Grade 4/5/6 with Miss williamson
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome back to school. I am very excited to be a member of the Coimadai Primary School community again this year and teaching the students of Grades 4, 5 and 6 as their classroom teacher.
So far this year we are spending time getting to know each other and establishing our classroom expectations and a classroom contract. This is an important part of your child’s learning and promotes ownership of your child’s environment and learning. A few phrases you may hear from school are:
· I need to re-set my thinking or behavior,
· Its ok to make mistakes, these help my brain grow.
· I am responsible for my own behavior.
· The only person I am in competition with is, is myself.
I encourage my students to be responsible for their learning/behaviour and that includes having a conversation with me, if they are having any challenges.
This term we are exploring who discovered Australia and who is an Australian, themes explored will include European settlement, Indigenous interaction, Citizenship, Australian celebrations, Diversity and Identity. This will give us a great introduction into our topic of government later in the year.
We have a wonderful mixture of students in our class this year and I look forward to getting to know each student and their families individually.
If you need to contact me, you can do so via your child’s diary that I check on a daily basis for homework reading. I have meetings Tuesday, Wednesday from 8am till 8:45am and I am in the classroom from 8:45am daily expect when I have morning yard duty. Please feel free to drop in for a quick chat, however if you require longer than a quick 5 minute discussion, I am happy to organise a time that is suitable for both of us.
Class DoJo will be ready to use by week 3, this is also a great way to communicate away from your child’s diary. Communication via DoJo will only be viewed between the hours of 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday and will not be checked on the weekends. For any urgent matters please contact me at school by phone and I will respond when I am not teaching.
All notes sent home will be placed in your child’s reader bags. Can you please place return notes or money in your child’s reader bag and then it is your child’s responsibility to transfer these to our class office bag. Can all money, be sealed in an envelope and clearly marked with your child’s name and the purpose of the money. If you wish to make a BPay payment, please put a note in your child’s diary informing us of what payment is for, so I can notify the office.
It is an expectation that all students read each night. Students can read independently but it is still an enjoyable experience at this level to read aloud to a parent, older sibling, grandparent or friends. All reading needs to be recorded in your child’s diary and signed. All students will have weekly spelling words and a short worksheet to help assist their learning. Writing out and practicing the words on a daily basis is highly recommended. Spelling tests will be conducted on Friday’s and new spelling words will be given to students after their spelling test. Your child will know what colour group they are allocated to and these words can also be found on the school website under the homework tab.
It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that their diary, reading book and spelling words booklet return to school daily in their book bag. Occasionally additional home task work will be set for individual students. If for some reason you child cannot complete their home task work, it is the students’ responsibility to negotiate with me to extend their deadline. Please encourage your child to have a conversation with me if they require additional support or concerns about their home tasks. We will reward students who reach the target goal set each term for Reading.Tthis will be communicated to students and noted in your child’s diary by week 4.
Our school assembly will continue to be on Monday mornings. All parents and friends are welcome to attend.
Munch and Crunch
Students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 are responsible to manage a health snack program throughout our day. As a class we have discussed appropriate times to consume these items and what is considered a healthy snack option. If students have questions or concerns about this they are encourage to have a conversation with myself.
I encourage all students to have a drink bottle filled with water at their table each day. Research indicates that students remember more and stay focused longer when they are hydrated. In fact, studies have found that that drinking water can improve brain function by 15 percent. Because the brain has no way to store water, it is important to continually drink water throughout the day. Our class challenge is to try and drink one whole drink bottle of water per day. Students have the ability to store their drink bottle during the school week and are strongly encourage to take their drink bottles home each Friday for a thorough cleaning.
Library and Art Lessons
Both these session will be held on Tuesday. Mrs. Suzie Marozzi will conduct both Library and Art sessions through our inclusion of the MARK Van program.
All students are required to return their art smock for use this year.
Students will be encouraged to borrow books to take home and will require a Library bag so that books are kept safe and clean. Students will be responsible for returning their borrowed books on Tuesday’s as books cannot be borrowed if there are overdue book under their name or if they are without their Library bag.
Mr. Michael Egan will conduct Chinese lessons every Friday fortnight, which started in week 1.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and Physical Education
The acronym STEM refers to these not as stand-alone subjects, rather as a way of thinking. STEM is about the skills required to learn science, technology and mathematics, and how engineering and design processes and principles are used to achieve an outcome.
Initially, students of STEM need to identify a problem. They then create possible solutions to that problem, which can be tested. The skills are inquiry-based approaches to teaching and learning.
Miss Chloe Tabone will conduct these sessions on Thursday.
Physical Education is the key learning area in the curriculum that focuses explicitly on developing movement skills and concepts students require to participate in physical activities with competence and confidence. The knowledge, understanding, skills and dispositions students develop through movement in Physical Education encourage ongoing participation across their lifespan and in turn lead to positive health outcomes.
Miss Chloe Tabone will conduct these sessions on Tuesday afternoon.
D.E.A.R (Drop Everything And Read)
This term we have introduced our D.E.A.R program across all levels in our school, this program will run daily from 2:15pm till 2:30pm. During this time, students and teachers will do a mixture of independent reading, allowing teachers to model independent reading behaviours or class series reading, where teachers are able to model reading aloud skills.
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday will see all students participate in a Spelling Mastery session. These 30 minute sessions can help teach student the strategies they need to become successful, life-long spellers. Students are taught in small steps, using sufficient practice, so that they comprehend how spelling works and can become proficient writers.
All students have been paired will a Prep or Grade 1 buddy. This important program allows students
to develop their responsibility and leadership skills. The program builds relationships within the
junior and senior levels of our school community.
Please feel free to pop into the classroom and see what we have been up to at any time. All students are proud and excited to share their work achievements with you and I encourage you to take a look around our room as we build our classroom community.
Hopefully this letter will help you understand some of the class routines that we have in place at school. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to see me.
I look forward to us working together for your child’s education.