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End of Term 3

End of Term 3

We've come to the conclusion of yet another school term, and please remember that Friday's dismissal time is at 2:30 pm. We want to express our deep appreciation to our school community, including parents, teachers, and staff. However, our most heartfelt thanks go to...

Gregg Dreise

Gregg Dreise

During our Book Week festivities, we were lucky enough to be visited by Gregg Dreise; a renowned Australian author and illustrator, celebrated for his contributions to children's literature and his deep connection to Indigenous culture. Born and raised in Queensland,...

Victorian State Schools Spectacular 2023

Victorian State Schools Spectacular 2023

You might recognise these familiar faces from their Victorian State Schools Spectacular 2023 rehearsals at our Monday morning assembly. Now, they've taken the stage in Melbourne over the weekend for the live performance. We're eagerly anticipating their upcoming...

We Accept Out Of Zone Enrolments

We Accept Out Of Zone Enrolments

We are currently open to accepting enrolments for all grades for the year 2024 from students residing outside our designated local enrolment zone. Our local enrolment zone is compact in size, allowing us the opportunity to accommodate students from outside the zone....

Book Week Dress-Up Day

Book Week Dress-Up Day

On Monday, we celebrated our Book Week dress-up day, and it was a fantastic occasion. Both students and teachers enthusiastically participated, making it a truly enjoyable day filled with energy and excitement! We're already looking forward to doing it all over again...

Literacy Author Visit

Literacy Author Visit

We are pleased to announce the reopening of the Literacy Author Visit opportunity, allowing parents to grant permission and make the necessary payment on Compass, ensuring their children's participation in this enriching event scheduled for Friday. This unique...

Curriculum Overviews

Grades

Prep/Foundation | Term 4 Overview – 2023

Literacy

Literacy is a big part of our curriculum where reading and writing go hand in hand. To support the students, they will participate in the SMART Spelling Foundation (word and sentence of the week) every week. This will includes recognising the word, sounds and handwriting. Also, M100 words (high frequency words), reading strategies and online programs such as Reading Eggs, Wushka and Essential Assessment are just a few other supporting programs they do throughout the year.

There are also weekly Big Book (shared reading time) sessions and students are introduced to 5-finger retell (Once upon a time, First, Then, Unfortunately, Finally) to recall the main events in sequence. We have a whole school writing program – 7 Steps to Writing and VCOP where they are encouraged to include sizzling starts and exciting ending to their writing pieces.

Numeracy

The students all explore and investigate numerical concepts such as basic addition and subtraction, counting to 100 and back, number sequencing and money through songs and games.

There will be many opportunities for students to use informal units to compare measurement of mass, length, capacity and area and explore 2D and 3D shapes, learning to tell time on analogue clocks, connecting days of the week to familiar events and actions and comparing and ordering the duration of events.

The students will also learn to ask and answer Yes/No questions to collect data and then sort these data into pictographs, table or list. They will also work on interpreting everyday language of location and direction.

Inquiry: Moo to you

The students will gain an understanding of different types of farms and farm animals. They will consider the basic needs of living things and learn about the life cycle of a chick. The students will think about the food that they eat and question where it came from. They will explore some different basic processes of food production (from farm to plate). They will explore the significance of farm life to our everyday living.

Grade 1/2 |Term 4 Overview – 2023

Literacy

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, persuasive 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.

Numeracy

During Term Four, students will be revisiting key concepts and consolidating their understanding. 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.

Inquiry Learning

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.

Wellbeing

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.

Grade 2 students will also focus on developing their independence ready for their transition into the middle school.

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.

Extra Curriculum Activities

As an end of year celebration, Grade 1 students will visit Chesterfield Farm. Grade 2 students will have the opportunity to be involved in a STEM based LEGO incursion.

Grade 3/4 | Term 4 Overview – 2023

Literacy

The focus for writing during Term Four will be narrative, poetry and personal writing. Students will be introduced to the organisational structure for each and will be provided with opportunities to build on their use of VCOP strategies as they develop these written texts. Students will be given the opportunity to publish stories and poetry and share with others.

The SMART Spelling program will continue to explore the range of letters representing various sounds with a particular sound focus introduced each week. They will also learn about prefixes and suffixes and the simple rules for spelling and plurals.

Grade 3 students will continue to consolidate their cursive script, and they will be encouraged to join their letters in all forms of written work. Grade 4 students will continue to develop a legible, fluent handwriting style and will become more proficient in writing with pen during Term Four.

Numeracy

In Grades 3 and 4, students will continue to develop their mathematical understanding through participation in engaging lessons and linking their learning to real life maths problems.

Grade 3 students will further develop their ability to work with larger numbers. They will learn to apply their place value knowledge when solving subtraction and extended multiplication. They will further develop their understanding of the relationship between addition and subtraction and how multiplication links with division. Students will be introduced to equivalent fractions and simple decimal notation of tenths and hundredths.

Grade 4 students will focus on money and decimal representations, including giving change and worded problems. They will continue to consolidate the four processes and students will explore 2D and 3D shapes, location and chance and apply these skills to mathematical investigations.

Inquiry Learning

The overall focus for our inquiry topics this term is Biological Science. In the Grade 3 unit, ‘All Things Living’, students use observation skills to group and classify things as living, once living or non-living. They will understand how plants and animals are classified and grouped. They will also look at the science of paleontology as they investigate dinosaurs. Grade 3 will continue their geography studies as they learn about Australia’s neighbouring countries, New Zealand and Indonesia. The ‘Our Neighbours’ unit will provide an opportunity to look for similarities and differences as they compare these countries with Australia.

In the Grade 4 unit, ‘The Web of Life’, students will learn that all living things have life cycles. They will also investigate how plants and animals depend on each other and the environment to survive. Through their studies, students will understand the importance of habitat for the survival of a species and investigate ways they can help.

The Respectful Relationships program for Term Four will develop students’ awareness of gender and identity and fostering positive gender relationships.

Grade 5/6 |Term 4 Overview – 2023

Literacy

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. Students will take part in regular reading within the classroom where they can select books of interest, engage in class novels and reading group sessions. We encourage students to explore a range of text types and use their scheduled library time to read a variety of books ranging from picture story books, serials, and non-fiction texts. Students are encouraged to continue reading at home and record reading in their diaries.

Persuasive, Procedural, Information and Poetry will form the focus writing genres, with lessons involving the Seven Steps and VCOP programs. This will also link to our speaking and listening focus, which will introduce debating where students work in teams to discuss relevant issues. Grade 6 students will take part in podcast recording sessions to develop key areas of speaking and listening and create a picture storybook for their Prep Buddy.

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. Students will follow the SMART Spelling approach looking at sounds, syllables, word meaning, prefix and suffix rules. These words will form part of their weekly homework and students are encouraged to practice their spelling words each week at home.

Numeracy

The grade 5 and 6 students will revise concepts taught throughout the year to solidify their understanding 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. The students will take part in a Talk Money incursion, designed to help them learn money lessons for life and to be confident and make good decisions about money.

Inquiry Learning

Students will participate in a Biological Science unit which will focus on ‘Living Things’. It will look closely at the adaptations animals and plants make to live in their environment. Students will be involved in problem-based learning, taking on an inquiry approach where they research, apply learning and create solutions to current issues within the environment.

In the Economics unit, students will take part in a business unit called ‘Shark Tank’ which investigates the nature of business, identifying factors that contribute to the success of businesses, as well as the role of money and work in our society.

Year 5 students will participate in a program that develops leadership skills and the qualities that make a good leader. Sessions will delve into what makes a good leader, the characteristics of leaders, looking at leaders within our community and beyond. This will help them prepare for Grade 6 and assist them when developing speeches for captaincy roles in 2023.

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 the term, students will be engaged in assessments in preparation for Semester Two reports. Reports will be accessible through Compass at the end of the year.

Extra-curricular Activities

Talk Money Incursion

Local Kinder Visits 

Grade 5 Camp (ADANAC)

Grade 5 End of Year Excursion: Casey Race and Casey Stadium

Grade 6 Camp (Sovereign Hill)

Grade 6 Graduation

Specialist

Performing Arts |Term 4 Overview – 2023

Prep: Students will combine song and story to explore the stories of the Gruffalo and We’re going on a Bear Hunt. 

Grade 1 and 2: Students are exploring performance poetry using their voice, dramatic tools and percussion instruments. 

Grade 3 and 4: Students will be developing performance skills through the exploration of poems, plays and storytelling. 

Grade 5 and 6: Students will develop skills in performance and speech through examining a variety of rhymes and raps. 

Students throughout the school will utilise green screen technology and iMovie to present and record their performances.  

Visual Arts |Term 4 Overview – 2023

Prep: This term the students will further develop their collage and 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 be able to enjoy the Christmas season with a variety of
crafts towards the end of the year and work collaboratively to complete a painted
table top for the garden.

Grade 1/2 : Students in grades 1/2 will be completing activities that require lots
of creativity and imagination. Grade 1’s will be using mixed media to create ocean
sculptures and creatures as well as using drawing and adding different materials to
design underwater scenes. Grade 2 students will be making all things in their
garden, from painted symmetrical butterflies to gorgeous clay fairy doors for
some of our trees in the sensory garden. Students will be able to work
collaboratively to complete a painted table top for the garden.

Grade 3/4 : Students in grades 3/4 will focus on Animal and plant life. Grade 3
students will be developing their 3D skills with salt dough to create dinosaur
prints, as well as fossilised amber and poinsettia plants. Grade 4 students will be
looking at representing life both above and under the forest floor, and work with
string art to represent the web of life. They will also visualise the relationships
between their chosen lifeforms. Students will be able to work collaboratively to
complete a painted table top for the garden.

Grade 5/6 Students in both grade 5/6 will be working on art that reflects
Biological Science and animal adaptations. Grade 5’s will be able to plan, design and
create an animal to add to the habitat they choose using collage materials, enjoy
designing and developing their own animal using washi tape, and create the
representation of feathers on a parrot.

Grade 6’s will learn to paint with analogous colours, refine their drawing with
portrait animals and use various tools to create textured background effects as
for a rainforest collage. Students will be able to work collaboratively to complete a
painted table top for the garden.

Physical Education |Term 4 Overview – 2023

Prep: This term, prep students will be focusing on developing their fundamental movement skills in skipping, throwing, and kicking. They will continue to develop the skills required for effective teamwork, turn-taking, and observing rules in sports. The students will be participating in the Junior School Cross Country and House Athletics Day events. .

Grade 1&2: The grade one and two students will continue to work on defining their fundamental movement skills in striking, running, jumping, dodging, and kicking. They will be participating in the sport of hockey, where they will learn the rules and skills needed to confidently play a modified game. In every lesson, we will practise competing fairly in games and activities as we develop positive teamwork skills. Students in the junior grades will participate in the Junior School Cross Country and Athletics Day events.

Grade 3&4: This term, grade three and four students will participate in the sports of cricket, orienteering, speedball, and handball. They will learn the rules and skills required to play these sports confidently and fairly in teams. Students will be given the opportunity to take part in an aerobic fitness test, commonly known as the ‘Beep Test’ and compete in the Senior School House Athletics Day.

Grade 5&6: Grade five and six students will be refining and consolidating their skills in the sports of cricket, orienteering, speedball, and handball. They will have the chance to showcase their skills in the summer interschool sports program. Students will be given the opportunity to take part in an aerobic fitness test, commonly known as the ‘Beep Test’, and compete in the Senior School House Athletics Day. 

Mandarin |Term 4 Overview – 2023

PREP

In term 4, students will continue to build on their Chinese vocabulary and explore Chinese culture. They will focus on learning the vocabulary, Chinese characters and songs relating to the topic of numbers. They will also be provided an opportunity to learn some Christmas songs in Chinese and make related handcraft.

G 1-2

In term 4, Grade 1-2 students will continue to build on their Chinese vocabulary and explore Chinese culture. Grade 1 will focus on learning the Chinese number 0-20 and the related Chinese characters. Grade 2 will learn the words, expressions, Chinese characters and songs relating to the topic of fruit and vegetables. In the cultural sessions, students will be introduced to the legends and history of the Chinese Mid-Autumn festival. They will also be provided an opportunity to learn some Christmas songs in Chinese and make related handcraft.

G 3-4

In term 4, Grade 3-4 students will continue to build on their Chinese vocabulary and explore Chinese culture. They will focus on learning the words, expressions, Chinese characters and songs relating to the topic of time. In the cultural sessions, students will be introduced to the legends and history of the Chinese Mid-Autumn festival. They will also be provided an opportunity to learn some Christmas songs in Chinese and make related handcraft.

G 5-6

In term 4, Grade 5-6 students will continue to build on their Chinese vocabulary and explore Chinese culture. They will focus on learning the words, expressions, Chinese characters and songs relating to the topic of the landmarks of China. In the cultural sessions, students will be introduced to the legends and history of the Chinese Mid-Autumn festival. They will also be provided an opportunity to learn some Christmas songs in Chinese and make related handcraft.

STEM |Term 4 Overview – 2023

Prep

This term, STEM and Digital Technologies education will be presented via a range of on and offline learning activities. Tasks have been carefully designed to help students develop their critical and creative thinking skills and to develop agency in learning, encouraging curiosity and establishing lifelong thinking skills. The activities range from digital publishing to building robots and coding.  

Grade 1/2

This term, STEM and Digital Technologies education is presented via an array of exciting learning activities. The tasks have been designed to help students develop their problem-solving skills and to build on their prior knowledge as digital citizens. This term, the students will explore the importance of eSafety, use multimedia tools to create their own short films and work towards creating their own 2D animations. 

Grade 3/4

In Term 4, STEM and Digital Technologies education is presented via an array of challenging and exciting  learning activities. The tasks will range from creating circuits via micro:bits to re-designing the school logo. Each lesson is designed to promote critical and creative thinking skills and help students develop new ways of thinking, encouraging curiosity and lifelong thinking skills. 

Grade 5/6  

In Term  4, STEM and Digital Technologies education will be presented via a range of fun learning activities. The tasks have been designed to help students develop their critical and creative thinking skills and to develop new ways of thinking, encouraging curiosity and establishing lifelong thinking skills. From creating their own radio plays to writing their own secret messages and encryptions using coded language, the senior school students are going to have a blast this term!

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.

Upcoming PFA Events:

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Canteen

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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