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.
We would love you all (students, parents and friends etc.) to join our #LODGERS team in '#ActiveApril'. 🏃♂️🏃♀️🏃♂️🏃♀️ Active April is an annual campaign that encourages Victorians to undertake 30 minutes of physical activity per day during April with the aim of...
We have some amazing displays at our school. 💯. #teachers #displays#primaryschoolfun
Yesterday, our G3 - G6 #LODGERS enjoyed a special House Athletics Day. 🏃♂️🏃♀️🤸♀️🥇It was a fantastic experience and was enjoyed by everyone. Thank you to all the teachers and staff (particularly Miss Craig 🏃♀️) who helped to make the day a resounding success. A BIG...
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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...
Before the new 2019 school year starts for our #LODGERS, let's take some time to reflect on their many achievements, adventures and learning in 2018. This special edition of LODGERS MAGAZINE is a free 'yearbook' download for our school community. It celebrates 2018...
Chess club will start on Monday 29th April and run for 8 weeks. Parents need to sign their child up online. The program includes 8 lessons during the term and the cost is $120. chess-parent-form
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Prep/Foundation | Term 4 overview – 2019
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 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 continue to 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 – 2019
Term 4 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 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.
Streamed maths sessions will continue in term four with a focus on the development of number skills. Students will attend up to 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 1 and 2 students will participate in a coding program with Mr Kelly. They will use coding applications such as Scratch where students will apply problem solving and mathematical skills in order to animate their scene and make their characters move in desired ways.
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. 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.
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. Students will recognise common features of animals such as head, legs and wings and will describe the use of animal body parts for particular purposes such as moving and feeding. 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. Grade 2 classes will visit Moonlit Sanctuary where they will participate in a range of activities. Scales and Slithers is an encounter session with the sanctuary’s education reptiles; and in Carnivore Corner and Feathers and Fur, students will learn about Australia’s mammals and birds found in the park.in different sections of the park. During the Wallaby Walk, students will have a chance to visit the free-ranging wallabies and kangaroos, as well as feed them should they approach.
You Can Do It – Grade 1 and 2 students will continue to explore the You Can Do It Keys to Success focusing on ‘Persistence’ and ‘Resilience’. 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. 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, or if a person wants to hurt or touch their bodies in inappropriate ways.
Grade 3/4 | Term 4 overview – 2019
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. Weekly streamed numeracy sessions will continue where students are grouped according to their ability and a differentiated curriculum provided.
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. There will also be an excursion to the Melbourne Zoo.
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. They will also participate in an incursion from Wildlife Xposure which will complement the unit.
Our Grade 4 students will also head off to camp at Forest Edge for two nights and three days from Monday 21st – Wednesday 23rd October.
Grade 5/6 | Term 3 – 2019
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.
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.
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!
Performing Arts | Term 4 – 2019
Music – In Music 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 preparing for the end of year performance developing their ability to sing with confidence and perform to their peers and the community.
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 learn simple songs and begin adding in actions developing confidence and performance skills.
Grade 1 and 2 – Exploring traditional Australian music and discussing the features, students will add in creative movements to enhance the pieces. Students will also be learning and performing songs for the end of year performance. Students will develop their singing voice and correct posture when singing and performing.
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 create their own compositions using their knowledge of beat, sound and rhythm. Working in class groups students will develop their performance skills and begin preparing for the end of year performance.
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 alongs. Students will begin working and developing solo/ group performances which they will present to their peers.
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 4 – 2019
Term 4 will see a focus on 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, clay, sculpture, construction and textiles. They will learn to make choices when experimenting with materials, tools and techniques.
Prep: This term the students will further develop their drawing skills in cute and fun portraits of animals for their Farm Unit. They will learn to mix paints to make lighter and darker tones as well as using printing techniques for different effects. Students will work together to create a class mural, as well as make something special for Christmas.
Grade 1/2: Students in grades 1/2 will be completing activities that require lots of creativity and imagination. Grade 1’s will be modelling with clay to sculpt an ocean creature as well as using drawing and materials to design underwater scenes. Grade 2 students will be making all things in their garden, from little bugs using air dry clay to creating an imaginary garden together with a friend.
Grade 3/4 Grade 3/4 Grade 3’s will be using modelling clay to sculpt their own dinosaur and will learn about the scratch and attach technique to add body parts to their creature. They will design and create a dinosaur footprint tile for the sensory garden mural and explore texture, line and shape creating a torn paper fossil collage. Grade 4’s will look at artist Dean Russo and create their own animal inspired artwork focusing on colour, line, pattern and movement. They will explore weaving with wool by constructing an Evergreen tree to coincide with their camp theme and Christmas.
Grade 5/6 Students in both grade 5/6 will be working on art that reflects Biological Science and animal adaptions. Grade 6’s will look at the work of surrealist artist, Salvador Dali, developing detail in their drawings as well as learning about line and shape. Grade 5 students will look at how they can change an image by using concertina folds to create a visual mirror with an animal of their choice.
Physical Education | Term 4 – 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: 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 Orienteering.
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 and Orienteering.
Extra-Curricular Activities for Term 4
T20 Cricket (Grade 5/6)
Prep- Grade 2 Athletics (Grade 3-6)
5/6 Interschool Sport
Mandarin | Term 4 – 2019
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 4, students will learn how to name body parts in Mandarin. They will be introduced to one of the most famous and classic Chinese novels ‘Journey to the West’ in cultural lessons.
In term 4, Grade 1- 2 students continue to build on their vocabulary. They will learn how to name some native Chinese animals and Australian animals in Mandarin. They will further develop their ability to make phrases, e.g. ‘What is your favourite animal? ’, ‘ I like…’. They will be introduced to one of the most famous and classic Chinese novels ‘Journey to the West’ and make related handcraft in cultural lessons.
In term 4, Grade 3-6 students will focus on learning the phrases relating to feelings and emotions. They are expected to use the sentences ‘I am very…’ ‘I am a bit…’ ‘I don’t …’ to communicate with teachers and peers in the classroom and learn to write some related Chinese characters. Students will be introduced to one of the most famous and classic Chinese novels ‘Journey to the West’ and make related handcraft in cultural lessons.
The Extension group will focus on learning Chinese culture and making related handcraft in term 4. The students will discover the Great Wall of China and Terracotta Warriors. They are expected to make a project of the Great Wall and design their own warriors. They will also learn some Chinese Christmas songs and dance.
STEM Studies – Term 4 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
The Berwick Lodge Primary School junior coding/robotics program is a digital learning program for children to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The program encourages children to play, experiment and make sense of the world around them where children can ask questions, make predictions, experiment, and reflect on what happened and why. The students will use a range of hardware and software, including Bee Bots, Minecraft and Scratch Jr. Engagement with STEM from an early age will help students develop problem-solving skills to set up children for real-world situations. The intention of the program is to launch a love for a life-long interest in STEM.
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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