Welcome to Epsilon 2017
This term we have twenty four students. There are 6 year one students and 18 students in Year 2. The classroom teachers are Mrs Budden and Mrs Kelleher. Mrs Kelleher will teach the class on a Friday.
We share a common philosophy of teaching. We believe that constant nurturing and promoting the love of learning is crucial to the teacher's role. To be effective teachers, we believe we must be active learners ourselves, constantly modelling this for the children.
We will strive to provide learning experiences that are relevant, challenging and interesting. We will promote an environment where it is acceptable to make mistakes in order to learn and provide a learning environment that is supportive and encouraging. We want all students in Epsilon to feel worthwhile and valued.
Students in Year One will be working towards Stage One outcomes in all of their Key Learning Areas. Students in Year Two will be working towards achievement of Stage One outcomes. In Guided Reading they will be working at an individual level. We acknowledge that there are individual differences and we will cater to meet these needs.
There will be a number of staff members working with the children this year:
Librarian: Laura Rhodes
Release Teachers: Laura Rhodes and Arlene Webb
Learning Support Teacher: Jan Audet
School Office Staff: Tracey Dear , Emma Foster and Raelene D'Agostina.
Key Learning Areas
To provide students with a broad and balanced education K-6, the curriculum is defined in terms of 6 Key Learning Areas.
Literacy: Includes shared reading, D.E.A.R. (drop everything and read) Guided Reading (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) daily spelling, grammar, writing, handwriting and talking and listening activities. Parental assistance during guided reading is most appreciated.
Mathematics: We take a ‘hands on' approach providing lots of opportunities for problem-solving and play using concrete materials. We support this learning by using resources that utilise the interactive whiteboard. We also source relevant and challenging activities from a broad range of mathematical resources. We use a maths mentals textbook for homework.
Science: This term the students are studying a unit called ‘Bend It and Stretch It'
History and Geography: These will be taught during library sessions.
PDHPE: This term will see the return of the new Play program for all students K-2. It will be run in a tabloid format on Monday afternoons. The activities will include gross motor skills, imaginative play and puzzles and games. P.E. will run straight after lunch on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Creative Arts: During Term Four the students will be completing artwork using a variety of mediums with a strong emphasis on imagination.
- Please supply a note explaining any absences from school.
- Please collect a slip from the office when arriving late or picking up your child early as class rolls are marked electronically.
- Please ensure all money and notes are placed in a clearly marked envelope and delivered to the front office.
- Every child will be given the opportunity to undertake the responsibilities and jobs within the room by being a personal assistant for the day.
- Desks are re-arranged on a regular basis to assist the development of social skills and to ensure everyone in the class feel connected to each other. Children who wear glasses will be situated close to the IWB.
Parents/ Caregivers Can Assist In a Number Of Ways At Home:
- Encourage completion of daily homework.
- Encourage your child to read from a variety of resources. For example, books, newspapers and magazines.
- Talking and listening to your child about their day
Mrs Budden and Mrs Kelleher are very excited about the term ahead!