Welcome to 2021. We are the Heads of Department Curriculum at Mareeba State School (commonly referred to as HODCs).
Head of Department Curriculum Prep – Year 2 is Mrs Valerie Dayes and Head of Department Curriculum Years 3 – 6 is Mrs Nadine Apps. We are looking forward to working with students and teachers in these year levels. We are both located in the library.
Here is a quick overview of the English units that students will be studying in Term 1:
Prep – Explore The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other stories – orally retell their favourite story
Year 1 – Exploring how narrative stories work and providing a response about their favourite story
Year 2 – Creating a new narrative using a familiar animal character
Year 3 – Write a narrative on the theme of their own choice
Year 4 – Write an alternative for the story 'The Twits'
Year 5 – Write a narrative on the theme 'Facing my Fears'
Year 6 – Write a narrative that explores an issue associated with The Great Barrier Reef
During term 1, parents will be invited to attend a Parent Reading Workshop.
- Friday, February 19th, there will be a reading workshop for Prep parents in the library from 9:30 – 10:30am.
- Monday, February 22nd, there will be a reading workshop for parents of students Year 3 – 6 from 9:30 – 10:30am.
- Friday, February 26th there will be a reading workshop for parents of students Years 1 – 2 from 9:30 – 10:30am
Please look out for invitations to these workshops that will be coming home with your child. Please RSVP if you are able to attend as there will be a 'goodie' bag provided on the day.
The Reading Café will begin Tuesday 9th February 2020 for years 1-6. Prep students will begin the Reading Café in a couple of weeks after this. The Reading Café runs every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8:30 – 8:55am in the library. This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to come along and practice their reading and/or complete homework. Every time a student visits, they receive a Milo and every 10th visit earns them a cupcake.
Volunteers to assist in hearing students read are always appreciated. If you are able to assist, please join us in the library on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Remember what Dr Suess says:
Valerie Dayes (HODC Prep – 2) Nadine Apps (HODC 3 – 6)