Grade 1 and 2 PLANNER - TERM FOUR 10/10/2014 WELCOME TO A BUSY TERM 4! It’s hard to believe we are in Term 4 already! Where does the time go? We hope you were able to enjoy the sunshine and had a relaxing Spring holiday with family and friends. This term is shaping up to be a busy one with our 50th Year Anniversary Celebrations across the school, Buddies Picnic, Gelato Van visit and of course, Christmas. DIARIES Please ensure your child keeps a record of their reading each night in the school diary. It is important that students bring their diary to school every day to maintain regular communication between home and school. The diary is also the only way teachers can check if students are reading regularly. Thank you. The students have settled back well into our school routines, and as always, if you have any questions or concerns please get in touch. LET’S CELEBRATE! We look forward to an action packed term full of fun, excitement and celebrations! Our Integrated Studies topic in term 4 is ‘Celebrations’. The whole school will be immersed in this topic as we celebrate our 50th Year Anniversary. Students will learn about different cultures and celebrations around the world culminating in a big celebration on December 1st. Suellen, David, Carly, Diane, Jenn and Lesley Suellen Hall (Grade 1/2 Coordinator) [email protected] David Dowson [email protected] Carly Curren [email protected] Diane Aldred [email protected] Jenn Bowring [email protected] Lesley Munro [email protected] SNACK, LUNCH and ‘BRAINFOOD Please send along a snack for your child to eat at 11:00am as well as a lunch to be eaten at 1:30pm. We also encourage ‘BRAIN FOOD’ to be eaten at 10:00am which is an ‘easy to eat’ piece of fruit or some vegetable sticks. This food is to be eaten quickly so as not to disrupt their work but to give the students an energy boost. If your child orders a lunch order on a Monday, please continue to send along a snack and ‘Brainfood’ as it is a long time to wait for lunch to be delivered at 1:30pm. HOMEWORK We have been very impressed with the standard and creativity of set homework tasks this year. Homework this term will begin in Week 2 and conclude in Week 8. It continues to consist of 15 minutes of reading each night and an independent task set by the teacher. DATES TO REMEMBER Monday 6th October 9.00am Term 4 commences Tuesday 4th November MELBOURNE CUP DAY Holiday Homework will be handed out on Tuesday and returned the following Monday. We understand that families often have commitments so if your child is unable to complete his/her homework please leave us a note in the diary as some children feel unsettled about not being able to participate in the homework review. Monday 1st December BLPS 50th Anniversary Celebration Day Buddies Picnic 1.15pm Gelato Van The Mathletics program can be utilized to reinforce mathematical concepts and you can also access, Toon Times Tables, Rainforest Maths and a variety of other activities through Mathletics. Friday 5th December ‘Back to 1964’ 50th Anniversary Ball – Box Hill Town Hall 7.00pm – 10pm We look forward to many more fantastic homework pieces this term! Friday 19th December - Last day of Term 4 Last Assembly 1.00pm Early Dismissal 1.30pm REMINDERS Absence Notes If your child is absent please write a note or use the pre-prepared ones in the back of the diary. Thank you. Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday Blackburn Lake Primary School! GREEN NOTICE BAGS BUDDIES AND BOUNCE BACK All students should be using their Green Notice Bag to help protect important notices and diaries travelling to and from school. Students from Grade 1 and 2 are involved with the Buddies and Bounce Back program throughout 2014. Please ensure you and your child place any correspondence in this satchel to prevent it from spills in the school bag. Students may also use this bag for library books if they have forgotten their library bag. Many thanks. In Bounce Back we focus on our school TRRAC values of: Thinking, Respect, Responsibility, Attitude and Caring. Both programs run every second week on Monday afternoons. The students will celebrate with a special Buddies Picnic lunch on 1st December as part of our Celebrations unit, as well as participating in a variety of team building, friendship and resilience activities during these sessions. SPECIALISTS Please see below for your child’s specialist class times. NOTE: our timetable may change occasionally to accommodate other school events/incursions etc. Grade 1D Music - Tuesday - 10.20 Library - Tuesday - 11.30 Italian - Wednesday - 9.00 Art - Friday - 11.30 PE - Monday - 12.50 Grade 1J Music - Tuesday - 11.30 Library - Tuesday - 12.10 Italian - Wednesday - 12.50 Art - Friday - 10.00 PE - Monday – 12.10 Grade 1L Music - Tuesday - 12.10 Library - Tuesday - 12.50 Italian - Wednesday - 2.30 Art - Friday - 12.30 PE - Monday - 11.30 Grade 2C Music - Wednesday – 2.30 Library - Tuesday - 9.40 Italian - Wednesday - 9.40 Art - Friday – 9.00 PE - Tuesday - 11.30 Grade 2D Music - Thursday – 9.00 Library - Friday - 9.40 Italian - Wednesday - 10.20 Art - Thursday - 2.30 PE - Tuesday – 12.50 Grade 2S Music - Wednesday - 12.50 Library - Tuesday - 2.30 Italian - Wednesday - 9.40 Art - Thursday - 12.30 PE - Tuesday - 12.10 SPECIALISTS: At Blackburn Lake Primary School, your child has the opportunity to participate in a variety of specialist classes. ITALIAN VISUAL ARTS Vincey Montesalvo - [email protected] This term the students in grade one and two will be studying Celebrations. They will be studying Christmas, Easter, New Year day and Melbourne Show Day. The students will compare these celebrations to the Italian, Chinese and Indian celebrations. They will be involved in writing, labelling, describing, repeating, ordering, and classifying, and role playing. PHYSICAL EDUCATION Sam Collins - [email protected] In Art, we will be starting of the term by consolidating our knowledge of colour theory. Students will then be creating an artwork based on primary and secondary colours, and also tinting techniques. Grade 1 will be creating Japanese Carp Kites using crepe paper which will make a beautiful site in the wind. Grade 2 students are working with paper mache to create a Viennese Mask that will then be integrated with their music class to create some theatre and dance. REMINDERS: Art Smock Runners MUSIC Phil Lumsden - [email protected] Sam Collins - [email protected] In PE, Grade 1 & 2 students will continue to work on their fundamental motor skills, especially soccer kick and ball bounce. By the end of the term students will have revised skills previously used and been introduced to the more advanced of these skills. Students will also be spending time on playground safety especially using playground equipment safely. We will also begin to look at athletics, particularly the throwing and jumping events. Now that the weather is starting to warm up please ensure your child is appropriately dressed on the day they have PE. In Music, the Grade 1 & 2 students will be part of a very special event celebrating music in school. On the 30th of October, the whole school will be participating in Music Count Us In, where we will be singing our special “Paint You a Song” with 100,000s of other school across the nation. In conjunction with this we will be investigating different celebrations around the world. Starting with birthdays, we will move through China, Ireland. Concepts of movement, theatre and reading notation will be incorporated.
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