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.
Welcome back everyone. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces again at school today. We can’t wait to see everyone again tomorrow. If you have a positive story to share about your #LODGERS first day back on-campus, let us know via our Facebook page at...
Welcome back to our Prep - Grade 2 LODGERS. School is going to be different for a while, but we’re going to do our best to keep you learning for life. As parents/guardians, please ensure you have read all the information that our Principal Henry Grossek has sent to...
Here is this week's LODGERS REMOTE LEARNING PACK. LODGERS ONLINE LEARNING PACK WEEK 2, TERM 2 You can also download this fantastic pack via The Parent Portal.
Please download this week's whole school LODGERS REMOTE LEARNING PACK as a PDF here: LODGERS REMOTE LEARNING PACK WEEK 1, TERM 2. 🙂
On Monday morning we're having a #GardenWorkingBee. After the whole school assembly, PFA + all parents and toddlers are welcome to come along. 🆒🐛🦋🍄🌿🍂🌷🌹 Coffee in the staffroom afterwards. Starts at 9.15am and concludes at...
Thank you to all the families who have returned their Anaphylaxis, Allergy and Asthma forms. It’s the department of Educations guidelines that these forms are completed within a calendar year, so families are asked to take these forms to their local G.P and return...
Next week our Prep teachers commence the DET (Department of Education) mandated assessment of all our Prep students in the area of English. During the next few weeks, the specialist teachers will be taking some Prep classes throughout the day, allowing the Prep...
Meet the teacher nights are on Monday 10th February 4.00pm-8.00pm and Tuesday 11th February 4.00pm-6.00pm. This is a great opportunity to share with the teacher valuable information regarding your child. Bookings can be made online through the parent portal from 10am...
🥳 SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT 🥳 Just as the 2019 school year draws to a close, we have a VERY special announcement. 🔊🔇 This week, we have launched our very own #augmentedreality (AR) capable book titled ‘Hettie and Harry’s Forest Adventure’. #HettieandHarry 🥳 This...
The Forest Classroom is a #Kindergarten to Prep/Foundation bridging curriculum program. After five years of research and development, Berwick Lodge Primary School, in partnership with Deakin University, have created an innovative platform of multi-sensory learning...
Prep/Foundation | Term 4 Overview – 2020
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 continue to learn about vowels and their short and long sounds within different words. We will learn a number of spelling rules. We will continue with our 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.
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 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 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 each class will be creating a ‘Healthy Recipe Book’. The Preps will participate in a STEM session where they must plan and create a livable 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 the Robotics Program using Scratch Jnr. 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 – 2020
We are all very excited to be returning to onsite learning after such a disrupted year.
The primary focus for curriculum in term four is consolidating literacy and numeracy skills. 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 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 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.
During term 4 students will be revisiting key concepts introduced during remote learning. 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.
During term four, Grade 1 and 2 students will participate in a coding program. They will be introduced to coding applications such as Scratch Junior for Grade 1 and Grade 2 will explore the desktop version, Scratch 3. Through these coding platforms, students will apply problem solving and mathematical skills in order to animate their scene and make their characters move in desired ways.
With the primary focus in term four being literacy and numeracy, our inquiry learning topics will be highlighted in the literacy program with the introduction of non-fiction texts and writing explanation and information reports.
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 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.
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.
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 behaviour when very upset.
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.
Grade 3/4 | Term 4 Overview – 2020
Students will focus on personal writing along with descriptive writing and editing their written work. They will have the opportunity to revise the structure of all genres and further develop their editing skills. Students will continue to cover various aspects of grammar and use VCOP strategies and editing to further enhance their writing.
In spelling, the focus will be a different weekly sound, exploring how different letters can make the same sounds and continue to learn spelling rules to support their spelling.
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 be encouraged to continue learning their times tables.
Grade 3 students will study the unit All Living Things which is a science based focus on the difference between living, non -living and once living plants and animals. They will also cover an Inquiry unit, Our Neighbours which looks at Australia’s neighbours, New Zealand and Indonesia.
Grade 4 students will study a unit called Web of Life which will explore living plants and animals, how they depend on each other and life cycles.
Our Grade 4 students will participate in camp themed activities during Week 3 at school.
Grade 5/6 |Term 4 Overview – 2020
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. Procedural, Information and Poetry will form the focus writing genres, with lessons involving the Seven Steps and VCOP programs. The Grade 6 students will also produce a picture story book for their Prep Buddy.
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 while continuing to build on the strategies of word meaning in conjunction with the spelling and plural rules. The Berwick Lodge Radio Show will continue to be a key area of speaking and listening within the senior school – 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 their learned knowledge using a range of strategies.
Biological Science will focus on ‘Living Things’. It will look closely at the adaptations animals and plants make to live in their environment.
Year 5 students will participate in a program that develops leadership skills and the qualities that make a good leader. This will help them prepare for the challenges of Grade 6 and assist them when developing speeches for captaincy roles in 2021.
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.
Performing Arts |Term 4 Overview – 2020
Performing Arts : Students will continue 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. Students will begin to explore ways to express music in different ways and will be exposed to different methods of creating music.
Prep: Exploring musical elements, students will be engaged in a program containing units of work focusing on musical elements such as high and low, loud and soft, fast and slow sounds.
Grade 1 and 2- Students will explore and develop their understanding of the elements of music with a focus on beat, rhythm tempo and musical notation. Students will discover different ways of responding to music using body percussion and percussion instruments.
Grade 3 and 4 – Develop aural skills by exploring, imitating and recognising elements of music including form, pitch and rhythm patterns. Students will explore Djembe drums, percussion instruments and ukuleles 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, using body percussion and will build an understanding of rhythm, pitch and form in a range of musical pieces. Students will begin working and developing solo/ group performances which they will present to their peers.
Visual Arts |Term 4 Overview – 2020
Term 4 will see a focus on Book Week as well as all things living, Plants and
Animals, past and present. The students will get the opportunity to explore a wide
variety of different art mediums such as drawing, painting, printmaking, collage
and textiles. They will learn to make choices when experimenting with materials,
tools and techniques.
Prep: This term the students will enjoy combining art and Literature. They will
further develop their skills in painting and making marks with a variety of tools for
different effects and textures. Students will be able to make use of collage
materials to create cute and fun animals for their Farm Unit. Students will also be
involved in a special project for a Gratitude Christmas tree for a local shopping centre to
share positivity in the community.
Grade 1/2: Students in grades 1/2 will be completing activities that require lots
of creativity and imagination. They will start the term with Book Week
celebrations and create pieces using different paper skills. Grade one students will
learn to mix paints to make lighter and darker tones as well as using printing
techniques for different effects in their Under the Waves Unit. Grade 2’s will be
developing their drawing, using symmetry, shape and line, adding detail and learning
to arrange their art work for a fun unit, In My Backyard.
Grade 3/4 Grade 3’s will explore and experiment with the technique of wool
weaving by constructing a butterfly to coincide with their Inquiry unit- All Things
Living. They will look at Australian artist Julie Ryder and create their own ‘All
things living’ inspired artwork focusing on colour, line, pattern and movement using
a variety of art techniques. Grade 4’s will look at artist Dean Russo and create
their own animal inspired artwork. They will experiment with texture, line, shape
and colour to add detail to their design. Students will learn the technique of wool
weaving by constructing a paper plate rainbow.
Grade 5/6 Students in both grade 5/6 will begin with Book Week celebrations
completing a Monster Mash up of all curious creatures, with an emphasis on colour
and tone. They will then create a work of art that reflects Biological Science and
animal adaptions, developing detail in their drawings as well as learning about line
and shape and colour. Students will also be involved in a special project for a Gratitude
Christmas tree for a local shopping centre to share positivity in the community.
Physical Education |Term 4 Overview – 2020
Prep: As the Preps return to school, they will see a focus on working in small groups and teams, and developing their fundamental motor skills and movement patterns through a series of games and skill practice such as skipping, throwing, catching and kicking.
Grade 1&2: Fourth term will see the students continue developing their fundamental motor skills such as kicking, striking, jumping, throwing and catching as well as skipping. They will also participate in minor games demonstrating their learnt skills.
Grade 3&4: In term four, students will continue practising and refining their fundamental motor skills. They will also learn and develop game and movement strategies in games like cricket, rounders, golf, orienteering and frisbee golf.
Grade 5&6: As students return to school they will focus on participating positively in groups and teams, negotiating roles and responsibilities and applying game and movement strategies. Students will also have the opportunity to experience a variety of different sports/games such as golf, lacrosse, orienteering and frisbee golf.
Mandarin |Term 4 Overview – 2020
Prep-Grade 2 students are provided with a happy and positive learning environment in order to promote interest and build their confidence in Mandarin learning. In term 4, students will continue to learn how to name fruits and vegetables and review the words and sentences they’ve learnt in Term 3.
In term4, Grade 3-6 students will continue to learn the phrases and sentences relating to hobbies and sports. They are expected to use what they’ve learnt to communicate with teachers and peers in the classroom and learn to write some related Chinese characters.
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