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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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Berwick Art Show

Each year we love to showcase our students artwork at the Berwick Show. If you are there over this weekend, Saturday/Sunday, please take time to head to the Horticulture Sheds where you will find the School Art displays. So many creative students here at Berwick...

2018 Lodgers Magazine

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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! 😊...

🍿🎬 The 2018 Film Festival 🍿🎬

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...

Respectful relationships

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....

Planet Ark Day

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 Series 2

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...

Poem: Being a Buddy

Being a Buddy By Sophia H 5K Being a buddy, Is a wonderful thing. Having a friend, Will make your heart sing! Friendship is about sharing and caring, On ‘Buddy Day’ purple is what people are wearing! Being a buddy, Is important too, ‘Cause you would have someone to...

Current Curriculum

Grades

Prep/Foundation | Term 3 overview – 2019

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. Students will participate in The Drama Toolbox incursion. This unique incursion allows the children to discover the impact of pollution, logging, overfishing and poor water management on the local communities.

Extra-Curricular

In Term 3, the Prep students will participate in a Swimming Program with the Grade 1 and 2s. We are looking forward to catching the bus, learning to swim and learning how to be organised and independent when getting ready for the pool. We will continue to have Zance, PMP and Buddies. 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. We will begin the Robotics Program with Mr Kelly. The children will learn simple coding through use of the Bee Bots and Scratch Jnr on the iPads.

Grade 1/2 | Term 3 overview – 2019

Literacy

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. 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 will 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.

Numeracy

Streamed maths sessions will continue in term three with a focus on the development of number skills. In these weekly sessions, students are grouped according to their ability so that the activities are targeted to their specific learning needs. 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.

Inquiry Learning

Science will be a key focus in term three. In order to further enhance the students’ learning, Hands on Science will present an interactive workshop focusing on ‘Light and Sound’ for Grade 1 and ‘Bubble Chemistry’ for Grade 2.

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. 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.

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 learn 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. They will identify actions at school that can conserve resources, such as turning off dripping taps. Students will be involved in a range of practical STEM activities, which will not only extend their understanding of water, but also develop their critical thinking, problem solving and collaborative skills.

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

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 make positive contributions to helping others and to 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 will develop their understanding of Stress management and Help Seeking strategies. Stress is a normal part of our lives. Students will learn to recognise personal signs and symptoms of stress and will be guided in developing positive coping and self-calming strategies to help manage stressful situations. Students will face all kinds of challenges as they grow and develop. Through the Help Seeking component of the Respectful Relationships program, they will learn the importance of seeking help when faced with problems too big to deal with on their own  They will develop awareness of needs and feelings of others and will learn the importance of persistence when faced with new and challenging tasks.

Extra Curricula Activities

Swimming – Term 3 starts with our Prep to 2 Intensive swimming program. Students will participate in the 6 session program at Kings Swim School in Narre Warren.

Basketball – Students will participate in the SEDA basketball clinic program

Hoop Time – Interested students will be offered the opportunity to participate in the Bulla Hoop Time Minis Day (for Grade 1 and 2 students). This will introduce them to basketball in a friendly, supportive competition environment.

Grade 3/4 | Term 3 overview – 2019

Literacy 

In Term 3, we will be introducing information reports and procedural texts to expose students to new genres of writing. We will focus on the different text structure requirements and development of specific vocabulary. Our literacy programs continue to comprise a range of literacy, creative and critical thinking activities in the Seven Steps to Writing Success, VCOP, Reading A-Z (RAZ-Kids) and Smart Spelling programs. Students will also be encouraged to complete the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge as part of their regular home and class reading. Our SMART Spelling program will continue to introduce sounds each week. Students select appropriate words linking to this sound focus and will develop their spelling skills both in the classroom and though their homework. Grade 4 students are eligible to receive their pen licenses this term. To do so their handwriting must be legible, fluent and joined in all pieces of writing.

In Term 3, Grade 3 & 4 students will participate in an author and illustrator literacy festival. Where author and illustrators, George Ivanoff, Andrew Plant, Sue De Genaro and Mark Carthew will be sharing a fantastic literature experience. As part of our library program, we will also enjoy sharing and voting on our favourite Early Childhood Picture Books.

 

Numeracy 

Grade 3 and 4 students will participate in streamed maths sessions one day per week focusing on the four processes and Problem Based Learning questions. All students across both year levels are grouped according to their ability and are provided with a differentiated mathematics program with activities structured to their ability. Through a range of hands on, mental and digital technology based activities students will be engaged in their mathematical learning.

Inquiry – Grade 3

In Term 3, our inquiry units are Community and Remembrance, Australia and neighbouring countries and a Chemical Science unit on Melting Moments. We will be discussing what a community is, what does it mean to belong to a, or many different communities. We then move on to discuss different types of communities such as urban, suburban, rural and compare them. Students will decide which community they would like to live in and why. We also look into different people who help us in our community. Remembrance is also part of this unit. We will look into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and how their lives have been affected. Our Australia and neighbouring countries unit will look at New Zealand, Indonesia and Singapore. Our science unit on Melting Moments is about changes of states and how change in temperature affect the state of matter. We will conduct experiments and observe changes. Of course, we will be looking forward to our camp in September too.

Inquiry – Grade 4

As part of our inquiry program, we learn about First Contacts. We look at the impact of European Settlement on Indigenous life. We discover the reasons for early exploration and look at the story of a famous navigator or explorer. Students are introduced to world history and 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. Students examine the impact of exploration on other societies, how these societies interacted with newcomers, and how these experiences contributed to their cultural diversity. We will be looking forward to our excursion to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens.

Grade 5/6 | Term 3 – 2019

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 Programs. Students will also be writing and storyboarding scripts for our Film Festival in September.  The 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 ‘Look for a Pattern’.

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 Miss Craig in addition to preparing for the Summer Interschool Sport Competition.  Film Festival is a highlight of our school calendar and the students will be spending a lot of their time preparing for this special event. They are also able to elect to participate in programs like Hooptime, State School Spectacular, Garden Club and Art Club that are held during lunch and recess times each week.     Our Berwick Lodge teams will be heading to Ballarat for the Robo Cup Tournament in Week Two while our Wakakirri team get to perform at the Frankston Culture Centre on the 14th August. They’ve all put in a lot of hard work and dedication; we wish both groups all the very best of luck!

Specialist

Performing Arts | Term 3 – 2019

Music: In Music students will begin 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.

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. Using known songs, chants and stories to add to student’s repertoire. Students will engage in experiences requiring them to listen, dance and perform incorporating the use of percussion instruments.

Grade 1 and 2- Exploring Musical Elements, students will be engaged in a program containing units of work focusing upon the musical elements of beat identification,  ascending and descending music scales and focusing on melodies that move in different ways.  Using known songs, chants and stories to add to student’s repertoire, students will engage in experiences requiring them to listen, dance and perform using a range of percussion and tuned instruments.

Grade 3 and 4 – Develop aural skills by exploring, imitating and recognising elements of music including dynamics, pitch and rhythm patterns. Students will explore Djembe drums, percussion instruments and ukuleles and begin to create their own compositions using their knowledge of beat, sound and rhythm. 

Grade 5 and 6- Develop technical and expressive skills in playing instruments with an understanding of rhythm, pitch and form in a range of pieces.  Rehearse and perform music incorporating the use of guitar and ukulele chords and music play along.

Extra-Curricular Activities

State School Spectacular- Grade 4-6 Students will take part in an excellent opportunity to perform in the Mass choir at Melbourne Arena on Saturday 14th September.

Wakakirri – Grade 4-6 Students will be involved in a story dance competition, which will be held at Frankston Arts Centre on Wednesday 14th August.

 

 

 

 

 

Visual Arts | Term 3 – 2019

Term 3 will see a focus on Art and Literature to coincide with our Literature Festival and upcoming Book Week in August.  The students will get the opportunity to explore a wide variety of different art mediums such as drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, clay, sculpture, construction and textiles. They will learn to make choices when experimenting with materials, tools and techniques.

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: With the theme for Book Week, “Reading is my Superhero”, students will be making art works related to this theme. Grade one students beginning with super hero selfies and Grade 2 students looking at “Pop Art” to create bright fun clay plaques. Classes will also work together to make collaborative art to coincide with their unit “Healthy Relationships” using threads and textiles.

Grade 3/4 In line with the students inquiry unit ‘First Contacts’, they will be exposed to Aboriginal artworks in a series of storybooks as well look at the history of the First Fleet. Students will respond by producing a variety of artworks using collage, paint and print making. Students will be working with modelling clay to develop their 3D skills and techniques.

Grade 5/6 Students in both grade 5/6 will begin to look at “The Feather”, a short listed book for Book Week and make 3D artworks in response, using a range of materials and textiles.  Grade 5 students will then move onto Australian art and artists, whilst Grade 6 students will work on a project as they focus on their upcoming Film Festival.

Physical Education | Term 3 – 2019

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: Students will be participating in a gymnastics unit, where they will focus on balance, coordination, rhythm and timing. They will also be working on their fundamental motor skills such as striking, throwing, catching and running. They will be using these skills in minor games.

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 Rounders and Netball. They will also be participating in a gymnastics unit.

Grade 5&6: Students are focusing on participating positively in groups and teams by encouraging others and negotiating roles and responsibilities. Students are providing each other with feedback and learning about the various roles involved in a sporting setting.

Extra-Curricular Activities for Term 3

  • PMP (Preps)
  • Hoop Time (Grade 2-6)
  • Athletics (Grade 3-6)

Mandarin | Term 3 – 2019

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Prep students are provided with a happy and positive learning environment in order to promote interest and build their confidence in Mandarin learning. In term 3, students will learn to count number 10-20 and write numbers in Chinese. They will be introduced to the legends and customs of Chinese Moon Festival in cultural lessons.

Grade 1&2

In term 3, Grade 1- 2 students continue to build on their vocabulary. They will learn how to name the 12 Chinese animal zodiacs and write the related Chinese characters. They will further develop their ability to raise questions, e.g. ‘What is your favourite animal?’, ‘Do you like…?’. Students were also introduced to Chinese Moon Festival in cultural lessons.

Grade 3-6

In term3, Grade 3-6 students will continue to learn the phrases and sentences relating to weather. They are expected to use the sentences ‘How is the weather today?’ ‘It is …’ to communicate with teachers and peers in the classroom and learn to write some related Chinese characters.  Students will be introduced to the legends and customs of Chinese Moon Festival in cultural lessons.

Extension Groups

The Extension group will focus on learning Chinese culture and making related handcraft in term 3.  The students will experience Chinese costume and Chinese calligraphy. They are expected to finish their projects about animals native to China. They will also learn some famous historic and cultural sites in China and the legends.

STEM Studies – Term 3 overview – 2019

At Berwick Lodge Primary School, we have implemented a whole-school Robotics and Coding Program to embed digital technologies based on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) principles.

The learning experiences and level of engagement will be appropriate for the ages and abilities of students in each year level, equipping them with 21st Century learning skills using a range of hardware and software.

 Prep Coding/Robotics Program

In Term 3, Mr Kelly will introduce an open-ended learning tool called Bee-Bots to the prep students. The Bee-Bots enhance learning in Literacy, Science & Numeracy through a multitude of activities. Bee-Bots are an exciting programmable floor robot and are the perfect starting point for teaching control, directional language and programming to young children. 

The students will also use Scratch Jr to learn important new skills as they program their own interactive stories and games. By snapping together graphical programming blocks, the students will make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. In the process, students learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the iPad. They also use maths and language in a meaningful and motivating context, supporting the development of early-childhood numeracy and literacy. With Scratch Jr, students don’t just learn to code, they code to learn.

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