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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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Curriculum Overviews

Grades

Prep/Foundation | Term 3 Overview – 2022

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

We will continue to have PMP and Grade 6 Buddy activities.  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’ and complete their very own 100 Days of Prep project. They will also be involved in the junior school swimming program. 

Grade 1/2 |Term 3 Overview – 2022

The 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. In addition, 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 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.

 

 In Numeracy, Grade 1 & 2 students will continue with a focus on the development of number skills. 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.

Science – Grade 1

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. For example, 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.

 Science – Grade 2

In the unit ‘Water Works’, Grade 2 students will learn that the earth provides resources such as water, soil and minerals. They will explore the importance of water in their lives. They will understand how water is transferred from its source to its point of use. They will consider what might happen to humans if water was not readily available. Students will identify actions at school and home that can conserve resources, such as turning off dripping taps. Students will be involved in a range of practical STEM activities, which will extend their understanding of water and develop their critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaborative skills.

During the latter part of the term, Grade 2s will participate in a science inquiry unit, ‘All Mixed Up’. Students will learn that mixtures surround us. 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. Students will explore how changing the quantities of materials in a mixture can alter its properties and uses through hands-on investigations.

Wellbeing

You Can Do It – Grade 1 and 2 students will continue to explore the You Can Do It Keys to Success focusing on ‘Getting Along’ and ‘Persistence’. Getting Along is when students work cooperatively with each other. They learn to show tolerance and develop strategies for managing their anger and resolving conflicts. They learn to contribute to helping others and making the school a good place to live and learn. Persistence is shown when students try hard when doing schoolwork they find frustrating and do not feel like doing. It is trying to work without distraction and feeling motivated to complete a task on time and to the best of their ability.

Respectful Relationships

This term, the Grade 1 and 2 students Respectful Relationships program will focus on ‘Gender and Identity’. Students will reflect on their identity: likes, dislikes, strengths. They will learn that we should be able to enjoy a variety of things, regardless of whether we are a boy or a girl, and appreciate how our friends can be different as well as similar to ourselves. Through various activities and discussions, students will learn to realise that our actions and words can be hurtful to others. They will learn strategies to adopt to create a gender-inclusive classroom and playground.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Swimming – Our Prep to 2 Intensive swimming program is offered in term three. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the program at Casey Arc.

Grade 3/4 | Term 3 Overview – 2022

Literacy

The SMART Spelling Program in both year levels focuses on a different weekly sound, exploring different letter relationships as students continue to learn the spelling rules to support their spelling attempts. In writing, Grade 4 students will focus on persuasive and procedural texts and Grade 3 will be introduced to information reports and procedural texts. Both year levels will continue to develop their editing skills. Students will continue to cover various aspects of grammar and punctuation, and use VCOP strategies to further enhance their writing. Grade 3 students will be introduced to cursive script this term as they learn to join their letters. Grade 4 willl continue to refine their cursive handwriting skills

Numeracy

The classroom numeracy program will provide a range of activities differentiated to suit the needs and abilities of students. Throughout the term, students will cover a variety of concepts, including the four processes in number. Other concepts to be introduced include fractions and decimals, symmetry, using money, probability and chance, interpreting maps, area and volume. Students will apply their learning in a week-long number investigation at the end of the term. In addition, students will continue develop their automatic recall of basic number facts and are encouraged to learn their multiplication tables and related division facts.

 Inquiry Learning

Grade 3 will undertake two inquiry units this term. In the chemical science unit, ‘Melting Moments’ they will learn about the states of matter (solid, liquid and gas) and explore how the application of heat can change the state of materials through melting and evaporation. In the unit, ‘Amazing Australia’, students will learn about their country and its place in the world. They will look at places of significance and the different types of settlements in our country.

In the science unit, ‘The Material World’, Grade 4 students will explore the properties of natural and man-made materials and their uses. In the history unit, ‘First Contacts’, students will be introduced to world history and the 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.

This term Mr Kelly will be taking all students for digital technologies lessons .

Grade 3 students will have an opportunity to experience their first camp with a three day visit to Wombat Corner in Emerald, fully funded through the Victorian Government’s Positive Start program.

Grade 4 students will be invited to further develop their swimming and water safety skills through participation in an intensive swimming program.  

Grade 5/6 |Term 3 Overview – 2022

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 ProgramsThe 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 while 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. The Problem Based Learning focus for this term is ‘Working Backwards’.

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 gasses 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.

As part of our history curriculum we will examine the significant contributions of individuals and groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and migrants, to changing Australian society.                                                                                                                     

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Within the senior school, students will be participating in additional sporting clinics organised by Mrs Whitelaw in addition to preparing for the Summer Interschool Sport Competition.  They are also able to elect to participate in programs like Hoop time, State School Spectacular and the Zance Committee

Specialist

Performing Arts |Term 3 Overview – 2022

    • Prep: Students will explore soft and loud sounds in music works. In dance, they will experiment with a variety of different movements and develop an understanding of levels and shapes. They will be encouraged to participate enthusiastically and develop confidence when performing in front of their peers. 
    • Grade 1 and 2: Students will explore and notate high and low musical pieces. In dance, students will develop an understanding of movement qualities by creating dances which include strong, sharp, smooth and heavy dynamics. They will also perform in personal space and performance space.  
    • Grade 3 and 4: Students will learn basic chords on the ukulele and play along to a variety of songs. In dance work, they will explore the world of disco through creative dancing. They will work in partners to create and perform a routine to the class.   
    • Grade 5 and 6: Students will learn basic chords on their choice of ukulele, guitar or keyboard and play along to a variety of songs. In dance, students will learn fundamental skills and concepts in Urban Dance. They will work in groups to create and perform routines to their peers.  

Visual Arts |Term 3 Overview – 2022

Prep: This term the students will have fun using a range of recycled materials to make art for their sustainability unit. They will be able to make choices in the use of their materials and use different joining methods. Students will also make something special for Father’s day and artwork in response to Book Week. 

Grade 1/2: Students will have the opportunity to combine science and art by using different techniques, mixing colours and watching changes in the processes. They will create and discover special effects with the use of tools, paints and papers. With Book Week approaching in Term 3, students will also get to respond to short listed picture story books by creating artworks. 

Grade 3/4 :  In line with the inquiry unit “Amazing Australia” Grade 3 students will look at artists such as Peter Cromer for inspiration of Australian animals and Ken Done for landscapes. They will respond by producing a variety of artworks using collage, drawing, paint and printmaking.  Grade 4 students will be exposed to Aboriginal artworks in a series of storybooks as they look at “First Contacts” and create an Acknowledgement of Country piece for our school.  

Grade 5/6 : Students will begin creating a Unique expressive drawing of themselves to start the term, using music to guide their lines. Grade 5 students will focus on light with their Science unit through shadow puppets and decorative stained glass windows.  Grade 6 students will enjoy using threads and textiles to create their very own Mirka Mora contemporary inspired doll using colourful fabric pens.  

Physical Education |Term 3 Overview – 2022

Prep: This term, Prep students will be focusing on developing the fundamental movement skills of skipping and ball bouncing. They will also be undertaking a gymnastics unit developing their body control, flexibility, balance and movement skills. The students will continue to develop the skills required for successful teamwork, turn taking and following sporting rules.

 Grade 1&2: The grade one and two students will undertake a gymnastics unit focusing on building balance, strength, body control and flexibility. They will continue to develop the correct skill components and techniques needed for gymnastics. The junior students will work on developing the fundamental movement skills of forehand striking, two handed striking and skipping. The children will continue to build positive team work skills and work on competing fairly in games and activities.

Grade 3&4: This term, grade three and four students will undertake a gymnastics unit focusing on the correct skills and gymnastics techniques whilst developing their core strength, flexibility, balance, agility and body control. Students will also be participating in the sport of rounders where they will learn the rules and skills needed to confidently play the sport fairly in teams. Students will also have to opportunity to try out for school team sports such as AFL 9s and Hooptime basketball.

Grade 5&6: Grade five and six students will be refining and consolidating their gymnastics, volleyball, and softball skills during term three. Students will have the chance to showcase their skills learnt over the years in each sport/activity. Grade five and six students will also have the opportunity to try out for Hooptime and District Athletics.

 Extra-Curricular Activities for Term 3

  •         Grade 3/4 AFL 9s Competition
  •         3/4 Hooptime
  •         5/6 Hooptime
  •         District Athletics
  •         Divisional Athletics

Mandarin |Term 3 Overview – 2022

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In term 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 body parts and animals. Students will be introduced to the legends and traditions of Moon Festival. They will also be provided an opportunity to make related handcraft.

G 2-3

In term 3, 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 feelings and drinks. Students will be introduced to the legends and traditions of Moon Festival. They will also be provided an opportunity to make related handcraft.

G 4-6

In term 3, 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 countries and drinks. Students will be introduced to the legends and traditions of Moon Festival. They will also be provided an opportunity to make related handcraft. 

STEM |Term 3 Overview – 2022

In Term 3, Rob Kelly’s whole-school STEM program will have a digital technologies focus. Digital technologies are electronic tools, systems, devices and resources that generate, store or process data. The digital technologies curriculum enables students to become confident and creative developers of digital solutions through the application of information systems and specific ways of thinking about problem-solving.

Prep – Grade 2

In the junior school, students will use iPads, laptops and desktop computers to learn how to touch-type, use inputs and outputs, discuss hardware and software and create digital presentations.  They will be encouraged to use problem-solving skills, reflect on their progress, show agency in their learning and think critically about their learning.

It’s going to be a great term ahead!

Grade 3 -4

In the middle school, students will use a range of digital tools to enhance their understanding of digital technology. They will learn to recognise and discuss the need for cyber-safety when using online information systems, learn about shared personal information and that using a password is a means of protecting identity. Students will plan and create text, drawings and sound files to share online and jointly create a photo story to illustrate a fable or fairy-tale from a local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community story.

There’s lots of exciting things to look forward to in Term 3.

Grade 5-6

         In the senior school, students will explore different online sources to access data, use online query interfaces to select and retrieve data from an online database, explore information systems that suit particular homes or personal needs, explore speech recognition software that can help speakers whose language background is not English and look at systems to monitor energy and water consumption in the home.

         Term 3 is going to be a very educational experience for our LODGERS. 

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.

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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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