns. They have been learning about colour, shape and object patterns. Students have practised copying, continuing and creating their own patterns.

Here are some photos of P7 creating patterns.

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Incursions this Term

As part of our integrated unit of work ‘All About Me and My Community,’ the Preps have taken part in some incursions focusing on first aid, road safety and how to be a responsible pet owner.

Here are some photos of P7 taking part in the RACV Road Safety and Responsible Pet Ownership incursions.

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Lots of Learning in Prep

The Preps have been busy this term learning about the human body and being healthy. They have been doing this through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) investigations. Student have also taken part in weekly Language Experience sessions focusing on developing their topic specific vocabulary. Here are some photos of P7 hard at work.

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First Week of Prep

The Preps have settled in well and have been doing lots of learning in their first week of school. Here are some photos of P7.

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First Day of Prep

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Semester 1 in Prep

The Preps have had a fantastic start to the school year by settling into the routines of Primary school and have started their schooling journey with enthusiasm and the willingness to learn new things.

Our integrated studies unit of work is ‘All About Me and My Community.’ Through STEAM investigations students will explore and learn about safety, healthy eating, hygiene, body parts, family and people in the community. In term 2 we will be doing a Science unit with the main focuses on Biological Sciences and Earth & Space Sciences. Students will participate in guided inquiry and STEAM investigations focusing on researching animals, life cycles and designing and creating new animals and habitats. To complement and extend students learning we have organized the Chicken Hatching program to be in the Prep rooms for a week.

In Literacy students will learn the letters and sounds of our focus word of the week, practice word building, spelling, rhyming, how to blend sounds and segment the word of the week through hands on word work stations. In reading students will learn the elements of books, engaging in texts and learning the difference between letters, words and pictures. The CAFÉ reading program will be implemented into Reader’s Workshop sessions. In writing we will use elements of the VCOP writing program while learning correct pencil grip, writing from left to right, how to form letters correctly and how to write sentences. A big focus will be on developing student’s oral language and vocabulary through our weekly language experience program.

In Numeracy workshops this semester we will focus on counting, recognizing and representing numbers 1 to 10, 1:1 correspondence, exploring patterns, money and shapes. This will be learned through daily number talks, interactive and hands on activities, the use of ICT through iPad apps and teacher explicit groups.

For classroom based Digi Tech sessions, students will develop their understanding of how technology works as well as build their skills in using technology. They will focus on blogging, algorithms (list of steps/instructions), how to collect, record, represent and interpret data and exploring different digital systems. Students will complete a variety of activities in areas of plugged learning (using a device), unplugged learning (no device), the use of robotics and software programs e.g. DB Primary and Purple Mash.

Prep students will participate in the Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) afternoon and in 4 different Specialist classes during the week that go for 1 hour each. PMP is to assist the development of student’s gross motor skills. The Specialist classes that Preps will be participating in this semester are:

  • The Arts with Diana T-Hume
  • Physical Education with Bill Hains
  • Digital Technologies & Library with Brooke Gianchino
  • Science with Bianca Caruana

We are looking for any parents with Working With Children’s Checks to assist in the morning sessions from 9-11am with literacy and cutting up our fruit for ‘Crunch and Sip.’ Any parents, who would love to be a part of our learning in the Prep rooms, please talk with your child’s teacher and let them know your availability. A Working with Children Check can be completed online at http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/home/applications/

Special Events, Excursions and Incursions for Semester

  • First Aid Incursion Monday 12thFebruary
  • Open Night 5-7pm Tuesday 27thFebruary
  • RACV Road Safety Incursion Tuesday 6thMarch
  • Responsible Pet Ownership Incursion Wednesday 14thMarch
  • Myuna Farm ExcursionTuesday 8thMay

We look forward to a fun filled semester with lots of learning and achievements!

From the Prep Team

Pania Malesevic, Emma Jepson, Zoe Bartus & Brodie Davenport

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