Have you entered the Read More in May photo competition?

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Homework | Posted on May 19, 2018

 

Have you entered the Read More in May photo competition?

I have!

“Mrs Doye reading to Sassy Snuggle Puss 🐱 📕”

Get your photo of you reading to your pet in to the front office before the end of May!

mount.martha.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

 

Gold for Green Day – Tuesday 22nd May

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Biodiversity, Extracurricular Activities | Posted on May 19, 2018

Parent Helpers

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Important Information for Parents | Posted on May 17, 2018

A big thank you to the parent helpers who have come in recently to help with reading and other activities. I just want you to know that parents are welcome in our classroom at any time. The children absolutely love having special family members in to help with our learning and every extra pair of hands is greatly appreciated.

Generally, we do our morning reading routine most mornings, except every 2nd Wednesday, when we have Digi Tech first up at 9.00am. Occasionally, I need to change things up and schedule in something other than reading, but as long as we are in the classroom and not at a specialist lesson, there is always a special job I can find for parent helpers. This may include listening to reading, helping with maths or literacy rotations, or helping me to laminate/put up displays/supervise computer time.

Hope to see you soon.

Jane Doye 😀

Learning Reflections…

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Literacy Learning, Maths, Term 2 Inquiry - Biodiversity | Posted on May 17, 2018

Hi everyone,

Here is a snapshot of what has been happening in Prep C lately.

In Reading, we have learnt a new decoding strategy, Predicting Panda, where we use the clues in the texts to predict what may happen next. It doesn’t matter if the prediction is wrong, what’s important is that we are making a guess that is guided by what we have read and what we see in the pictures.

We have been continuing with our addition learning, solving problems by using the part/part/whole approach. We’ve rolled dies to give us two parts in order to make a whole caterpillar and most recently, we’ve used dominos to represent our two parts before joining them together to make our whole (or all together number). Some students have started learning how to use their fingers to count on from the biggest number when adding 2 numbers together.

In our inquiry studies, we have been learning about our 5 senses. We tried them out with a variety of objects – smelling, touching, hearing, and seeing! We decided that we would not taste the objects because our teacher blindfolded us! We know that we should never taste anything unless we are sure of what it is – this keeps us safe!

This week the children were very excited to take home their Lexia logins. If you have any questions about how to access this program at home, please give me a shout. As a guide, we’d love to see the children using Lexia at home 3 times a week for no more than 15 minutes at a time!

Next Tuesday 22nd May is Gold for Green Day. This is an important day on the Mount Martha Primary School calendar, where as a school, we all do our best to care for our environment! Prep C will be planting with their Year 4 Buddies at 11.30 (directly after recess). It would be fantastic to have some parent helpers if anyone is available. Please let me know.

Thank you

Mrs Doye 😀

Read More in May

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Important Information for Parents, Literacy Learning | Posted on May 7, 2018

Last week was the beginning of our Read More in May whole school campaign. The aim of the campaign is to encourage a love of reading and support the development of positive reading behaviours and skills of all of us at MMPS.

Your child has received a calendar to record the number of nights read in May. If you could do this in addition to writing in the Reading Journal, it would be greatly appreciated. Prizes will be awarded for each year level and class.

We are also running a photo competition with the theme “Paws for Books”. Take a photo of you and/or your family reading with your pets. Photo entries can be handed to the school office or emailed to the school email address – mount.martha.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

Here’s a photo of Kevin the Kangaroo (our class mascot) reading with Gary & Bubbles to kick off the photo campaign. I look forward to seeing lots of photos from Prep C families over the coming weeks.

 

Whole School Assembly on Tuesday & Mother’s Day Stall on Wednesday

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Important Information for Parents | Posted on May 7, 2018

Hi everyone,

There will be no PMP tomorrow morning due to a whole school assembly in the gym at 9.05am. As always, parents and families are welcome to attend. PMP will be back on next week with parent helpers. Thank you!

On Wednesday, the children will be visiting the Mother’s Day Stall in the Staff Centre. Prep C’s timeslot is at 10.10am. There will be a variety of gifts available for purchase ranging from $2 up to $10.

Every year, the children really enjoy having the opportunity to choose a gift for their Mum and I’m sure this year will be no different. To help make this experience a positive one, if you would like your child to participate, please send no more than $10 in a zip lock bag (or similar) clearly labelled with their name and amount enclosed. I will assist the children with their purchases. Please drop in for a chat if you do want your child to attend the Mother’s Day Stall as I will need to manage expectations and make alternative arrangements.

Thank you

Mrs Doye 😀

 

Term 3 Learning Reflection

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Literacy Learning, Maths, Reflections, Uncategorized | Posted on May 4, 2018

What a wonderful week we’ve had! We have immersed ourselves in the letter “W”, reading Where the Wild Things Are and making our very own wild thing masks. The children brainstormed some excellent descriptive words to describe their wild things – frightening, mischievous, fierce, ferocious, beastly. Who would have thought the Preps could have such sophisticated vocabulary?!

We have continued practising our counting with many children entering the 100’s club and the 50’s club. We have been talking about capacity and had some fun in the sand pit, using language like full, empty, half full, and overflowing. We realised that to be a fair comparison of capacity, we would need to use the same sized container.

We talked about why we think our pet is best and then had a go at writing to convince our reader. We put some excellent examples of writing on our WAGOLL Wall. WAGOLL stands for What A Good One Looks Like. Please take the time to have a look at what a good piece of writing looks like, respecting the different ability levels of the children.

To support our learning of the letter “P”, today was pyjama day! We felt very comfortable being in our PJ’s at school on such a wet and miserable day.

We made popcorn and made some observations about how the corn popped in the popping machine. Luke thought it looked like lava flowing out of a volcano. Some people thought the corn before it was popped looked like dried up mandarin seeds. It was yummy!

We finished the day with a movie, The Secret Life of Pets. I think everyone will need a big sleep tonight!

Enjoy your weekend.

Mrs Doye 😀

Cross Country & Pyjama Day tomorrow

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Extracurricular Activities, Fun Times | Posted on May 3, 2018

Cross Country

Well done to everyone in Prep C for successfully completing one lap of the Mount Martha Primary School Cross Country course today. A big thank you to all the parents who came and cheered us on. I think we would all agree that it was a very exciting event.

A special shout out to Mr Sweatman who worked very hard to ensure the day was a success.

Please enjoy some photos from the day.

P-P-Pyjama Day

Tomorrow we are starting to learn about the letter P. We will all be wearing our pyjamas, eating popcorn and watching The Secret Life of Pets (which also supports our inquiry learning about pets and what they need to survive). I have no doubt we are in for a fun-filled day!

Reflections from Week 2…

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Literacy Learning, Maths | Posted on April 29, 2018

Hi everyone,

Last week was another busy week in Prep C. Congratulations to Blake, Coda, Hugh and Kira for being presented with Confidence Awards at our Prep Assembly on Tuesday.

We have had some outstanding efforts at Jogging Club recently and congratulations must go to Blake, Alby, Coda and Willow, who have all clocked up 10kms of jogging so far this year. Remember, jogging club runs before school Tuesdays to Fridays. It is a great way to start the day!

We have continued with our “fish” theme, creating a fishbowl masterpiece. The children are starting to get very creative with their imaginative vocabulary and scientific words. Please drop past our fishbowl display near the lockers to see what fabulous words the children are using to describe their fish. I hope to see many of these words included in their writing in the coming weeks.

We have been learning about the difference between fiction and non-fiction books. The preps had a go at classifying some books from our classroom library. We now know that non-fiction books contain real information and often include a contents page, page numbers, headings, sub-headings, labelled diagrams and a glossary. We have also had a go at labelling some of our own diagrams.

In Maths, we have continued practising our counting. We have some children in the 100’s club, some in the 50’s club and some in the 20’s club. We have set individual counting goals and we are all working very hard to achieve our personal objectives.

This week we have cross country on Thursday at 9.15am (please wear a splash of your house colour) and Pyjama Day on Friday. I hope to see many parents on Tuesday afternoon at our Parent Helper Information Session. Busy and fun times ahead!

Mrs Doye 😀

Parent Helper Information Session

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Important Information for Parents | Posted on April 24, 2018

Dear Parents,

If you would like to be a helper in the classroom this term, please remember to come along to my Parent Helper Information Session on Tuesday 1st May at 3.45pm in the classroom.

I’m really looking forward to having you in the classroom.

Mrs Doye 😀

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