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Parent Portal

Berwick Lodge Primary School’s Parent Portal provides parents with 24/7 access to their child’s data. Parents can log-in to access their child’s report, learning maps and smart goals, attendance information and even update family contact details. Some of these options will be rolled out during the term.

Here’s the link to access the portal:
https://sentral.berwicklodgeps.vic.edu/portal/login

Troubleshooting Parent Portal

If you have forgotten your username and/or password, please contact the school’s office staff on (03) 9707 1766 between 9.00am and 3.30pm on weekdays.

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Current Curriculum

Grades

Prep/Foundation | Term 3 overview – 2018

Literacy

The Prep teachers provide a rich literacy environment for students in which literacy is purposefully used and discussed. The Prep students continue to work hard to learn the alphabet letters and sounds. This term the Preps will begin to learn different letter relationships, such as digraphs and trigraphs. They learn how to write these letters and sounds and experiment with rhymes, syllables and sounds (phonemes) in spoken words. The children have multiple opportunities to learn new words, and develop their oral language and communication skills. Teachers expose the children to a variety of topics, they model how to take turns in a conversation and how to stay on topic and ask questions. They are encouraged to express their ideas through drawing and writing. Prep students participate in shared writing exercises daily, which model writing behaviours that the children begin to emulate when they write independently. Teachers will continue to develop foundational VCOP, Seven Steps of Writing Success and SMART Spelling skills.

Numeracy

The Prep teachers will continue to provide an authentic, hands-on numeracy environment where numeracy concepts are explored and discussed. The Prep students will consolidate their understanding of numbers 0-20 and beyond. We will explore how we can use numbers in a range of situations including addition and subtraction problems. We will develop our vocabulary for measurement concepts involving length, area, mass, capacity and time. We will use a range of concrete tools and resources to experiment and explore these measurement concepts. We will also develop our vocabulary for geometry and spatial concepts as well as learning how to interpret and draw graphs and data charts. The Preps will learn about different problem solving strategies.

Inquiry

In Term 3, the Prep students will focus on our Inquiry Topic, ‘I’m a Planeteer’. This topic is important because the Prep students need to develop an understanding of how we care for our environment through recycling and a range of other ways. We will learn how to be ‘Eco Warriors’ and consider sustainable living concepts throughout our investigations.

Extra-Curricular

In Term 3, the Prep students will participate in a Swimming Program with the Grade 1 and 2s. We are looking forward to catching the bus, learning to swim and learning how to be organised and independent when getting ready for the pool. We will continue to have Zance, PMP and Buddies.

This term we will also have our 100 Days of Prep celebration. We will have a party, the Preps will dress up as if they were ‘100 years old’.

Grade 1/2 | Term 3 overview – 2018

Literacy

Development of literacy skills is a priority in the Grade 1 and 2 area. Students in both year levels will continue to be introduced to a focus sound each week through the SMART Spelling program. Each week a specific graph, digraph or trigraph will be highlighted and students will have spelling list words to work with during the week. They will learn to identify the sounds within words, understand the meaning and break into syllables. These words will be part of the weekly homework program. Students will be involved in regular reading at a whole class and small group level with texts targeted to students individual abilities. Students are encouraged to read to an adult daily and continue to revise their sight words.

The focus for writing during term three will be personal writing. Students will understand that we write for many purposes and will develop skills for writing lists, cards, invitations and letters. Through the science focus in inquiry learning, students will also learn the structure for procedural writing as they write step by step instructions for science tasks. Students will also be guided in ways to enhance their writing using adjectives and adverbs. They will continue to develop their punctuation skills.

Numeracy

Streamed maths sessions will continue in term three with a focus on the development of number skills. In these weekly sessions, students are grouped according to their ability so that the activities are targeted to their specific learning needs. In both year levels, skip counting and place value will be a key focus. Students will consolidate their addition and subtraction skills and will be introduced to multiplication and division. Students will continue to develop a range of strategies for solving number problems.

Inquiry Learning

Science will be a key focus in term three. In order to further enhance the students’ learning, Hands on Science will present an interactive workshop focusing on ‘Light and Sound’ for Grade 1 and ‘Bubble Chemistry’ for Grade 2.

The first science inquiry unit for Grade 1 is Spot the Difference’. Changes are happening all around us. Students will learn that everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways. They will explore how materials such as water, chocolate or playdough change when warmed or cooled.

In the unit ‘Look, Listen’ students will recognise that senses are used to learn about the world around them: our eyes detect light, our ears detect sound, and touch to feel vibrations. They will identify the sun as a source of light and recognise that objects can be seen when light from sources is available to illuminate them. They will explore different ways to produce sound using familiar objects and actions such as striking, blowing, scraping and shaking

The Grade 2 science inquiry unit is ‘All Mixed Up’. Students will learn that we are surrounded by mixtures. They will begin to understand the composition and behaviour of substances. Students will learn about materials that don’t mix well, and others that are difficult to separate. Through hands-on investigations, students will explore how changing the quantities of materials in a mixture can alter its properties and uses.

Grade 2s will also take part in a Respectful Relationships unit called ‘Me, Myself and I’. The aim of this unit is to allow students to recognise and identify their own emotions, describe situations that may evoke these emotions and how they respond to these emotions appropriately. Students will develop an understanding of how their emotional responses impact those around them and how they can have positive interactions with others at school and/or home to keep themselves healthy and safe. Through this unit, students will show an awareness of the feelings and needs of others and will also recognise the importance of being persistent when faced with new and challenging tasks.

Grade 3/4 | Term 3 overview – 2018

Literacy –

In Term 3, we will be introducing information reports and procedural texts to expose students to new genres of writing. We will focus on the different text structure requirements and development of specific vocabulary. Our literacy programs continue to comprise a range of literacy, creative and critical thinking activities in the Seven Steps to Writing Success, VCOP, Reading A-Z (RAZ-Kids) and Smart Spelling programs. Students will also be encouraged to complete the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge as part of their regular home and class reading. Our SMART Spelling program will continue to introduce sounds each week. Students select appropriate words linking to this sound focus and will develop their spelling skills both in the classroom and though their homework. Grade 4 students are eligible to receive their pen licenses this term. To do so their handwriting must be legible, fluent and joined in all pieces of writing.

In Term 3, Grade 3 & 4 students will participate in an author and illustrator literacy festival. Where author and illustrators, Ben Wood, Marc McBride and Mark Carthew will be sharing a fantastic literature experience. As part of our library program, we will also enjoy sharing and voting on our favourite Early Childhood Picture Books.

Numeracy –

Grade 3 and 4 students will participate in streamed maths sessions one day per week focusing on the four processes initially. All students across both year level are grouped according to their ability and are provided with a differentiated mathematics program with activities structured to their ability. Through a range of hands on, mental and digital technology based activities students will be engaged in their mathematical learning.

Inquiry – Grade 3

In Term 3, our inquiry units are Community and Remembrance, Australia and neighbouring countries and a Chemical Science unit on Melting Moments. We will be discussing what a community is, what does it mean to belong to a, or many different communities. We then move on to discuss different types of communities such as urban, suburban, rural and compare them. Students will decide which community they would like to live in and why. We also look into different people who help us in our community. Remembrance is also part of this unit. We will look into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and how their lives have been affected. Our Australia and neighbouring countries unit will look at New Zealand, Indonesia and Singapore. Our science unit on Melting Moments is about changes of states and how change in temperature affect the state of matter. We will conduct experiments and observe changes. Of course, we will be looking forward to our camp in September too.

Inquiry – Grade 4

As part of our inquiry program, we learn about First Contacts. We look at the impact of European Settlement on Indigenous life. We discover the reasons for early exploration and look at the story of a famous navigator or explorer. Students are introduced to world history and movement of peoples. Beginning with the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, students examine European exploration and colonisation in Australia and throughout the world up to the early 1800s. Students examine the impact of exploration on other societies, how these societies interacted with newcomers, and how these experiences contributed to their cultural diversity.

As part of this learning, we will be having Murrundindi visit out school. He is directly descended from two great Wurundjeri leaders via his mother, Gumbri, who has taught him to esteem and honour his Aboriginal heritage. As the elder of the Wurundjeri tribe, Murrundindi visits communities to teach people about Indigenous culture and life.
We will also be going to the Melbourne Museum to view the ‘First Peoples’ exhibit which tells the story of Aboriginal Victoria from the time of Creation to today.

Grade 5/6 | Term 3 – 2018

Literacy

When reading, students will continue to revise comprehension strategies with a particular focus on cause and effect, word meaning and identifying the author’s purpose.  The Year Six students will compile different activities to create a book bag on a focus text.  Information and procedural are the focus writing genres, with lessons involving the VCOP and Seven Steps Programs. Students will also be writing and storyboarding scripts for our Film Festival in September.  The SMART spelling approach will focus on the term three sounds and specific spelling and plural rules. The Berwick Lodge Radio Show is a key area of speaking and listening and script writing within the senior school curriculum – so please tune into 97.7fm on Wednesdays at 2pm.

Numeracy

The students will focus on the number concepts of fractions, decimals and percentages and their connections between each other. They will examine percentage discounts and connect this to their economics unit of work. Measurement activities will look at different data displays and tables. The students will use grids, including Cartesian planes, to enlarge drawings and to plot co-ordinates. They will conduct chance experiments and describe the probabilities of outcomes.

‘World of Maths’ will be visiting the school in August to allow the students to explore problem solving in a fun and hands-on environment.

Inquiry – Year 5

The grade five students will discuss the different states of matter and how they change through chemical processes.  They will broaden their classification of states of matter to include gases and will begin to recognise different types of matter in the world around them.

Physical science sessions will continue to expand the students’ understanding of light and its sources. The students will explore and investigate light in order to identify that it can be absorbed, reflected and refracted in different materials.

Inquiry – Year 6

This term, the grade six students will be looking at physical science. Classroom sessions will discuss how electricity is generated and how it travels. The students will work with electric circuits and experiment with conductors and resistors.

Our economics unit sees the students become ‘Lodgiepreneurs’. The children will work together in teams to run a micro-business. They will need to identify their buyers, design and produce products to sell, and create a marketing campaign and budget in order to make a profit on their goods.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Within the senior school, students will be participating in additional sporting clinics organised by Miss Craig in addition to preparing for the Summer Interschool Sport Competition.  Film Festival is a highlight of our school calendar and the students will be spending a lot of their time preparing for this special event. They are also able to elect to participate in programs like Hooptime, State School Spectacular, Garden Club, Art Club and Coding Club that are held during lunch and recess times each week.

Specialist

Performing Arts | Term 3 – 2018

Music: In Music students will begin learning the building blocks of music such as dynamics, pitch, beat and rhythm. They will play games, listen to and discuss various styles of music.

Prep- Exploring musical elements, students will be engaged in a program containing units of work focusing on the musical elements such as high and low, loud and soft, fast and slow sounds . Using known songs, chants and stories to add to student’s repertoire. Students will engage in experiences requiring them to listen, dance and perform incorporating the use of percussion instruments.

Grade 1 and 2- Exploring Musical Elements, students will be engaged in a program containing units of work focusing upon the musical elements of beat identification,  ascending and descending music scales and focusing on melodies that move in different ways.  Using known songs, chants and stories to add to student’s repertoire, students will engage in experiences requiring them to listen, dance and perform using a range of percussion and tuned instruments.

Grade 3 and 4 –  Develop aural skills by exploring, imitating and recognising elements of music including dynamics, pitch and rhythm patterns. Students will explore Djembe drums and create their own compositions using their knowledge of beat, sound and rhythm.

Grade 5 and 6- Develop technical and expressive skills in playing instruments with understanding of rhythm, pitch and form in a range of pieces.  Rehearse and perform music incorporating the use of guitar and ukulele chords and music play alongs.

Visual Arts | Term 3 – 2018

This term the children will be participating in various art activities, with a focus on Literacy and the Arts. With lots of exciting authors visiting the school in Term 3 and Book Week in August, children will be involved in painting, drawing, collage, paper craft and clay linked to literacy.

Prep: This term students will be creating art using recyclable materials for their unit “I’m a Planeteer”. A big focus will be on Book Week and great activities to complement the 2018 short listed picture story books.  Father’s Day will also see the Prep students making something to take home for their special person.

Grade 1/2 Students will be completing their seascape collages for the unit Water, as well as creating their own “Treasure Box” for the theme of Book Week. Clay will be another element added this semester for the Grade 2’s, with gorgeous alphabet plaques.  Cartoon drawing will be a highlight with visiting illustrators.

Grade 3/4 It will be a busy term for students, Grade 3 students will look at Victoria and some famous landmarks, as well as fun drawing and painting with Book Week. Grade 4, will complete beautiful Winter Birch collages, followed by sculpting 3D trees, using special papers to coincide with Book Week.

Grade 5/6 With the author of Delta Quest, Marc McBride visiting, it will be all about Dragons! Grade 5 students will be creating their own clay dragon, whilst Grade 6 students will have a go at dry felting a mystical creature, using Merino wool tops. Other focuses will be Book Week, including designing and compass making, and Film Festival art.

 

 

Physical Education | Term 3 – 2018

Prep: The Prep students will be focusing on working in groups, participating in games (with and without equipment) and practising fundamental movement skills and movement pattern using different body parts. Students have also been attending PMP sessions two mornings a week.

Grade 1&2: Students will be participating in a gymnastics unit, where they will focus on balance, coordination, rhythm and timing. They will also be working on their fundamental motor skills such as striking, throwing, catching and running. They will be using these skills in minor games.

Grade 3&4: Students are practising and refining fundamental movement skills in different movement situations. They will also be practising and applying movement concepts and strategies in games such as Volley Stars and Softball. They will also be participating in a gymnastics unit.

Grade 5&6: Students are focusing on participating positively in groups and teams by encouraging others and negotiating roles and responsibilities. Students are providing each other with feedback and learning about the various roles involved in a sporting setting.

Extra-Curricular Activities for Term 3

  • PMP (Preps)
  • Hoop Time (Grade 2-6)
  • Athletics (Grade 3-6)

Mandarin | Term 3 – 2018

All students at Berwick Lodge Primary School will participate in the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival (‘中秋节Zhong Qiu Jie’) in term 3. They will engage with the traditions, stories and food of Chinese communities, recognising the value of learning about another culture in learning a different language.

Prep

In term 3, prep students will continue interacting orally with the teacher and peers, using learnt sounds, verbal and non-verbal responses. They will learn to recognise and create simple Chinese characters. They will also learn and practise parts of the body vocabulary and the Chinese Romanized alphabet (pinyin).

Grade 1 and 2

The students will learn to describe people using adjectives and sentences, for example 他有黑色的头发 (He has black hair.). They will interact with simple written texts, recognising and copying high-frequency characters. They will also engage orally with simple Chinese songs and rhymes.

Grade 3 to 6

In term 3, students will be involved in the unit ‘Shop Around’, in which they learn and practise using context-related vocabulary. They will recognise grammatical features to form simple sentences and understand that Chinese sentences have a particular word order. They will also learn to translate short familiar texts.

Extension Groups

Students in Extension Mandarin groups will continue their enriched learning about Chinese culture and language in term 3. They will learn Chinese idioms, as well as art and crafts. They will also learn to compare ways of communicating in Australian and Chinese-speaking contexts.

In coding and robotics this term, the Grade 3 and Grade 4 students will learn how to build electronic circuits using spring-clip baseboards, resistors, capacitors, LEDs (light emitting diodes) and lots of copper wire. Each weekly lesson will have a STEM focus and expose students to real world examples of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Later in the term, the students will learn how to code using an Arduino board.

In addition to Mr Kelly’s coding and robotics program,

Keep up-to-date with the latest coding and robotics lessons on Mr Kelly’s Learning with Digital Technology BLOG https://learningwithdigitaltechnology.global2.vic.edu.au/.

Parents & Friends Association (PFA)

The Parents and Friends Association is an integral and important part of Berwick Lodge Primary School. We work closely with School Council, staff, students and the school community as a whole. Your support is vital and we strongly encourage new membership. Fresh ideas are always most welcome.

Upcoming PFA Events:

Annual Fun Run – Tuesday 14th November 2017

Second Hand Uniform Shop Dates:

Monday 23rd October 2017 – 3.00pm-3.45pm
Monday 13th November 2017 – 8.45am-9.20am
Monday 4th December 2017 – 3.00pm-3.45pm

Canteen

Berwick Lodge Primary School Canteen is run by Bellbrook Catering Services. Days of operation at school are Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.

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