In 2016 staff decided to revise our current procedures and have introduced a more relaxed and flexible "home learning" structure. Stages have opted for a term overview for major research and project items. This format will continue this year
Daily reading is still considered an essential learning task.
A new way of spelling called "Words their Way" is in operation across all stages. We have conducted a parent workshop on this program earlier this year.
Maths, especially the number strand, is also undergoing constant revision with Carol Spencer providing staff and parent training once again this year. Our main focus is on deep understanding. Please keep an eye open for stage information sessions.
We also value the limited time families have together and recognise that learning takes place in all types of situations. We must remember that we are all life long learners. We also are encouraging our students to take responsibility for their own learning and "OH THE PLACES THEY CAN GO." Theodor Giesel, known to millions the world over as Dr Seuss, is our role model this year. His books and sayings are worthy of being our focus for successful lives. Take a few moments to explore his books and discuss the meanings and intentions behind this wonderful author.
Contrary to some belief there is no real evidence or research to support the theory that homework has any real benefit and that students who complete homework, especially in these early years, are more successful learners than those students who do not.
Please check the relevant Stage pages to keep up with the latest tasks for students.
If you have any concerns on any task or topic please contact the class teacher.
Blackwell has also launched a new FACEBOOK page this year to assist with keeping communication open between home and school. Please follow us on our public page. We have also created private groups for each of our stages. Please contact our office to learn how to register for these closed groups.