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:
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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Prep/Foundation | Term 2 Overview – 2022
Term 2 is going to be another fun and exciting term in Prep! We are learning about safety in our inquiry unit, ‘I’m Okay’. In this unit, we learn about personal, home, school, and community safety. We have some very special visits from the CFA and Victorian Police. We are hoping they will bring their special vehicles for us to see! We will also have visits from the Responsible Pet Ownership Association and School Crossing Supervisors! We will finish this unit by making emergency vehicles out of recycled materials and we will have a Safety Dress-up Day.
The Prep students will continue learning their M100W, the Magic 100 Most used words. We will continue learning letters through our SMART Spelling Program and will learn the whole alphabet by the end of this term! We are continuing to learn how to write using beginning VCOP strategies and the Seven Steps Program. We will start Big Writes this term and we will have Talk Homework like the rest of the school. We will continue developing our Speaking and Listening skills through our Show and Tells! Which is a highlight in every Prep student’s week!
The Prep students will continue to develop their understanding of numbers 1-10 and will develop number concepts for numbers 11-20 as well. We will continue learning and exploring measurement, space, shape and chance, and data concepts. We will be learning about length, mass, capacity, and area.
We will continue to enjoy PMP and our Fine Motor rotations in Term 2. Our gross motor skills have really been improving as we play games and learn important skills. We will also be developing our Brain Gym skills. Make sure you visit our Google Classrooms to keep up to date with the exciting things we are doing in our classrooms.
Grade 1/2 |Term 2 Overview – 2022
Literacy will continue to be a key focus with the Grade 1 and 2 students. They 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.
Grade 1 will develop their understanding of the correct formation of upper and lower case letters, focusing on size and placement on the dotted thirds. Grade 2 students will consolidate their knowledge of correct letter formation focusing on entry and exit points in preparation for the move to cursive script next year.
The focus for writing during term two will be narrative texts. Students will look at how authors develop their stories with a sizzling start, problem and resolution in order to better understand how to plan their own simple story graph, which they may develop into a written piece. During the latter part of term two, students will be introduced to persuasive writing. They will learn to create texts using emotive language and reasons to support their argument.
Spelling will continue to be a key focus with a new sound introduced each week. Students will work through activities related to their words during the week and will continue to be encouraged to revise their list words at home.
In Numeracy, Grade 1 and 2 students will continue to develop their number and measurement concepts. Students will learn about using the CUBE strategy when working through worded problems and will also focus on different strategies including guessing and checking, making a chart or table and drawing a picture to help them solve mathematical problems.
Inquiry – Grade 1
Grade 1 students will continue the history focus of ‘Then and Now’ by looking at how communities have changed over time. They will explore some of the changes in Berwick – the growth of the suburb, and changes to the environment and buildings. Students will have an opportunity to learn through old photographs and mementos of the past, the history of the Berwick township and its citizens of significance. They will also learn about the traditional landowners and acknowledge their significance in our community.
In the Inquiry unit, ‘Think It, Build It, Fix it’, Grade 1 students will use creative, imaginative and inventive thinking to help them design, build and make changes to a simple machine, with a focus on toys. By looking at their own toys, they will understand the different ways things move and the properties of different materials used in our toys.
Inquiry – Grade 2
As part of our term two Inquiry unit, ‘On the Move’, Grade 2 students will be learning about the different forms of transport we use today and how our method of travel has changed over the years. They will also discover the types of fuel and renewable energies that can be used for transport today and in the future.
Students will also learn about road safety with a focus on pedestrian, bicycle, passenger and public transport safety.
Grade 1 and 2 will continue to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with Mr Kelly. In addition, Grade two students will participate in a range of practical activities to not only extend their understanding of transport and how things move, but to develop their critical thinking, problem-solving and collaborative skills.
Throughout the term, students will develop their positive coping and problem-solving strategies. They will learn ways they can take responsibility for their actions, describe ways to express emotions that show awareness of the feelings and needs of others and will learn to recognise that there are many ways to solve the conflict. Students will be introduced to techniques to deal with feelings of fear, frustration and anger through role play, discussion, and small group work.
Students will be introduced to the ‘I GROW’ concept in relation to student agency. Now that students have established their SMART goals, they will explore the fact that we can grow our brains through independent thinking, growth mindset, reflection, ownership and wondering.
Grade 3/4 | Term 2 Overview – 2022
Students will focus on persuasive writing, descriptive writing and editing their written work. They will have the opportunity to revise the persuasive text structure and further develop their editing skills. In addition, students will continue to cover various aspects of grammar and use VCOP strategies and editing to enhance their writing further.
Our SMART Spelling Program focuses on a different weekly sound, exploring different letter relationships as we continue to learn the spelling rules for support.
Students will cover a variety of concepts, including the four processes in number, with a specific focus on patterns in number and problem-solving. Other concepts include angles, length, area and perimeter. Students will apply their learning in a week-long number investigation at the end of the term. In addition, students will be encouraged to continue to learn their multiplication tables. The classroom numeracy program will provide a range of activities differentiated to suit the needs and abilities of students.
Grade 3 students will study the unit Making Life Easier, which focuses on inventions and what items have been invented to make their daily lives easier! The Science focus will be a chemical science unit, Melting Moments, where students will explore what happens to solids and liquids when heated or cooled.
Grade 4 students will study a geography-based unit called The World Around Us, exploring Australia, South America, and Africa. Students will also undertake a research project on a chosen country. In addition, they will cover a Science unit called Smooth Moves, observing the movement of everyday objects and exploring how forces are affecting the movement.
All students will attend weekly STEM sessions with Mr Kelly. This term, they will be introduced to circuits and systems engineering through Micro Bits. Over the term, they will build on their knowledge and skills as they complete tasks.
Grade 3 students will undertake NAPLAN during week three of term two. Areas of focus are Language Conventions, Reading, Writing and Numeracy.
Grade 4 students will have the opportunity to attend a three-day camp at Forest Edge in Neerim East.
Grade 5/6 |Term 2 Overview – 2022
When reading, students will continue to revise comprehension strategies. Narrative and persuasive (exposition) are the focus writing genres, with lessons involving the VCOP and the Seven Steps writing programs. We will use the SMART spelling approach to build on the strategies of meaning, syllables and identifying the sounds within words. The school’s Radio Show is a key area of speaking and listening and scriptwriting within the senior school curriculum – so please tune into 97.7fm on Wednesdays at 2pm to hear the live broadcast.
The Grade 5s will have a varied numeracy curriculum in the lead-up to NAPLAN to ensure students are covering all necessary components. The grade 5 and 6 students will also investigate multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and number sequences. Measurement and Geometry tasks will involve 2D and 3D shapes, angles, time, volume and capacity. Data representation and interpretation will be the main focus areas for Statistics and Probability. The Problem Based Learning focus for term two is ‘Guess and Check”.
Grade 5/6 Inquiry
The Grade 5 history unit this term is, “The Australian Colonies”. During this unit, the students will explore the reasons why Australia was chosen as a British Colony; Life as a Convict/Early Settler/Aboriginal person and the Gold Rush. Students will explore different perspectives throughout a historical timeline and be immersed in a range of historical information from the Gold Rush period.
The Grade 6 students will study Federation and Australian Government this term. They will be looking at the reasons behind Australia becoming a Federal Nation and how our current system of government operates. The students will also explore the continents of Europe and North America as part of their geography studies. They will develop a travel brochure explaining a country of choice from one of these areas, and why you should visit.
The Grade 5/6 students will be heading off to the CYC ADANAC camp in May. They will have the opportunity to participate in a range of fun and engaging activities while building on their emotional skills and social relationships with their peers.
Towards the middle/end of term, students will be engaged in assessments in preparation for mid-year reports. They will revisit their Learning Maps and assess how they are progressing with their Learning Goals and Change Priorities.
Performing Arts |Term 2 Overview – 2022
This term we will be focusing on music.
- Prep: The Prep students are learning about how to respond and play to the beat of the music and also identify high and low sounds.
- Grade 1 and 2: The grade 1 and 2 students are learning new songs to sing and developing their ability to play simple rhythm patterns. They will learn about changing musical dynamics (louder and softer) and tempo.
- Grade 3 and 4: The grade 3 and 4 students are learning about melody, pitch and rhythm through singing and playing. They will also learn to read simple musical scores.
- Grade 5 and 6: The grade 5 and 6 students will explore chanting and rhythms through playing djembe drums and other percussion instruments. We will also compose music through the use of GarageBand.
Visual Arts |Term 2 Overview – 2022
Visual Arts Term 2 Overview 2022
Prep – This term the students will refine their practical and fine motor skills. They will continue to explore primary and secondary colours and develop their papercraft skills through collage with different materials, with a focus on their inquiry unit “I’m Okay”. The students will also look at making crafts relating to special days such as Mother’s Day and the season Autumn.
Grade 1/2 Students will be busy this term starting with a focus on the season Autumn using different shapes, textures and paper skills. They will enjoy using a wide range of materials to design and build moving toys and transport. They will become aware of different joining methods. Students will continue to develop their drawing through instruction and choose appropriate collage materials to enhance their work with texture and colour.
Grade 3/4 – Students will begin looking at the season Autumn, with grade 3’s clay modelling to create their own leaf pinch pot to paint and grade 4’s using dry chalk pastels to blend warm colours in concentric circles. Grade 3 students will then look at the technique of steampunk art with a focus on using real objects such as machinery as inspiration to create their art. Grade 4 students will explore the wonders of South America with Mexican terracotta clay suns and woven lamas.
Grade 5/6 – Students will look at all things adventure as they gear up for their grade 5/6 camp to Adanac. They will use collage, construction, and different painting techniques to create two and three-dimensional art-making. Grade 5 students will then continue to focus on Australian artist Sidney Nolan, whilst grade 6 students will explore the wonderful Melbourne artist Mirka Mora.
Physical Education |Term 2 Overview – 2022
Prep: The Prep students will be focusing on working in groups, participating in games (with and without equipment) and practising the fundamental movement skills of kicking, catching and rolling a ball. They will be focusing on building skills and teamwork whilst playing minor games associated with these skills.
Grade 1&2: This term, students will be working on their fundamental motor skills such as bouncing, catching, throwing and kicking. They will be focusing on building skills and teamwork whilst playing minor games, such as football.
Grade 3&4: Students will be practising and refining their skills in preparation for our upcoming athletics day this term. They will be focusing on building skills and teamwork whilst playing minor games. This term students will have the opportunity to develop confidence and skills in the major sports of Tee-Ball, Hockey and Football.
Grade 5&6: Students will be practising and refining their skills in preparation for our upcoming athletics day this term. They will be focusing on building skills and teamwork whilst playing minor games. This term students will have the opportunity to develop confidence and skills in the major sports of Tee-Ball, Hockey and Football. They will also have the chance to participate in our Interschool Sports Competition.
Mandarin |Term 2 Overview – 2022
In term 2, students will continue to build on their Chinese vocabulary. They will focus on learning the words, sentences, Chinese characters and songs relating to the topic of body parts. Students will be introduced to the legends and traditions of the Dragon Boat Festival. They will also be provided an opportunity to make related handcraft.
In term 2, Grade 2 and 3 students will continue to build on their Chinese vocabulary. They will focus on learning the words, sentences, Chinese characters and songs relating to the topic of feelings. Students will be introduced to the legends and traditions of the Dragon Boat Festival. They will also be provided an opportunity to make related handcraft.
In term 2, Grade 4, 5 and 6 students will continue to build on their Chinese vocabulary. They will focus on learning the words, sentences, Chinese characters and songs relating to the topic of countries and nationalities. Students will be introduced to the legends and traditions of the Dragon Boat Festival. They will also be provided an opportunity to make related handcraft.
STEM |Term 2 Overview – 2022
This term, the STEM program continues to boast a range of introductory learning activities to help students develop their critical and creative thinking skills. Mr Kelly will encourage the students to develop new ways of thinking, develop curiosity and encourage lifelong learning skills. The activities will focus on block coding via ScratchJr on the iPads where students create short stories and animations.
It’s going to be a very exciting term for our littlest LODGERS.
This term, the STEM program continues to help students build on their understanding of the STEM acronym; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Mr Kelly will work with students to develop their critical and collaborative learning skills by teaching them how to code on the iPads and how to make their own Media Arts content. The program is designed to test new ways of thinking, encouraging curiosity and establishing lifelong thinking skills.
This term, the STEM program focuses on Augmented Reality. The students will learn about augmented reality and how it applies to the real world. The students will have the opportunity to create their own 2D AR models using Reality Creator on iPads.
Each lesson promotes critical and creative thinking skills and encourages curiosity and lifelong thinking skills.
This term, the STEM program sees our senior school students working together on a range of augmented reality-related activities to develop cooperation and collaborative learning skills. The lessons are designed to help students establish curiosity and lifelong learning in a fun and exciting way. They will use Reality Creator and AR Makr on iPads to develop their own 3D AR models.
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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