Gifts of the Holy Spirit- Courage

Throughout this term, we have been unpacking the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are wisdom, understanding, right judgement, courage, knowledge, wonder and awe and reverence. Today we were unpacking the meaning of courage and linking it to our knowledge around the character strength bravery.

Students were given the opportunity to work in small groups to role play different scenarios where courage could be used. Some students then used their own courage to perform their scenarios to the class.

 

After having a group discussion about courage, students represented their understanding of courage, using their own language. Students used their own strengths to represent their understanding of courage. Some students chose to create more ‘words of wisdom’ around courage, other students used whiteboards, created different illustrations in their art journal and others used their knowledge of poems through inquiry learning, to create acrostic poems and limericks. Here is a quick snapshot of our learning:

 

Words of wisdom

 

For the past week, we have been learning about the Holy Spirit and the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit. Today we focused on the gift of wisdom. Today students created their own “words of wisdom”.

 

 

In class we have been exploring the life cycle of different plants and animals. Yesterday we looked at the life cycle of an orange tree and were given the opportunity to try the oranges outside of our classroom!

 

Growing our seeds and growing in knowledge

What a way to finish off the last day of term 1!

Today we were given the opportunity to plant our broad bean and radish seeds in soil. We explored the roots that formed in the cotton wool and discussed why the seeds need to be planted in the soil. We looked at different aspects of planting such as:

– How much soil is needed

– How much water do plants need

– How to know if you have watered your plant too much

– The importance of having  holes in the bottom of the pots/ cups (to allow for water drainage)

 

Today we removed the roots from the cotton wool and placed them into soil.  We worked as a team to make sure that every seed was planted in soil. Some different questions we asked (a provocation for home):

– How can the seed grow in cotton wool?

– Why do we need to put it in soil, if the plant is growing in cotton wool?

– How can the seed grow in cotton wool?

Take a look at our learning:

 

To finish off our day, we collaborated with 3HS and 3NP. We used the program Kahoots, to do a class quiz. It was great to see students using their leadership and teamwork character strengths.

 

Happy Easter to all of our families. We hope you all have a wonderful break and stay happy, healthy and safe.

Warm wishes,

Mr Winters, Miss Matthews & Mrs Giancaspro

Learning beyond the classroom

Good morning parents, carers and students,

We hope that you are all happy, healthy and safe.  Each week students are being sent emails with tasks to complete. If students are working from home, can you please make sure you send through the completed tasks to your teachers (3JW will send them to Mr. Winters and 4GM will send them to Mrs. Giancaspro and Miss Matthews). For those students attending school, these tasks will be completed at school.

Please note the students have been sent a survey to their school email address. It is an Emotional Wellbeing survey that needs to be completed by this Friday the 3rd of April. Please send an email to your teacher once this has been completed.

 

Helpful tips for parents and students:

– Accessing your email address: username@holyfamily.catholic.edu.au    (username and password are the same username and password used for logging onto their laptops).

– Please note that some of these files are ActivInspire so only laptops with the application will be able to open these. Your child has an extensive understanding of this application.

 

While your child is home from school we would encourage that this time be equally spent with catching up on school work but more importantly spending time with loved ones. We are in a very unique situation and as we all know learning goes far beyond the classroom.

Some additional ideas to include in your child’s day:

  • Cooking following a recipe.
  • Completing jobs around the house.
  • Learning new jobs around the house.
  • Budget and plan a family meal (we have just completed an extensive unit on money). Your child could find a recipe and write down all the things they need to make it, check this against what is in the house, and then write what is required to purchase from the shops. Students could then write a list of these items and what the total cost is.

We would also highly encourage that children are exercising throughout each day (this may be as simple as skipping in the back yard or doing star jumps). There are also some great online fitness videos your child/ren may like to partake in. Here are a couple of examples.

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2YBT7HYqCbbvzu3kKZ3wnw

 

Señora Nunez has also added plenty of Spanish resources on the Spanish blog. Check it out: http://blogs.holyfamily.catholic.edu.au/spanish/

 

On top of the work being emailed out, students are encouraged to do the following:

  • Reading minimum of 20 minutes per day (can be broken into blocks for those that lack reading stamina).
  • Play Prodigy (online maths tool linked to Australia Curriculum (We will to continue monitor this and set assessments each week – as we do in class).
  • Minecraft Education/Lego (if it’s available) – build something with a specific purpose (build a like-for-like version of the house, local park, shopping centre, dream house etc).
  • Writer’s workshop. Write a story on paper (draft), self-edit or edit with an adult, complete a good copy and make a published book (could be as simple as folded paper with staples – front cover and back cover included).

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. Our emails are below:

Jodi.Giancaspro@holyfamily.catholic.edu.au

Emmaline.Matthews@holyfamily.catholic.edu.au

Jake.Winters@holyfamily.catholic.edu.au

Thank you again for your patience and understanding while we work to deliver content in class and online, whilst replying to emails as soon as possible.

Kind regards,

Miss Matthews, Mr Winters & Mrs.Giancaspro

Fish Farm and MUDLA

Today our speck of gold was visiting the Fish Farm and the new MUDLA this afternoon. All of the students got to help feed the turtles, fish, yabbies, hopping mice and lizards.

Take a look at the fun we had:

Harmony Day- Tomorrow

Good afternoon parents and caregivers,

Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow is Harmony Day and the Assembly and the shared lunch have both been cancelled for tomorrow. Children are still invited to wear their cultural clothing or the colour orange (it is not a causal day).

Thank you for your understanding

One world, many cultures

Today we were once again lucky enough to have Iteka visit our class. Iteka lives in Adelaide, South Australia and her language groups are Adnyamathanha (Flinders Ranges), Narungga (Yorke Peninsula) and Yarliyandi (Simpson Desert). Iteka has grown up making regular trips home to ‘country’. She loves sharing her culture and does this through her art, dancing in “Of Desert and Sea”, as well as by guiding cultural tours in Adelaide as part of her family’s business.

Iteka is a very talented dancer who also is able to share her knowledge of culture in the classroom. She is also able to share and create visual art with students. Today Iteka showed us her beautiful Indigenous art and taught us different symbols and techniques.

Today she brought in a range of tools and items, to share with the class:

To finish off our day, we once again continued creating our Trash n Treasure toys.

Take a look at our creativity:

 

** If you still have any recyclables around your house that are no longer wanted or needed, please feel free to donate them to our classroom. Thank you in advance! **

 

Year 3/4 Soccer Carnival

A message from Mr.Pearce:

 

Morning all,

With our approach to transfer carnival consent to digital copies I am advising you of the upcoming soccer carnival.

Numerous Year 3/4 students showed interest in the carnival so a friendly reminder that the consent form is now available of the QKR app. This carnival takes place next Thursday 19th of March.

If you have any issues accessing the QKR app please contact our friendly office staff and they will happily assist you.

Looking forward to it!

 

Week 7

Trash n Treasure

Today we used our creativity and teamwork to use recycled materials to create toys. Thank you to all of the families and carers that have supported us in this experience, by donating boxes, plastics (such as bottles), egg cartons, toilet paper rolls and much more. By creating our own toys out of recycled materials, we are not only using our character strength creativity, but also our understanding around sustainability and the importance of recycling.

“Recycling turns things into other things. Which is just like magic.”

We hope to create 5 toys within each group and have our own little Trash n Treasure market in our classroom, where we will use fake money to purchase different toys. This fun and interactive experience will link in with our numeracy topic around money. Students will be given the opportunity to use their knowledge and understanding around subtracting and using addition to calculate change that needs to be given.

Take a look at some of our learning:

Specks of Gold:

My speck of gold was making trash and treasure and having a new teacher today – Ann
My speck of gold was having a relief teacher while we do trash and treasure and learning about new stuff- Jasmine
Mine was doing trash n treasure because it was really fun, like you get to make with stuff like scissors- Jaiden
My speck of gold was I like all the teachers in the school and I liked the trash and treasure because it was fun- Myla
My speck of gold was mindfulness because it was quiet and peaceful and I got to do my favourite thing which is drawing- Chelsea
I enjoyed having a new teacher and doing trash n treasure with my group – Sampann

 

** If you still have any recyclables around your house that are no longer wanted or needed, please feel free to donate them to our classroom. Thank you in advance! **

 

Year 3/4 Soccer Carnival

A message from Mr.Pearce:

 

Morning all,

With our approach to transfer carnival consent to digital copies I am advising you of the upcoming soccer carnival.

Numerous Year 3/4 students showed interest in the carnival so a friendly reminder that the consent form is now available of the QKR app. This carnival takes place next Thursday 19th of March.

If you have any issues accessing the QKR app please contact our friendly office staff and they will happily assist you.

Looking forward to it!

Week 6

Today we were lucky enough to have Iteka visit our class. Iteka lives in Adelaide, South Australia and her language groups are Adnyamathanha (Flinders Ranges), Narungga (Yorke Peninsula) and Yarliyandi (Simpson Desert). Iteka has grown up making regular trips home to ‘country’. She loves sharing her culture and does this through her art, dancing in “Of Desert and Sea”, as well as by guiding cultural tours in Adelaide as part of her family’s business.

Iteka is a very talented dancer who also is able to share her knowledge of culture in the classroom. She is also able to share and create visual art with students. Today Iteka showed us her beautiful Indigenous art and taught us different symbols and techniques.

Here is some of our art and storytelling:

This afternoon we explored living and non-living things in our school. We went on an adventure around the school and wrote down different types of living and non-living things. This sparked different debates amongst the students, such as: Is water living?

Water is living because God created it – Kanye

Water is living because it moves- Blake

Water is not living because it flows- Carter

Clouds are living because they are made up of water and water is living- Blake

Water is living, because the waves move at the beach. The waves move because the water is living- Jasmine

Water is living because plants can grow from it – Winnie

Miss Matthews: Are there any living things that are man made?

Robots are man made and they are living because they can breathe and talk – Aidan

Robots are not living because they are man made – Kanye

 

Different questions were sparked throughout this group discussion such as:

– Is water living or non living?

– Is the sun living or non-living?

– Are clouds living or non-living?

– Are there any living things that are man made?

– Are there any non-living things that are made by God?

– How do we know if something is living or non living?