Welcome to 1/2 Lester
We love learning!
We have been very lucky to have some parent helpers visiting our classroom to support student learning. If you are interested in helping in the classroom, please let me know.
This year we are very lucky to have a number of teachers working together with us to support our learning. Ms Stiles visits our classroom for 2 literacy sessions per week. We are also lucky to have her supporting us at other times in areas such as reading and grammar. Mrs Mason comes in on Monday for our first numeracy session of the week. Our teacher for PD/H/PE is Mrs Gorz and our science teacher this term is Mrs Charalambous (formerly known as Miss Kanaris). Every Tuesday, we borrow from the library. Our borrowing time is followed by a lesson with our librarian, Mrs Welling.
Please read on to find out a little about what we have been learning in term 1.
In our literacy sessions we read books written by Alison Lester and we complete fun activities based on reading and comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, and punctuation. We have also started compiling a biography of information about Alison Lester. So far this term we have read 'Who's that knocking?', 'I'm Green and I'm Grumpy', and 'Imagine'. The students have really enjoyed the fun and imaginary nature of these books. Next week we will be learning about 'The Magic Beach'. Please stay tuned as we have photos of work from our author study coming soon!
Every day we do TEN. TEN stands for Targeted Early Numeracy. In this time we do fun maths activities with a partner. These activities include the use of materials such as counters, ten frames, dominoes, playing cards and dice. We do the same activity every day for TEN minutes and by the end of the week we are very good at the activity and have learned a new number skill! Working with a partner allows us to practise our skills with another peer, as well as learn from others.
There are 5 levels or groups that students progress through on the TEN program. These are: Echidnas (Emergent level); Platypus (Perceptual level); Fairy Penguins (Figurative level); Crocodiles (Counting on and back level) and Flying Foxes (Facile level). These are based on the Early Arithmetic Strategies aspect of the K-2 Best Start Continuum for Mathematics. To find out more, click here: http://numeracycontinuum.com/index.php/continuum-chart
We also have our daily numeracy sessions where we focus on different strands of mathematics, including number and number operations, patterns and algebra, space and measurement and data.
Using teddy bears to measure the length of different objects. Students first learn to estimate and measure the length of objects, using informal units such as teddy bear counters, blocks and paper clips to measure length. They will also learn to measure with a centimetre and metre ruler.