Welcome back to Nilma Primary School for a new term. We are looking forward to a very busy Term 4.  

Student Learning

English

In English the students will be practicing their handwriting. Students will be developing their skills in using correct grammar, capitals, full stops, question marks and talking marks. The students will experiment with different types of genre. This will include story writing, informative text, letters writing and diary writing. The students will be writing their story on power point with using animations. The students will read in group and individual activities. The students will have spelling words which they will learn each week.

In English the students will be doing a range of reading activities that include comprehension, partner reading, guided reading and reading groups.

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.

Mathematics

In Mathematics we will be covering a variety of topics such as multiplication and division. We will also be doing revision on areas which have been taught this year including time, graphs, number, space and measurement.

 The mathematics program will continue to challenge the student’s ability level and get students to work in whole group, small groups and independently activities.

Inquiring Learning

This term we are completing a unit of work on ‘Space’. This will involve the students learning about the different planets and about the solar system. The student will be researching planets using the internet and books. 

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

Homework will be sent home every Wednesday and due back the following Tuesday. Homework will involve students learning their spelling and some mathematics work.

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.

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)

 

Music

Art

MARC Van

Japanese

 

 

Thursday

Wednesday

Wednesday (fortnightly)

 

Wednesday

Our timetable is;

 Music with Mr James Ryan on Thursday from 10.15-11am.

 MARC Van will be fortnightly with Mr Philip Bucknall on Wednesday from1.45-3.15pm.

  Art with Miss McLennan on Wednesday from 11.30-1pm. 

Japanese is on Wednesday from 9.30-10.15.

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Student Health and Wellbeing

Hats

It is extremely important that all students have their hats every day to ensure that they are being sun smart. Students will need to continue to wear hats every day during recess and lunch time during term 4. If your child does not have their hat they will be required to play in a restricted area only.

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 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.

 

Important Dates

8th December – School Concert