What a busy week in Pre-Primary!
PHONICS – sounds, sounds and more sounds!
The children have been busy learning the ‘short sound’ that the letters: s, a, t, p, i, n make. Many children are putting these sounds together to make CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words such as: sat; tap; pat; pin; and nip. This is a very important step in beginning spelling and writing skills. We are now focusing on the ‘short sounds’ that the letters: m, r, h, e, d, c make. Please encourage your child to use letter ‘sounds’ as you go about your day. For example, you could point out the letters in ‘BIG W’ if you go shopping and say “B-I-G makes BIG”.
The family photos are lovely and have been many a ‘conversation starter’ amongst the children. We often hear the children make comments such as “I have a brother, just like you!” or “You have a baby in your family!” It is wonderful for the children to see that every family is different and that they are all very special. We hope you can all make it to the ‘St Emilie’s Family Picnic’ on Friday, so we can celebrate the amazing families in our school community.
Have a lovely weekend and we will see you all in Week 6.
From the PP Blue and PP Gold Teams.
Another great week in PP!
As we have been settling in, we have been focusing on making great choices for ourselves and for one another – in and out of the classroom. We came up with lots of ‘green choices that help us to work and play in a safe and friendly way. We also identified those ‘red’ choices that stop us from being our best self.
We are striving towards making great choices such as; sharing, helping others, letting others join in, packing away, using kind words and gentle hands and we have been doing a super job! We are learning that making great choices is really valued and helpful – not only here at school but also at home! 🙂
We love learning through play!
We learn though exploring, investigating, singing, dancing, role playing and building and a whole lot more. We are able to learn from each other, the teacher and the environment. Here are some happy snaps from this week…
See you all next week!
Now that the children have settled into the classroom routines, it has been time to start our Specialist Lessons. The children were very excited to walk into ‘the big school’ to: visit the Library and borrow a book of their choice; sing and dance in the music room (the multi-purpose room) with Mr Dabbs; ask questions and discover new things during Science with Mrs Cogger; exercise and get their heart rate up at P.E. (Physical Education) with Mr Davis; and to begin to learn to speak Japanese with Mrs Aroozoo. To meet new teachers and learn their expectations and routines is a very big undertaking, so it’s not surprising that there have been some very tired children this week. They all did very well though, and we are very happy with how they have settled in and how hard they are all trying to engage and learn!
This week the children received a blessing with ashes, to celebrate Ash Wednesday, which marks the first day of Lent, leading up to Easter. We talked about doing something kind for someone else and trying to be more like Jesus in our everyday choices. Our whole school ‘Fruits of the Holy Spirit’ focus -‘choose to be kind everyday’ is a great one to talk about and model with your child.
We hope you all have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you back in Pre-Primary next week.
Sharon Hofmeester, Laura Bombardieri and the awesome PP Team.
What a super busy and fun first week in Pre Primary we have all had! We have really enjoyed making new friends and playing on the big playground! Don’t be surprised if we are a bit tired this weekend from all the investigating, dancing, creating, and exploring we have been up to!
Now that we are in PP, it is important that we continue to build up our independence. Please support us with this by allowing us to carry our own school bag as it is very important for a number of reasons! It helps us to strengthen our core muscles which supports us to create good posture, sit upright on the mat, focus on learning and engage in physical activity. It also helps children know that you believe in them and in their ability to do things for themselves, which builds resilience and self belief.
There are many ways at home you can help us to become independent learners, such as getting us to help you with jobs like setting the table, hanging the washing, allowing us to dress ourselves (we are big enough to do this on our own now!), letting us make our own bed, brush our teeth and pack away our toys! The more opportunities you allow your child to do for themselves the better as it builds confidence, independence and wellbeing.
Here are some pictures of us getting busy!
We are excited for another week of PP! Check out our blog next week to see what we have been up to!
Bye for now, love to PPG & PPB!
Please see the below link with the Pre Primary Parent Information Booklet for 2021. This booklet outlines important information about your child’s learning journey in Pre Primary.
We are very excited to meet you and your child when it is safe to return to school. Keep safe and take care!
From the Pre Primary Teachers
Miss B and Mrs H
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