Wednesday 14th November

Today we had another busy day preparing for our class Mass tomorrow and continuing with our shared book focus for Literacy. We shared the book ‘Blossom Possum’ today and then had lots of fun writing our own rhyming books, mapping the animals’ journey and creating our own characters to join the story. We have been trialling a new way of running our Literacy activities with no set groups. The students choose the activities they are most interested in and move to a new activity when they feel they have finished. It is interesting to see what they choose to do and what they are able to achieve when they have more choice in their learning.

After recess we had a quick run through of our Mass for tomorrow, checking speaking parts and special jobs.

 

We then did a GoNoodle dance to get our bodies moving!

Our Numeracy activity today was based around Christmas. Each child drew a Christmas stocking with some presents they would like in it and recorded how much they thought each item might cost. They then had a go at adding up the total cost of their wish list. Some children extended themselves and added a combination of dollars and cents!

We finished the day with Music and Library borrowing.

We are very excited for our Class Mass tomorrow and hope to see lots of parents and family there!

The Assumption story and play…

How does the Christmas story start?

Rowena: The angel told Mary that she is going to have a baby.

Olivia: That they would have to travel along way by foot.

Van: there was a small hut and it was just Mary and an angel Gabriel told Mary that she was going to have a baby.

Javeiria: when they were travelling along way they didn’t have home to.

Alyssa: the king was trying to kill Mary because he wanted to be the king.

The students were then asked to reflect on what they knew about “The assumption story”

Our focus was to remember to use our full stops and capital letters and to be our own teachers and correct and read through our own writing, adding in full stops and capital letters where needed.

This afternoon we got to continue with our investigation we have been really interested in making and designing. We were very lucky that many of our friends have bought in making boxes, we would still love more. We are loving painting

Painting aids your child develop mobility skills. Their hand muscles are being used, which allows them a scope to develop both mentally and physically. Painting helps children develop their decision-making skills.

 

Monday week 5

“Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more.” Loris Malaguzzi

 

Measurement:

Today  we are going to measure ourselves ….. how could we do this?

Meklet – we could use string and measure from the top of your head to bottom of your foot

Yatin – unifiix cubes and count them

Olivia – tape measure – has numbers on it

Ajoh – a piece of paper draw around your body and then you can see

 

  • We used a variety of non standard measurement tools and recorded our height. We then compared this to someone else in the class that used the same measuring tool. We discuss why it was import only to compare to the same measuring tool.

 

Tino – I am 78 unifix cubes long

Vanessa – Me and Meklet are the same 78 unifix cubes, Olivia is 57 unifix cubes. She is shorter

 

Procedure

We challenged ourselves today to write a procedure of something we wanted to make during investigation time.

Title

What we need

Steps

 

Ruby shared her idea with the class – and we helped put it into a procedure

 

Vanessa and Sukh – worked collaboratively to make their procedure – a Caterpillar Habitat.

Sukh – I made this door when the caterpillar is asleep put the sign up  – “do not disturb” Vanessa – I made the bed and the sun. We made this a staff finger print to get in. Vanessa – we made that by getting a piece of paper and colour on the paper to make it really black, press your finger on the paper really hard, then put sticky tape to get the finger print.

 

MASS – a reminder that we have a class Mass this Thursday at 11:30…. Everyone welcome!

BOXES

We would love any recycling boxes…

We have been very busy making and enjoying creating different things. We however need boxes to make things,

Examples include:

  • cereal boxes
  • shoes boxes
  • milk cartoons
  • plastic boxes
  • big boxes
  • anything that can be recycled

 

Money, research and play!

This morning Oliver asked us the question where does money come from?

So as a class we researched together and then shared our learning and ideas.

Blake: I learnt that the money came from a giant machine.

Ruby: Some money comes from machines, you can’t rip it because it is made out of plastic and has drawing on it. The money is strong and it has special numbers on it.

Saara: The money is made into tiny pieces. The money is in box.

Oliver: They put the money in a very big bubble to protect.

Diljoit: there was a big where they put the money

Ajoh: the man said there was a big bubble the bubble makes the money and then the bubble makes the machine, then they take it to the bank and then people go to the bank and get the money.

Ella: It gets printed and then delivered to those that are poor to make them happy.

Olivia: I liked that video because it teached us about money and I like learning about money and making money.

Tino: How you make money you need heat to make it smooth.

Blake: The money is made out of plastic.

Meklet: I like to know how they print the money.

Kimaaya: I learned money is made with 2009 on it.

Khushi:  the money was made in the big big bubble.

Questions we want to find out:

Rowena: Are gold coins Gold dipped?

Through play the students then explored money. Different money provocations were set out and the students led their own learning. The teachers supported the students by asking questions and extended their learning.

This type of learning allows the students to learn to make sense of the world around them. Through play children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments. Our focus was money the students confidence and knowledge grew as they interacted, manipulated and explored.

The students took their books around with them to record their investigations. It was amazing to see how engaged the students.

 

 

Health and Wellness Day

Do you find the minutes in the day go too quickly and you simply don’t have enough time for yourself? Well join us for a morning of fun and engaging hands on activities that allow you time to think about strategies to appreciate the positive aspects in your life. We will be guided by information and activities from Positive Education and discuss the type of language and activities used by staff and students at Holy Family. Some activities and topics covered will include:

  • Having gratitude for everyday events
  • Being mindful and present
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Looking for positive specks of gold (even in the most challenging of days!)
  • Information about Positive Education
  • Growth and fixed mindset
  • Notion of flow and flourish
  • Recognising Character Strengths in yourself and those around you

 

This exciting Holy Family workshop will help you in communicating with your child and most importantly give you the time you deserve to think about yourself and your relationships.

 

Time: 9am – 11:30am (including complimentary breakfast and morning tea)
Date: Wednesday Week 5 (14thNovember)

For catering purposes please, RSVP and for any questions please contact emma.finos@holyfamily.catholic.edu.au

or at the office on 82506616. Numbers are limited so get in quick!

Tuesday Week 4

“There is a great deal of data suggesting that improvements in writing will have a pay-off across the curriculum.”

We do lots of writing during Writer’s Workshop which is an interdisciplinary writing technique which can build students’ fluency in writing through continuous, repeated exposure to the process of writing.

Today we are having a mini lesson on sentences and what we need to write a detailed sentences

We then invite the students to use these skills in their own writing.

“Children will invest themselves more in their writing if they are allowed- indeed, if they are taught- to select their own topics and to write aboutsubjects that are important to them.”

We wrote this together… then the students had a go at writing what they wanted too.

One sunny day at Saint Kilda beach I went to do surfing with my Dad. My Dad drove us to the beach. On the way we had to stopped for a train that was going past.  When we arrived we went and got some beach stuff.  At the beach shop I went and bought a new surf board.

We got our surf boards and ran into the water and started paddling. Then I saw a big wave coming so I went to stand up on my surf board. I caught the wave. Then there was another wave but it was too big the catch that it went over us. I accidently dived deep into the water. When I came up I couldn’t see Dad anywhere. I looked and looked everywhere. The waves were crashing over me but I knew I had to swim fast as I could. Finally I saw Dad in the distance, he was on a boa   t heading towards me. Thank goodness. The boat was however going too fast and Dad could not see me. I started crying and yelling. Finally Dad Saw me. He came over and lifted me out of the water. I gave Dad a big hug and we went off and had lunch and left to beach for the day.

Mrs Smiths group worked on focusing on Christmas and making sure they had full stops and capital letters.

FOOD GROUPS- as a class we discussed the importance of having a balance diet and looked at the food wheel. We broke down the wheel and spoke about fruit and vegetables, our healthy carbohydrates sources, protein sources, dairy sources and then sometimes food!!

The students were then asked to investigate and explore anything they want to around healthy eating. We asked the students to use their 100 languages and creativity. Through play and invesitgation the students explored through their own inquires.

Suk: I might make some healthy food pictures.

Olivia R: I am going to make a healthy hotel.

Yatin: I am going to make healthy foods and then I’ll bend it to make all different healthy food.

Monday week 4

The Good Samaritan –

Focus = R.E and comprehension

Blake: There was two men that charted another man, and then 2 men came along and didn’t help him, then one had a donkey, that man helped him and took him in doors and gave him money. The message is = Not to leave anyone, help them.

Kevin: Jesus is good, he looked after the man

Zarii – The naughty guys stole the bag, he was hurt and 2 boys didn’t help him. One guy helped him, took him there and give him 2 coins.

 

Procedure

Smoothie – healthy eating

 

We made a smoothie together and then the children were challenged to record the steps of this procedure.

 

Measurement – LENGTH

Length – We got into groups of 5 and ordered ourselves from shortest to tallest

We then used unifix cubes and tooth sticks as measuring tools today to measure how long objects in our classroom were.

 

 

WEDNESDAY- MONEY, Possum Magic and Halloween

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY.. What do you know about money?

POSSUM MAGIC

Activity 1

Procedure writing – how to make a vegemite sandwich

Activity 2

Australian menu – Hush and Grandma Poss are coming to your house for afternoon tea. Design a menu for them including Australian foods.

Activity 3

Mapping – on the map of Australia, mark Hush and Grandma Poss’s journey. On each of the places they visit, include a brief description of what they ate and what they did.

Activity 4

Drama – in your group, make a play about the story

HAPPY HALLOWEEN…