Reflecting on an amazing first week...
Welcome to Prep AC!!!!!
My name is Mrs Alita Maree Cahill. I am so excited to be sharing your child's learning journey throughout their Prep year. 2013 promises to be an exciting year filled with new experiences, learning and laughter! Please check this webpage regularly for all the latest class news, information and photographs of your beautiful children. A few parents have contacted me by email already with questions or information about a variety of things, which is fabulous. If you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to contact me at any stage throughout the year.
Term 2 - Updated 17th May 2013
What an gorgeous week we had in Prep AC this week! Golden Girl was just sooo glamourous and we loved making her glittery glasses! We also painted green goats, sequenced some parts of the Goldilocks story and used googly eyes for some artwork! We had to work hard to learn how to form the letter g correctly....it's a tricky one indeed!
This week, as it's assessment week in Primary, we will be heading into Letterland to do lots of revising, rather than learning something new! We will be focusing on all the letters we have covered so far. Please ensure your child has plenty to eat and drink this week and that they have some early nights.
Monday 10 June: Queen's Birthday
Friday 14 June: Nambour Show Holiday
Wednesday 19 June: P - 3 Athletics Carnival
Friday 21 June: Foundation Day Baby Photos
Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day
Thanks for coming along to our special day...
NEW: Please note that your child is to be collected from now on at 2.45pm. As this classroom is used by the outside school hours care program, the room needs to be vacated on time. Thank you in advance for understanding and arriving on time.
Have a great weekend - See you all on Monday!
Monday Assembly - 11.05am (Parents are welcome) Music
Tuesday HPE - house coloured shirt
Thursday Art (every other week)
Friday Chapel - 8.40am (Parents welcome) - Library, Christian Education
Each week, I will choose one or two students from Prep AC to receive a Primary Assembly Award. These awards are then presented at our Assembly on Mondays at 11am in the RGC. Your child may recieve an award for being kind, or showing honesty, for sharing, or doing some great work! Keep posted here for updates!
* Congratulations Jake! on your award in Week 6! You have worked incredibly well this past few weeks in our rotations! Keep up the hard work!
* Congratulations Leila! on your award in Week 6! You're on fire during literacy sessions at the moment! Great work on your spelling!
Super stars of the week!
Two students will be chosen each week in Prep AC, to be our 'Stars of the Week'. They are then our special helpers around the classroom. They will take on roles such as; lining up first, setting up the fruit, and much more. They will also get to wear a special badge and have their photo placed on the Star of the Week board.
Congratulations to Lucy and Isaac as they will be our Week 6 superstars!
Our main focus for literacy in Prep is initially working on our letter shape and sound. We will be using a fantastic phonics program called Letterland. Each week we will meet a new Letterland character who has their own special song, story and activity. The students will have an opportunity to present an object starting with the 'letter of the week' as part of our speaking and listening. You will find the list of these below. Reading is also a big part of our literacy program and the students will not only take readers home but will be guided through readers during the week at school. We will also be using the online reading program Reading Eggs on the interactive whiteboards and computers. Writing this term will consist of pencil grip, sight words and writing short statements; ie; I like to.... we will also be focussing on recount this term. This will include writing recount information ie: On the weekend I..
Week 1: Eddy Elephant
Week 3: Noisy Nick
Week 2: Dippy Duck
Week 4: Oscar Orange
Week 5: Golden Girl
Week 6: Assessment
Week 7: Lucy Lamp Light
Week 8: Harry the Hat Man
Week 9: Uppy Umbrella
Week 10: Revision
Please read these words with your child and help them to recognise the different letters within their sight words as often as possible, at least once a day. We will also be using these words in class activities. I will be checking your child's sight word knowledge each week to ensure your child is moved onto the next set of words at the appropriate time. Prep AC sight words may remain at home and do not need to come back into class.
Set 1: I, am, me, we, to, it, the
Set 2: and, at, mum, dad, are, on, was
Set 3: sit, sat, he, in, if, family
Set 4: fat, rat, did, she, for, you, cat
Set 1: went, of, said, had, his, that, is, this
Set 2: they, like, go, can, red, play, toy, see
Set 3: up, big, little, be, blue, no, have, but
Please sign the record sheet in your child's home reading folder and return it each day and I will send home a new reader.
Here are some Literacy websites you may like to access from home. All are age appropriate and cover the sounds we are learning this year:
This year we will be using the Envision program that has been written according to the Australia Curriculum. Our main focus in Prep is recognising and understand all aspects of the numbers 1-20. Starting with 1-5. This means writing the numbers correctly, understanding positions/order and value. Along with number we will also be looking at patterning, shapes, units of measurement and probability.
Social Studies - Let's Remember
Studying personal and family history is a sound way to introduce younger students to history. The “Let’s Remember” unit will extend the students learning from Term 1, exploring how families remember and their investigating their own family’s history. Students will be involved in retelling family stories, discussing a valued family artifact, carefully examining an old family photography and listening to stories by grandparents. Students identify where they are placed in their family, relate various family stories, and identify several sources that would help answer the question ‘How do we know?’ about our own lives and that of our family.
Science - What's it made of?
All around us are things made from interesting materials. Who would once have imagined things like CDs, sticky notes or floppy silicone ovenware? Materials that we now take for granted are the products of imagination and exploratory science. What new materials will be part of the world of the future and how might existing materials be used in new ways? What might materials allow us to make and do? Through investigations, each student will develop skills of observing, describing, comparing and communicating. The unit will provide opportunities for each student to explore, through hands-on activities, what things are made of in the school environment and the properties of the materials used to make them.
LOTE - Chinese
Welcome to the tail end of the year of the Dragon!!! The Chinese Year of the Snake will kick off with celebrations from Friday 8th for 10 days in Brisbane city for those interested in inviting Chinese culture into a family outing. People born in the year of the snake are considered to be powerful and ambitious...if your birth date is a factor of 12 this could mean you! Please e-mail Mrs Cleyne or Mrs Baird with any Chinese enquiries
Prep Curriculum 2013
For the Prep 2013 Curriculum Parent Guide, please click here. For St Andrew's Primary School curriculum, teaching and learning questions, please contact Sue Bambling at
St Andrew’s Anglican College
40 Peregian Springs Drive
Peregian Springs QLD 4573
Ph:07 5471 5555