My name is Natalie Wotherspoon and I have been teaching at Bungaree since 2006. One of the most important things to me is family and friends and this is something that I love about working at Bungaree. This school has such a ‘small family’ vibe about it, which is often only associated these days with country schools. It is wonderful to see the growing community awareness of how awesome our school is. I am proud to say I am part of this family and get such a buzz out of teaching and getting to know all of these children.
In Room 16 we have worked really hard this year to develop our social and collaborative skills by working together co-operatively in both pairs and small groups in a range of different activities. In particular we have been focussing on getting along, confidence, showing respect, and listening to the views and ideas of others. We have learnt that more often than not, the way we treat others is likely to be the way others treat us. Through self-reflection and goal setting, we have improved our communication and collaborative skills to become reliable and responsible learners that can work effectively independently and in co-operation with others to achieve the desired outcomes.
In Literacy we have been learning how to write descriptive and engaging narratives, with well-developed characterisation and setting, as well as exciting and problematic plots. When writing persuasively, we have discovered the different figurative language devices that we can apply to enhance our arguments and support our point of view. This term we have begun learning about poetry. In our reading, we have continued using guided reading to learn about applying decoding and comprehension strategies to understand our texts. We have also started our Book Clubs to study and analyse a range of different texts suited to our individual levels. This term our texts ranged from ‘Harry Potter’, to ‘A Journey of One Thousand Miles’, to ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’.
In Maths we have been consolidating our mental computation skills, and strategies to help us complete larger number sums using each of the four operations. Ask us about our Addition and Subtraction poems to help our self-talk when calculating. Recently we learnt all about factors and multiples of numbers. Currently we are exploring measurement through use of concrete materials and measuring a range of different lengths, perimeters, areas and the capacity of containers.
I have lived in the Rockingham area for the last 28 years, and have had the pleasure of working at Bungaree Primary School as a Special Needs Education Assistant since 2016. I have been an Education Assistant for the past 4 years, and have experience working with children from Kindergarten through to Year 6.
I enjoy assisting students daily to succeed in their learning, to feel valued and to be a successful part of the Bungaree Primary School community. Helping students to achieve academic milestones and goals is an extremely rewarding part of my job, and I enjoy seeing the students celebrate their success throughout the year.