General Information

Dear Parents and Guardians:
Here are some information that might be helpful for the new year.

1.Homefun
Homefun is an extremely important part of children’s learning process and has a significant part to play in their progress at school.  It is important that students are taking part in quality homework activities with an adult.
Reading homework is not just reading a book for a few minutes at night.  There are lots of activities, which can be done to help your child achieve in reading, writing and numeracy.
2.Reading: 

Advertise the Joy of Reading! 

Our goal is to motivate students to read so they will practice reading independently and become fluent readers. That happens when children enjoy reading. We teachers and parents can do for reading what fast food chains do for hamburgers... ADVERTISE! 

And we advertise by reading great stories and poems to children. We can help them find the tools they need to succeed in life. Having access to information through the printed word is an absolute necessity. Knowledge is power, and books are full of it. But reading is more than just a practical tool. Through books we can enrich our minds; we can also relax and enjoy some precious leisure moments.
With your help, as your children begin a lifelong relationship with the printed word, they can grow into adults who read easily and frequently whether for business, knowledge, or pleasure.
3.Concepts About Print
  • Make sure the children know where to start reading
  • Ask them to point to each word as read
  • Discuss story and pictures
  • Read story several times both with and without the pictures
  • Ask children questions about the story- Who, What, Why, Where, When and How?
  • Encourage children to sound out words
  • Ask them to point to individual sound i.e
    • “ point to a word beginning with a”
    • “point to a word that ends with d”
  • Practice
    • Alphabet sounds
    • Blends sheet
    • Reading word lists
  • Ask children to point to blends within the story i.e
    • “ Can you find any blend sounds?”( ai, sh, ch, th, ow, cr , bl) etc
    • “can you find any magic e words? (Came and ride) etc
  • Ask children to point to and discuss the meaning of:
    • capital letters
    • full stops
    • commas
    • question marks
    • exclamation marks
  • Ask them to predict what might happen in the story and why they think that.
  • Ask them to re-tell the story in sequence 
4.Numeracy        
  • Count forwards and backwards up to 100
  •  Recall addition and subtraction facts to 20
  • Number before and after a given number to 100
  • Skip counting forwards and backwards in a range 0-100 in 2's, 5's and 10's
  • Groupings within 20
  • Basic addition facts and subtraction facts to 10+10
  • The multiples of 10 that add to 100
  • Doubles and halves    
5.Water Bottles and School Hats
Please ensure that your child brings a drink bottle each day filled with WATER. School hats must be worn each day as pert of your child’s school uniform during Term 1 and Term 4Please ensure that all hats and uniforms are clearly named.
6.Lunches
Lunchtime is between 13.00pm and 13.40pm. The students have supervised eating first for 20 minutes and then playtime. 
We do encourage healthy choices for lunches. Lunches can be ordered on a Tuesday to Friday. 
Tuesdays are usually only Hotdog days. 
7.Start times and Student absences 
School begins at 9.00am. Students are not to arrive at school before 8.30am due to supervision and safety issues.  If your child is absent please notify me (the classroom teacher) or the office. Students will be dismissed from the classroom at 3pm. Please wait outside for your child as not to disturb the class.

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