Fun Friday!!!

After starting the day with a fun school assembly that had the theme The Lion King, the students, all excited and enthusiastic, reflected upon the week’s learning after recess within play based investigations.

In literacy the focus was the blend sound ie and the students wrote letters to friends, made crazy ties, and used their vivid imaginations to create play dough pies. Provocations they had explored earlier in the week and had best connected with. Some of the revisited activities were at the student’s request, others were to further extend their learning.

In numeracy they continued with the term’s focus of measurement and, in particular, capacity. Discovering what containers hold more than others and how exactly to determine the answer to that question. Using rice and water the students made predictions and poured contents from one container into another, observing the difference to find out if they had guessed correctly.

After lunch Miss F continued developing the children’s gross motor skills, as they hula-hooped, kept balloons in the air, threw bean bags at targets and swam across the hall floor on roller boards. All as they grooved to music and brought the school week to an enjoyable end.

Prayer

Shane – Dear God, thank you for the beautiful school and for sports today and for us to have things in this world to share and the beautiful trees.

Bodhi – Thank you God for the aeroplanes and sorry for stealing the country that belonged to other people.

Kobe – Thank you God for giving us this world to live in and thank you to the Kuarna people for the world and for giving us a house to live in for the families that we have.

Speck of Gold/Character strengths

Kobe – Playing soccer with my friends.

Bodhi – Forgiveness.

Shane – Playing with my friends and bravery.

St Mary MacKillop

St Mary MacKillop

This afternoon we celebrated the life of Saint Mary MacKillop, and had a yarn about some key factors about her life and why she is important to Catholics within Australia. Initially the children we shown an image of the Australian flag and questioned as to the reasons of why we have an Australian flag on the screen.

Eva – It is something special about where we live

Nyok – It is our country

The children then went off to explore what they thought Saint Mary MacKillop looked like through illustrations within their learning journals. From this, the children came back together to share what they had created, and how each others differed or were similar.

The children viewed a video on Saint Mary MacKillops life before going off and thinking of what character strengths Saint Mary MacKillop showed in her life as a teacher of God.

The children explained Saint Mary used kindness, love, perseverance, zest, she was honest and many more.

School Photo Day – Monday 12th August

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

This coming Monday is school photo day and your child will be required to wear their winter school uniform.  Therefore, girls will be required to come dressed in their pinafore, shirt, tie, jumper and boys dressed in their long winter pants, shirt, tie and jumper.

If you need another order form there are spares in the front office.  Family photo order forms an also be sourced from the front office.  Family photos will be taken at 8:30am on Monday morning.

Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any queries please ask the teachers or the lovely ladies in the office.

The Wednesday Write Up

We started our day with Come Read With Me. The room was buzzing with enthusiastic readers. Our pre-service teachers Mr Casey and Miss F lead us during morning organisation. Today we watched an animated version of our shared text Molly and Mae.

For literacy this week we have been focusing on the blend ‘oa’. Today we got to explore this through a range of literacy provocations that enabled children to make sense of the blend using their 100 languages. Provocations today were set up by Miss F and Mr Casey. They included the following:

  • boat construction
  • set yourself a goal and send it in the mail
  • designing your perfect Winter’s coat
  • home corner full of oats, toast, roast chicken, poached eggs
  • word recognition    

After recess, children visited the library for an opportunity to borrow some new books and listen to the story Joey and Riley. 

In the afternoon children became present, centred and grounded through a peaceful mindfulness time. Later, we spent time reflecting on ways we can show forgiveness in our daily lives. The students worked in small groups to create a role play that showed acts of forgiveness. We look forward to seeing these played out through the remainder of the week.

We finished our day with prayer lead by today’s classroom assistants.

Prayer

Alexa – Dear God, thank you for making all the children happy and being able to enjoy school. At school we all have friends. Also, thank you for the rain which gives us water.

Charlie – Dear God, thank you for all the food that we can eat and thank you for the houses that we live in.

 

Specks of gold

Alexa – I went to the playground with Harper to play Team Titans Go.

Charlee – playing with my friends in the playground.

Khyle – playing soccer with Max.

 

Character Strengths

Charlee – Love

Alexa – Bravery

 

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future! – Paul Lewis Boese

Numeracy Investigations

Children used measuring tapes for the first time, to measure different things around the classroom. Mr Casey took small groups of children outside to make paper planes, and measure how far they could be thrown. Children were challenged to think of their own measurement techniques, Nhial discovering that he could measure distance with his own steps.

Subsidising

Children participated in partner exercises where they quizzed each other by holding up a number of dots for a short amount of time, and analysing how many they saw.

Literacy Investigations

Children investigated their sound of the week ‘oa’ by matching ‘oa’ words to their pictures.

Mr Stramare created some sentence building dice, where students used nouns and verbs in conjunction to make sentences, using capital letters and full stops to start and finish their sentences. The new receptions were also intrigued by some more alphabet investigations.

Character Strength – Forgiveness

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future! – Paul Lewis Boese

This afternoon the children investigated the character strength of Forgiveness. Forgiveness means to extend understanding towards those who have wronged or hurt us. It means to let go. In many cases this is the letting go of some or all of the frustration, disappointment, resentment, or other painful feelings associated with an offense.

The children formulated ideas on what they thought Forgiveness means to them:

Be kind to your friends – Irin and Mikayla

Share- Nyok and Alexa

Means filling the persons bucket- Oliver

Using your manners and helping each other- Declan

Children then used their growth mindsets to complete the provocation of mending a broken heart. Children were given a full heart, then having to rip it into pieces, and stick it back together. The symbolism of the heart showed that we all have a full heart, but when someone or something hurts us, our heart breaks, and in order to move forward, creating a brighter future, we have to try and forgive, once we forgive, a weight is off our shoulders and our heart is full again!

Prayer

Alexia- Thank you god for being really nice to friends, teachers, respecting teachers, which means you need to listen to them but most of all, having lots of fun. Amen

Bodhi- Thank you god for the candy and Oreo cakes for birthdays and thank you for movies, and thank you for letting us have money to be able to go to the movies and buy things like more food to survive. Amen.

Specks of Gold

Alexia – My speck of gold was playing with my friends on the playground.

Character Strengths

Alexia – I used fairness when I was playing with lots of friends camping on the oval and split into 2 groups so I could play equally with friends.

Bodhi – My character strength was bravery and I used it looking for caterpillars.

Thank you,

Miss Fulford and Mr Casey

We Are A Community of Learners

Come Read With Me

Belonging – Get to know you activity

After recess, Mr Casey and Miss Fulford organized an activity with the children that invited them to get to know them a little better. The children were set provocations such as their favourite food, animal and leisure activities.

Science/Play Based Investigations

Mr Casey lead a Science based inquiry lesson where children were working together to sort the days of the week and the seasons of the year before exploring this further in their play through extended provocations provoking deeper thinking.

Children the moved into creating their own learning through play based investigations where they were exploring gross motor skills by creating their own obstacle courses outside, pretend play in the home corner, block building, and so much more.

Arts and Crafts

Miss Fulford introduced the provocation to the children of creating their own origami creations that will then lead into further explorations in numeracy investigations throughout the week.

Nahom A – maybe I could count
Declan – mine took 8 seconds to hit the ground
Max – I think it’s going to take 7 seconds
Nyok – it will take 16 for this to fall from the top to the bottom
Jayson. – it will drop down
Annabelle – it’s going to fall down fast and spin
Nelson – I’ve made a plane
Zac – it goes like spinning
Alexia – I’m going to drop it
Alexa – I think it will take 30 minutes and a half
Dhyani- it will spin when drop it

Friyay!

Saint Vincent de Paul Assembly – Visit from Ronald McDonald House

Today we had a visit from Ronald McDonald House Charities to talk to our St Vincent de Paul house about the work this charity does for families with children all around the world. As a collective house, we have been given the provocation of ways in which we can further help raise funds, be involved and give in the way in which Saint Vincent de Paul gave.

Numeracy Reflection

Mr Casey lead us through our numeracy investigations today, refocusing the children’s attention to the start of our measurement topic this week. Children helped Mr Casey by discussing different ways we can measure length and becoming aware that there are different forms of measurement that can help us measure the same object. Mr Casey created a human timeline, where students had to discuss and help him categories the children up the front from the shortest to tallest. Mr Casey posed various questions to the children, which encouraged them to think about their decisions, and question why. Children then moved onto their provocations where each group had a different way to measure their heights. Children used different forms of measurement from dice, connector pens, pop sticks, blocks and coloured paper to share, compare and analyse their results.

Declan – Our group used connector pens, Nhial was 15 connector pens and Mr Casey was 17 connector pens

Alexia – We measured with dices,

Eva – We were measuring with pop sticks and we had to lie on the floor, and we had to measure them with the pop sticks and we wrote our names and next to that we wrote how many pop sticks we were. We saw how many pop sticks we were and had a look to see who was the biggest.

Kobe – We measured with the cubes, we had 65, 72, 56, 32 and 45. I was the tallest with 72. The shortest was Harper.

Elnathan – Adum was the tallest, and then it was me, Melica and that’s how we found out all of us are different sizes.

Max – I was 7 blocks tall.

Enrique – The dice group were standing up to measure them

Play Based Investigations

Gross Motor Skills

After lunch, Miss Fulford lead our Gross Motor Skills session where children continued to develop skills of throwing and catching, balancing, agility, jumping and crawling 🙂 Children used their growth mindsets to navigate through each activity.

Prayer

Dhyani – Thank you for all the people of the world and being kind to everyone. Amen.

Alana – Dear God, thank you for giving the beads. Amen

Annabelle – Dear God, Thank you for all of the people and for people and everything and the houses, for letting people to live in their house. Amen

Specks of Gold

Annabelle – My Speck of Gold was playing chasy with my friends.

Character Strengths

Dhyani – Kindness, being kind to everyone.

Get to know our pre-service teachers Mr Casey and Miss Fulford…

Miss Fulford

Hi, I’m Carly Fulford and I’m doing a placement with Mr Stramare. I will be in the classroom, helping out and doing some teaching up until the end of week 5. I am studying a masters of primary teaching at UniSA. My previous degree was human movement, so my knowledge base is in the sport and health science areas. I have worked as a gymnastics coach for 6 years now, and it is where I found my passion for working with children. It has been so much fun getting to know your children over the past week and I am looking forward to working with them more in the coming weeks.

Mr Casey

Hello, my name is Aaron Casey.

I am originally from the small town of Crystal Brook in the mid-north of South Australia. My hobbies and interests include playing basketball and football, as well as having an avid interest in reading. I am currently studying a Master of Teaching (Primary) at the University of South Australia. I am a motivated and hard-working pre-service teacher, with a creative mind and a strong attention to detail.

I have previously completed a Bachelor of Media Arts and am also a fiction writer.

I believe that as a teacher, I will employ my creative strengths to craft learning environments and lessons that engage, empower and challenge the young people I am fortunate to be working alongside.

Thank you for having me in your class.