You should by now have received your Term 3 Reception Overview. Here is our Term 3 Timetable (there are no major changes):
This term we will be learning digraphs – two letters that represent a single sound.
Children should sound out the digraph (sh), not the individual letters (s-h). With practice they will be able to blend the digraph as one sound in a word. So, a word like rain should be sounded as r-a-i-n, and feet as f-e-e-t. This is difficult to begin with and takes practice.
You will find it helpful to be able to distinguish between a blend (such as st) and a digraph (such as sh). In a blend the two sounds, s and t can each be heard. In a digraph this is not so. Compare mishap (where both the s and h are sounded) and midship (which has the quite separate sh sound). When sounding out a blend, encourage children to say the two sounds as one unit, so fl-a-g not f-l-a-g. This will lead to greater fluency when reading.
1 ch, sh 2 th, ph 3 qu, ou 4 oi, ue 5 er, ar 6 ai, ay, a_e (long a) 7 ee, ea (long e) 8 swimming week 9 ie, igh, i_e, y (long i) 10 oa, ow, o_e (long o)
Please continue to practice sounds and sight words at home. Students are able to get new sight words once they have learnt their current list by putting their sight word book on our desk for testing in the morning. Once they have learnt 100 sight words, we ask that students go back and practice writing their words:
We have been learning and using the Natural Maths Strategies from professional learning with Ann Baker. Children are encouraged to use these and choose the most efficient strategy to apply to the problematised situations. The strategies are below (you are welcome to attend the parent evening with Ann Baker on Monday 14/9 at 6pm at EAS).
Subitising – using dice, pictures and maths equipment to encourage the ability to look and suddenly know how many in a group without having to count. This is the foundation of all later number sense and should be fully developed during Reception.
Counting All – when there are too many things to be able to subitise or they are poorly arranged and have to be counted, then often count all is the only strategy that works. During this time 1:1 correspondence is important and can be observed.
Count On – when subitising is developed, it is quite easy to subitise one group or part of a group of objects and then count on: this is far more efficient than counting all and possibly more reliable. This requires that the students can break the counting sequence.
Doubles – when playing dice games the idea of doubles can be introduced.
We always welcome parent help but unfortunately cannot use parents who have not done their volunteer training and police checks. At this stage there will not be another training session until Term 4 and the date is yet to be determined.
The following activities have been highlighted on our overview and will only be able to go ahead with parent help: Week 5 making milky way cars, Week 6 making cakes, Week 7 wheels day, Week 8 swimming week, Week 9 making pies, Week 10 snowman biscuits.
Book Week Parade:
Books Light up Our World is the theme this year. To end our celebrations, students are invited to dress up as a character from literature. Class teachers and students are hatching their plans now about who they will come as. The parade will be held in the gym, Friday the 28th of August at 9:10 am.
Art competition for Book Week:
Students are invited to respond in a creative, artistic way to the theme, Books Light up My World. Drawing, poster, model, diorama, be creative! A prize will be given for each year level. Entries must be in to the library by Friday 14st of August.
Thank you, Jo, Lisa, Vicki and Anita.
I hope everyone is enjoying the school holidays despite the wintery weather! I’ve just uploaded photos from the Reconciliation Week assembly, Winter Woolly Wednesday, eating noodles, Trent talking about Kaurna culture, Bella Italia, and our Parent-Teachers: Anna, Cindy, Jodie, Judith, George and Melisa (THANK YOU).
22/7 6pm, 23/7 3:30pm Volunteer Training
24/7 9:10am Assembly
27/7 Pupil free day
27/8 Grandparent’s Day
3/9 Father’s Day Breakfast
4/9 School Closure Day (Royal Show)
14/9 6-7:15pm Ann Baker (Maths) Parent Workshop
25/9 Assembly, 2:30pm Early dismissal last day