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:
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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.
We are excited to announce that our 'Girls Rugby Tag Team' won the championship at the recent #BillySlater Rugby Day. The team will now go to the state competition in November! 🏈🏉 Our Boys Rugby Tackle Team also had a super day! They placed third on the day. Wow! 😊...
LODGERS IS BACK! 😋 LODGERS - SERIES 2 - EPISODE 7 - THE FILM FESTIVAL SPECIAL Welcome to #LODGERS - Berwick Lodge Primary School’s very own television show. Berwick Lodge Primary School is a busy place. From Prep to Grade 6, the students are always learning for life!...
https://www.facebook.com/berwicklodgeps/videos/1922965351101024/?t=4 🎬 The 2018 senior school Film Festival is almost here! 😄 We can't tell/show you much (spoilers), but we can say it's the biggest and most ambitious #filmfestival we've EVER had! From action thrillers...
A great blog post to read from one of our very own teachers Fiona Froelich Dewar pertaining to respectful relationships. Fiona's latest blog post is about the Respectful Relationships program in schools and the positive experiences she has had in her classroom....
On Friday, Berwick Lodge celebrated #PlanetArkDay. 🌏 Thanks to #BerwickToyota and #Bunning's plant and seedling donations, many students had the opportunity to go outside with their teachers to do some planting in the Community and Sensory gardens. 🌳🌲🌺 Mrs McCrum ran...
Welcome to LODGERS - #BerwickLodgePrimarySchool’s very own television show. "In this final episode of #LODGERS - Series 2, we visit our #RoboCupJuniorAustralia students at the RCJA regional competition in #Ballarat, we cheer on our grown-up LODGERS at their...
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Prep/Foundation | Term 4 overview – 2018
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 diagraphs and tri-graphs when reading and writing. We will be learning about medial letters and their sounds in different words. We will learn a number of spelling rules. We will continue with our writing program and develop strategies for developing our recounts, creating our narratives and will introduce writing genres like persuasives and procedurals. Our students will continue to develop their speaking and listening skills as we integrate the use of more Digital Technology into our programs.
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 concepts and place value. Our students will be encourage 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, developing the use of our vocabulary and using a range of skills to develop our understanding.
In Term 4, our Inquiry topic is ‘Moo to you’. We will be learning about different types of farms and farm animals. They 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 be invited to attend our Prep Healthy Breakfast. We will also have a fabulous day at Chesterfield farm! The Preps will participate in a STEM session where they must plan and create a liveable shelter for a chosen farm animal.
Term 4 is also a great term for recognising how much our Preps have grown since the start of the year! Our Preps will participate in a 6 week Robotics Program using Scratch Jnr and Bee Bots. 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 – 2018
Term four is a busy term in the Grade 1 and 2 area as the students consolidate their learning from the year. Grade 2 students will be developing their independence as they prepare for the transition to the middle school.
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 the integration of decoding strategies when students come to an unknown words 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 topic.
The SMART Spelling program will continue to introduce a range of graphs, digraphs and trigraphs as 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 spelling list 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.
Streamed maths sessions will continue in term four with a focus on the development of number skills. Students will attend two sessions per week in groups focusing on the development of mathematical skills targeted to their specific learning needs. As students develop their understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division they will learn to apply this knowledge to solve mathematical problems relating to everyday life.
During term four, Grade 2 students will participate in a robotics program with Mr Kelly where they will learn how to program WeDo robots.
This term both Grade 1 and 2 students will explore the inquiry learning topic, ‘Under the Waves’. Students will explore 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 non-living sea objects and how they interact and survive. Through exploration of this topic students will develop an understanding of the animals’ needs for survival. They will research and learn about different sea creatures/living specimens and their role in the ecosystem. They will develop their understanding of the relationship between humans and sea life and the importance of respecting and looking after the ocean. To support students learning they will visit the Melbourne Aquarium. This day will provide students with a valuable opportunity to explore the diversity and survival needs of our aquatic animals. Students will participate in a guided and interactive tour with the chance to explore each area of the Melbourne Aquarium and to interact with animals in the rock pool displays.
Grade 3/4 | Term 4 overview – 2018
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.
Spelling will continue to explore the range of letters that represent various sounds introduced each week. E.g. The sound or (for) can also be represented as our, ore, aw, ough etc. 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.
Grade 3 and 4 students will once again participate in streamed maths sessions each week. All students across the level are grouped according to their ability and are provided with a differentiated mathematics program with activities structured to their ability. As well as consolidating the four processes and learning to apply these to a range of real life situations, students will also further develop their understanding of a range of problem solving strategies they can apply to real life maths problems.
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 non-living. They will understand how plants and animals are classified and grouped. They will also look at the science of palaeontology as they investigate dinosaurs. To further develop their knowledge the students will have the opportunity to participate in a dinosaur incursion where they will engage in a range of ’hands on’ activities. 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 are dependent 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. Visits by ‘Wildlife Xposure’ and ‘Southern Ocean Education’ will provide a ‘hands on’ experience as students will get up close to a range of unique animals from around Australia and in the waters off our southern coastline.
Grade 4 will also be enjoying their camp at Forest Edge from October 29-31. We are excited to build resilience, independence and our social skills on this exciting experience.
Grade 5/6 | Term 4 – 2018
When reading, students will continue to revise comprehension strategies with a particular focus on figurative language, fact and opinion, drawing conclusions and making inferences. Personal writing and radio scripts are the focus writing genres, with lessons involving the Seven Steps and VCOP programs. Our speaking and listening focus will introduce debating, with students working in teams to debate relevant issues. SMART spelling will focus on the term four sounds and build on the strategies of word meaning as well as the spelling and plural rules. The Berwick Lodge Radio Show continues to be a key area of speaking and listening within the senior school curriculum – so please tune into 97.7fm on Wednesdays at 2pm.
The grade 5 and 6 students will revise concepts taught throughout the year to solidify their understandings 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 learned knowledge using a range of strategies. The focus strategy area for this term is Logical Reasoning.
Year 5 students will participate in a program that develops leadership skills, and the qualities that make a good leader, to prepare them for the challenges of Grade 6 and assist them in developing speeches for captaincy roles in 2019. Biological Science will focus on ‘Living Things’ and the adaptations animals and plants make to live in their environment.
Year 6 students will be continuing their economic ‘Lodgiepreneur’ unit – learning how to successfully advertise a business, the importance of quality control and manufacturing. We will be holding the ‘LodgieMart’ later in the term. Biological Science will focus on ‘Endangered Animals’ and discuss the growth and survival of living things. As part of the Grade 6 Transition Program, the students will complete the ‘Making the Change’ program in preparation for secondary school.
Senior school students will be participating in our Summer Interschool Sport Competition. Our end of year excursion is a highlight for the senior school and the Year 6s are looking forward to Graduation. Students are also able to elect to participate in programs such as Coding Club, Garden Club, Art Club, Chess Club and various sporting teams and events.
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.
- Performing Arts - 2018
- Visual Arts - 2018
- Physical Education - 2018
- Mandarin - 2018
- Coding and Robotics - 2018
Performing Arts | Term 4 – 2018
Students will be exposed to a range of Australian music, where they will continue using their knowledge of beat, rhythm and creative movement to enhance songs and chants. As we get closer to the end of the year we will begin learning and rehearsing our songs for the Twilight Picnic.
Students will take part in a range of drama games with a focus on collaboration and group work. Grade 1 and 2 students will continue to look at how voice and movement are used to create characters and begin thinking about how they may apply them into the games we are learning. As we get closer to the end of the year we will begin learning and rehearsing our songs for the Twilight Picnic.
Grade 3 and 4 students will begin rehearsing scripted drama, with a focus on characterisation and the use of voice and gesture. Working in small groups students will rehearse, present and provide feedback on performances within their individual grades. As we get closer to the end of the year we will begin learning and rehearsing our songs for the Twilight Picnic.
In Grade 5 and 6 students will develop their ability to create characters in response to prompts and stimulus. We will begin using freeze frames and scripted drama to enhance performances and develop our ability to confidently present to an audience.
Grade 6 students will begin undertaking preparation for their graduation and in Grade 5 we will begin rehearsing and learning songs for the Twilight Picnic.
Visual Arts | Term 4 – 2018
This term the children will be participating in various art activities, with a focus on Animals and the environment.
The children will be involved in painting, drawing, collage, paper craft and clay, along with Christmas crafts and lots of glitter!
The end of Year Art show is also a focus for many of the art works completed this term, as well as some garden art.
This term students will be creating art, based around their theme “Moo to You”. They will use different materials for textures for farm animals and scarecrows. Students will get to use different mediums such as oil pastels and paints in their farm scenes.
Students will be completing lots of colourful art with a coral reef sculpture using lots of different techniques for The Sea. Collages using different papers for a fun porthole featuring fish and plant life will provide opportunity to develop paper skills and arrangement of art on a page.
It will be all about clay for grade 3/4 students this term. Grade 3’s will be creating clay dinosaurs, followed by colourful drawings with different tones for large dinosaur eyes. Grade 4 students will be adapting an animal looking at different features and sculpting their design into clay ready for a habitat
This term, grade 5 students will be using the new gelli plates to make their own printed papers to create an environmental landscape, as well as some garden art for our school. Grade 6 students will sculpt an Indian elephant in clay and decorate with jewels and colourful paints, as well as completing a graduation hat with designs and symbols that reflect their primary school years.
Physical Education | Term 4 – 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: This term students’ will be working on their fundamental motor skills such as striking, throwing, catching and running. They will be using these skills in minor games in games such as hockey and soccer.
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; Tennis, Basketball and Frisbee Golf.
Grade 5&6: Students are focusing on participating positively in groups and teams by encouraging others and negotiating roles and responsibilities. In groups, students will continue teaching the class a sport for a lesson. Students will be participating in some alternative sports, such as; Speedball, Handball, Orienteering and Frisbee Golf.
Extra-Curricular Activities for Term 4
- PMP (Preps)
- Regional Athletics
- T20 Cricket (Grade 5/6)
- Prep- Grade 2 Athletics (Grade 3-6)
- 5/6 Interschool Sport
Mandarin | Term 4 – 2018
In term 4, in order to allow all students at Berwick Lodge Primary School to experience aspects of Chinese culture that are ‘new’ and ‘interesting’, we are going to make the most traditional Chinese food – dumplings (‘jiao zi’).
This term, our prep students will continue interacting with simple written texts found in familiar settings such as signs and labels. They will keep practising tone, actions and gestures that support meaning. Our prep students will also engage in the unit ‘Amazing animals’ and learn to count from 30 – 40 in Chinese.
Grade 1 and 2
In term 4, the students will be engaged in the unit of learning ‘How do you feel today? ’, in which they get to learn about language related to emotions. They will continue interacting with simple written texts, recognising and copying high-frequency characters. They will also learn about Chinese idiom stories and retell these stories using illustrations.
Grade 3 to 6
This term, the grade 3 to 6 students will learn about language related to ‘Giving Directions’. They will continue recognising grammatical features to form simple sentences and understand that Chinese sentences have a particular word order. They will also learn to produce high-frequency characters related to ‘Directions’.
In term 4, students in the extension mandarin groups will continue their enriched learning about Chinese culture and language. They will be engaged in Chinese art and crafts activities like bronze mirrors and Chinese pots. They will also learn more about traditional Chinese stories, as well as idioms. They will also practise and perform different songs in Chinese for our Twilight Picnic event.
Coding/Robotics – Term 4 overview – 2018
In Term 4, Mr Rob Kelly (our Digital Technology teacher) will be working with the Prep, Grade 2 and Grade 6 students to design, build and code robots. The junior school students will learn to use BeeBots and Scratch Jr on the iPads to code and use the WeDo software to build and code Lego robots. The senior school students will use the 3D printer software such as Build 3D to print objects and create sophisticated programs using B3D software. It’s an exciting term ahead. Remember to follow Mr Kelly’s program on his Learning with Digital Technology blog which can be found on our school website.
Term 4: STEM Extension Learning
This term, the school’s STEM extension learning program will continue with our STEM educator George Spiridis. The program will explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics related learning projects. From systems engineering to design thinking skills, the students will work on building 3D printed robots, micro-controllers, circuit building and much more.
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/.
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