Writing

This morning, we had a go at a new writing activity in small groups. The students got into groups of 3 or 4 and worked together to write a story. They spent a small amount of time generating ideas and then started writing, each taking turns to write a sentence. They had a lot of fun writing their sentences and changing the direction of the story!

Tuesday !

Welcome to Tuesday ūüôā

We started off busy this morning with Come read with me and Reading Groups.

Today Ayrton, Paxton, Kiara, Stefan, Lucas shared a text called Saving the Little Penguins. We predicted from the title that it might be a non fiction text but soon discovered it was in fact a narrative.

Our focus was on finding directly and indirectly stated information in the text.

Questions included:

How do we know that the jumpers are not for a baby?

Why might some penguins need to wear a jumper?

How did Grandma learn about the penguins?

Who is teaching Grandma about the internet?

Why would the penguin story be on the news?

 

Writer’s Workshop:

Today we again focused on creating sizzling starts for stories. The idea is too hook the reader in within the first few lines of the book.

Some examples from the children are:

Topic:¬†Getting blamed for something you¬†didn’t do

  • My goodness this is so unfair ! Why do I always get the¬†blame?
  • Why did my friend blame me ! As if it’s my fault….so unfair.
  • Did my mum just shout at me!? I did nothing!!!
  • I wish I didn’t get up this morning, now I’m in trouble.

Topic: Playing with a pet

  • Why did my dog bite me? I was just trying to play….
  • I love my pet dog….whoops !
  • OUch ! Why does he always bite me when I’m trying to play?
  • I was playing with my pet cat when something terrible¬†happened…
  • Come back ! Come back ! oh noooo……
  • Now I’m really mad! As if that was my fault….I didn’t do anything¬†to make him scratch me.

We are looking forward to the children using sizzling starts in their stories.

 

Numeracy: Today we revised the strategies the children can use when calculating change.

We acted out scenarios where they used coins that had a greater value that the cost of the item they were purchasing.

Some of the skills required for this include

  • Knowing how many cents in a dollar
  • skip counting in 5’s and 10’s
  • Counting on a back
  • Rounding to the nearest 10
  • Coin combination

We would love you to encourage your children to handle money in their after school activities, weekends etc. to assist them with this important life skill.

 

Relat Assessment: today the year 4’s did a fabulous job completing the RELAT assessment. They did their best and we look forward to receiving the results later in the year.

 

Class Mass: 4HA and 3MA will celebrate mass on Thursday at 1130. All are welcome.

 

Spring Fair Update:

We are very keen to hear from parents who may be able to assist us on the day of Spring Fair or with setting up. If you are able to donate an hour of your time we would really appreciated it. Please email your Child’s teacher if you are able to assist.

Casulal Day : This Friday we are asking for donations of good quality second hand books, dvd’s, toys or other items for our second hand stall. A gold coin donation will be accepted in lieu of a good and in exchange for wearing casual clothes.

We will continue to collect donations of small beauty and bathroom goods until the end of term as we create a hamper prize for the fair.

Thank you for your continuing generosity.

 

 

Monday Week 6

What a beautiful sunny day to start our week!

 

This morning we started our day with Come Read with Me.

Literature Circle

On different days students in Year 4 will be invited to read in a small group with the teacher. This is to focus on specific reading strategies and to encourage exploration of a range of text types. Students will read to the teacher 1:1 during these sessions and will only read aloud to the group if that is something they are comfortable with.

Year 3’s will continue to be invited to read 1:1 on different mornings with their teacher.

Book Reviews:

This week the children will be adding their final details to their Charlotte’s Web book reports. It was wonderful to complete the book last week and to celebrate Book Week by doing a text/film comparison on Friday. It has been fantastic to see the children engaged with the story and the characters. It will be a hard book to beat as we select our next whole class text.

Writer’s Workshop:

This morning in writer’s workshop we encouraged the children to apply some editing strategies that included reviewing the introduction to their writing. We asked the children to re read their writing and decided whether they had a sizzling start that hooked in the reader. We shared some examples of the creativity that can be applied to the beginning of a story to make it sound less ‘generic’.

We look forward to reading some sizzling starts over the next few days.

 

Library:

Today in Library we shared the book

Together we discussed some of the ‘what if’s ‘ that we might have that stop us from doing things or make us worried in different situations.

We finished our discussion with the idea of replacing those ‘what ifs’ with WHAT IF IT’S FUN??

 

Numeracy:

Today the year 4’s continued on with their backyard mini golf design. We are working on finding out the cost of our materials depending on how much of each material we used.

Lot’s of learning in the concepts of cost/m, multiplication, area and repeated addition.

 

Religion: Tomorrow the Year 4’s will undertake the RELAT assessment (Religious Literacy). This is a short multiple choice assessment and will be done in one lesson.

Today we did some final revision in preparation for the assessment exploring Pentecost and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

 

Have a great week!

 

 

 

Book Week Dressup

Today we celebrated Book Week with a wonderful  dress up day.

The theme this year is ¬†“READING IS MY SECRET POWER!”

Reading takes us  to many exciting places. There is no limit to our own imagination.

After recess the school came together and each class had an opportunity to parade in their costumes

Please share in our creative  costumes.

 

Reminder: Year 3s will have Tee-Ball lessons every Monday until the end of the term so they will need to wear their Sports uniform on both Mondays and Tuesdays.

Book week dress up

Don’t forget this Friday is dress-up day for book week, students are invited to dress up as their favourite book character if they would like to. Please note, this is not compulsory and it is not necessary for students to go and buy new costumes. Some of the best costumes are those students create themselves using what they already have at home!

MOON LANTERN FESTIVAL

 

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

The Moon Lantern Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival is a popular harvest festival celebrated when the moon is at its fullest and brightest.

At Holy Family we will be celebrating the Moon Lantern Festival on:

Friday 13 September

Students are invited to wear traditional or cultural clothing.

The 3JM and 2RG assembly will take place after recess at 11.00am and it will highlight cultural aspects of Moon Lantern Festival. Activities will include a lion dance, singing and sharing of cultural information. The winners of the Lantern Making Competition will also be announced at the assembly.

After assembly, students and families are invited back to their classrooms for a shared lunch.Students are encouraged to bring a plate of food that represents their culture.

Monday Musings

Welcome to Week 5!

Literacy

This week we celebrate Book Week. Each day there will be special book week activities in the centre for the children to participate in if they are interested.

We will also be focusing on shared reading during our Literacy sessions this week. Today we shared a big book called

The children really enjoyed this text and in particular liked the visual challenge of finding the different images within the graphics.

We continued with our Charlotte’s Web book reports. Today the children focused on giving the book a rating and recommendation. They have also re designed the cover of the book including their own blurb.

On Friday the children are invited to celebrate Book Week by dressing up as a book character. There will be a voluntary costume parade at 1030 in the hall for children to show off their costumes.

Numeracy:

 

Today we began an integrated task that includes simple budgets. The children will be designing their own mini golf backyard course. This task will also include area and shape concepts.

Religion:

Today in prayer we shared the following scripture:

Acts 2:43-47

 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,  praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

We discussed the ways people gathered and shared in the story of Jesus Christ.

We then spent time investigating what the church would look like during the different liturgical seasons. This included colours, symbols and scripture.

 

Tennis Carnival:

Congratulations to those students who attended the tennis carnival today. A chilly day to play but great sportsmanship was shown by all children.

 

Football Carnival:

Several students have nominated to attend the football carnival tomorrow. It is a strict 8:45 am departure and they must have their consent form returned before departure if it has not already been returned.

 

Welcome to our new student Fravashi who started in Year 4 today.

 

 

 

 

Book Week

Book Week will be celebrated in Week 5 (next week)

On Friday the 23rd August the children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character.

We look forward to celebrating the day with the children with a costume display and some fun book activities.