Newsletter - 11-3-22
Learning Community 1
This week in the Prep Room we have been learning about segmenting sentences and counting how many words are in each sentence in Reading. We then used our fingers to match spoken words to words on the pages. We also began learning how to work out cvc (consonant, vowel consonant) words such as bat, pet, pin, lot and Mum by giving the most common sounds to letters and blending the sounds together. In writing we learnt about the letters ck, e, u and r and the most common sounds made by these letters. In Maths we continued learning about numbers to 10, including numbers before or less than and numbers after or bigger than given numbers. We used number lines and ten frames to help us.
We would really love some help of a morning with Reading Circles which happen every morning from 9.00am-9.15am.
Mrs Jane Guy & Ms Kris Preston.
Prep Guy Student Of The Week:
Congratulations to Jamie who was chosen as our Student Of The Week. Here are some lovely things students said about Jamie:
- Jamie is very quiet.
- He is funny.
- Jamie shows our school values of being resilient, responsile and respectful.
- He is kind.
Well done Jamie, we are proud of you.
Learning Community 2
It's been yet another fantastic week in Learning Community 2! This week in Reading students have been working to identify the main idea of a text. They have been doing this by looking at the title and headings, reading the topic sentence and concluding sentence of paragraphs, and by looking for repeating ideas. Students have also been working on summarising a text by looking at the important events within a text and identifying why they are important to the storyline. In Writing this week, students have continued to bring together the terms work on narrative writing by really digging into how to write an engaging orientation to hook the reader. They have been using the writing cycle to work through the process of developing a creative narrative. In Maths this week students have been working on division, before moving into factors, including highest common factors.
In Auslan this week students have been learning ways to express and interpret emotions, which is perfect for their learning about intense emotions in Respectful Relationships. In RRRR, students have been working on identifying the scale of emotions and how different situations may lead to different feelings that vary from mild to extreme, and everything in between. In History students have been learning about Indigenous Australians that are famous for their first interactions with colonists, whilst in Geography they have explored the influence of people on the European environment.
Mrs Sarah Munday, Miss Maxine Howard, Mrs Glenys Howard, Mr Anthony Craig, Mrs Leanne McKane, Miss Hannah Accardi.
Curriculum in Focus: Writing
So far this term in LC2 our students have been working hard to upskill their narrative writing. This has been done through thoughtfully crafted engaging writing lessons targeting areas of the narrative writing process.
This week we explored the importance of an engaging orientation that hooks the reader in. Students explored the ways in which they can use the 5 senses and rich vocabulary to help set the reader up to know the who, what, where, when and why within orientation. In particular, they were encouraged to focus on introducing their characters and developing a rich setting that helps create the mood for their story to unfold.
If your child is enjoying their creative writing, we encourage them to continue to practise these skills at home. You can encourage them to let their imaginations run wild, or even jump online to use the story starter tool to get their creative juices flowing http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/index.html.
At Bunyip Primary School we use the THRASS spelling chart as a tool to support the teaching and learning of spelling patterns. Additionally, we have the platform Readiwriter that students can access from home that allows them to practise spelling. Their passwords are the same as their Mathletics passwords, which students should know or have a copy of. If not, please contact your child's classroom teacher and they will arrange a copy for you. You can access Readiwriter at https://login.readiwriter.com/.
Learning Community 3
School swimming is an opportunity to race/vs other schools.
When you make it through qualifying you will either be an A swimmer or a B swimmer, an A swimmer is just a bit faster then the B swimmer.
District swimming was on Thursday the 24th of February and 17 students had participated in that race. We were lucky enough to have 4 students make it to division, those 4 students were Meg, Max, Lenny and Summer. Division was on Wednesday the 9th of March. The way that Districts and Division are set up are very different, District swimming is different because it was only a 30 metre pool which makes it shorter than Division. The Division swimming pool was 50 metures long, it was also much brighter and there was a lot of people there. A big thank you to Rhiannon for driving us down. Well done to Lenny, Max, Meg and Summer for representing our school.
All kids did an amazing job, Lenny came 3rd in freestyle, Max 2nd in backstroke and Summer has two 2nds, for backstroke and butterfly. Meg came 4th in her freestyle heat.
Great BPS spirit of supporting each other.
Summer Bryden and Allanah
CHIPS Lysterfield Lake Excursion
On Wednesday the 2nd of March the House Captains endeavoured on a trip to Lysterfield Lake to tackle adventurous activities to help better them as school leaders. They learnt how to manage overwhelming feelings and use fear to have fun.
Words from the students who attended:
- We learnt how to sail by using the rudder and ropes to harness the wind.
- The whole trip was enjoyable especially swimming as I was able to experience this with my friends.
- The billy cart was my favourite as I got to go down the hill fast. I also put it together all by myself for others to experience.
- Riding the bikes was my favourite because we were given freedom to ride across the dam.
- I enjoyed the swimming as I got to practice my swimming skills.
- I learnt there are leaves that smells different with my eyes opened then closed. This is because with our eyes closed our other senses are more heightened.
- I am thankful for the people setting it up for us. They were all volunteers. The swimming was the best as we got to cool off.
- The rock formations are millions of years old and they are formed from crystals. It was so interesting.
- The whole experience was thrilling and I loved relaxing in the lake.
Overall, CHIPS provided a wonderful experience that all students were able to participate in and enjoy.
Hannah Accardi and Kathryn Thorpe
Gardening & Cooking Club
In Gardening Cooking Club this week we made tomato sauce using the tomatoes grown in the school garden. We used tomatoes, onion, garlic, mixed herbs, curry and cloves to make delicious sauce which we will use thoughout the year to make dishes such as pizzas, pasta and other yummies that use tomato sauce!
Mrs Jane Guy