Monday, Week 2

As we start a new week our focus turns to our Assembly. This morning coupled with fitness, students learned a dance for our Assembly. Growth Mindsets were on show, with students giving it a go and learning some new moves.

After recess we started a HASS inquiry. This will also be showcased in our Assembly, highlighting the parts of the world we come from.

Time flew as students explored their cultural heritage, finding fascinating facts and comparing populations in the world. We celebrate the different places we all come from and that we are all made in the image of God.

Check out some work in progress

Skye – England                                                        Grace – Italy                                                             Lily – Scotland & Poland

Yshi – Philippines                                                    Hiep – Vietnam

We cant wait to see how these inquires evolve and look forward to sharing the end product at Assembly.

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Daniel & Dani

Friday, Week 1

Modelled Reading
Introducing our first class novel for the year…

Summary:

Darkness had come to the town. Strange things were happening in the dead of night. Children would put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy, but in the morning they would wake up to find… a dead slug; a live spider; hundreds of earwigs creeping and crawling beneath their pillow.
Evil was at work. But who or what was behind it…?

The jaw-achingly funny, Number One bestselling novel from David Walliam. Make your appointment if you dare…

We read the first chapter today and heard about ‘Alfie’, the boy with rotten yellow and brown teeth. His last visit to the dentist was when he was 6 years old, when he endured the horrible experience of having the wrong tooth forcefully removed. Ouch! We can’t wait to read more next week….

Mindfulness

Students introduced the teachers to a funky mindfulness website called Weave Silk, which allows you to create some beautiful and colourful designs.

http://weavesilk.com

Have-a-go, it is very mesmerising!!!

Student Reminder
Please ensure that your ‘Pages’ version of your personal letter is complete and ready to submit into the Shared Folder first thing Monday morning. Don’t forget to bring your green Literacy Journal back to school also.

Week 1 HFCS Newsletter:

Here is the link http://www.holyfamily.catholic.edu.au/newsletters/

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

 

Dani and Daniel

 

Our first week – Through students eyes

As we approach the end of the first week (it has gone so fast!!), I asked some of the students in 5DP & HN how their first week back was.

Imogen

My first week at school was great because I got to meet new people. and make new friends. and I really like are class room. and of course are teacher because there really nice.

Celine

My first week at school was exciting, I was waiting for school holidays to end so that I get to go to school, I was looking forward to seeing who was in my class.

The first day of school was the most exciting part of the week because I get to see my old friends again and get to make new friends.

I knew most of the people in my class. Throughout the day, I was so happy because I now I get to learn things and not sit around and stay at home all day, I get to do sports, maths, English, art and more.

This was one of the best classes I’ve been in. When we worked it wasn’t as loud as my last 3 classes and that means I get to concentrate on my work.

At play time, I get to play with my old friends that I’ve haven’t seen for a long time, and I think my first week at school was Fantastic!

Shannae

This week  I liked meeting my new teachers, you are amazing .

This week I made new friends and their names are Skye and Ava

This week I liked doing art and liked getting to know each other

Grace

I loved the seating of the class room I found it nice and open. So far I’ve made 1 friend and I think at the end of the year I’ll have more, So far so good.

Skye

This week was so much fun… I had the the most fun I had ever had in a long time. I love our classroom because its nice and spacious. I enjoyed my sport lesson and every fitness time we had. Everyone in my class is funny witch is one of the reasons I love this class.I enjoyed reading demon dentist and cant wait to read the rest then maybe read another book in my own time or with the class. I really enjoyed writing my letter to the teachers as well as the two truths and a lie.

Lorraine L

I think this 1st week has been great because I feel like everybody in my class this year has been shy on the 1st week all other years. But, this year everybody has a friend with them and everybody is so comfortable with the people around them so fast!

Anyuat

My first week was great I have the best teachers and have some friend in the class and love all the lesson we do in the class because there really fun and cool and can’t wait to see what we do trough out the year I know it’s going to be fun. Hope the best

Alyna

The first week of school was great I saw some people from last year which was good and the teachers are nice. the bubble doodle art was fun and a great way to start art for the year. SO the first week of school was great.

Kristina

The first week of school was great because I saw some friends from last year and I got to met new people and that I get to name art with Mrs Nunez. And I think this is the best first day

 

Thursday, Week 1

Another fantastic day in 5 DP & HN. For the first time students accessed Prodigy. Prodigy is a numeracy game that is very engaging and aligned with the curriculum. Today students focused on Data – reading and interpreting graphs. The students loved the opportunity to use this program and showcased some great skills.

Students then loved the opportunity to do fitness. We continued to focus on team building skills. Students guided their blind folded partners around the course, using effective communication to ensure their partner avoids hazards. We then played a modified game of tunnel ball. They loved the competitive aspect of this.

(I will add photos of the group when i have all the permission notes returned)

After recess, students finished writing their draft letter. Most are up to publishing their final copy on the computer, some students are taking it home tonight to finish. We will finish them tomorrow.

Finally we finished the day with Art. Senora Nunez set an awesome task, allowing students to creatively draw and decorate their name. This was a hit!! Check out some of these cool designs.

 

Wednesday, Week 1

After a fantastic first day back, we continued learning about each other. Students finished the two truths, one lie task, with HN having some time to present while DP was at Spanish. We plan to present some more on Friday. Both classes experienced their first PE lesson of the year and all the reports were positive.

Later in the day the students had the opportunity to learn more about us. Both Dani and myself presented our letters to the students. We managed to answer most of the questions that the students asked us. It is now the students turn to write back to us. This gives us the chance to learn more about each member of the classroom, whilst looking at their spelling, grammar and sentence structure. We aim to have a handwritten draft completed by Thursday afternoon and a final copy presented on the computer by the end of the week. In the final copy, students can include photos of their pets, favourite sports and foods etc.

We cant wait to read all of these!!!

With our Assembly fast approaching in Week 3, we will soon turn our focus to preparing for that.

Stay Tuned

Mr. Pearce and Mrs. Higgs

Tuesday, Week 1

Welcome to the 2018 School Year!

Your teachers for Year 5; Mrs Dani Higgs, Mr Daniel Pearce and Mrs Virginia Nunez-Scalzi

Please find our beginning of year newsletter below. This has also been provided in hard copy form, along with a number of other forms including: ‘Class Dojo’ sign up, Making Learning Visible consent form and student information detail.

Term 1 Newsletter-y8gh35

Organisation

Our timetable for the day:

We looked at the calendar and plotted special events and birthdays happening in Term 1.

Question Time
Students were invited to record any questions or wonderings that they may have about the year ahead. They could be about the learning or routines for the year or about Daniel and I as their teachers. We will use these questions to guide our discussions with students and to help us construct a personal letter to the class.

Getting to Know You Game :

Mrs Higgs gave 2 examples of truths and one false fact. Students had to guess which was which. This lead to lots of conversation and many laughs! Mr Pearce did the same with his class. Tomorrow the students will get the chance to work on developing their own fact and fiction statements to share with the class.

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