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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.

Latest News

REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE

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OPEN CLASSROOMS DAY: MONDAY 28 NOVEMBER

OPEN CLASSROOMS DAY: MONDAY 28 NOVEMBER

We were unable to provide an Open Day earlier in the year due to the pandemic conditions. With restrictions now relaxed, we can provide parents with the opportunity to visit the school and enjoy seeing what your children are doing. Nonetheless, with the Time in Lieu...

CBCA Book Week

CBCA Book Week

Each year since 1945 the CBCA has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. During this time schools and public libraries spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children's authors and illustrators. Classroom...

Schools Tree Day

Schools Tree Day

This year, Schools Tree Day is celebrated on Friday 29 July. To support Berwick Lodge Primary School, Brad Battin, the Member of Parliament for Gembrook, visited to plant seedlings in our school grounds. Brad met with students to chat about the relevance of Schools...

100 Days Of Prep

100 Days Of Prep

This week marks a very special milestone...100 days of prep! We are so pleased that this year our prep students have been able to experience those 100 school days onsite! The first 100 days of prep are an enormous learning period. There are new faces, routines, places...

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews

These will be held on Tuesday 19th July between 9.00am-4.30pm. These meetings will be held face-to-face in student’s classrooms. Students will not attend school as usual but will be expected to attend the discussion meeting with their parent and teacher. We understand...

Curriculum Overviews

Grades

Prep/Foundation | Term 4 Overview – 2022

Literacy

The Prep students have learnt how to recognise, write, and sound out the letters of the alphabet. We are now learning how to recognise and use digraphs and trigraphs when reading and writing. We will continue to learn about vowels and their short and long sounds within different words. We will learn several spelling rules. We will continue with our SMART Spelling and Seven Steps writing program and develop strategies for developing our recounts and creating narratives. We will also introduce procedural text. Our students will continue to develop their speaking and listening skills as we integrate the use of more Digital Technology into our programs.

Numeracy

The Prep students will be expanding their concepts and understanding of numbers from 0-100. We will explore number concepts including addition and subtraction problems, sharing and grouping equations and place value. Our students will be encouraged to use a range of Problem Based Learning concepts such as making and using a table and using logical reasoning to solve real-life problem-solving concepts. We will continue to explore measurement, space and chance and data ideas. We aim to provide a fun learning environment that includes opportunities to explore numeracy concepts using hands-on activities, explicit teaching about concepts through iMaths investigations. We will continue to develop our vocabulary and use a range of skills to develop our understanding.

Inquiry

In Term 4, our Inquiry topic is ‘Moo to You’. We will be learning about different types of farms and farm animals. Students will consider the basic needs of living things and focus on the life cycle of a chick. The students will think about the food that they eat and question where it comes from. They will explore some different basic processes of food production (from farm to plate) and each class will be creating a ‘Healthy Recipe Book’. The Preps will participate in a STEM session where they must plan and create a liveable shelter for a chosen farm animal.

Extra-Curricular

Term 4 is also a great term for recognising how much our Preps have grown since the start of the year! We will be having an excursion to visit ‘Pevan and Sarah’ at Bunjil Place. We celebrate their achievements with their end of year reports and our ‘Let’s Celebrate’ unit of work. We discuss special celebrations such as birthdays, different cultural events and of course, Christmas!

Grade 1/2 |Term 4 Overview – 2022

Literacy

The development of literacy skills will continue to be the main focus for students. They are encouraged to read at home to an adult daily in order to develop their oral fluency and expression. In class, teachers will be focusing on the integration of decoding strategies when students come to an unknown word in the text. Reading is more than just reading the text fluently and with accuracy. Through small group reading discussions, students will develop their ability to gain deeper meaning from what the author has written. They will also explore non-fiction texts as a means of researching information about our inquiry topics.

The SMART Spelling approach will continue to introduce a range of graphs, digraphs and trigraphs. Students will break words into their individual sounds and syllables as a method to support their spelling. Each week a specific sound will be highlighted, and students will have a spelling list of words to work with during the week.

The focus for writing during term four will be narrative and explanation texts. Teachers will focus on elements of the VCOP and Seven Steps to Writing Success such as sizzling starts, story graphs and providing detail for the reader through their use of adjectives and adverbs. They will learn the text structures of these genres, which will help support their writing development.

Numeracy

During Term Four, students will be revisiting key concepts and consolidating their understanding. They will continue to develop their ability to tell the time as well as their understanding of measurement concepts such as length, volume and mass using both informal (Gr. 1) and formal units of measurement (Gr 2). Students’ understanding of number will be explored further through skip counting and place value knowledge.  As students develop their understanding of addition, subtraction (Gr 1), multiplication and division (Gr 2), they will learn to apply this knowledge to solve mathematical problems relating to everyday life. 

Inquiry Learning

This term Grade 1 students will explore the inquiry learning topic, ‘Under the Waves’. Students will investigate the environment under the sea and the effect that humans have on sea life, both positive and negative. They will investigate the difference between living and nonliving sea objects and how they interact and survive. Through exploration of this topic, students will develop an understanding of the animals’ needs for survival.

The Grade 2 inquiry unit for term 4 is ‘In My Backyard’. Through exploring their backyard and school ground habitats, students will understand that living things live in different places where their needs are met. They will also explore what happens when habitats change, and some living things can no longer have their needs met. Observing life cycles of minibeasts and plants will help students understand that living things grow and change. They will also identify common features of plants such as leaves and roots and describe the use of plant parts for particular purposes such as making food and obtaining water.

Wellbeing

You Can Do It – Grade 1 and 2 students will continue to explore the You Can Do It Keys to Success focusing on ‘Resilience’.  Showing resilience means knowing how to stop oneself from getting extremely angry, down, or worried when something “bad” happens. It means being able to calm down and feel better when you get very upset and being able to control your behaviour when you are upset.

Grade 2 students will also focus on developing their independence ready for their transition into the middle school.

Respectful Relationships 

The focus for the Respectful Relationships program in term 4 is ‘Gender Identity’ and ‘Positive Gender Relations’. Through stories, games, role-play activities and listening to related scenarios, students will explore and compare personal preferences. They will understand that people can enjoy a variety of things. They will define the word ‘gender’ as being ‘ideas’ that people have about what it means to be a boy or a girl. E.g. pink being a girl’s colour and blue being a boy’s colour. Gender inclusive stories will help students to identify that being a girl or boy should not define or limit the sorts of sports or activities that they enjoy.

Students will be introduced to gender-based violence through age-appropriate scenarios. They will learn to identify the emotions people may have when they witness or are the target of gender-based violence. Students will also learn the importance of respecting their personal space and respecting their body. They will learn to say ‘NO, or they can GO or move away to a safer place, TELL a trusted adult. ‘NO, GO, TELL’ will help students remember what to do if someone else is making them feel uncomfortable or scared.

Extra-curricular Activities

As an end of year celebration, Grade 1 & 2 students will visit Chesterfield Farm. These excursions will be held on separate days for the Grade 1 & 2 students.

Grade 3/4 | Term 4 Overview – 2022

Literacy

The focus for writing during term four will be personal writing. This includes journals, letters, plays and poems. Students will be introduced to the organisational structure for each and will be provided with opportunities to build on their use of VCOP strategies as they develop these written texts. Students will be given the opportunity to develop simple scripts and present them to an audience.

The SMART Spelling approach will continue to explore the range of letters representing various sounds with a particular sound focus introduced each week. They will also learn about prefixes and suffixes and the simple rules for spelling and plurals.

Grade 3 students will continue to consolidate their cursive script, and they will be encouraged to join their letters in all forms of written work. Grade 4 students will continue to develop a legible, fluent handwriting style and will become more proficient in writing with pen during term four. 

Numeracy

Grade 3 and 4 students will participate in targeted math sessions one day per week, focusing on number for Grade 3 and Problem-Solving strategies for Grade 4. Students in each year level are grouped according to their ability and provided with a differentiated mathematics program with activities structured to their level. As well as consolidating the four processes and learning to apply these to real-life situations, students will further develop their understanding of a range of problem-solving strategies they can apply to real-life math problems. Other concepts introduced include money, fractions and decimals, mapping and continuing to develop their ability to work with different units of measurement. In addition, students will be encouraged to continue learning their multiplication and division tables.

Inquiry Learning

The overall focus for our inquiry topics this term is Biological Science. In the Grade 3 unit, ‘All Things Living’, students use observation skills to group and classify things as living, once living or nonliving. They will understand how plants and animals are classified and grouped. They will also look at the science of paleontology as they investigate dinosaurs. Grade 3 will continue their geography studies as they learn about Australia’s neighbouring countries, New Zealand, and Indonesia. The ‘Our Neighbours’ unit will provide an opportunity to look for similarities and differences as they compare these countries with Australia.

In the Grade 4 unit, ‘The Web of Life’, students will learn that all living things have life cycles. They will also investigate how plants and animals depend on each other and the environment to survive. Through their studies, students will understand the importance of habitat for the survival of a species and investigate ways they can help.

The Respectful Relationships program for term four will develop students’ awareness of gender and identity and foster positive gender relationships.

Grade 5/6 |Term 4 Overview – 2022

Literacy

The senior students will continue to revise reading comprehension strategies with a particular focus on figurative language, fact and opinion, drawing conclusions and making inferences. Students will take part in regular reading within the classroom where they can select books of interest, engage in class novels and reading group sessions. We encourage students to explore a range of text types and use their scheduled library time to read a variety of books ranging from picture story books, serials, and non-fiction texts. Students are encouraged to continue reading at home and record reading in their diaries.

 

Persuasive, Procedural, Information and Poetry will form the focus writing genres, with lessons involving the Seven Steps and VCOP programs. This will also link to our speaking and listening focus, which will introduce debating where students work in teams to discuss relevant issues. Grade 6 students will take part in podcast recording sessions to develop key areas of speaking and listening and create a picture story book for their Prep Buddy.

 

SMART Spelling will focus on the term four sounds, while continuing to build on the strategies of word meaning in conjunction with the spelling and plural rules. Students will follow the SMART Spelling approach looking at sounds, syllables, word meaning, prefix and suffix rules. These words will form part of their weekly homework and students are encouraged to practice their spelling words each week at home.

Numeracy

The grade 5 and 6 students will revise concepts taught throughout the year to solidify their understanding across all strands of the math curriculum; including Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Problem solving activities will allow students to apply their learned knowledge using a range of strategies.

Inquiry Learning

Biological Science will focus on ‘Living Things’. It will look closely at the adaptations animals and plants make to live in their environment. Students will be involved in problem-based learning, taking on an inquiry approach where they research, apply learning and create solutions to current issues within the environment.

Year 5 students will participate in a program that develops leadership skills and the qualities that make a good leader. Sessions will delve into what makes a good leader, characteristics of leaders, looking at leaders within our community and beyond. This will help them prepare for Grade 6 and assist them when developing speeches for captaincy roles in 2023.

As part of the Grade Six Transition Program, the students will complete the ‘Making the Change’ program in preparation for secondary school.

 

Towards the middle/end of term, students will be engaged in assessments in preparation for Semester Two reports. Reports will be accessible through the Parent Portal on Sentral at the end of the year.

 

Extra-curricular Activities

–          Interschool Sports

–          Grade 6 Graduation

–          Grade 5/6 End of Year Excursion

–          Grade 5 Excursion to Acmi and Shrine of Remembrance

–          Local Kinder Visits 

Specialist

Performing Arts |Term 4 Overview – 2022

 Prep 

This term, students will use different dramatic tools to explore the stories of The Gruffalo and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Students will make use of puppets to dramatically retell stories.  They will practise chants, songs and rhymes with simple actions.

Grade 1/2

Students will make use of puppets to develop characters and encourage the development of dramatic language. They will practise a repertoire of chants, songs and rhymes and learn simple choreographed moves and actions to enhance their performance. 

Grade 3/4 

In term 4, students will prepare a scripted drama and make use of voice, gesture and movement to sustain their role and relationships in the piece. Using green screen technology, students will learn to edit and enhance their performances for final publication. They will rehearse and perform songs and simple choreographed moves.

Grade 5/6

In term 4, students will develop their skills in characterisation, stagecraft, audience awareness and use of voice through preparing and performing monologues. They will make use of green screen applications in order to edit and publish their performance  They will rehearse and perform songs and choreographed moves.

Visual Arts |Term 4 Overview – 2022

Prep: This term the students will further develop their collage and drawing skills in cute and fun portraits of animals for their Farm Unit. They will learn to mix paints to make lighter and darker tones as well as using printing techniques for different effects.  Students will be able to enjoy the Christmas season with a variety of crafts towards the end of the year. 

Grade 1/2 : Students in grades 1/2 will be completing activities that require lots of creativity and imagination. Grade 1’s will be using mixed media to create ocean creatures as well as using drawing and adding different materials to design underwater scenes. Grade 2 students will be making all things in their garden, from little bugs using air dry clay to using printmaking to develop backgrounds for their collage gardens.

Grade 3/4 : Students in grades 3/4  will focus on animal and plant life. Grade 3 students will be developing their 3D skills with a dinosaur clay diorama and looking at adding detail to collage artworks. Grade 4 students will be able to plan, design and create an endangered animal to emboss on foil with the assistance of tools and decorate with markers for emphasis. 

Grade 5/6 Students in both grade 5/6 will be working on art that reflects Biological Science and animal adaptations. Grade 5’s will enjoy designing and developing their own garden terrarium with 3D materials. Grade 6’s will look forward to finishing their primary school year with a special collaboration graduation piece with an emphasis on colour and tones. 

Physical Education |Term 4 Overview – 2022

Prep: This term, prep students will be focusing on developing their fundamental movement skills in skipping, throwing, and kicking. They will continue to develop the skills required for effective teamwork, turn-taking, and observing rules in sports. The students will be participating in the Junior School Cross Country and House Athletics Day events. .

Grade 1&2: The grade one and two students will continue to work on defining their fundamental movement skills in striking, running, jumping, dodging, and kicking. They will be participating in the sport of hockey, where they will learn the rules and skills needed to confidently play a modified game. In every lesson, we will practise competing fairly in games and activities as we develop positive teamwork skills. Students in the junior grades will participate in the Junior School Cross Country and Athletics Day events.

Grade 3&4: This term, grade three and four students will participate in the sports of cricket, orienteering, speedball, and handball. They will learn the rules and skills required to play these sports confidently and fairly in teams. Students will be given the opportunity to take part in an aerobic fitness test, commonly known as the ‘Beep Test’ and compete in the Senior School House Athletics Day.

 Grade 5&6: Grade five and six students will be refining and consolidating their skills in the sports of cricket, orienteering, speedball, and handball. They will have the chance to showcase their skills in the summer interschool sports program. Students will be given the opportunity to take part in an aerobic fitness test, commonly known as the ‘Beep Test’, and compete in the Senior School House Athletics Day. 

Extra-Curricular Activities for Term 4

  •         Junior Cross Country
  •         Junior School Athletics Day
  •         Senior School Athletics Day
  •         Grade 2 Soccer Clinics

Mandarin |Term 4 Overview – 2022

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In term 4, students will continue to build on their Chinese vocabulary and explore Chinese culture. They will focus on learning the words, expressions, Chinese characters, and songs relating to the topic of Chinese animal zodiacs. In the cultural sessions, students will be introduced to the legends and history of the 12 animal zodiacs and will find which animals they are. They will also be provided an opportunity to learn some Christmas songs in Chinese and make related handcraft.

G 2-3

In term 4, Grade 2-3 students will continue to build on their Chinese vocabulary and explore Chinese culture. They will focus on learning the words, expressions, Chinese characters, and songs relating to the topic of nature and seasons. In the cultural sessions, students will be introduced to Beijing, the capital city of China, and its history and the places of interest. They will also be provided an opportunity to learn some Christmas songs in Chinese and make related handcraft.

G 4-6

In term 4, Grade 4-6 students will continue to build on their Chinese vocabulary and explore Chinese culture. They will focus on learning the words, expressions, Chinese characters, and songs relating to the topic of drinks and food. In the cultural sessions, students will be introduced to the traditional Chinese food in different parts of China. They will also be provided an opportunity to learn some Christmas songs in Chinese and make related handcraft.

STEM |Term 4 Overview – 2022

Prep

This term, STEM and Digital Technologies education will be presented via a range of on and offline learning activities. Tasks have been carefully designed to help students develop their critical and creative thinking skills and to develop agency in learning, encouraging curiosity and establishing lifelong thinking skills. The activities range from digital publishing to building robots and coding.  

Grade 1/2

This term, STEM and Digital Technologies education is presented via an array of exciting learning activities. The tasks have been designed to help students develop their problem-solving skills and to build on their prior knowledge as digital citizens. This term, the students will explore the importance of eSafety, use multimedia tools to create their own short films and work towards creating their own 2D animations. 

Grade 3/4

In Term 4, STEM and Digital Technologies education is presented via an array of challenging and exciting  learning activities. The tasks will range from creating circuits via micro:bits to re-designing the school logo. Each lesson is designed to promote critical and creative thinking skills and help students develop new ways of thinking, encouraging curiosity and lifelong thinking skills. 

Grade 5/6  

In Term  4, STEM and Digital Technologies education will be presented via a range of fun learning activities. The tasks have been designed to help students develop their critical and creative thinking skills and to develop new ways of thinking, encouraging curiosity and establishing lifelong thinking skills. From creating their own radio plays to writing their own secret messages and encryptions using coded language, the senior school students are going to have a blast this term!

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:

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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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