Sunday, 12 February 2017

Term1 - Week 3

Hi parents,

I hope you had a great weekend, despite the unusual weather. I managed to get a few waves in, so I am happy and ready for a week in the classroom and the pool. Below, you will find some useful information to help make the week as smooth as possible.

“There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.” – Wayne Dyer

As discussed at the parent information night, your child's home learning will take place over a four-day/night period beginning the Monday of each week. Their diary (with your signature acknowledging that it has been completed) will be cited on a Friday. If any of the home learning tasks have not been completed, the class 'Golden Time' on a Friday afternoon will be made available for them to finish it off.
The home learning tasks are designed to not only consolidate the academic skills taught within the classroom setting but also encourage the development of life skills through positive family interactions.

The following tasks should be completed each night:

  1. Reading (until readers are ready next week, library books will suffice) - 10mins
  2. UNIT 3: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4 of mental maths. (Day 5 will be completed on Friday during class) please note that your child may complete more than 1 day on any night, however, it is necessary that you mark their work with them once completed.
The following tasks are only required to be completed once:
  1. Physical activity (includes team or club sport, dancing etc) - 15mins
  2. Teach your parents something you were taught at school.
  3. Be read to by another member of the family.
  4. Housework - Clean up an area of the house i.e. bedroom, play room etc.
When a task has been completed, your child is required to tick it off in the diary.

Each week, I will introduce a comprehension strategy for you to discuss with your child after they have read a text. The strategy mentioned below was the focus for last week, so this shouldn't be a new concept for your child.

Summarising: Summarising is when readers determine the important ideas in a text and tell it in their own words. For a narrative text, this strategy focuses on summarising story elements (i.e. beginning, middle and end).  Some questions you could ask your child are:
  1. Who are the characters of the story?
  2. Where is the story set?
  3. What problem did the characters have to solve?
  4. How did the characters solve the problem?

This week we will be learning about odd and even numbers.

Swimming will continue this week. Can I please ask that your child has all necessary items in a bag ready for their swimming lesson. The bag should contain a towel, goggles, bathers (can be worn under uniform), jumper (if cold) and a pair of thongs. The less items your child takes to swimming, the less chance they have of losing something and the quicker we get on and off the bus. Thank you for your help on this matter.

If you are still reading this post, that is all for now!

Enjoy the week,

Mr. Jones