Our 2022 Classes
Our classrooms are predominantly composite classes, designed to best suit the needs of our students. This year we have 6 classrooms - Prep, a Grade 1/2 class, 2 x Grade 2/3/4 classes, and 2 x Grade 5/6 classes.
Our Prep Class
Our Prep teacher this year again is Angela Stringer.
Over the years, Angela has worked at Paynesville Primary School in a part-time capacity as the specialist teacher in Library, PE, ICT, Art and Kitchen. In 2020 Angela returned full-time into a classroom role, team teaching middle school with Mary Sowa, while Kate Ingram was on sick leave, then continued in Terms 3 and 4 as the Grade 3/4 Literacy and Numeracy teacher, working with small groups. Then last year Angela took on the role of Prep teacher and we are very lucky to have her continue this role in 2022.
Both of Angela's sons attended Paynesville Primary School and are now in VCE and university. As a family, they spend their time on the farm and capturing all the fun the Lakes have to offer. Angela says that Paynesville Primary School has many great programs on offer and she encourages all students to make the most of their opportunities and enjoy life to the max!
OUR GRADE 1/2 CLASS
Rachel Smith is our Grade 1/2 teacher again this year. Rachel will be planning, teaching and assessing all the Grade 1/2 students in their open plan classroom.
We have had a wonderful start to the year and look forward to some exciting learning and activities throughout 2022.
OUR GRADE 2/3/4 CLASSES
Mary Sowa is our Grade 2/3/4 Team Leader and teacher again this year, with Erin Bould (see below) as our other Grade 2/3/4 teacher.
Our 2/3/4 teachers this year will also be joined by Jorden Collins, Caroline Taylor and Suzi Hudson, who will be supporting students within our classroom. Trinity Fordham will also be joining our team as a Learning Tutor to catch up and extend students' learning.
Erin and Mary will be team-teaching our Grade 2/3/4 class. This means that we will address broad topics as one big class, but students will then work in smaller groups so that their learning is targeted specifically to their needs.
To give you a brief run-down of what we plan to cover this term:
Reading - we will be spending 5 weeks on fiction texts (learning about plot, characters, themes and word-use) and 5 weeks on non-fiction texts (learning about summarizing and subject-specific words).
Writing - our focus will be 5 weeks on narrative writing and 5 weeks on persuasive writing. We are also planning to be creating a weekly 2/3/4 magazine, which will feature student writing. We will do handwriting or touch-typing each week.
Spelling - we are using the Oxford spelling program this year. Students will also do one day on grammar per week.
Maths - topics for this term are: place value, addition and subtraction.
Swimming - Tues & Thurs for the first 5 weeks.
Respectful Relationships & Resilience - problem-solving and managing stress.
Specialist Subjects - Art (with Deanne); Kitchen (with Amy).
Teaching alongside Mary in our Grade 2/3/4 classrooms this year is Erin Bould. This is Erin's third year teaching at Paynesville Primary School, having taught Grade 5/6 the previous two years. Erin actually attended Paynesville Primary School herself between 2000 and 2006 and absolutely loved her time here. Erin's grandma was also a teacher at Paynesville Primary School and her aunt did a lot of relief teaching here.
In Erin's spare time she does a lot of camping, hiking and other outdoor activities. She has a little one eyed, blind dog called Maisey, who is 12 years old. Erin's boyfriend Mitchell is a local labourer and helps build houses. Erin is very excited to be back at Paynesville Primary School again this year in her new role as a Grade 3/4 teacher and getting to know all her new students.
Our Grade 5/6 Classes
Our Senior Team Leader and one of our Grade 5/6 teachers this year again is Jarryd Floyd. This is Jarryd’s eighth year at Paynesville Primary School. Jarryd and Kate Ingram (see below) work together, planning and teaching all the senior school students in joint, open plan classrooms.
We are so excited to welcome the grade 6s back into our classes this year. We’re equally excited to have our fabulous new grade 5s join us in the Senior School this year. We’re also lucky enough to be joined by Kerry Walters, Cecile Oates, Suzanne Hudson and Jorden Collins, who will all be supporting learning within our classrooms.
This year we’re also welcoming Lucy Dangerfield into our classes. Lucy is in our class as part of the Tutor Learning Initiative, to help students catch up and extend on learning they may have missed during the 2021 remote learning period.
Learning in Term 1 2022
In writing we will be covering a range of genres including Autobiography, Biography, persuasive and recount.
In reading, we will be covering strategies that will assist students with their comprehension of texts. These include visualising, connecting, asking questions and inferring. We are also focussing on reading stamina, which will see students practice lengthening the amount of time they can comfortably read for.
In maths we will be covering topics such as, shape, line and angles, place value and addition/subtraction. We’ll continue testing through our usual pre/post testing, as well as through essential assessment.
Inquiry this term will see us all become Brainologists as we study the brain in our science units. By the end of the unit students will have a deeper insight into how the brain changes as we learn, as well as the purpose and function of different areas of our brains. We will also be exploring some of the physical and behavioural features of desert plants and animals, and compare them with plants and animals that live in other environments. Students will pose questions and develop evidence based claims to support their reasoning. Through hands on activities, students will investigate how the features of desert plants and animals will help them to survive in their own natural environment.
This year students in Grade 5/6 will be learning Japanese. This will include students learning greetings, pets, food, family members, and numbers 1-10.
Feel free to come by the Grade 5/6 classrooms at any time to meet Erin and Jarryd – their classrooms are always open during school hours!
Teaching alongside Jarryd in our senior classrooms this year is Kate Ingram. Kate is very excited to be our Grade 5/6 classroom teacher this year. Kate has been a primary school teacher for the past 16 years with experience teaching specialist classes (Visual Art and Science), middle and senior school. This will be Kate's fourth year at Paynesville Primary School, having taught Grade 1/2 last year and Grade 3/4 the previous 2 years, as well as successfully beating cancer during that time!