Clyde Primary School Newsletter
2nd June 2017
Featured | Science Night
Last Thursday for our Education Week event, we had our whole school Science Night within the Learning Centre and Learning Nest areas of the school. There were a range of experiments to choose from. these were extremely engaging and a lot of fun.
It was great to see a significant number of families attend this extra curricular event, engaging in their children’s learning.There was a buzz of excitement across the school for this community event.
Report and Three Way Conference Information
Mid -Year reports will be coming home with our students on Monday, 26th June, the last week of Term 2. Please look for these in your child’s bag. Our three way conferences provide an opportunity for you to discuss your child’s progress with the class teacher as well as listen to your child talk about the next learning steps they will take in Term 3. Bookings will again be online and will be open from Tuesday, 13th to Tuesday, 27th June. Sessions are for 10 minutes. If you require a longer time to discuss your child’s progress, we ask that you make a separate time.
A reminder that a special burger lunch day is being held on Monday, 26th June. Children have received order forms and these are due back to school no later than Tuesday, 13th June.
Our Junior students are heading off to Werribee Zoo next Friday, 9th June, if you haven’t notified the school of your child’s attendance at this excursion and paid, we ask that you do so as soon as possible.
Year 3 to 6 students are preparing for Lightning Prem on 16th June, which will see them represent our school in Football, Netball, Volleyball, T-Ball and Soccer.
Foundation students are getting excited about their upcoming excursion to Healesville Sanctuary on 19th June. Keep an eye out for more information coming out on FlexiBuzz soon.
Clyde Q and A
Q. My child is bringing home readers that are too easy. Can they get harder ones?
All of our students’ reading levels are regularly monitored and assessed using a number of evidence based tools, known as Running Records and Benchmarking.
Classroom teachers can use the information from these assessment tools to inform and guide their teaching.
They are also used to:
- capture progress in oral reading and comprehension
- assess text difficulty and ensure texts are matched perfectly to student need
- group learners with similar needs
- cater for individual differences
- provide explicit feedback to students
- observe the strategies students use while they are reading
- make informed teaching decisions
By using these assessment tools, our teachers can get a clear indication of the student’s control of vocabulary, sentence structures, concepts and use of skills and strategies to gain a depth of understanding.
The student will have read many books, both fiction and non-fiction, in focused teaching groups. To be tested at a new level, a child must have shown growth in their oral reading of the book, as well as their comprehension (or understanding) of the book.
The home reading program is designed to support the learning of skills taught at school. Your child will bring home books at an easier level, that they can read more confidently, to practice and consolidate learnt skills. An instructional level text, is used at school, generally one level above the ‘home reader’. The teacher uses this as a teaching tool, therefore the book is more challenging.
Ellen for working extremely hard to develop your writing. You have focused on your writing goals and, as a result, now include finger spaces and full stops.
Connor for applying the correct text structure to his procedure writing and incorporating a variety of openers and connectives. Congratulations on your excellent writing!
Caitlain for her outstanding results this semester in all areas of literacy. She reads with fluency, accuracy and is able to articulate clearly what the text is about. Caitlain’s narratives and arguments are well structured and she uses adventurous vocabulary in her writing.
Blake for an incredibly persuasive, confident and creative writing piece.
Specialist PLT News
Using Ukuleles for Composing and Creativity at Clyde
Students in years 3 – 6 have been learning how to play the ukulele this term. The school has recently purchased a beautiful class set of colourful ukuleles for all students to use.
Students have been using rhythms they learnt in Term 1, combined with chords they have learnt in Term 2 to create their own song on the ukulele. Students have selected the mood for each composition, the tempo and dynamics. They have mainly used the C, A minor F and G chords. After practicing their song they have started asking peers for feedback and made improvements to their work as a result.
Mr T is planning on using some of the ideas students have created in the new school song the student leaders are writing with him.
Students inf the 3/4 Area have been working towards writing letters to an Indonesian student. The students are very excited to send their letters and receive their own letters back. Students are intrigued to find out more about the lives of Indonesian students. They will be asking questions in their letters such as:
“How old are you?”
“How many pets do you have?”
“How many people are in your family?”
“What is your favourite subject at school?”
“What do you like to do after school?”
“What time does school start in Indonesia?”
And (but not limited to)
“How do you get to school?”
All using their Indonesian language skills. They are doing an amazing job so far! I am looking forward to see how far each student takes this piece of work, and the cultural learning that will come from this learning experience.
We have had a busy Term 2 so far. The term started with House Cross Country, followed by District Cross Country where 45 of our students competed. We had a successful day with 4 students progressing to Division which was held on Thursday 1st June. Well done to Levi, Breeanna, Jack & Abbey.
Fitness/Endurance and netball have formed part of Physical Education classes so far this term, with Soccer and Volleyball to follow. Students have been developing and building on skills such as throwing, catching, kicking & scoring. The aim is for maximum participation and enjoyment from all students. Foundation students are also really enjoying PMP each week too.
Last week we held a teachers verses Year 6 netball game at lunchtime, which was a lot of fun for all involved (including the cheer squads). I am relieved and happy to say the teachers won!
After successfully applying for a grant through Sporting School Victoria, this term we are lucky enough to have Volleyball Australia running a volleyball program for all students in Years 3-6 which will start mid June.
We will be finishing off the term with Lightning Premiership, where all students from Years 3-6 will compete in one of five sports – Netball, AFL, Soccer, Volleyball or T-ball, against other schools in our district. This will be held on 16th June.
Visual Art, Foundation – Year 2
Students have been experimenting with making marks with oil pastels and discovering how many different marks they can make and how they could be used to draw with. An example of some of the marks are-: zigzag, wavy, tap, twist and spin. They have created a final piece of artwork using some of the marks they had experimented with to create botanical artwork. The students viewed botanical art of various artists as well as vases of flowers to gain inspiration before creating their artworks.
In the next few weeks the Foundation students will be immersed in paper construction exploration to create a paper bird. The Year One and Two students will continue developing construction skills using various materials to create artwork based on the Biological Science Inquiry theme.
Visual Art, Year 3 – 6
During term 2 the 3/4’s have been expanding their understanding of tint and tone through the use of silhouettes and value in monochromatic artworks. We always begin by exploring the background of our artworks so we can build a good foundation to work with and create a more visually appealing piece of art. They are now beginning their new unit studying contrast in pattern through Notan collages.
The 5/6’s have been discovering the work of Pablo Picasso. We have looked at his use of contrasting colours and patterns in his painting style as well as the use of geometric shapes to create interesting portraits. Added to this they have created textured backgrounds in analogous colours on which to place their own Pablo Picasso inspired portrait in water colours and oil pastels.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he (or she) grows up” – Pablo Picasso.
Can all parents and guardians please be aware that if students are coming late to school or leaving early, they must be signed in/out at the school office.
If students are not at school, please ensure that you are sending through an absence notification via FlexiBuzz (formerly Tiqbiz). If you are unsure how to do this, please ask your child’s classroom teacher or ask at the office.
A reminder that missing a few days here and there can have a really large impact. Students who miss just one day a fortnight can end up missing over a whole year of schooling by the end of year 12!
Student Voice are currently coming up with some ways to encourage attendance at school and reward the classes with the highest attendance.
Thank you for reading our newsletter. Our next edition should be available the middle of June.