Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Readers' Workshop: Uh-oh...Phew!

This week we have been learning about the Uh-oh... Phew reading comprehension strategy.

This reading strategy helps students identify the problems and the solutions in stories. The students are able to retell the story in the correct sequence by remembering the Uh-oh (problems) and Phew (solutions) moments in the story.
Please share a story you have read at home and identify the uh-oh and phew moments.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Cross-Country Carnival

This week year 1/2 students participated in the Fraser Primary Cross-Country Carnival.

Our students ran like the wind and absolutely blew the crowds minds with our impressive effort and endurance! All students and teachers were feeling very proud of themselves by the end of the carnival.

Please enjoy some snapshots of our races.

Friday, 4 May 2018

What's Happening in Term 2?

Upcoming Events:
Tuesday Week 2 - Cross Country
Friday Week 2 - Mother’s Day Breakfast
Friday Week 4 - 1/2 Assembly
Tuesday Week 8 - Excursion
Friday Week 9 - Reports go home

We enjoy having our loved ones join us in the classroom to do reading from 8:50 until the bell rings each day. Please feel free to join us whenever you have the opportunity.

Reader's Workshop: Throughout the term students will be developing their knowledge of a range of comprehension strategies, including
  • Summarising - remembering to tell what is important, tell it in the order it happened and in a way that makes sense without repeating the whole story!
  • Uh-oh Phew - this strategy helps us think about what the problem in the story is, how it gets worse (sometimes) UH-oh! and how the problem gets solved (Phew!) 
  • Title Power- how does the name of the book help us connect to the story? Does it help us determine what's important?
  • Character Reactions - sometimes looking at the way characters respond in a story can help us find the problem or give us more information about what is happening in the text
We also focus on decoding strategies to assist with our reading accuracy, including
  • Picture cues - can the pictures help us when the word is tricky?
  • Reading on - what does the rest of the sentence tell me?
  • Checking to make sure their reading makes sense
Work on Writing: This term writing will focus on writing to entertain and inform. We will be developing our knowledge of
  • Sentence openers
  • Great ways to start a story
  • Developing a problem
  • Writing a resolution to the problem
  • Facts or Fibs
  • Labelled diagrams
  • The Writing Process
Through mini-lessons we will continue to focus on grammar, punctuation, editing and proofreading.

Fine Motor - Students participate in regular fine motor rotations to build our finger and hand strength for handwriting. These may include beading, tweezers, balling paper, playdough, tying shoe laces, pegging etc

Oral Language - This term we are starting Time for Talk. A note with details was sent home on Monday (Week 1). Presentations start in Week 2. Please support your child to think about what they want to share with their classmates.

Mighty Maths - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Year 1 - We will focus on subtraction, skip counting, number lines
Year 2 – We will focus on place value, skip counting, addition and subtraction. Later in the term we will be exploring multiplication and division as well as fractions.

Maths Extra - Monday, Friday
Throughout the term students will be learning about position, mass and length.

FMS - We will focus on the following skills throughout the term:
  • Kicking
  • Throwing
  • Side stepping
  • Leaping
  • Cooperative games
History Inquiry - During the first half of the term students will be completing a history unit called 'We are Family'. During this inquiry students will use picture books to discuss how families are similar and different. We will also look at the roles and responsibilities and how they have changed over time.

Fabulous Friday
- STEM - students will continue to develop their knowledge of google slides by inserting, resizing and rotating images. 
- Visual Arts - ANZAC paper sculpting, family portraits (sketching) 
- Music - As well as music lessons with Mrs Washington, students will also participate in dance and singing.

Garden Grubs
Students will be participating in looking after our 1/2  garden this term. This will include, raking, planting, watering, weeding and possibly harvesting our produce.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Letters and Sounds

During Word Work lessons we learn about a range of sounds (phonemes). Click on the picture below to watch a clip that explains how to blend and segment sounds.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Inquiry Mapping

In our inquiry unit this week we have been focusing on the geography of our school environment. We have learnt all about bird's eye view and have discussed how maps assist us to navigate unfamiliar locations.
Students took a walk around the school and labelled their own school map before having a go at creating our school map using different classroom objects.
Here is a Bird's eye view map of the school.

Enjoy our 3D maps below!

Next week we will be using our new knowledge of maps and bird's eye view to draw and label our own map of Fraser Primary School.
Have a lovely and safe Easter break and enjoy the long weekend. See you next week!

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Garden Grubs

This year, each Learning Community are in charge of a vegetable garden patch. 1/2 have decided to try and grow their own fruit and vegetables using seeds from students' Brain Boost snacks.
There are some vital steps that we need to take to make this successful.

We collected a range of seeds including plum, orange, apple and peach. We left them out to dry on a piece of paper for a couple of days. The students placed the seeds in individual paper envelopes so that they could breathe.

Then students placed a damp piece of paper towel with their seeds into a sealed snap lock bag. They labelled their bags.

This picture shows the seeds collected, labelled, and ready for refrigeration.

The seeds have been placed in the school fridge to simulate winter. The seeds need to be stored in a cool temperature for 70-80 days.

Children will regularly check their seeds to ensure the paper towel is damp.

Do you grow any fruit or vegetables in your garden? What do you grow?