J Pod -Grovedale West Primary School

The J Pod blog – Year 1 and 2 learning at Grovedale West Primary School

Term 1, Learning for the coming week 3..

on February 8, 2016

Welcome to week 3 in the Jpod.

Here is a brief overview of our learning foci for the week ahead.

READING

With CAFE routines established this week’s CAFE focus will be on ‘Getting our Knowledge ready for reading’, by connecting with the text, making predictions and using SEE THINK WONDER.

We hope you enjoy the first of our CAFE instructional videos below which hopefully helps explains this very important strategy for readers. We also hope this video will give you some help with ways to tune in your children to their reading and to discuss their reading with them to help develop their comprehension skills.

This week will also see students begin their small group guided reading workshops.

Students have 1-2 of these workshops in a very small group with a teacher every week, which allows teachers to explicitly coach and support students with the next steps needed with their personal reading goals.

WRITING

Writing this week will focus around drawing labelled plans and writing about ideas for how we might develop our new outdoor classroom space. Students will also refresh their letter formation skills and writing fluency.

MATHS

Maths will focus on counting and mental strategies that students can use to help them with their addition and counting. For example, estimation, counting on, using known number facts, doubles and bridging to ten.

DISCOVERY

Continuing on from last week the focus will remain on developing students Collaboration skills through working in groups on creative projects using hand on materials and technology.

We will also be helping students understand what it means to compromise with others and what being creative really means.  You can give your child a head start with this learning if you watch and discuss the video below with them. We will be using this as a stimulus in class to explore compromise and creativity.

PHILOSOPHY

This week’s philosophy session used the photo below as a stimulus for students to discuss. We used the thinking routine SEE THINK WONDER to discuss what might be happening in the photo, why it might be happening, how the students in the photos might be feeling and to help our students develop strategies to help them stay positive and resilient in group situations.

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Finally, just a little message to remind each student to bring into school a box of tissues. We really need a good supply of these to prepare ourselves for the winter months.

Looking forward to a great week from the Jpod teachers.


3 Responses to “Term 1, Learning for the coming week 3..”

  1. Lily says:

    Hi Rizq it is me Lily i really really miss you.Anyway i wanted to ask you how your new school is going.Made any new friends yet?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like lots of fun Im sure the children will love learning and being creative! I look forward to seeing some of the ideas that the children come up with for the new outdoor space!

  3. Belinda (sophie mum) says:

    Well done girls, very interesting. Great learning. Waterfalls are amazing.

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