Monday, 6 March 2017

Term 1 - Week 6

Hi parents,

I hope you have had a fantastic Labour Day long weekend with your family. It did fly by very quickly! I attended a workshop on Saturday at Runnymede Farm in Binningup. Joel Salatin, from Polyface Farm (Virginia), was the drawcard and in short, his farm feeds over 6000 families and doesn’t use any chemicals in the process. If this is of interest to you, check out the following link:

“Know your food, know your farmers, know your kitchen.” – Joel Salatin

A big thank you to all the mum’s and dad’s, who have already or are planning to spend some time in the classroom. The Year 3’s love having you around to give them extra Dojo points.

Sight Words
Your child will be coming home with a ‘sight word’ list this week. This list is comprised of the 300 sight words your child should be able to read and write by the end of Year 3. Mrs. Jasper is currently busy making up the sight word flashcards for you to take home and test your child (these will be ready by the end of the week). Once your child has mastered a particular set, you can swap them for another set. You will be able to track your child’s learning of the sight words, by placing a tick in the ‘read’ and ‘spell’ boxes next to each word. The Sight Word Box will live near the sink in the classroom.

Once your child has mastered the 300 sight words, they will move on to commonly misspelt words.

Telling The Time
The children learnt about time last week. Concepts such as ‘quarter to’ and ‘quarter past’, ‘half past’ were covered. It would beneficial for your child to read the time as much as they can. If you have access to an analogue clock, have a play around reading different times and using the correct language associated with that time. There are many free apps you could download or alternatively, get on to Mathletics and complete the activities on time.

The following tasks should be completed each night:

1.    Reading (readers) - 10mins
2.     UNIT 6: 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.
3. Times Tables: (x 5)

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.    Listen to some music that Mum and Dad grew up with.
4.    Housework - You decide.
When a task has been completed, your child is required to tick it off in the diary.

The strategy mentioned below was the focus for last week.

Inferring is when readers combine what is read with relevant prior knowledge. Readers infer when they ‘read between the lines’ and create meaning that is not necessarily stated in the text. Instead of writing, “She was mad.” An author might write, “She stomped her foot as she scowled at him.” The reader infers that the character is mad based on the actions of the character and his/her own experiences with anger.

Two effective probing questions to help readers understand inferring are
1.    What do you think?
2.    How do you know?

This week we will be learning about written addition strategies.

Enjoy the week,

Mr. Jones