Imagination Has No Limit

Hello everyone,

Writers Workshop/PE

This morning, both R/1MS and R/1EQ took it in turns visiting Mrs Cooymans in PE and when in the classroom, engaged in their writers workshop stories. Students showed perseverance, zest and bravery as they used their growth mindsets to write their stories through the exploration of their imaginations. Stories were also told through illustrations and verbal communication.

Play Based Investigations

After recess, children entered in their play, exploring activities from, paper plane making, cubby house building, exploration on the laptops, writing, cooking in the home corner and exploring their livings things inquiry in the yard. Children showcased their love of learning, as well as being fair through their ability to share with one another and in doing so creating deeper learning by including others in their play.

We were blessed to be joined by Miss Canala’s reception/year 1 class and Mrs Nicosia’s year 4 class to explore their play with us in a very loud, fun, engaging learning community.

Photographs courtesy of Elnathan 🙂

Mindfulness/Music

After lunch, both classes visited music and engaged in a mindfulness activity, exploring mandalas. Children used their perseverance, patients and love of learning, to calmly work through their creations.

Prayer

Bodhi – Thank you God for the living things, for us to welcoming them in our house. Amen

Alexa – Thank you God for everything and to have fun everyday so everyone can live with their families and have fun with their parents and also have fun with their grandpa’s and everyone be happy, and thank you for letting everyone live everyday and be happy everyday. Amen

Mission Day Tomorrow

Students are able to bring anywhere from 50c-$5, to explore numerous activities run by groups of students and classes 🙂

All money raised will go towards Fred’s Van, Catherine House and Loreto Vietnam Orphanage!

Children can also wear casual clothing for $1

Parents are welcome to join us from 1pm on wards when the activities commence 🙂 Thank you

Grounded in Truth: Walk Together in Courage

The National Reconciliation Week website states that “National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.” This week in order to honour National Reconciliation Week, we have been working with the children to gain a better understanding of Indigenous culture. This has been done in a range of ways, mostly through sharing Dreamtime Stories with the children and looking at our own mobs and why they are important to us.

Our Day at a Glance

Reconciliation Week Investigations
This morning we continued to explore our understanding of Indigenous culture by revisiting our mobs. The children were encouraged to add lots of detail to their mob drawings, making sure we could see the details of each member of their mob. We also spoke to the children about the importance of their mobs and why they chose the members of their mob. Some children included their pets, as well as drawing an important place that their mob belongs.

***Unfortunately we can’t show you the photos, as we want them to be a surprise at our assembly! We will share the video to our blog after next Friday.***

Literacy Investigations
After recess, we continued to consolidate our learning of the ‘b’ and ‘j’ sounds through play-based investigations. The children were able to use the class laptops to record on PhotoBooth, write in ActivInspire and engage with literacy games chosen by the teachers. Children also created their own butterflies, bees, jellyfish and jets. In the home corner, children celebrated a birthday with breakfast of jelly and juice. Some children created their own bowling game with the blocks and balls.

During investigations, children used their creativity, collaboration and belonging learning powers. We also had children hunting through the class for ‘b’ and ‘j’ words, as well as lots of oral language as the children shared the words they noticed with ‘b’ and ‘j’. Children were so engaged that we felt bad for stopping them to go to library.

Library
This week we shared Tricky’s Bad Day by Alison Lester.

The blurb reads: “Poor Tricky! Nothing is going right for him. Milk spills, buttons won’t work, his little sister wrecks their game, and when he tries to help out, everything gets worse. Then Dad has an idea. Outside it’s wild, but there’s a lot to explore…”

Tell me about Tricky’s day:

Tricky’s day was bad, but then it became good because it kept trying with his dad – Nhial
When Tricky was walking with the two babies, his dad said no and after when he was inside the house, he was talking to his sister about the building and after the sister ripped it – Nahom
His day was bad and he kept trying to do it, but it didn’t work and he kept on trying and he tried his best and his day was good – Adum
He was trying to do hard work. He tried to stop and control the things he had done – Oliver
He had a bad day at the start and it was a good day at the end. At the first bit, his daddy was mad at him, but then they went in the tree and he was happy – Declan
It was a bad day, then a good day – Dhyani
When he had a bad day, then he kept on trying and never gave up – Charlee

Assembly Preparation
We spent the afternoon practicing our songs and dances for assembly. Here are the links to the songs:

Class Prayer
Thank you, God for making everybody so everybody can have somebody to play with. Amen – Eva
Dear God, thank you for everybody making friends and family. Amen – Hayley
Thank you, God for having us good and healthy and sometimes you don’t need to eat too much sugar and you don’t need to do some stuff and I hope you have a really nice world. And for having the teachers and the plants and people too and making new friends in the whole wide world. Sometimes we just have to do some stuff, but if you have a nice day, be really good, that means you get to do some more stuff. Amen – Zac

We Are A Community of Learners

Good afternoon everyone,

St Vincent De Paul Presentation

As a whole school community this morning we headed over to the hall, to come together to listen to Jane Short speak from the St Vincent De Paul’s Society and the role they play in Fred’s Van. Jane spoke to us about the overwhelming generosity of our school community by donating cans on Friday, and explained how they are going to be able to use our donations to feed men, women, boys and girls who are less fortunate than us. A truly remarkable gesture by our school community, walking in the footsteps of Jesus, by helping others in need.

Play Based Investigations

After recess students immersed themselves into their play based investigations. Showing creativity, curiosity, collaboration and resilience, in the determination to extend their learning by leading their interests.

Mob Drawings/Spanish

Between the two classes taking it in turns visiting Spanish, being Reconciliation Week, we revisited our mobs that we looked at earlier on in the year! Students reflected on who was in their mob, and will use their 100 languages tomorrow to delve deeper into the importance of the people or things in their mob, and explore this further.

Prayer

Kobe – Thank you God for making this world and making us do learning and thank for the teachers, and thank you for the books that we can read to get higher levels and thank you for Spanish and music. Amen

Khyle – Thank you God for letting us the class be nice and tidy and making sure everyone is being nice. Amen.

Charlee – Dear God, thank you for letting us have plants so then we can have a nice yard and thank you god for giving us a school and teachers. Amen

Adum – Dear God, thank you for all of things and our investigations and doing lots of fun things, and thank you for making the whole school, and being ourselves, and giving us lots of food, and lots of friends so we can play with them and giving us lots food so we can play, and sometimes have casual day and assemblies.

“Our task is to help children communicate with the world using all their potential, strengths and languages, and to overcome any obstacle presented by our culture.” – Loris Malaguzzi

Our Day at a Glance

Acknowledgement of Country
Each morning, we acknowledge Kaurna Country. The children help us to recite the acknowledgement. This morning, we explained the significance of the Kaurna Acknowledgement in light of National Sorry Day yesterday, and National Reconciliation Week this week. See below for more information about our exploration of Reconciliation Week.

 
Monday Morning Literacy
This morning we introduced the ‘b’ and ‘j/g’ sounds to the class. After singing some songs about the sounds, the children brainstormed ‘Bb’ and ‘Jj’ words.

We then gave the children time to record the letters and some words in their writing books. This week, we focussed on letter formation, as both ‘b’ and ‘Jj’ are quite often reversed. The children used their mindful agency to attempt the letters and words independently, later asking for support to correctly form their letters.

Investigations
After recess the children engaged with play-based investigations, consolidating their knowledge of literacy, numeracy and laptop tasks. We love watching as the children explore their learning environment and use their imaginations to create their own knowledge. Today Kobe and Khyle worked together to first create their own 10-pin bowling, then moved on to a basketball/accuracy throw. Harper created her own laptop, before using a class laptop to make videos on PhotoBooth. Alexa, Alexia, Bibi, Eva and Adam were busy drawing and creating. Declan and Dhyani played in the home corner, with Declan taking on the role of a dog. Lego was again popular as Enrique, Nelson and Bodhi worked together to construct a house. Emily, Charlize, Irin and Hayley worked together on the laptops in the home corner; Arjan and Zac supported one another with laptop games . Max and Felipe continued to work on the puzzle they began last week. Elnathan use his laptop to search for basketballs and basketball players.

Reconciliation Week Investigations


Before lunch, we spoke to the children about reconciliation week. Follow this link: https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/ to view the video we shared with the children.

Children discussed the character strengths they saw in the video:

Bravery – Irin
Zest – Kobe
Walking together with their love – Nahom
Honesty when the trees got hearts on them – Kobe
Teamwork – Nahom
Curiosity when everyone was going in the circle – Alexa

To prepare for our discussion about Reconciliation Week, we asked the children if they remembered speaking about their mob in term 1.

What is a mob?

What you do with your family – Irin
My mob is my family. My family has love. Your family is a mob, they are a big pile and they are family and they help each other – Alexia
Mob is about trees and houses and family, even flowers, even bushes, even grasses, even echidna’s, even mum’s and dad’s, even children, even teachers – Nahom
Mob is about family – Dhyani
A mob is about photos and family and happy stuff – Hayley
My mob is about my family because my family looks after me a lot and they take are of me every day – Charlize
My mob gives me food and water and some fruit for school – Nyok
Mob is your heart and it is your whole family and it means you help your friends and mob needs to be fair and mob is drawing your family and it means play with your friends – Declan
My mob is my family because they play with me – Eva
Mobs is a family and your cousins and your sisters and brothers – Adum
A mob is where you have families and we love each other and if you are worried about anything, you just go to your mum and dad and they’ll sort it out for you – Charlee
A mob is about kindness and helping your friends and being kind and sharing your things and being kind to others and let them join in to play what you are playing – Kobe
Be kind to your new friend and whenever you’re with your best friend, you be kind to them too – Mikayla

Mass Song Practice
We skipped our afternoon writing, as we needed to go to the hall to practice the songs and actions for Mission Day Mass on Friday.

You are welcome to join us at 11am on Friday in the hall to celebrate mass.

Prayer
Thank you for we had a good day today and we went to mass practice and on Friday you get to wear casual clothes and we liked today and yesterday was a sunny day – Elnathan

Thank you, God for everyone to have fun and make brand new friends. Everyone can still see each other when they’re not sick – Alexa
Thank you for the playground and the Log Park and for making us a human and for making us friends – Declan

When we make play the foundation of learning, we teach the whole child – Vince Gowman

Good afternoon to our lovely families,

Assembly

This morning we ventured over to the hall to watch a beautiful assembly presented by R/1MP and R/1NS which was all about sustainability and keeping our environment clean through different ways. The students demonstrated ways on planting vegetables and other plants, how to dispose of our rubbish into the correct bins, and included numerous songs about keeping our world clean as ‘We have the world in our hands’.

Go Noodle

After assembly, students engaged in some Go Noodle fun as students danced their energy away, sharing their love of music and dance with one another as students showcased their talents.

Play-Based Investigations

After recess where explored all our learning from the week in our play-based investigations. Students engaged in challenging the learning through different provocations based on shape, their letter/sounds of ‘Ff’ and ‘Ll’ through provocations such as creating flowers and letters. Some students chose explore their living things inquiry outside searching for insects, flowers, but more importantly working collaboratively in sharing their learning with each other. Creativity shone through today with students having a strong interest in creating amazing pieces of work through the use of paper. It had a very medieval feel to it, as students explored creating shields and swords.

Prayer

Bodhi – Thank you for candy so we can be healthy.

Wishing everyone an amazing and safe weekend 🙂

Not all classrooms have four walls – Claire Trickett

Morning Prayer

This morning children in R/1MS were very lucky to have some special visitors during our prayer time. As Parish team day was held at our school today, we had around 12 guests come and join in our prayer service, revisiting the Parable of the ‘Workers in the Vineyard’ Matthew 20:1-16. Students entered in discussion with our guests on what they thought the scripture was about, and were given an insight into the teachings of Jesus through several members.

R/1EQ Numeracy Investigations

Upon returning from Sport, R/1EQ started exploring our numeracy investigations for the week, where students continued to show how they challenge their learning, but also working collaboratively in order to create deeper meaning for themselves.

Play-Based Investigations

After Recess, students engaged in our play-based provocations as we were accompanied by R/1GC, to explore our learning together, by building strong relationships with each other through our love of learning. Students showcased their talents, learning powers and character strengths throughout our time together!

Outdoor Classroom Day

Today we celebrated Outdoor Classroom Day, and were very lucky to be joined by our year 3/4 Buddies and R/1GC to take are learning into nearby Grevillea Park where students had the opportunity to participate in sport, search for living things, test their strength on the playground, and navigate their way through climbing trees and bushes! We made the most of the amazing weather that was on show today, and had an abundance of fun sharing this experience with their peers. We took advantage of being able to enjoy are delicious food outside!

Music/Writers Workshop

After lunch students in R/1MS and R/1EQ took it in turns to visit Mrs Crisp in Music, engaging in mindfulness and writers workshop.

Prayer

Khyle – Thank you God for everyone being nice and careful, and thank you God for the nice weather

Shane – Dear God, Thank you for the beautiful seasons, beautiful millipedes and the sunshine

Friday 24th May

Casual day! Can of food to donate towards Fred’s Van.

 

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Collaborative Learners
A big theme in our learning this year has been ‘teamwork’ or collaboration. We have supported the children to join forces to support one another in their learning and whilst outside in the yard. Our upcoming assembly will also support this theme of togetherness and connection with one another. Everyone has a place to learn in our class and we encourage the children to share their strengths and share these with their peers. Today, we engaged in a lot of play-based investigations, working as a team towards a shared classroom goal.

Our Day at a Glance

Due to site-wide technical difficulties, we were unfortunately unable to attend National Simultaneous Story Time. We will endeavour to use the link for the online story: Alpacas and Maracas in class to ensure the children don’t miss out.

Literacy Investigations
We started our day with play-based investigations around the ‘Ll’ and ‘Ff’ sounds. Children engaged with word, letter and sound puzzles, writing and drawing, and laptops – playing word games, voice recording in PhotoBooth and writing and drawing in ActivInspire. Children also had the opportunity to find and draw leaves, create their own flowers and use the word and letter blocks to create words, and later towers. Before recess, the home corner opened, as children took their puzzles and books to create their own learning through pretend play.

The use of oral language in play-based learning supports children’s understanding of the new words and sounds they are learning. Oral language plays an important part in children’s literacy development, as well as their social development. During investigations today, children practiced the language of joining in play, conflict resolution and supporting one another as they collaborated.

Numeracy Brain Break
After recess, the children had a quick brain-break, working on their subitising together. Mr Stramare put a game on the screen, asking the children to help him to share how many dots were displayed on screen. He would quickly show the dots and the children needed to show him how many they saw with their fingers. 

Investigations
Children continued their investigations between recess and lunch. During this time, each class took time to visit the library and choose new books.

Library – Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove

The blurb reads:

After listening to the story, children shared their thoughts and understanding of the story:

The story is they went last but they win the race because the maracas made them win – Nahom
They are the instruments that play the shakers. They love the shakers and the shakers because did they win? They came last and usually last is best – Shane
There were maracas – Charlee
Thanks for the racket I don’t like – Arjan (Ms Quigley played the maracas as she told the story)
Maracas go shake, shake shake, ta, ta, te, ta, ta, cha, cha – Zac

Religion Investigations
To begin our religion investigations, Mr Stramare asked the children what is special about the bible.

The bible is special because it’s about Jesus and God and also because they tell the stories that happened so little kids can learn – Eva
God and Jesus – Elnathan
Jesus is in it – Emily
Somebody wrote the book and Jesus is  very special in the book and God helped him – Declan

The scripture linked in with our character strengths. Today we learned about fairness.

What is fairness?

The everyone does it, it is fair, then someone doesn’t do it, it is not fair – Alexia
If you ask someone to play with you it’s fair, if you don’t ask, it is not fair – Nahom
It is not fair if some people have a toy and some other people don’t have it – Charlize
When you play with the toys, you have to share it. If you don’t share it, it’s not fair – Irin

Mr Stramare showed the children a video: 

The children worked in pairs and were given some counters to share between themselves to show how they can be fair.

We had six, so Harper has three and I have three. So we have the same – Kobe
We were fair because we had the same amount; three, three – Nhial

Mr Stramare and Elnathan role played the following scenario:

‘Elnathan is playing with some counters.’
Mr S: “Hello Elnathan, can I please play?”
Elnathan: “No!”

The children agreed that Elnathan wasn’t showing kindness. So they tried again…

‘Elnathan is playing with some counters.’
Mr S: “Hi Elnathan”
Elnathan: “Hi”
Mr S: “How are you?”
Elnathan: “Good”
Mr S: “Can I please play?”
Elnathan: “Yes”

The children then worked with their partners to be actors and share one scenario that was sharing and another that wasn’t sharing.

We finished with the following scripture from: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+20%3A1-16&version=NIV

Matthew 20:1-16: The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

“About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.

“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

“‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

“The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

It’s not fair because the people who worked for 1 hour got 2 money and the people who worked for 5 hours got two money as well – Kobe
It’s not fair because the one hour people get money and the 5 hours need to keep working and the one hour does less work – Elnathan
It wasn’t fair because the people who work for 5 hours got the same amount of money even though they worked more – Eva

How could you make that story fair?

By giving the people who worked for one hour, one coin and the people who work for longer get two – Kobe
When someone do a lot, they get two, but when the other person does a lot they should get the same by working harder. The people who don’t work hard they will not have brains – Alexia

What is being fair?

Sharing your toys and sharing stuff – Irin
Sharing – Shane
It’s not fair if one person has three counters and one person has one counter, but it’s fair if one person gives one of their counters to the other so they have two each – Eva 

Prayer

Dear God, I like how everyone likes to play and share and be kind and have laptops and have a good day and the school and have a good home and you go to school early. Amen – Nyok

Shaping our Environment

Come Read With Me

We started our morning with ‘Come Read With Me’, where students explored their love of reading with parents, peers and teachers as they engaged in texts they have borrowed from the library.

Shared Reading and Brian Food

During eating our brain food, students listened to our shared text, ‘All Are Welcome Here’ by Alexandra Penfold. Students continued to reflect on the importance of belonging and how we are all different, have different strengths and talents, and how that is what makes our world, and school community so unique and diverse.

Numeracy

In numeracy today, the year 1’s engaged in a mini lesson with Mr Stramare focusing on the differences between 2D and 3D shapes through a Venn diagram, whilst the Reception students engaged in a mini lesson with Miss Quigley focusing on 2D shapes and the certain characteristics they have such as the amount of sides.

Alexia – I was building my robot and using some colour

Nahom – I was making a robot, it had buttons, and it was made of a cardboard box

Alexander – I made a robot with a laser, and a big green eye, and a smiley

Adum – We were making robots with shapes, I had a triangle, cylinders, squares and circles

S – I was making a robot out of different shapes like squares, triangles, circles

Dhyani – I made a robot with pink colour and yellow

Elnathan – We were doing 3D and 2D shapes, we were making shapes out of paper, we had a pyramid, a rectangular prism, we had a cylinder, a cone and we had lots of stuff that we had to colour shapes. I coloured in a pyramid, triangles were the same colour, a pyramid is taller than a triangle

Eva – We were learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We learned about how some have different sides and we coloured in nets which the same shapes had to be the same colour

Emily – I made a triangular pyramid, it has four faces.

Kobe – When we were making some 2D and 3D shapes, we had rectangular prism, cubes, sphere, and triangular prism, circle and square.

Spanish/Writers Workshop

After recess, both classes took it in turns visiting Signora Nunez in Spanish, and exploring their Spanish learning through play, looking at numbers and other areas to challenge and enhance their Spanish literature.

Continuing on from their shape learning this morning, students continued this through literature in creating shape books of their choice. Children chose to illustrate as well as write what shapes they were analyzing. Students also identified characteristics of the shapes, such as the amount of sides they may have.

Living Things Inquiry

After lunch, students engaged in mindfulness before venturing out into the the school community to continue exploring our living things inquiry. Students used their curiosity, collaboration, sense making, teamwork and kindness to explore their learning with peers as they shared their learning with each other, discussing ideas and identifying what is classified as a living thing, and what is not.

Elnathan – I found a huge plant and I took a photo, I found it with Alexander. We went to the MUDLA and found the mice, we found fish in the fish farm and we went to the big trees near log park and took a photo of them

Mikayla – I found a millipede and we found a lot of ants

S – I found an invisible fish and orange plants that smell the best and leaves that were burnt

Dhyani – I found some barrmundi, they were big, they were swimming around

Alexia – I saw a butterfly with white, and it flew away

Eva – I found fishes in the fish pond and I looked at it really long, because it looked like the fishes were swimming really fast, and I couldnt really see them until I saw the little fish

Zac – I found lots and lots of ants, and a big dead log and I tried to find a worm, but I found some barramundi, one was big and one was small

Kobe – Me and Felipe were finding snails and millipedes, we found lots of millipedes and one snail, we were trying to find a big millipede. We made a hideout for it in glass circle container

Nyok – We found millipedes in the garden, they were playing, we found some plants, and some fish and they were swimming

Irin – I found a goldfish in the fish farm, it was swimming slow

Declan – I found a pile of ants, they were just walking around, they were making a double circle

Prayer

Kobe – Dear God, Thank you for the kind and thank you for this day and thank you for the friends, nature and teachers

Declan – Thank you God for making us, for making us, thank you god for our friends, and thank you God for making me toys and so you can play outside, thank you for making the playground

Charlee – Dear God, Thank you for letting us have the school, and be family and have family and make friends and thank you God for giving us a house and thank you God for feeding us, making us strong and making toys and thank you God for giving us people to play with and thank you God for the teachers

Tomorrow Wednesday 22nd of May

Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow morning, students will not have our regular ‘Come Read With Me’ time as students will head over to the hall to be apart of the National Simultaneous Story time. National Simultaneous Story time is when the whole of Australia read the same book, at the same time. This years book is ‘Alpacas with Maracas’.

Friday 24th of May

Students are encouraged to bring in a tin can in order to wear casual clothing to donate to ‘Fred’s Van’.

“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling” Margaret Lee Runbeck

Our Day at a Glance

Come Read with Me
Thank you to those who were able to join us this morning. We love starting our day with Come Read with Me and allowing the children to catch up with one another and share their books. It is a lovely, social way to begin our day and helps the children with separation, when they can both spend time with family, and also chat with their friends when they first arrive.

Literacy
This morning we introduced ‘Ff’ and ‘Ll’ to the children. The children brainstormed lots of words:

  

Children then had the opportunity to record the letters and some words in their books. Some children challenged themselves to write some sentences with their ‘f’ and ‘l’ words. We noticed high levels of engagement as the children selected words to record, some adding pictures to support their writing. The children are enjoying the chance to try new words and are becoming increasingly independent when it comes to writing – we are having less children ask for dots, coming to us for help only after they have tried on their own first.

Investigations
After recess, the children engaged with play-based investigations. Some children chose to continue writing, copying words from around the class, in books, and making up their own words. Kobe, Max and Khyle counted Kobe’s money, using skip counting to count the 5 cent pieces, 10 cent pieces and 20 cent pieces. Continuing on our ‘living things’ inquiry, some children found millipedes, and when studying them, noticed that they were racing, so watched closely as they moved across the table. Children continued to explore the class laptops, engaging in learning games on ABCya, Teach Your Monster to Read, PhotoBooth for photos and videos, and writing and drawing in ActivInspire. We have loved watching the children share the laptops with one another and teach each other how to use them – sometimes they are even teaching us new skills!

Assembly Practice
Before lunch, we went to the hall to begin practicing our dance for assembly. We decided it would be best to begin on the stage for our dance, meaning all the children could see the screen to copy the moves, and we will have a better idea of the space we can use from the start. The children previewed the song on Friday and were already keenly copying the moves. We won’t show you what we’re doing, as we want it to be a surprise in week 6!

Shared Reading
We finished our day with a new shared reading book: All Are Welcome by Alexanrda Penfold, illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman. The blurb reads:

“No matter how you start your day, What you wear when you play, Or if you come from far away, All are welcome here.
Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcome. A school where children in patkas, hijabs, baseball caps and yarmulkes play side by side. A school where students grow and learn from each other’s traditions. A school where diversity is a strength.
Warm and inspiring, All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, and they are welcome in their school. Engaging lyrical text and bright, accessible illustrations make this book a must for every child’s bookshelf, classroom and library.”

Before reading, we looked at the front cover and then asked the children what they thought it might be about:

Welcoming everyone into this country – Nhial
Welcoming them into the country and into the houses and kingdoms – Kobe
The book is about welcoming people and making friends and being kind – Eva
No making secrets – Oliver
Using honesty – Kobe
It’s about tokens – Alexia
Tokens and sharing God and the kingdom. Be kindness to everyone – Nahom
It’s all about family – Shane
Teamwork and sharing to one another and welcoming them to your houses and the country and every country where you go and they can follow you and you don’t need to say “go away” because then you will hurt their feelings. Then you say sorry and then you are their friend and then you laugh and then you can welcome them everywhere you go – Elnathan
It might be about when people meet new people and then make friends and don’t be mean to each other – Declan
I think it’s about tokens – Mikayla

As Mr Stramare read the story, Elnathan noticed that it’s like the sign in our class that says ‘we are all connected’.

The last page of the book had lots of balloons that said ‘welcome’ in different languages:

There’s people holding hands – Khyle
There’s different country writing – Emily

It’s from different countries – Bodhi
They’re speaking in their language – Nhial

Everyone’s welcome to this school. Everyone in the world – Kobe

Writing Time
We followed on from shared reading with some writing time. The children were able to choose their writing topic and which book to write in. Some children even chose to work on their writer’s workshop. The children use their mindful agency to choose their writing topic and sound out words as they work. Some children continued to copy words from books, building their confidence to find and record letters and words.

Prayer
Today as the children prayed, they had the option to hold some Rosary Beads. Mr Stramare explained the importance of rosary beads and how we can use them in our class prayer.

Dear God, thank you for all of the earth and giving us lots of things, so we can play with them, and giving us lots of fun things to do. Sometimes you need to sit on the mat, but sometimes we can have something fun and we can play sometimes and sometimes if the teacher says what to do, we need to do it. If you get somewhere and your friend is what you wanted, you play with them and they can play with you and you can play with them for the rest of the day. Sometimes you don’t meet them in the holidays but you will see them when the holidays are over. You have lots of fun things to do when they are away. They will miss you, but they will see you soon – Adum
Dear God, thank you for making everybody, so everybody can have a friend to play with. If there aren’t enough people, nobody will have a friend to play with – Eva
Thank you, God for giving us some food and animals. Animals, some of them is happy, but some of them is really scared of people. Sometimes the kids will not go there, only the grown-ups will go there – Alexia