Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Week 2 Term 3

Hi Everyone,



The children were very excited to take home their first readers today.  Unfortunately we can't send home a book if your child doesn't have a folder. Listed below are some important notes to make home reading run smoothly.

1.  Readers are exchanged on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Please ensure that your child's reading folder is at school on these days. The idea being that the children read the book twice to an adult. The second reading should allow them to read with increased confidence. 
2.  Parents must record their reading sessions in the journal that is located inside the reading folder. If this is not filled in we will take it that your child has not read the book and will need to have it again. 
3. For many children the task of reading is laborious and tricky.  We have endeavoured to provide decodable readers that are achievable for your child.  Please make sure that all feedback you give your child is positive and encouraging.  
4.  Your reading session should last no longer than 15 minutes. If your child is not happy to "have-a-go" at reading then please let me know and we can come up with some solutions. 
5.  Please read the notes inside the orange journal.  We are asking parents to ensure that the children are decoding... not guessing what the words are. It is still a good idea to look at the pictures before reading a text to give the children a general idea about what is happening in the text but once they engage in decoding they must do just that ... decode. E.g.  c -a - t  = cat. Make sure they blend the word before moving onto the next word.  Eg    Th - e    the    c - a - t  cat  s - a - t  sat  o - n  on th-e  l-o-g log. This process can be long and arduois but is vitally important. 
6. Keep the folders in their bags just in case we want to listen to your child read their book. Help your child to remember to take the folder out of their bag on a Tuesday and Thursday. They will put it in a green basket on our shelf by our door. 

Other important points, 

  • In literature we are presently identifying and discussing the parts of a story.  The title, the character, the setting, the problem and the resolution.  
  • We are also identifying real sentences and sentence fragments as we learn about what makes a sentence a good sentence. 
  • We will continue to focus on letter formation and pencil grip to ensure that our printing is legible and accurate. 
  • The children will transfer their decoding knowledge to their writing when completing dictation pieces.  They will use their sound hand to identify the sounds in simple words and them write them using their present phonetic knowledge. 
  • One of our favourite activities this term is Guided Reading.  In small groups we are learning to use our decoding skills to find meaning in texts. 
  • The development of a broad vocabulary is fundamental to strong literacy skills so each week we are investigating some interesting words. 
  • Strong oral language is integral to strong writing skills.  If a child can't say a sentence then they will have great difficulty in writing it.  Each week we are taking time to retell stories orally.  

Mission Markets

Our annual OLC Mission Markets -  celebrating Our Lady of the Cape Feast Day -  are fast approaching (Friday 21st August - Week 5). Please keep an eye on the blog for what our year level will be hosting/ providing for the day.

PLD Packs - Please have these returned by Tuesday morning. 
Library Bags - Please have these returned by Friday morning. 

Thank you to the wonderful parents who always have their children organised for these days. 

The official rule is.....No library bag... no book!  We have helped out the children with out library bags in first semester by providing spare bags but we now ask that all children are organised for Friday library exchange in the future. 

News Roster

Pre-Primary News Roster – Term 3 2020
2 (beginning 27/7)
4 (beginning 10/8)
6 (beginning 24/8)
8 (beginning 7/9)

Arlo F Fletcher
Arlo T

3 (beginning 3/8)
5 (beginning 17/8)
7 (beginning 31/8)
9 (beginning 14/9)
Finn J
Fin B-C

Suggested topics
Weeks 2/3:   Plants.  Trees. Flowers. Seeds.  Tell us about something you know to do with plants.
Weeks 4/5:   My favourite animal is…. because …..  It lives in ……. 
Weeks 6/7:  When my dad was little he…..  Interview dad and find out something interesting he did when he was little.
Weeks 8/9:  Free Choice.
Please try to stick to the suggested topics for news   The children are always welcome to share something new or different that has happened in their lives.  Photos can be emailed to me and I can project them on the large screen. 
Your child should be able to tell 

WHAT is it.
WHEN did they get it/do it.

A good news recount would sound like this. 

Today I have brought in a bird's nest.  I found it when I was walking in the bush with my nanny.  The wind must have blown it out of a tree.  It is made of .............   I think that a .......... must have built this nest because ...............
I found this very interesting because...........

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Kristie Leahy

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Term 3 Week 1

Hi Everyone,
Wow, I can't believe those holidays went so fast!!! Hopefully you were able to get away or do something fun with family and friends. My children and I went down to my cousins farm in Jerramungup for a few days with a few of the cousins. It was very cold but very fun and interesting. My kids collected a lot of interesting things that 'just had to' come back with us!!

But here we are, back into the school term. Term 3 is usually a very busy one and I think it will be even busier due to all of the extras that have been added.

There is no parent roster at the moment. We are still working out whether this is allowed or not. Once we know we will let you know. Please remember how amazingly independent our kids became last term and lets keep that going this term. A quick kiss and goodbye seems to be working wonders!!!

FYI: I am attending camp on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week with the Year 5's and 6's so I won't be in class until Thursday. I am replacing Mr Lee who is unwell. Mrs Gemma Sorgiovanni will be taking the class.

Reading folders
If you haven’t already brought in your child’s reading folder then could you please bring it in by the end of this week. We wouldn’t want your child to miss out on bringing a home reader home.

In-term  holidays
Pre primary is an extremely important year for your child’s education. If you are planning on taking your child out for holidays during the term could you please let me know. I can then inform you of how you can help facilitate their learning while you are away. A few weeks is a big chunk of learning that would be missed.

Dates to remember:
  • Sacrament of Confirmation - Saturday 15th August
  • OLC Open Night : Wednesday 26th August.  Parents are invited to visit the classroom.
  • OLC Athletics Carnival: Thursday 27th  August.  Preprimary students participate in a running race and two team games at the start of the day.
  • Pupil Free Day: Friday 28th August.  Teachers will participate in Professional Development.
  • Catholic Day (Pupil Free Day): Monday 31st August.
  • School Photo Day: Thursday 10th and Friday 11th  September.  
  • Pupil Free Day - 25th September.  Teachers will participate in Professional Development. 
  • Grandparents Day - Friday 23rd October (Further details to follow)
  • Sacrament of First Eucharist - Sunday 8th November @ 9am at OLOTSC
I'll see you all on Thursday morning.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Term 2 Week 10

Hi Everyone,
The last week!!! I don't know about you but I am definitely looking forward to a break and thankfully the holidays are just around the corner. Our term has been very productive and we should all be very proud of what our kids have achieved. They are reading and writing!!!!

Mud Day - Wednesday
Depending on the weather we will be having a 'Mud Day' this Wednesday (1st July). During Science this term we have been looking at getting dirty and getting clean. To conclude our program we will have a morning of mud play where we have activities planned that will extend your child's thinking and allow them to have lots of fun.
Your child will need to come to school dressed in some old clothes with some old shoes or rubber boots. Please bring a clean, dry outfit o change into if need be and a towel. We expect that they will thoroughly enjoy getting muddy!!

Reading Folder
As mentioned in last weeks blog, each child needs a reading folder ready for next term. The following is a photo of the folder that you can get at Sea Change Dunsborough. Could you please bring it in as soon as possible.

Library Books and Comprehension Packs
Could all library books and comprehension packs be returned on Tuesday this week (tomorrow). We need to return them to the Library. We will not be taking books out on Friday.

Friday Free Dress
This Friday children from Leeuwin (Red) faction have free dress for winning the terms token count. Well done to Leeuwin!!

Merit Awards
Last week our merit award winners were Jace Mesdag and Cruz Cross!! Well done boys!!! This weeks award will be a Star Citizen award for appreciation.

Literacy and Numeracy
This week in literacy and numeracy we are recapping the concepts we have covered this term. We will practise 'cracking the code' (blending and segmenting the sounds in words). This will involve lots of reading and writing CVC words. We will also practise writing simple sentences using spaces between our words, a capital to start and a full stop to finish. We need lots of practise at trying to listen to the sounds in words and then writing them down to create a message.
During numeracy we will look at symmetry, numbers 1-20, before and after numbers and pattern making.

Semester One Reports
Reports will be sent out at the end of this week via SEQTA as an email instead of the previous form of hard copy so keep an eye on your inbox for these.  Just a reminder that in the interesting events of COVID, the academic reports your child will be sent will look at little different than the usual semester reports. This follows the guidelines set by the government and CEWA,  Please feel free to contact me via email with any questions you may have about  your child's progress.  We can also organise a meeting for the first week back after holidays if you would like one. Please let me know.

Thanks everyone for all of your amazing support this term.
Kristie Leahy

Monday, June 22, 2020

Term 2 Week 9

Hi Parents,
Only a couple of weeks to go until we can have a well earned rest. Everyone looks like they are starting to feel tired and are getting a little sensitive. We have been very busy and are doing so much amazing learning so you should be very proud of your beautiful children.

Merit Awards
Last weeks award winners were Isla Reagan and Daniel Fogarty. Well done to both of you!!

We are currently spending a lot of time focusing on 'cracking the code' of words when reading and writing.  In reading this means looking carefully at the letters in words, saying the sounds they make and blending them together to work out what the word says. When reading we have to be very careful not to 'guess' what the word says. Guessing does not help us to read, using the letters that are there and identifying their sound does.
In writing it means listening carefully to the sounds we can hear in a word, recalling the letter that makes that sound and writing it down using the correct formation.
We are mainly using 3 letter words called CVC or consonant-vowel-consonant words as they are easier to decode. Once we master 3 letter words we will move onto words with more sounds and sounds that are represented by more than one letter.

Reading Folder
Next term each child will need a reading folder so they can take a reading book home. We ask that you get a specific type of folder as they are sturdy and can be used next year and even the year after that. We have an example folder in class for you to look at. They can be purchased from Sea Change in Dunsborough. If you could get them in by the beginning of next term that would be really helpful.

During our numeracy lessons we have been looking at simple addition and it's specific language such as plus, add, and, altogether, equals. We have learnt how to write an addition sum down and how to represent it using pictures or counters. We have also looked into teen numbers and what is the same and different about each of them. We noticed that all teen numbers start with a 1!! We need to be careful how we say teen numbers - sometimes it sounds like 'thirty' instead of 'thirteen' or 'sixty' instead of 'sixteen'.
Last week we were measuring ingredients - to make mud for science!! That was fun! (Sorry about the dirty shirts.) This week we are making a graph to show the which pet is the most popular in our class.

Seeing your child's work
As parents are still not allowed to come into the classroom we are aware that you are missing out on seeing your child's amazing achievements around the room. So we have decided to utilize our Seesaw profiles to showcase what we have been doing. On your child's news day they will have the opportunity to take photos of their work from around the room and in their books and post it to their Seesaw profile. All you have to do is log into Seesaw as you did during 'home learning' to see what they have shared. This is the perfect opportunity to sit down with your child and talk about what has been happening at school and celebrate all of their amazing achievements. If you are unsure of your child's Seesaw log in details, just send me an email and I can forward them to you.

Writing Mornings
Beginning this week the children will engage in 'writing' during gathering time each morning. Each child has 2 days per week that they are required to do some writing. This will be an opportunity for the children to practise listening for sounds in words and transferring those sounds into writing. It will be tricky at first for some but we are not expecting the children to spell perfectly. We want to encourage each child to 'have-a-go' at writing what they can hear in words in order to convey a simple message. Their messages/writing will be posted on their Seesaw page so you can see how clever they are. We are also practising to write on lines and use spaces between our words.

Friday - PJ Day

This Friday the 26th is Pyjama day at OLC. All students are invited to wear the pyjamas to school for a gold coin donation. This money will be going towards our school Caritas fundraising.
They will need to wear their normal school shoes.

Have a great week everyone and don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions.
Kristie Leahy

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Term 2 Week 7

Hi Everyone,
I hope you enjoyed your weekend with the weather fining up perfectly on Sunday afternoon.

A big congratulations to Angus Jeffrey and Birdie Opie on their merit awards last week.

Last week we began our differentiated teaching groups.  The children are grouped according to their like needs - across the two pre primary classes.  This means that Mrs Birch may teach your child and that I will teach some PPB students. We work it over a two week rotation system so that each child is regularly in their home room. Mrs Birch and I meet each week to exchange our observations and assessments for all children. These teacher meetings allow us also to analyse student achievement and regroup the children for the next fortnight's learning cycle. It works brilliantly!
Some children will be working on mastering blending two sounds while others are ready for blending and segmenting 3 sounds using CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words. eg: cat, bug, dog.
Activities include trying to read and write these types of words.

We have been focusing on identifying the teen numbers. We have noticed that they all start with a 1 and their second number increases as we keep counting. It's important that we know how to read and write these numbers before the end of Pre primary.
We have also been learning about making repeating patterns. Using coloured blocks we have constructed different patterns using 2 or 3 colours. We call the different patterns AB, ABB, AAB or ABC patterns.

Science and Technology
Thank you to the wonderful parents who sent in construction materials for their children to sculp their birdbaths.  The children worked beautifully on this task and made some amazing birdbaths with very clever innovations. We are now looking at how we clean ourselves!

Library Books and PLD bags
PLD Bags are due in on a Tuesday. 
Library Day is Friday and children must have their own library bag in order to take a book home.

Pick up and Drop Off
It looks as though parents will be allowed back on campus this week. 
We would like parents to continue the Kiss and Drop routine from the classroom door.  The chance to experience Gathering Time without parent presence has taught us that the children are way more likely to act in independent and organised ways.  We have been so impressed with the way children are putting in their own lunch orders, putting their water bottles on the bench all by themselves and packing and organising their own belongings, that we want to keep this up. The noise level is also much better. We believe this is normal practice in most schools.

Thanks, have a great week.
Kristie Leahy

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Term 2 Week 5

Hi Everyone,
It was great to get back into our regular learning last week.  The kiss and drop in the mornings is working brilliantly.  The children are entering the classroom confidently and settling into morning routines with ease.  The classroom is quiet and productive and the children are very proud of themselves.

Merit Awards
Last Friday Mr Torrese visited our classroom to present the PPL Merit awards.  We had two awards .... congratulations to Finn Jordanoff and Fin Back-Clayton.
If your child is to receive an award I will endeavour to let you know before hand and will email you with photos.
This week is a Star Citizen Award Week.  The school value of appreciation will be our focus when selecting this award.  So... watch this space...

News Roster
Hopefully everyone has now received the Term 2 News Roster. If not, here it is.
4 (beginning 18/5)
6 (beginning 1/6)
8 (beginning (15/6)

Arlo F Fletcher
Arlo T

5 (beginning 25/5)
7 (beginning 8/6)
9 (beginning 22/6)
Finn J
Fin B-C

Term 2 News gives each child the opportunity to tell news once a fortnight.

Again this term the students will be focussing on ‘Object Descriptions’ during news. They will need to describe their news using 2 elements such as:
 : what it is + what type
 : what it is + where it is found
 : What it is + one piece of information
 : What it is + what is it used for
 : what it is + what is it made from
Please help your child choose their item/picture/event for news and decide what they are going to say using the above example. 

A reminder that the children need their library bags on Fridays in order to take out a library book.

PLD packs to be returned by Tuesdays when they go back into circulation.

Naturaliste (Green) Free Dress Friday

Good news for Naturaliste faction students.  As they achieved the highest token count over the last few weeks they will have a free dress day on Friday!  Go Naturaliste!


Science Design and Technology
In science we have been looking at how animals clean themselves and why they do this.  This topic ties in well with our continued push for high levels of personal hygiene within the school. 
We watched a video about small birds using a bird bath.  It was really interesting.  They have to keep guard in case there are any preditors like cats or eagles around and make their bath very fast.
After viewing the video we discussed any special features a bird bath may require.  We will be designing our own birdbath to construct on Wednesday.  Your child will need to bring a bag of goodies in to use in this construction.
Paper plates, cardboard rolls, alfoil, cardboard boxes, polystyrene pieces, plastic tubing, straws, ... any contributions.... would be welcomed. Please bring them in on Wednesday morning.

In our literacy sessions we have continued on with onset and rime word families.  This week we will be looking at the 'ug' 'ut' 'um' and 'un' word families.
We are also trying our hand at transferring our letter knowledge to writing. It is hard work for us but we are doing well!!

Our focus author is Eric Carle.  We have read The Very Busy Spider so far. This week we will read 'Mr Seahorse'.  Eric's stories are great to encourage the very important skill of retelling.  When retelling we discuss the story, simplify it and then state what happened in the beginning, the middle and the end. 
We also love that Eric Carle creates his own illustrations with a very individual and distinct style. We have been copying some of his methods to create our own artwork. 
All the children have been tested to check their alphabet symbol recognition recall.  At this stage they should recall all sounds however it is quite normal to confuse b and d. Some children will also confuse n and u and p and b. We will keep working on this at school. 
It is essential that all children have a strong recall by this stage of the year. 

MathsIn Mathematics we will continue to work on the numbers to 20.  The teen numbers often prove to be very difficult to write and will require ongoing practise. This is done through play where possible. 
Your child should be encouraged to count backwards from 20 and tell you what number comes before and after a given number to 20. 
This week however we are looking at patterning.

Religious Education

While our Year Six students prepare for their Confirmation the Preprimary students are completing a unit of work aligned with this learning. 
The Pre Primary learning looks at...Content description 
• People use words and actions to communicate 
• Jesus used words and actions to show love to others 
• Jesus promised he would send the Holy Spirit 
• God’s family, the Church remembers and celebrates the Holy Spirit 
• The Holy Spirit helps people to show love 

People communicate using verbal and non-verbal language People use words to communicate, to respond and to react to what is happening around them. People can communicate through non-verbal cues by using eye contact, facial expressions, gestures and movements, as well as sounds. When people communicate well with others it improves their relationships. 

People are good communicators when they: 
• can express what they are feeling and thinking 
• are able to listen and respond in a sensitive way to all kinds of things – not just nice things or good news, but also anger, embarrassment, sadness and fear 
• are aware of how other people hear and see them
Jesus used words and actions to show love to others.
Jesus spent time teaching his friends, the disciples, with his words and actions to be generous and kind, to act with justice and to show respect for all people and all of creation. The Bible story of Jairus and his daughter shows how Jesus used his words and actions to show love and kindness to Jairus. 


I hope you are all well and not getting blown around too much!!
Kristie Leahy

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Week 3 Term 2

Dear Parents,
I would like to wish all of our wonderful mothers a very happy Mother's Day and say a special thank you for being so supportive with our home learning programmes over the last few weeks.

Your children worked with great love to complete their little presents during the week.  I think you will agree that their art work was beautiful, their button bouquets delightful and their little purse perfect!!

We  had  a lovely week at school last week with 17 out of 25 students attending.  It looks like we will have nearly all children in attendance this week.  It will be good to see all of our little people at school and a relief to work towards getting back to normal.

If your child is returning to school this week....

Please remember to bring the home learning journal to school.

A reminder that parents are still asked to drop their children at the gate and not enter the school grounds.  You should be very proud of the way your amazing children are coming to school and setting up for the day independently.
Pick up time has returned to the normal time of 3.00pm.

Hygiene will continue to be a focus over the next few weeks with regular handwashing a firm part of our daily routines.

Please access the home learning schedule here. You will notice we have not included the Seesaw activities this week. Instead we ask that you look at doing Reading Eggs and Mathletics.
If you are continuing with Home Learning, the Home Learning Pack for week 3 is ready for pick up outside our classroom door.

Week 3 Term 2 Home Learning Schedule

Wishing you all a lovely week,
Kristie Leahy