Santa squeezed in a flying visit to all of the Pre-primary classes on Friday of week 9. We had sooo many questions to ask him! We were also very surprised, excited and grateful for the books he gave us.
Welcome to Flanagan
Dear Families of Flanagan,
My name is Mrs Louise Hurst, and along with Ms Karyn Best, welcome back to school for term 4, 2021.
This term will begin with swimming lessons in weeks 1 and 2 and will probably fly right by. Plenty of learning and fun will continue with the semester 2 reports due in week 10. Please check your emails regularly for notices on CONNECT.
I am married with two teenage boys, have lived in Kalgoorlie for more than ten years and although we are blow-ins from over East, I cannot imagine living anywhere else.
Kalgoorlie is a wonderful community of diverse and interesting people.
As a graduate, I began my teaching career last year as a relief teacher around Kalgoorlie after being an education assistant for 9 years (mostly at NKPS). It is a privilege to be in my new role as classroom teacher in Flanagan at the school that I know best. With guidance from the admin and pre-primary teams (and other ECE colleagues in the Goldfields), I will provide your child with daily opportunities to play, learn and grow according to their needs in a happy, supportive and fun environment.to
Class Timetable term 4 weeks 1 & 2
Class timetable to adjust for school swimming lessons. Updates will be posted in coming weeks.
Our daily lesson routine
1. Introduction (e.g. Letter/sound song, activity or game)
2. Explicit teaching (e.g. focusing on letter/sound recognition, reading strategies, writing etc.)
3. Literacy rotations (e.g. 5 small groups, 1 works with the teacher on an English focus area, 1 group works with EA .
4. Conclusion/revising activity.
1. Introduction (e.g. Number song, mental maths activity or game)
2. Explicit teaching on focus area/topic
3. Learning activities (predominately rotations-e.g. 1 group working with teacher, one group working with EA and three independent groups participating in various math activities that have been previously modelled.
Term 4 weekly news topics
Our news schedule has changed again! Each child has been allocated a news day.
Our class rules
Videos we have been learning with in Flanagan
This is a fun way to consolidate our number bonds to ten while also getting up and moving.
FLANAGAN PHOTO GALLERY
For book week in week 5, the pre-primary students will be dressing up in their own, hand-made alien costume inspired by this funny, rhyming book.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
On return from Technology we got a big surprise.
Chairs 'kicked' over.
It had left behind some clues.
On return from Technology we got a big surprise.
Images taken by some of our future photographers using our classroom iPads.
Reading with your child every night is enjoyable and valuable. Term 1 home reading was the 'comprehension' book that has the 'speech' label on the front cover. Inside the front cover are instructions on how to support your child's oral comprehension as well as recommended questions for 4-5 year olds on some of the pages. These books will continue to be sent home on Fridays with your child's chosen library book.
Home reading will begin mid-way through term two when your child is believed to be ready both academically and emotionally. This is critical as we do not want to discourage students from being confident to read by overwhelming them. Home readers will be changed on Tuesdays so please help your child to remember their homework bag (probably the tartan one with two zippers).
To support your child's learning at school, a decodable home reader will be in their homework bag along with their letters/sounds and word lists. Home reading is a valuable opportunity for your child to practice reading skills learned at school. It is also a time for your child to build their confidence and fluency; for this reason, your child’s home reading book will be at a manageable reading level and will increase in difficulty as your child’s ability progresses. They may also bring home the same book on a number of occasions. When reading with your child, you may like to follow these steps in supporting them:
Look through the book and create a story together which matches the pictures.
Read the story to your child.
Ask your child to read the story to you. Discuss the story with your child. What was their favourite part? What happened 1st 2nd etc. What do you think might happen next?
Things to remember:
Please continue to read your child a range of texts as this not only exposes them to various text types but you are an import role model for reading.
Talk with your child about which are words, pictures and letters. Children need to be taught the difference between these.
Most words can be read by sounding them out, however some words will have an unfamiliar sound/letter correspondence that must be practiced eg the: 'th' will be a known sound but the 'e' is the tricky part and will become familiar with practice.
Celebrate their successes and encourge practice to make progress!
Following is a simple graphic that explains how to support your child with their reading.