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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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Important information: Please note that Berwick Lodge P.S does take out of zone enrolments in addition to all in zone children. Please contact us for details.

Step into Prep evening

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Important information: Please note that Berwick Lodge P.S does take out of zone enrolments in addition to all in zone children.  Registration for this event is essential. Places are limited, so please book now by either visiting us, calling or emailing through our...

Active April

Active April

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...

Physical Education Blog

Physical Education Blog

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...

Berwick Art Show

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

2018 Lodgers Magazine

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...

Current Curriculum

Grades

Prep/Foundation | Term 1 Overview – 2020

Inquiry

Life is exciting and busy for our Preps as we start school! Our Inquiry unit is called, ‘I’m a School Kid Now’ and it’s all about settling into school, learning the rules and routines and establishing themselves as fantastic lifelong learners. We also learn how to make friends and be a good friend to others. We will have a visit from ‘The Playground Craze’ this term and learn about the importance of getting along with others, resilience, persistence and confidence.  

This term, we will also learn about each other in our second Inquiry unit, “Me and my family”. We will look at each other’s families and how we are all special. This is an important unit, as we understand the backgrounds and cultures that make as who we are.

Literacy

The Prep students will all participate in the government provided English Online Interview. Following from that, teachers will use Cued Articulation and SMART spelling rules to teach our students the alphabet and their sounds. We will introduce our Golden words from the M100W system (the Magic 100 Most used words) and introduce our daily take-home reading program. We will start introducing VCOP ideas and encourage our Preps to start writing recounts and sentences. 

Numeracy

The Prep students will participate in Numeracy screening from class teachers. Following from that we will develop their understanding of number concepts 1-10. This includes a range of hands-on activities and number recognition games. We will also discuss and experiment with measurement and chance and data language. Including learning the days of the week and time concepts.  

Extra-Curricular

In Term 1, everything is new for our Preps. They will get to participate in all specialist programs including ICT (Information Communication and Technology). In the ICT Lab, they will use our desktops and will be introduced to drawing programs such as Tux Paint, Numeracy and Literacy programs such as Targeting Maths, Skoolbo and Reading Eggs. They will need to develop their hand and eye coordination and learn how to use a mouse. 

We will also start our PMP program (Perceptual Motor Program) and Brain Gym this term. This will further develop our Prep’s gross and fine motor skills. 

Towards the end of the term, we will have our Easter Hat Parade. This is a real highlight in the Prep Calendar. The Preps will have an amazing day showing their home designed hats in a parade, making Easter related craft and they might even get a special visit!!!

Grade 1/2 |Term 1 Overview – 2020

Grade 1 and 2 teachers commence the year revising key learning from the previous year and establishing new routines through our ‘Learning to Learn’ inquiry unit. Students develop their understanding of how they can become better learners and prepare them for the year ahead. They discover that each learner is unique and that we all have different learning styles. They identify and describe personal interests, skills and achievements and reflect on how these might contribute to school or family life. They recognise the importance of persisting when faced with new and challenging tasks. They will learn to recognise the keys to success – Confidence, Getting Along, Organisation, Persistence and Resilience. Students will reflect on the people, places and tools that help them to learn and use this knowledge to develop their own initial Learning Map. They will identify areas of change as they set goals for future learning. 

This term the children will extend their understanding of the structure of recount and narrative text types and will learn how to use a range of strategies to enhance their writing.  They will continue to learn the reading and/or spelling of the most frequently used words. The classroom SMART Spelling program focuses on a particular sound each week. Teachers will guide students to understand the meaning of the words and identify the sounds that make up each word. Spelling lists will be developed based on students’ ability levels.

Our home reading program has commenced. Students will regularly bring home books to read. It is important that students read aloud to an adult every day, even if they are an independent reader.  The yellow Reading Diary contains many helpful ways in which parents can assist their child in their reading. Parents are requested to fill this in each day so that your child may keep a record of their home reading.

Differentiated mathematical tasks, in both number and measurement, will be provided for all students across the area.  Hands-on and digital resources will be used to support their learning. Grade 2 students will commence maths streaming sessions later in the term. Students will be grouped according to their ability level for two sessions per week and will be provided with a differentiated mathematics program with activities structured to their ability.

The grade one inquiry learning units have a history focus as they learn about ’Then and Now’. Firstly, students will explore the differences in family structures and roles today, and how these have changed or remained the same over time. They will discover the impact changing technology has on people’s lives (at home and in the ways they worked, travelled, communicated, and played in the past). Students will learn about their ancestors as they investigate their family tree. Grade one students will participate in a Special Persons Day to share experiences of then and now.

In the ‘My Place’ unit, grade two students will develop their understanding of places that are important to them and also to their families. They will develop their geography skills as they recognise their place in the world. They will learn that the globe is a representation of the earth and locate Australia and other places with which they have links. They will recognise their street, suburb and state on a map. They will understand that a community is a group of people living in one place sharing facilities and that we belong to a community in the City of Casey. The children will partake in an excursion where they will walk to Wilson Botanic Park.  They will have the opportunity to climb the Hoo Hoo tower to take in the sights of Berwick and the wider surroundings.

Grade 3/4 | Term 1 Overview – 2020

Literacy

Students will focus on two genres of writing throughout the term, recount and narrative. They will have the opportunity to revise the structure of these genres and further develop their writing skills in these genres. They will also cover nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs through grammar and use various 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.

Handwriting for Grade 3 students will focus on correct letter formation and developing their handwriting while Grade 4 students will be working towards progressing from writing in pencil to pen.


Numeracy

Students will cover a variety of concepts including the four processes in number and algebra, a specific focus on multiplication and division, problem solving, concepts of time, statistics and probability, concepts about shapes and symmetry. Students will also participate in weekly streamed numeracy sessions where they will be grouped according to their ability and a differentiated curriculum will be provided. 

Inquiry Learning

Both Grade 3 & 4 students will start the term with the topic of Learning to Learn which allows students to identify how they learn best, their strengths, weaknesses and goal setting. 

Grade 3 students will study the unit As We Grow which is a health focus on student’s overall wellbeing and what different aspects contribute to their healthy wellbeing. Students will participate in an incursion called Marvellous Me to compliment this unit of work. They will also study the unit called Night & Day which is a Science focus on Earth and Space. Concepts covered include how the earth rotates on its axis, shadows and how we have days, nights, years and seasons.

Grade 4 students study the unit Healthy Body, Mind and Soul which will see them explore the various dimensions to their health including physical, social, emotional and spiritual. It will also cover who and how our community can help us to keep healthy and how everyone has different needs to remain healthy. Students will participate in an incursion called Mind, Body & Soul to consolidate what they have learnt. The Science focus is Earth and Space and is a unit called Beneath Our Feet which will help students understand how human activity and natural processes can change the earth’s surface over time.

Grade 5/6 |Term 1 Overview – 2020

Literacy

When reading, students will identify the main idea in a paragraph, investigate word meanings and summarise information read. Recount and narrative are the focus writing genres, with lessons involving the ‘VCOP’ and ‘Seven Steps to Writing Success’ programs.  SMART spelling will focus on the strategies we can use to help us become confident spellers, such as sound parts, syllables and remembering the tricky parts of our words. 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 97.7 FM on Wednesdays at 2pm.

Numeracy

Mathematics tasks in the area of number will focus on place value, factors and multiples, and the four processes.  Measurement activities will involve perimeter, area, 2D and 3D shapes, and identifying different units of measurement and their associated conversions. Probability lessons will discuss chance and the likelihood of an event occurring. Our ‘Math Workshop’ sessions will focus on problem solving >>>>>>>> NAPLAN.

Inquiry

The students begin the year investigating different learning styles.  They complete a survey to determine how they learn best; by visual, auditory, kinaesthetic or naturalistic activities.  The students will then explore the brain and how each section is used to support their learning.  Moving forward in Term 1, we will be learning about Natural Disasters with a focus on how geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect the Earth’s surfaceOur first excursion takes us into the city to explore the museum and view a Natural Disasters film at the IMAX cinema.

Safer Internet Day was a focus for all students. We participated in a live interactive webinar which generated a detailed discussion about the 4Rs of cyber safety (Respect, Responsibility, Reasoning and Resilience).  Cyber safety will continue to be an ongoing focus throughout the year. 

Coding and Robotics

In Term 1 of 2019, the Grade 5/6 students will be using a range of digital technology resources to learn new ways to create code and build robots. From learning about 3D printed objects to design thinking strategies and programming methods via Arduino Uno, the students will be encouraged to be agents of their own learning. 

Over the semester, the students will be supported and encouraged to develop an appreciation of how Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics work together to form STEM. 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Within the senior school, students will be participating in many additional sporting clinics. They are also able to elect to participate in extra programs like; Garden Club, Multimedia Club, Art Club, Chess Club, Choir and State School Spectacular.  The children will meet their younger buddies and share in many activities with them throughout the year.

Specialist

Performing Arts |Term 1 Overview – 2020

Drama

Students will build on their performance skills exploring mime, gesture, movement, voice and using expressive skills. Students in the junior school will explore independent and group activities encouraging creativity and developing characters based on known fairy tales. In the senior school students will work collaboratively to create still images, soundscapes, scripts and performances based on inventions and social scenarios. 

Prep- Prep students will learn how to move safely around the space and explore and respond to imaginative scenarios. We will engage in song and known nursery rhymes to build on voice and add creative movement. 

Grade 1 and 2- Grade 1 and 2 students will explore the use of mime and create still images. They will focus on recreating known images, fairytales and play a range of storytelling games to explore movement and voice. 

Grade 3 and 4 – Students will begin to work collaboratively to create still images and scenes with a focus on mime, voice and gestures. In groups students create performances using soundscapes and short performances incorporating improvisation skills.

Grade 5 and 6- Grade 5 and 6 students will begin to create dynamic images with a focus on improvisation and characterisation. We will re-create a range of stimulus, based on known social situations and focus on character feelings, voice, gesture and facial expression. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate their performance in small groups. 

Visual Arts

This term the children will be participating in various art activities, with a focus on the elements of visual arts. The children will be involved in painting, drawing, collage, paper craft to develop skills and experiences. Each grade will make a group piece to display in the corridor, as well as each student completing an individual portrait from Prep to Grade 6 in the 7 colours of the rainbow.

Prep: This term students will be introduced to line, colour and shape. The students will learn the colours of the rainbow, as well as having a go at mixing primary colours to create secondary colours. They will have fun creating portraits of themselves and making different marks with crayons and using materials to print and collage with. 

Grade 1/2 Students will start the term with activities that include using paints and crayons to create warm and cool colours. They will use a variety of materials to create art, relating to their inquiry theme family and local communities. Students will be introduced to artists and focus on primary and secondary colours.    

Grade 3/4 The Grade 3/4 students will first focus on line, colour and proportion in a directed drawing and textured pattern print as a tribute to our country of Australia and the wildlife affected in the recent bushfire devastation. The Grade 3’s will revisit paper weaving and the watercolour wet on wet technique with primary colours in a Popsicle art piece. The Grade 4’s will be introduced to artist Jason Naylor as part of their mindfulness unit, whose artwork is inspired by positivity, creativity and love through colour, patterns and texture. 

Grade 5/6 Students in grade 5/6 will begin with looking at the pop artist Jim Dines and his famous paintbrushes and develop their techniques in painting and drawing with tones and shade. They will then complete their own Picasso inspired portrait with collage materials and abstract shapes.

Physical Education |Term 1 Overview – 2020

Prep: The Prep students will be focusing on working in groups, participating in games (with and without equipment) and practising fundamental movement skills. They will be focusing on building skills and team work whist playing with bean bags, the parachute and skipping ropes.

Grade 1&2: This term students’ will be working on their fundamental motor skills such as leaping, running, jumping and throwing. They will also learn to use these skills to perform in athletic activities such as shot put, hurdles and relay races. 

Grade 3&4: Students will be practising and refining their skills in preparation for our upcoming athletics day in Term 2. They will have the opportunity to work in teams and small groups whist building their confidence performing athletic movements such as long jump, high jump, hurdles and much more. Students will also have the opportunity to try out for school team sports such as swimming and ALF 9’s. 

Grade 5&6: Students will be practising and refining their skills in preparation for our upcoming athletics day early in Term 2. They will have the opportunity to work in teams and small groups whist building their confidence performing athletic movements such as long jump, high jump, hurdles and much more. Students will also have the opportunity to try out for school team sports such as Hot Shots tennis, swimming and interschool sports. 

Extra-Curricular Activities for Term 1

  • District Swimming
  • Divisional Swimming
  • Reginal Swimming 
  • Hot Shots Gala Day
  • AFL 9’s 
  • 3/4 Gala Day

Mandarin |Term 1 Overview – 2020

 

STEM Studies|Term 1 Overview – 2020

Grade 3/4 Learning with Digital Technology (LWDT) Program, 2020.

Students from across the Grade 3/4 cohort participate in weekly 45 minute Scratch V.2 lessons. This term focuses on Game Creation using Scratch V.2 as the catalyst. Students will learn to use the computer programming tool to create their own 2D game.

When students learn to code, they take complex problems and break them down into smaller parts. Students learn what it’s like to approach a problem the way a software engineer does, with logical, computational thinking. This logical thinking is a powerful tool in school, work, and life.

With Scratch V.2 students program their own interactive stories, games, and animations and share their creations with others in an online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

The Victorian Curriculum uses Digital Technologies to teach students to use computational thinking and information systems to analyse, design and develop digital solutions. The Digital Technologies curriculum recognises coding (programming) as one of the skills to support learning in this area.

Grade 5/6 Learning with Digital Technology (LWDT) Program, 2020.

In this term’s Grade 5/6 program students develop their coding/programming skills by learning how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) connect to the real-world of robotics by building and coding NXT LEGO robots using the EV3 Mindstorm programming sets. The program aims to…

Develop creative thinking skills and multiplicative thinking strategies.

Open ended learning activities help to promote engagement via STEM principles.

Develop social and collaborative learning skills.

Recognise patterns and purpose in Binary.

Develop an understanding of digital numeracy and vocabulary such as pixels and megabytes.

Use a visual programming language to create a non-linear program with multiple outcomes.

Use a visual programming language or robot to interact with another dynamic element or object in an intelligent manner.

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Berwick Lodge Primary School Canteen is run by Bellbrook Catering Services. Days of operation at school are Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.

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