Welcome back to Term 3 and Remote Learning: The Sequel.
We hope everyone has had a safe and enjoyable holiday given the circumstances we find ourselves in once again.
This term will be a challenge for students, parents and teachers, as we adapt to this new style of learning and teaching away from the classrooms. We have been working extremely hard to create learning tasks that are accessible for each student’s needs and will provide an opportunity for them to develop as a learner.
Our main channel of communication will be through Seesaw, but students are also able to access their Google accounts and send emails to their teachers. There will always be staff members at school to respond to any phone calls if required. We encourage that parents continue to give their feedback to their student’s teacher on how they are tracking with activities at home, so we can create a positive partnership between school and home. Please note that teachers are available Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 3:30pm.
Our timetable will run as normal, covering all curriculum areas as previous planned.
Reading this term, will have a focus on analysing and critiquing texts. We will be looking into genre, author’s purpose, main and supporting characters, character development and reflecting on an author’s use of words with connotative meaning. Reading groups will remain online and a CAFE approach with daily reading related activities will continue.
Writing will have a continued focus on editing skills, looking at different ways in which we can edit and critique a piece of writing. We will also be covering information reports, organisation, text structures, research skills, retells and emotive language. As always, our VOICES program provides students with essential writing skills and we will be looking into writing with ‘Voice’, the ability of the writer to connect effectively and appropriately with the reader in their own unique way.
Maths has a strong focus on Fractions and Decimals, where we have split students into their ability groups and teaching to a targeted point of need for everyone, similar to our Open Learning program. We will also be covering units of data representation and interpretation, shape, geometric reasoning, angles and provide students with a meaningful project-based task.
Inquiry is looking at Earth Science and more specifically the Earth’s structure, tectonic plates and the effects and management of geological natural disasters.
Throughout Home Learning, students will still be accessing Auslan, Physical Education and Art lessons once a week.
As mentioned earlier, this will be a challenging term for us all, but just know that we have your child’s best intentions at heart. There will be good days and there will be bad days, but we are all in this together, and together we will make the best of this situation.
Mr Mason, Ms Cutler, Ms Greenaway, Mrs Kingston and Mrs Da Silva.