Welcome back to Nilma Primary School for the last term of the year.

Student Learning

English 

In writing this term, the students have been involved in constructing their own version of ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’. The students have been involved in reading sections of ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ and have identified key elements of a diary entry. They have also continued to use ‘text language’ to retell events that have occurred over the weekend. 

In reading this term, the students are continuing to focus on understanding and comprehending the texts they read. In particular, the students are continuing to learn about Tier 2 and Tier 3 words, how to decode unknown words, visualising, summarising, predicting and inferring.

Mathematics

This term in Mathematics, the students have been learning mental and written methods for multiplication and division, including long multiplication and short division. They will also be revising previous topics we have learnt throughout the year, such as angles, fractions, area and perimeter, addition and subtraction, shape and mapping.

Inquiry Learning 

In Inquiry Learning this term, the students have been focusing on the essential question, ‘Life in Space. Is it Possible?’ In particular, they will designing a space colony in which they have to develop a habitat for humans, providing resources for human survival and design transportation that will allow for intergalactic travel.

Language Lounge

Each Monday students will be involved in our Language Lounge, working in groups with teachers and our school Speech Pathologist, Wendy-Mae Rapson. Our aim in language lounge is to work on four areas of language each week in a fun and interactive way.  Those four areas are:

  • Vocabulary (learning new words and their meanings)
  • Sentences and oral narratives (telling and sequencing stories)
  • Sound awareness (learning more about the building blocks of sounds and spelling)
  • Social skills (using language to interact with others in different places and settings)

 

All of these areas can help to build the skills our students need to read, write, spell and learn successfully.  

Sport

This term in sport, students have been involved in a range of different sporting activities outside of school, including the Regional and State finals of Hoop Time, Kanga Cricket and swimming. 

Student Engagement

REAL @ Nilma (Social and Personal Skills)

This term we are continuing to revisit our school’s values of REAL:

Respect and Responsibility, Environment, Achievement and Learning.  

The focus is on students being – Respectful and Responsible, Environmentally Aware, Achievement Focused and Life-Long Learners through developing whole community expectations for what students say, think, do and how they act in various settings.

Students will be exploring each of these and preparing a series of posters promoting the role of these values in our school and what they mean to them.

In addition to this, we are continuing to use our new reward system whereby students receive REAL Tickets when they display the appropriate behaviours and expectations. They can get a red ticket for being respectful and responsible, a green ticket for being environmentally friendly, a blue ticket for achievements and a yellow ticket for learning. The students collect their tickets, save them up and then trade them for rewards.

Learning Activities Under the Guidance of Home (LAUGH) – LAUGH @ Nilma 

Every week students should complete their nightly reading, reading activities and practise their spelling words. 

We will also be sending home some activities with a difference! We have purchased a number of games for students to take home and share with families.  We encourage families to share in the LAUGH program! Students will bring games home on Monday and be expected to return them the following Monday.  This will allow families to have some share time during the week—if not once but several times! Games are a fun way to develop many social skills and oral language skills and problem solving strategies which are essential to learning literacy and numeracy. This program has been established on the belief that Home Learning should support the school learning programs, be an enjoyable experience and involve conversation with family or friends to develop learning strategies that can be transferred to other activities.

Specialist Programs

Every week/fortnight we have a range of different specialist programs. Please ensure your child has the correct materials for these days (e.g. books for MARC Van or boots for woodwork).

 

Music

Science

MARC Van

Woodwork

Japanese

6/5 P

Thursday

12:15-1:00

Wednesday

9:00-10:00

 

Wednesday

10:00-11:00 (fortnightly)

Thursday

9:30-10:15

10:15-11:00

Wednesday 

2:30-3:15

Extra Curricula Activities

Incursion

This term the Questacon Science Circus is visiting Nilma Primary School as part of our science focus for this term.

Fundraising

This term we are involved in a range of fundraising events, including Coles Sport Vouchers, Safeway Earn and Learn, Mobile Recycling for Youth Cancer, McCain’s Vegie Patch, Scholastic Book Fair, Pauls Milk Bottle Tops and Loud Shirt Day.

Student Health and Wellbeing

Drink Bottles

Students are allowed to bring a bottle of water to have on their desks throughout the day.

Fruit

Each day after lunch, the students have fruit that is supplied by the school. However, your child is allowed to bring in extra fruit to have at this time or at other snack times.

Lunches and Snacks

It is very important that students have a healthy snack and lunch to ensure they have the energy to actively complete learning tasks and to improve their concentration levels and to assist them with their learning. Eating healthy foods helps students to stay focused longer on tasks and being a better learner.

Healthy body, healthy mind!

Arriving on Time

We urge and remind all families of two key factors that will maximise your childs learning capacity as well as ensuring their happiness in both the classroom and playground:

1. Lots of sleep

2. Arriving at school on time  

Arriving at school on time is important for the students learning. Arriving at 8.45am is enough time for your child to get organised for the day.

Students arriving late or departing early MUST be signed out by parents in the office.

Parent Communication

Diaries

It is important that students bring their diaries and satchels to school each day in order to communicate effectively between home and school. It has also been great to see parents sign their childs diaries after their nightly reading, helping their child(ren) get their reading night awards. Please remember to check the diary and the satchel every day for notes.

If your child is away, please fill in the red absence slip and send along with the diary.

Important Dates

Thursday 27th October: Questacon Incursion

Friday 28th October: Swimming

 

Tuesday 1st November: Melbourne Cup Day

Tuesday 8th November: Grade 6 Buddy Program at WRC

Friday 11th November: Cathy Scollo visit

Tuesday 15th November: Grade 6 Buddy Program at WRC

Wednesday 30th November: School Nurse visit

 

Thursday 1st December: Grade 6 Summit Camp

Friday 2nd December: Hoop Time State Final

Thursday 8th December: School Concert

Tuesday 13th December: State Wide Orientation Day

Thursday 22nd December: Last day of Term 4