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Junior Class K-2

Years K - 2

The Literacy Programme in the Early Childhood classroom has a strong phonics focus, with the use of Jolly Phonics and Sound Waves Phonemic Spelling Resources. The Interactive Whiteboard is utilised for a warm up session every morning, where children chant the sounds and do the Jolly Phonics actions to go with each one. The sounds are linked into the Sound Waves spelling each week for the pre-primary to year two students. The kindergarten students complete craft activities based on the sound for the week. All students are able to access ‘Reading Eggs’, an interactive reading programme on the computer.

Writing is taught based on the gradual release model – the children being given explicit instruction in format, structure, grammar and punctuation. They are then able to create their own writing and learn to read their work and edit. The pre-primary to year two students also have formal handwriting lessons each week.

The Bug Club Reading resources are used for Guided Reading in the classroom and the activities relating to this involve comprehension, phonics, writing, grammar and punctuation. A comprehension Reading Box and Rainbow Reading programme are also used with the year one and two children as part of the Literacy Block. This enables some children to work independently, whilst others work with a staff member.

Children are encouraged to read with parents every night, and kindergarten children have first sound home readers for the second half of the year. Pre-primary to year two students also have sight words to practice.

The Numeracy Programme is based on Go Maths resources and involves many hands-on, exploratory activities for all children from kindergarten to year two. This is then consolidated in workbooks for the pre-primary to year two students.

The Interactive Whiteboard is also utilised in Mathematics for demonstrating various concepts and for reinforcement with games that the children could take turns interacting with. The pre-primary to year two students also have access to Mathletics on the classroom computers and at home.

Parent help is utilised whenever possible in the classroom, particularly for help with craft activities on Kindergarten days, and to listen to children read.