We began our day today with independent reading. It has been a great way to build reading stamina as well as conference with the children about what they are reading and assist with book choices. We encourage all children to read each night or morning at home as well.
Literacy Groups: Mr Coad joined us today for our Literacy group activities. It has been fantastic to see the groups using the time efficiently and supporting each other with the activities. This fortnight has seen the groups exposed to new activities including Scattegories (very challenging !) and Banagrams (think scrabble and crossword combined). Great to see so many children giving these new activities their best shot !
There, They’re and Their was another of our focus tasks this week. Using the correct word choice when inserting into a sentence and then constructing sentences using the different versions of Their/There/They’re.
Word Work: Following on from Literacy Groups the children continued on with their weekly word work task. This week the task encouraged students to complete some research about the ‘Chunnel’. It was great to see the children’s curiosity build as they found out more and more. Maybe ask your child what the Chunnel is and see what they can tell you about it. Mrs Hawkes had been in the Chunnel and she didn’t even realise !
Mass Practice: After recess we met with Mrs G’s class and Mr Urdanoff to practice for our mass tomorrow. We are well prepared and looking forward to celebrating our forgiveness mass.
Numeracy: We have continued to focus on 2 and 3 digit addition. Lots of consolidation of Base 10 principles, the value of digits in their place within a number and manipulating numbers during addition. Many children are now confidently performing 3 digit addition using both written algorithms and mental strategies. We will continue to rehearse and apply these concepts throughout the term
Here are some activities you might like to use at home for practice
Religion: This afternoon we continued to explore prayer and liturgy. We again shared the scripture story Mark 1: 35-38 Jesus goes to a solitary place to pray.
Some of the questions students reflected on included:
1. Why do you think Jesus went to pray on his own?
2. What did the disciples mean when they said ‘everyone is looking for you’? Were people actually out looking for him?
3. What other ways did Jesus pray?
4. What are some of the ways you might pray and strengthen your relationship with your God?
Students retold the story of Jesus and is solitary prayer in their own words before creating a digital picture of what they think this place may have looked like. We look forward to posting their completed illustrations.
Mrs Hawkes and Mr Elder