Friday Afternoon Gross Motor Skills

The children continued to work on their Gross Motor Skills Friday afternoon that was lead by Miss F. The children participated in throwing and catching, kicking and teamwork relays 🙂

Book Week 2019

What an amazing day we had on Friday, celebrating Book Week for 2019! The children were immersed in being able to showcase their favourite characters from books they thoroughly enjoy reading 🙂

We unfortunately also said our goodbyes to Mr Casey and Miss F as their time with our learning community comes to an end! The children have loved working with both of them, and they will be sorely missed around the school! They are both going to make amazing teachers in the future, and we wish them the absolute best on their future endeavors!

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. 

Who is your Superhero?

Numeracy Investigations

This morning the children investigated their measuring skills as they ventured outside to use tape measures to see how long certain objects in their world are. The children started to identify that the tape measure shows ‘cm’, and this tells them how long an object is. The children also measured each other to see who was longer within the small groups. Children ventured over to log park to challenge their measuring skills to compare lengths of logs and see which one was longer than the other.

Children were given multiple items found within the classroom and around home, and needed to discuss with one another, which item was bigger than the other, ordering them from smallest to largest. The children used the teamwork and oral language to discuss the reasons why certain items were bigger than the other. Children then moved onto measuring the items with pop sticks to determine which item was longer than the other.

Children’s Quotes

Nyok – Measured a pole with pop sticks

Elnathan – Measuring tape, the numbers on it are centre metres

Kobe – We measured a log that was 217cm

Adum – The tree was 144cm

Eva – The long log that we measured was 170cm

Charlize – We had a skipping rope which was the longest

Shane – The skipping rope was 20 pop sticks long

Superheroes

The children explored the Superheroes this afternoon. Mr Stramare had the Avengers theme song playing and asked the question to the children, what is this music?

Nelson responded with the Avengers theme song and sparked the discussion of the next question, What is a superhero?

Children were then shown an image of the Avengers, and the children’s reaction showcased their understanding of the Avengers team.

Children were shown an image of Mr Stramare’s family, showcasing how how my family members are my heroes. The children were then encouraged to showcase a superhero in their life. The images below showcase their responses 🙂

Prayer

Charlize – Dear God, thank you for my lovely friends and teachers and Mr Casey and Miss F and for this lovely day and puzzles. Amen.

Shane – Dear God, thank you for this school an everybody in the school who I love and thank you for Miss F and Mr Casey for teaching us. Amen

Specks of Gold

Emily – My speck of gold playing with my friends.

Charlize – My speck of gold playing with my cousin.

Shane – My speck of gold playing with my friends at the oval.

Character Strengths

Charlize – Perseverance. Writing my sentences.

Darina – Love.

Emily – Bravery. Playing with friends.

Shane – Bravery. Playing with my friends.

Lets move, Lets shake!

Hi everyone,

This morning the children came into the classroom, full of energy and shared their reading with one another, as well as parents that were able to stay and join 🙂 The children continue to grow and become happy readers as they use their perseverance to challenge their reading.

Literacy Investigations

This morning the children continued exploring their literacy knowledge with Mr Casey and Miss F. Mr Casey explored the sound blend ‘ee’ with the children as Miss F continued to explore the Alphabet in the children’s world. The children worked in teams to create words they knew that had the ‘ee’ within them.

Alphabet Song

‘ee’

The children who explored the ‘ee’ sound, worked together to create words, and played a game with Mr Casey that had blank spaces for the children to use their growth mindset to sound out the word. For example; sl_ _p which spells sleep.

Light and Sound

After recess, Mr Casey explored the provocation with the children, what is light? The children shared their thoughts…

What is light?

Nhial – Lights in the classroom

A light bulb in your house

Felipe – The sun

Zac – Fire

Elnathan – You need a light for when you are in the dark to see

Alana – A light bulb

Nyok – You need light to see

Alexia – A flash light

Children then explored the classroom in groups to see what they could find that has light and sound.

The children then discussed what they found around their learning environment.

Nahom – The light switches let light in

Nhial – The sun comes through the windows

Shane – My group said electricity is what makes the light work
Zac –  It comes from the power station from the windmills

Declan – The TV makes light

Sound in the classroom

Annabelle – The class next door

Shane – Chip packet was stepped on

Alexia – Talking

Zac – The wind

Declan – The trees moving around

Our adventure outside. The children explored the environment around them to showcase their knowledge and understanding of light and sound in the world around us!

Sounds outside

Declan – Motorbikes

Zac – The earth crunching

Oliver – The lid on the bin

Eva – Logs falling

Log Park

Whilst we were outside, the children explored their learning over at Log Park. Children used teamwork work to create some amazing pieces of work from smiley faces, to forts, and we very cautious in listening to sounds they heard around them, from logs falling, to people yelling.

Arts – Dancing

This afternoon, the children were introduced to the song by Tina Turner, Nut Bush City Limits. Our learning community love to dance and move their bodies.

The children worked on learning the steps to the song that teaches rhythm and was lead by the children as they used their growth mindset to challenge their dancing skills.

Prayer

Neither of the assistants chose to pray today.

Specks of Gold

Enrique – My speck of gold was the dancing.

Jason – My speck of gold was playing with friends.

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

Catheren – My speck of gold was eating my apple.

Character Strength

Enrique – Bravery. Reaching for high branches.

Jason – Honesty. I was honest with my friends.

Harper – Love. By playing with friends and sharing my toys.

Catheren – Teamwork. Just because.

Book Week 2019

This Friday (23rd August) is Book Week Dress Up Day, with the theme ‘Reading is our Super Power’. We encourage all students to dress up for the day as their favourite super hero or fictional book character.

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.

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.