Today we celebrated Catholic Identity Day! We began our day with a lovely welcome from Father Shaboo.
We spent our morning exploring various different provocations surrounding our own Religious and Catholic Identities including;
Exploring who God/Jesus is through play dough
Can you build the ULTIMATE church? (Block play)
Using clay to recreate our own Images of God
Stain-glass window making
It was incredible and beyond heart-warming to see students from the different classes drawing on their Learning Powers such as Creativity and Collaboration to together explore such an important idea together. Teachers observed students helping one another to plait the wool to create the bracelets, working together to create the stain-glass windows, scribing for one another to complete Gratitude letters and so much more. Take a look at our wonderful morning of learning before we shared lunch together.
OUR CATHOLIC REFLECTIONS
Krish – I made a colourful window. We see them in churches
Jasmine – I played with my friends in the window area from church
Josh -I did a friendship bracelet with Dion
Ann – I made a friendship bracelet with Bella and then with Joseph. For Bella I made it pink and purple and for Joseph I made it blue
Henry – I tried to figure out and made God using clay. His body was purple and his back was purple
Ashvarn – I made a church with blocks with Sampann, Jaiden and Ekam and Nathaniel and Jed.
Cierra – I liked having a little buddy with me
Holly – I loved the shared lunch today
Sukhman – When me and Dion got to work together to make things I really liked that
Jasmine – I have a new BFF from the other class
Nevada – I really liked making a new buddy
Ashvarn – I liked working with the other class and helping them
Here is a prayer video Maddox created with the help of some year 1 buddies – Angus and Talyn.
We started the day off with a whole school assembly with Father Shibu, we prayed and sung – it was a lovely start to the day!
2TD then went and spent the day with 1MR…
We started by reading the book:
“Can I pray with my eyes open?”
Reflections on this book:
Mia: I like to pray by myself
Rhoda: I like praying with my sister and brothers in my room
Kayden: I like to pray in the middle of games
Deakyn: I like to pray before I ride my bike.
Tcross: I like to pray when I am sad or worried
Jake: I like to pray alone
Holly; I like to pray in my bed
Cierra: I like to pray with my mum
The children then engaged in a range of provocationswith a focus of ‘Catholic Identity’.
Aiden, Jayden, Sukhmanand Andy enjoyed making Jesus’s cross using craft materials.
Tcross, Nhu, Keren, Kiziah, Rhoda and Rehatspent most of the morning in the home corner where they were acting out ‘the last supper’
Ruby, Nevada and Cierrawere using the playdough to make a statue of Mary
Alex, Dion, Akemjot, Sonnie, Daksh, Aidan , Kayden, Yson, Ezekiel and Deakyn were busy creating Jesus’s village and a Church using Lego
Ebony, Holly, Eva and Anna were using here artistic skills to draw her image of God
Sanorita, Ahn, Crista were using their writing skills to make books about Jesus, God and Mary
What did you like about this mornings provocations?
Sonnie: I really liked my Church building, it was so big, we all worked together to build a large church
Alex: I liked the lego
Dion: I liked being able to use the lego to build a Church it was fun to build
Aidan: I liked building a house that Jesus lived in
Anna: I liked drawing the best, I drew a house with a cross at the top
Holly: I liked drawing too, I liked drawing the Church
Rehat: I liked having time to be Jesus, I was dressing up, it was fun
Rhoda: I really liked being Mary, it was fun to get dressed up
Cierra: Dear God, Thank you for Jesus and what he sacraficed for us, Amen
Rehat: Dear God I am sad that Jesus died, Amen
Daksh: Dear God thank you for my family Amen
Jayden: Dear God thank you for my friends and family Amen
Ahn: Dear God Thank you for the world Amen
Nhu: Dear God thank you for Jesus and helping the people who are blind and sick Amen
Kiziah: Dear God thank you for my friends and family
Thank you for all the AMAZING an DELICIOUS food you all brought in to share today. It was very special to spend this time together, sharing food!
We finished off the day with some calming mindfulness and reflection.
With calming and relaxing music softly playing in the background, the children engaged in mindfulness colouring, yoga, drawing and reflecting...
We headed off to the hall to have an assembly with the whole school. At this time we reflected on the day, we watched an i-movie of the whole day. It was fantastic to see what all the classes did across the school.
Thank you everyone for a lovely Catholic identity day – what a day to remember!
Welcome to the coldest morning of 2018! It was only 3 degrees when we woke up!
This morning we began our day with some literacy/reading provocations. We are finding that the children are super engaged with these and it gives the teachers time to listen to various children read throughout the week! We had the opportunity to engage in;
Using whiteboardsto practice our words and letters
Aaron Blabeyfocus table with our favourite books to read and review
Reading with a teacher
Teach my Monster to Read
SHARED READING – STANLEY PASTE
This morning we read through Stanley Paste, our shared reading story for the week. We are starting to really understand the themes apparent in the book including that of bullying.
What was happening in the clip?
Nhu – They were bullying and not really being a good friend
Neisha – It was about bullying
Kim – It was about standing up for yourself
Rehat – It was about anti-bullying and you should just stop or walk away from them
How do you think Stanley felt?
Jasmine – He feels sad
Ann – He feels lonely because he was the only kid who was little in his class
Aidan – He might be feeling frustrated
What can we do to stop bulling?
Raf – So you can speak up to the bully and get them to stop
Jasmine – Say stop I don’t like it
Ashvarn – You can just look at the bully and tell them to stop it
Ann – If they don’t stop you can just tell the teacher
Mary – I would tell them to be nice to others
After listening to McGruff’s thoughts on bullying and discussing our own in the class, we used our 100 languages to show our anti-bullying campaign! We had children paining, creating videos, drawing, using blocks and more!
Lucas, Raf, Deakyn, Daksh and Noah shared a video they created showing what to do when being bullied.
Holly and Jasmine also shared a video about what bullying is
As it is Catholic Identity Day tomorrow, we visited the library today and borrowed our readers for the week. Together we read another one of the shortlisted books for 2018;
We predicted what the story might be about;
Kim – Could be about penguins
Nhu – It is about the sky and now there is a second sky
Sonnie – I have seen this book before and I think it is about a sky
Deakyn – I liked that the was in the ocean
Sonnie – I liked the grass and trees in water like when he saw it
Nhu – I liked how he kept trying and trying until he got there
Rehat – I think he used his creativity learning power
Jed – He was using Hope and Optimism
Kim – I think he used Creativity
We then came together to share our learning..
Ashvarn – I Shared the chocolate with 15 people and they got only 2 pieces each.
Rhoda – I shared 30 with 5 people, they got 6 pieces each.
Daksh – I have 30 pieces of chocolate and i chose to share with 6 people and they got 5 pieces of chocolate each.
Our provocation to the children before investigations to lead us into Catholic Identity day tomorrow – Who is Jesus?
Who is Jesus to you?
Maddox: Is God
Magot: My father
Raf: A nice person
Llana: My heavenly father
Lucas: He is a kind and loving God
Rehat: Jesus is a person that made the world and he healed people
Holly: A kind person
Aidan W: He is joyful an helpful
Cierra: He is a kind and loving person
Keren: Jesus is a God that helps us
Tcross: I think he is a saviour to all people who made our world.
Our reflections of Jesus through play…
Ashvarn, Akemjot and sonnie used the lego to make “the village where Jesus lived”
Rhoda, Nhu, Tcross and Rehat made food to feed the poor
Cierra and Nevada were teaching about Jesus
Alex, Dion and Jaiden were using the blocks to build a Church
Nate and Sampanwere building the home that Jesus lived in
Llana, Keren and Kiziahused the screens to play teachers, they taught about how to be kind like Jesus was.
Maddox and Jedcreated an i-movie about their image of Jesus
Jasmine and Holly chose to draw pictures/images of Jesus
SPECKS OF GOLD
Daniel – MY speck of Gold was playing with Aiden at recess
Kurt – My speck of gold was playing with my friends in chaset
Kim – My speck of gold was reading
Daksh – My speck of gold was doing who is Jesus
Ruby – My speck of gold was playing at Log Park with Neisha
Kiziah – My speck of gold was playing with Keren and Llana
Akemjot – My speck of gold was playing handball chasey
Thanks for a wonderful day Year 2! Remember, tomorrow is Catholic Identity Day!
We went into our guided reading teams and worked together to solve the problems below!
One thing that happened in the book?
Holly: There were 9 planets in space
Keren: It was teaching us all about planets, Mars is the hottest planet
Aiden: All of the planets were around the sun, there are lots of planets, one is Mars.
Sonnie: The sun is actually a star and it is really hot, people cant live there, there is lava
Deakyn: The book taught about planets, the moves goes around the earth really really slow
Akemjot: Saturn has a lot of stars around it.
Sukhman: The moon moves around the earth
Group 3 – Recalling Water Facts;
Sampann – The waves flow on water and the hills go really deep and steep for the water
Justin – Water flows in mountains
Lucas – Ice is water but it is cold well frozen water
Raf – Water can also be ice
How did you use the Character Strength of Kindness in PE today?
Jasmine – I was kind to Miss Roberts because it was her birthday
Llana – I showed kindness by getting the ball for Neisha
Magot – I was kind because I was sitting and not talking when Miss Roberts was
Jaiden – I helped Ashvarn
SHARED READING – STANLEY PASTE
Together we read through our shared reading text for the week – Stanley Paste. We discussed how being small would make Stanley feel.
Jake: I might feel bullied
Ann: I might feel sad that people may stomp on me
Kiziah: I would be sad because i cant see things
Mia: If i was really small because people may bully me or I cant reach a door to open
Lucas: I would be the best at limbo
Alex: I feel like ant man and could do things like ant-man
Tcross: I could hide in small places if we were playing hide and seek
We then did the below activity….
Nevada and Cierra led a class prayer about their families.
Daksh: Thank you for my family and for the food they give me.
Mary: Thank you for my family, i love them and feel lucky to have a family
Rhoda: Thank you for my family and supporting me, Amen.
Daniel: thank you for my family they are so nice Amen
MATHS – DIVISION
What do you already know about division?
Sampan: its dividing
What can it help us do?
Sonnie: it is like sharing, like cutting things in half, you need to know how to share
Rehat: Division is something that you share in equal parts..
I have a problem….can you solve it?
Ashvarn – This is my nerf gun. It is a mega nerf gun. I play with it with my brother. Sometimes we have a nerf war. I try to aim for dots. It says Mega on it so to know it is mega. So it can shoot really high! You pull the black part up and down and then the orange thing shoots from there.
SPECKS OF GOLD
Nate – I liked playing with my brother at the oval and I liked doing the math!
Cierra – My speck of gold is playing with Nevada at Log Park
We began our morning with a range of literacy provocations, including:
Matching contractions to their extended version
Creating sight words using playdough
Deciding appropriate punctuation endings to sentences
Dictionaries and creating our own
Using whiteboards to practice our words and letters
Aaron Blabey focus table with our favourite books to read and review
Reading with a teacher
Teach my Monster to Read
FITNESS AND BRAINFOOD
Today we played handball on the courts and some of us completed a playground obstacle course.
MATHS – DIVISION
We viewed the following story and then had a discussion.
Nhu: The mum was making cookies and the doorbell rang.
How many cookies did they start with?
How many people came to the door first?
Lots of people kept coming and they were running out of cookies.
Jed: They need to divide them up.
Show us how you would share the 12 cookies between 3 people fairly.
Children recorded their thinking and learning in their numeracy journals. They used different materials and strategies to solve the problem, including:
blocks, counters, division circles
Adding, counting on, multiplication
Mia: Dear God, you gave us our life. Amen
Jasmin: Thank you for. making our Father. Amen
Neisha: Thank you for our house where we can live. Amen.
Nhu: Thank you for the food so we can survive. Amen.
Jake: Thank you for my mum because she’s adorbs. Amen.
Libby: Dear God, I’m sorry for upsetting my mum and my dad. Amen.
Mary: Thank you God for making us with your heart. Amen.
Libby: “This is my giant Pick Me Pop. I got it yesterday and it came with two of theses charms. One was a pink bunny and one was a blue bunny. I got it from Target, Hollywood Plaza and I sleep with it. I don’t have a name for it yet though.”
Jasmine: “I saw it at Target too”.
Ann: Does it smell like blueberry?
Nevada: I’ve got Pick me Pops at home.
Joseph: How much did it cost?
SHARED READING – STANLEY PASTE
We had a look at the front cover. What do we think our new shared reading story will be about?
Rehat – He looks small and he can’t reach really high
Nevada – He looks sad because he is not tall
Nhu – He looks worried and a bit upset because he can’t reach the chair
Cierra – His eyes look sad because he has to look up at the sky
After reading the story we split into pairs for a special task. We had to record our thoughts on one of the following statements;
Eva and Ebony: “We agree that people need to be accepting and kind because they won’t get bullied. If someone said ‘no you can’t play with me’ you might cry. Everyone is different in their own way”.
Aiden and Daniel: “I agree because he’s a little guy
Mia and Mary: “We think that he can get taller by eating fruit and sleeping because then each year you can get taller”.
Jake and Andy: “We agree that people need to be accepting and kind because I like being kind. We agree that the bullies get told off and that they realise that bullying is bad and they don’t bully people again”.
Holly and Jasmine: “We agree that people need to be more accepting and kind because we think they should be more kind and nice”.
Nevada and Cierra: “We disagree that boys and girls shouldn’t be friends because it doesn’t matter if you are different”.
Rehat and Libby: “We disagree that boys and girls shouldn’t be friends because even if you are a boy or a girl you can still be friends”.
After lunch, we continued with our investigations. This is a wonderful time of learning which allows children’s interests and creativity to lead their own learning experience. Strong learning interests at the moment include shops and restaurants.
Nathaniel – I am making a plane, it is a push (force)
Mile – I will open a pizza shop and sell pizza to the class for free. It is Pizza Hut
Sonnie – Me and Justin and Kurt made a simulator on paper. It is like the laptop but we drew it
Ruby – We are making a pet shop. We sell pets like dogs and cats.
Nevada and Cierra – We have a food shop and we have a menu to show you too.
SPECKS OF GOLD
Aidan: My speck of gold was building with the blocks. We were building a house with blocks.
Aiden N: My speck of gold was playing in the sandpit with Tcross, Nhu and Natalie.
On Friday 29thJune 2018(week 9) our school will be celebrating our Catholic Identity.
2TD and 2IB and 1MR and 1JM will be working together on this day. We will be exploring our faith through a series of provocations and our ‘100 languages’.
We will also be having a shared lunch on the day. It would be appreciated if children could bring a small plate of food to share. Please note that we are unable to heat any food and therefore, any hot food needs to be brought in to school prior to eating. Our shared lunch will take place at 12:15pm.
We look forward to a wonderful day of learning.
Nicole Tropeano, Sinead Diotallevi, Michelle Rodgers, India Battifuoco and Jasmin Moore
We began our day with a beautiful liturgy led by 2DT. The liturgy focused on friendship. We all read with confidence and showed a growth mindset to reading aloud in front of a large group of people. After the gospel we reflected on what we appreciate in our friends.
Sonnie – They are kind
Daniel – They are fun
Ashvarn – happy
Jake – Super super hilarious
Justin – Kindness
Raf – Being nice
Deakyn – Amazing
Aiden – Family
Noah – Funny
Ruby – Kind
Neisha – They care for you
Llana – My friends make me laugh
Sukhman – Playing
Dion – They are cool
Holly – They are kind
Mia – They are supportive
LITERACY – SHARED READING
Tying in with the theme of our Liturgy, today we discussed the theme of friendship after listening to our shared reading story ‘Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley.’
What do you think makes them good friends?
TCross – They like to help each other when one is sad or worried
Ann – When one forgets their mittens the other makes them warm as toast
Rehat – When Pearl gets tired, Charlie looks after her and tucks her into bed
What do you love about your friend?
Jasmine – They help you to write or read and make you feel better
Libby – If I don’t have anyone to play with they will help me
Mia – They play with me
Akemjot – They play handball with me
Rehat – They make you laugh
Neisha – When I have lost something they help me find it. She likes things like me
We discussed the importance of handwriting. We then recorded what we personally think makes a good friend. Have a read of some of our heartwarming responses 🙂
Jasmine and Holly led a special prayer with the class … “thank you God”
Mia: Dear God I am grateful that I have enough food to eat.
Rhoda: Dear God when my friends are sad I support them.
Ashvarn: Dear God thank you for the classes.
Daksh: Thank you for our friends are making us happy.
Sukhman: Thank you for my cousin.
Daniel: Thank you for making our families and the world.
Has anyone heard of the word division?
Jake – ive heard of it but unsure what it means.
Jasmine – taking away
Ashvarn – yeah it means…sharing
We then watched this clip on youtube..
We reflected on the clip…
Joesph – if you had 8 flowers and 2 vases you make it fair so put 4 in each vase
Ann – so division is in like halves. If one has more than the other it is not fair
Daksh – it is about equalling the same
Jed – its abit like fractions but you divide things into each group
We then played musical statues…when the music stops make groups of….
Then we explored this concept of division and grouping through play and recording.
Sharing and reflection about what we did…
Libby: I was using the gems..i divided the gems into 5, there was 2 groups, both groups had 5 so there was 10 altogether.
Dion and Jed shared an i-movie they made about sharing popsticks (lollipops) “we made 2 groups of 11…they were the same in each group”
Jake shared his work on the laptops “i made 2 groups of 2 which equals 4 altogether”.
Ruby shared an i-movie
Rhoda – This is my old toy. I have had it since I was a baby. I like doing my work with it. I got this from my aunty.
Jasmine – These are my drawings and I searched them on the internet to help me. I drew lots of different girls because they were so cute I Couldn’t resist.
WORLD CUP INQUIRY
We continued on with our World Cup Inquiry guernseys!
Just a quick reminder that 2TD have their class liturgy tomorrow morning at 9am where all parents are welcome.
We are also still collecting bottles as part of a whole school initiative – feel free to bring in from home!
As we focus on Information Reports during our literacy learning, today’s guided reading focus was exactly that. Each group read through their own Information Report book and reflected using their 100 languages about what they had learned.
Upon return to class from our PE lesson we used our knowledge surrounding the CLARA Learning Powers to reflect on our lesson.
Today for prayer we said the ‘Our Father’ prayer together.
Kristina – Dear God, thank you for my friends and family. Amen.
Mary – Dear God, thank you for everything ike friend and families. Amen.
Nevada – Thank you for my mum my dad, my sisters and my pets. Amen
Daniel – Thank you for making our families and friends. Amen.
TCross – Dear God, thank you for my friends for being on my side. Amen.
Daksh – Thank you for our houses so we can stay safe. Amen.
Ashvarn – Sorry for hurting my friends. Amen.
NUMERACY – FRACTION FUN!
We began our numeracy session with a fun, exciting and challenging game of KAHOOT! The questions focussed all around our fraction learning over the past fortnight.
After this, we were given the opportunity to showcase our knowledge surrounding fractions. It was a challenge to be able to show halves, quarters, eighths and any other fractions we know!
Rhoda – We did Kahoot with colours in Spanish
Dion – If you won Kahoot you got a lolly
WORLD CUP INQUIRY
As World Cup fever sweeps through the country and our school, this afternoon we spent some time discussing what the event is all about! We had a look at some of the highlights from a game and were in awe of the skills shown!
We then used our 100 languages to show what we understand the international event to be and even created our own teams!
Nathaniel – Roosters
Neisha – Powerful Kittens
Mile – Real Madrid 2.0
Aidan – Port Power
Raf – The Fire Dragons
Lucas – Lucas the Power
Ruby – Adelaide Kittens
Dion – The Reds
Alex – MIG Kids
Eva – Unicorn Love
Thanks for a wonderful day Year 2 – keep warm & see you tomorrow!!!! 🙂