Welcome back to Nilma Primary School for Term 4. We are looking forward to an exciting Term 4.

Student Learning

English

In writing this term, we are writing using a variety of genres. We are learning about speech and thinking bubbles and making our own comic strips. We are also going to write narratives about Space as well as record the facts we learn about Space in our own Lapbook.

In reading this term, we have continued to practice using the reading strategies and concentrating on understanding and comprehending the texts we read. We are continuing to read books as a grade along with predicting, discussing words and comparing texts. We are also going to be looking through numerous Space books and internet sites to research facts to put into their Space Lapbook.

This term we will be continuing to focus on oral language to assist the students with expressing themselves and with articulating their sounds by visual aids. They will also be participating in the Language Lounge explained below.

The students will be encouraged to use the THRASS (Teaching, Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills) Chart with Reading and Writing.  The students will have spelling words each week which they can learn at home.

Maths

In Maths this term, we are revising and extending our skills and knowledge of the areas that we have covered throughout the year as well as implementing new strategies into our learning. We will be measuring the capacity and weight of items and discussing why things are heavier/lighter, holds more/less. We will also be focusing on multiplicative thinking through the use of arrays, sharing situations and skip counting.

Inquiry Learning

This term we are completing a unit of work on ‘Space’. The students made an “I wonder what’s up there….” class poster where they placed what they would like to learn about Space. The areas that we are focusing on are The Solar System, The Moon, The Sun, Constellations, Stars, Rockets, what it is like to live in Space, Types of Galaxies, Aliens and UFO’s. The facts that they find will be recorded in a Lapbook.

Perceptual Motor Program (PMP)

This term our program will be focusing on balancing skills and throwing and catching. The students will be involved in a variety of activities to assist them with developing their skills.

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.  

 

Homework

It is important for students to complete their nightly reading, practise their lanyard words of the most common used words and play their LAUGH game weekly to ensure they develop important knowledge and skills.

Student Engagement

REAL @ Nilma   –  Social and Personal Skills

This term we are revisiting 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 – clear 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 have set up a 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.

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

Please continue to support your child’s development by listening to them read at home as often as possible. 

Homework books are due back every Monday. This will include mathematic equations and spelling words for the students to learn. 

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)

Language Lounge

Music

Art

MARC Van

Japanese

 

Monday

Thursday

Wednesday

Wednesday (fortnightly)

 

Wednesday

Our timetable is;

Music with Mr James Ryan on Thursday from 9.30am-10.15am

MARC Van will be fortnightly with Mr Philip Bucknall on Wednesday from11.30am-1.00pm.

Art with Miss McLennan on Wednesday from 1.45pm-2.45pm. 

Japanese is on Wednesday from 10.15am-11.00am.

Language is on Monday from 2.15pm-3.15pm

Extra Curricula Activities

Excursions/Incursions

Swimming – Weeks 1, 2 and 3 of Term 4 (6 sessions)

Thursday 27th October – Questacon Incursion. Questacon is our National Science and Technology Centre. The Science Circus is educational and entertaining and raises awareness of science in everyday life. 

Tuesday 1st November – Melbourne Cup Day – Public Holiday

Monday 14th November – Kanga Cricket Day

Thursday 8th December– School Production

Thursday 22nd December– Last Day of Term

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Student Health and Wellbeing

( Drink Bottles, Arriving on Time and Healthy Lunches)

Drink Bottles

This term the students are encouraged to bring a bottle of water every day 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 child’s 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.

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Parent Communication

Parent Teacher Discussions

 If at any time you need to have any discussions with the teacher about your child, feel free to make an appointment.

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 child’s 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 write a note and send along with the diary.