Dear Franklin Families,
A very successful Cross Country was held last week at the new location of Franklin Oval and surrounds. In perfect Cross Country conditions students tackled the new course with enthusiasm. It provided plenty of different running terrain and some great finishes to races. Participation was excellent and a highlight was the encouragement and cheering from all students. Thank you to Mr Mitchell for his organisation of the day and to all those parents who joined us to support their children and help with the event.
Supportive Learning Environments
Included in this newsletter is a visual of the Department of Education Learners First commitment: Together we inspire and support all learners to succeed as connected, resilient, creative and curious thinkers.
Underpinning this commitment is the work staff at Franklin do to enable all students to reach their potential, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of families and other professionals. A supportive learning environment upholds the notion that everybody is different, has different needs and all members are successfully included. Some students may need more support in order to access learning programs and reach their goals than others. There are many aspects of supportive learning environments that enable connecting, sharing and learning for our students and their families. A range of resources are provided by DoE in schools to support all learners. These include:
- Support Teachers skilled to support classroom teachers in improving learning outcomes for students with disability or additional needs.
- Inclusive Practice Team providing tailored and differentiated support based on individual school needs.
- Support specialists including School Psychologists, Speech and Language Pathologists and Social Workers.
- Professional learning resources and materials.
- Educational adjustments disability funding.
NAPLAN assessments have started and our Year 3 and 5 students should be very proud of the positive and responsible manner in which they have approached each assessment. As we all know testing is not always a preferred experience and can lead to some students feeling anxious and stressed. However, this year all students have demonstrated a very optimistic attitude to the week ensuring they have the opportunity to do their best.
Huon & Channel Cross Country Carnival
A large representative cross country team will take part in the Huon & Channel Primary School Cross Country Carnival at Huonville Primary on May 26. Congratulations to all those students who have been selected to represent the school. We wish them all the best.
National Simultaneous Story-time
This annual celebration aims to encourage young Australians to read and enjoy books. All students will have the opportunity to enjoy listening to the 2021 picture book, Give Me some Space by Philip Bunting. read by a NASA astronaut live from the International Space Station.
A reminder for parents and carers that they must closely supervise children in the playground after school. Please do not allow children to use playground equipment in an unsafe manner and contrary to the school playground expectations. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter and for supporting our students to use the playground safely.
Have a great week
We have been busy little researchers in Kindergarten over the last two weeks, learning about the sun. We have learned that the sun is a ball shape, a sphere!
We have been exploring all of the ways that the sun helps us. The children got together in pairs and drew their thinking. They then shared their work with another pair. The children had some really great ideas; everything from giving us light, to powering solar robots and drying the washing. We also discussed that plants need the sun to grow. We made connections with our previous learning on how rain is made and they realised that we need the sun to make rain as well!
Over the next couple of weeks, we are delving a little deeper in to plants. Including designing some herb gardens for our Kinder playground.
Last Friday Grade 1 Best went up to the 4/5 classroom to meet our buddies for this year. Students were able to participate in a range of activities including, construction, sand play, and generally talking to get to know each other. We had a great afternoon with Miss Amy’s class and excited about seeing out buddies again.
During the last fortnight, we have been busy exploring how simple sentences can be stretched out and ‘dressed up’ by exploring vocabulary and how different words have special functions inside sentences. We like to practise our new skills with a partner or in small groups. We have also been working on our mathematical skills through playing numeracy games and working on tasks in small groups. We have come up with our science-based Inquiry question for this term after a few class discussions were provoked by an image of an insect in the water. We recorded down what we thought we knew about bees after learning that the insect was a honeybee, not a wasp by looking at photos of each and comparing them. Our Big Idea question we are going to explore is “Why are bees so important for us and our natural environment?” We have also had fun meeting and interviewing our new Reading Buddies from the Year 5/6 class after they interviewed and introduced each of us.
We began Term 2 with an excursion to the John Elliot Classics Museum at UTAS. This museum houses a large collection of artefacts from ancient civilisations. We explored the stories represented on these artifacts, as well and looking at the written languages used to tell them. We made Ushabti idols, based on those placed in Ancient Egyptian tombs. We have inscribed these with our names, written in hieroglyphs. Writing in this way is slow, and not easy!
Term 2 is a fairly busy term, with Swimming and Water Safety in the middle of it for our Grade 3’s. The cooler weather is upon us so please take care and rug up! We have all of our new devices ready to go, so expect some SeeSaw journal posts from the kids. We have swapped out Music for Art this term. Our weekly specialist days are the following:
Monday: P.E with Mr Mitchell
Wednesday: Art with Mr Holmstrom
Thursday: Library with Mrs Jones
With Mrs Witts we have begun inquiring into what we know about Australia. With Ms Bec we have had lots of wonderings around space.
In English we are continuing to focus on our individual spelling programs, as well as engaging in whole class spelling investigations. These spelling investigations allow us to explore spelling strategies and rules. We have moved from persuasive writing to narrative writing, with a focus on structure and creating descriptive texts. Our reading focus will be reading different text types and reflecting on the author’s purpose.
In Maths we are continuing to explore number, operations, and place value, looking to increase our mental computation and visualisation skills. Following on from our chance experiments in term 1, we have been looking at representing data and interpreting data. Our Money focus with Mrs Witts is finished and we are moving towards modelling and representing fractions.
Students had an excellent time at the John Elliott Classics Museum where they learned about everyday life in Ancient Greek and Roman times. This was a brilliant way to wrap up our inquiry from last term. Our new class inquiry is now well underway. Students have been busy exploring animal adaptations that make them suited to their environment and natural cycles such as the water cycle and life cycles. They have been researching and planning to write information reports on animals who are under threat because of environmental impacts on their habitats. In literacy, we have been analysing information reports and strengthening our notetaking and researching skills. In numeracy, we have been representing and interpreting data displays and we have started mapping.
We were so proud of all students for participating in the school cross country carnival.
The next school association meeting is being held on Monday 31st May at 3:15pm. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to attend to talk about what they would like to see happen within the school for 2021 and beyond! Alternatively you can email your agenda item to the Associations secretary Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can raise it on your behalf and provide feedback.
The School Association is a great way to be involved with your child’s life at school and to bring about positive change and improvements.
Keep up to date with things that are happening via the Facebook group: “school family and friends- Franklin”.
Welcome to the “Who are your Franklin Primary School Association representatives for 2021”
Jessica Watson - President
Hi my name is Jess and I am the president of the association for 2021. I have two children that attend Franklin Primary School, Addison in grade 1 and Paige is in Kindergarten.
I am excited to be part of the Association, to be able to facilitate and bring about positive change and improvements to what is already a great school.
If you would like to have a chat either face to face please feel free to grab me anytime you see me around school or, Alternatively you can call me on 0407880287 or email me at email@example.com
I am looking forward to a fantastic 2021 that will be know doubt jam packed with lots of events and fun.
The Franklin Primary School Association is fundraising with the Entertainment Book!
Our school receives 20% of every membership sold - which is a great fundraiser!
There are loads of discounts available with the membership - including 4% off Woolworths gift cards (so you can save on everyday grocery shopping!), Big W, JB-Hi Fi, Wish Cards, Rebel Sports, Supercheap Auto. There are also heaps of discounts on activities and dining/take away places including Village Cinemas, Banjos Bakery and lots more!
You can see offers available on this link https://www.entertainment.com.au/offers#offers.
Memberships can also be purchased for interstate areas - so why not buy one for your family or friends, or send them the link to support our school :)
To order your membership just click this link;
which will take you to the join now page. Select Franklin Primary School membership page.
Contact Heidi on 0411 965 767 if you have any questions - Thankyou!
Donations will be collected from school on May 21. For any further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
|Monday 17th May||NAPLAN Year 3-5 Week 2|
|Wednesday 19th May||Whole School Lock Down Practice|
|Monday 24th May- 4th June||Swimming and Water Safety Year 3-5|
|Wednesday 26th May||Huon & Channel Cross Country|
|Thursday 27th May - Thursday 3rd June||Reconciliation Week|
|Monday 31st May||School Association Meeting 3:15pm|
|Monday 14th June||Public Holiday|
|Friday 2nd July||Last Day of Term2 - School Reports Home|
|Monday 19th July||Professional Learning Day|
|Tuesday 20th July||Start of Term 3|