# Wednesday Week 5, Term 1 – 26/02/20

LITERACY

This morning we read our Shared Reading text, ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’ by Bill Martin Jr and illustrated by Eric Carle. Today we focused on our two new sounds for the week, ‘p’ and ‘i’. As we read the text together we popped our hands on our head every time we heard a word beginning with the ‘p’ sound and the ‘I’ sound.

After, we had the opportunity to participate in ‘p’ and ‘i’ play. We practiced writing the uppercase and lowercase letters and sounds on the whiteboards, we painted and wrote words starting with our two sounds, we created ‘Pp’ and ‘Ii’ with play dough, we also made items beginning with our sounds using the play dough. We wrote letters to post in the postbox, making sure we used our two sounds in our writing and we created ‘i’ and ‘p’ posters.

Ash Wednesday Mass

Today we joined together for a whole school Mass for Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, which is 40 days, not counting Sundays, of fasting and repentance prior to the celebration of Easter.

Ash Wednesday Mass Reflection

After our service we returned to our learning area where we reflected on the Mass and what we had discovered about Ash Wednesday.

R/1 FD Reflections

R1/JM Reflections

After this service we used ashes to rub the sign of the cross onto each of the children’s foreheads. The ashes represent mourning and repentance.

Numeracy – Patterns

Today we continued exploring patterns. It is important we develop an understanding of patterns before we move on to understand other concepts within mathematics.

What is a pattern?

Alexia – ‘any colour that is the same after the other one. One colour then another then the same one.’

Viraj – ‘a pattern, is a square, triangle, square, triangle, square, triangle.’

Mikayla – ‘pattern is like happy face, sad face, happy face, sad face.’

Nikolas – ‘A pattern is the same thing around in a circle. Red, orange, around in circles.’

Shane – ‘a colour pattern like, blue, red, blue, red.’

Monique – ‘a pattern looks like a circle like pink shapes. Square.’

Connor – ‘Edel’s dress has a stripe pattern.’

Thomas – ‘Viraj’s top has a pattern.’

We then explored materials around the room and created as many patterns as we could.

# Monday Week 5, Term 1 – 24/2/20

LITERACY

Today we introduced a new Shared Reading Text, ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’ by Eric Carle. This book will be our focus Shared Reading text for the next two weeks. We will draw our literacy learning from this text, exploring sounds and high frequency words from within the text. We will also draw on writing techniques, and styles within the text as an opportunity to build our literacy knowledge and apply this knowledge when creating our own books during Writer’s Workshop.

Miss Moore – ‘What is this special mark here?

Carlee – ‘a question mark!’

Miss Moore – ‘Who can predict what picture will be on the next page?’

Alexandros – ‘A black sheep.’

Today our focus word was ‘see’. The children waited in anticipation as we read each page and septs our listening ears and looking eyes out for the word ‘see’ which appeared on just about every page!

After the children moved off to finish a sentence beginning with ‘I see…’ in their own Writer’s Workshop books.

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Catholic Identity

Today we practiced our prayer Mass songs as a whole school for our whole school mass on Wednesday.

Sharing Our Learning

R1FD sat in a circle and shared our work with one another. This activity encouraged children to develop their oral language skills, peer relationships and confidence within out learning area.

Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum

Today we explored out feelings. We discussed what feelings are and what different feelings we know. The children looked at a variety of emojis and shared their ideas about how they thought that particular emoji was feeling. Here were some of our suggestions…

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‘Gerald the giraffe longs to dance, but his legs are too skinny and his neck is too long. His knees buckle whenever he tries to twirl. At the Jungle Dance, the warthogs waltz, the chimps cha-cha, and the lions tango. “Giraffes can’t dance,” they all jeer when it’s Gerald’s turn to prance. But there is one little creature who believes in Gerald. “Everything makes music,” the cricket explains, “if you really want it to.” So Gerald starts swaying to his own sweet tune.’

Together we read ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’  by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker – Rees. As we read through the text we stopped each time we noticed the Gerald was feeling a different way. The children shared their ideas about the shifts in the Gerald’s emotions.

The children then recorded how they were feeling in their Learning Journals…

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Mini Literacy – Sound Revision

To finish our day we went through our four sounds that we have been working on through the last five weeks. As a group we read the sounds, Ss, Aa, Tt, Pp. We focused on reading the sounds as a group and thought of words that begin with our sounds.

# Tuesday Week 4, Term 1 – 18/2/2020

This morning we arrived and did what we do every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning, Come Read with Me. This time gives children the opportunity to read to peers, teachers and their parents. Please feel free to stay in the room on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning to read with your child and be a part of Come Read with Me.

Literacy

After, we read our shared reading text, ‘The Tiny Seed’ by Eric Carle. This lead us into our Literacy activities. The children engaged in a range of literacy focused activities such as, play dough high frequency words, writing high frequency words in rice, writing high frequency words on the white boards and creating mini booklets.

Catholic Identity – Prayer

This afternoon we celebrated our Catholic Identity through prayer and singing our prayer songs.

Layla – ‘Dear god, thank you for the children.’

Alana – ‘Dear god, thank you for the whole class and our friends.’

Alexandros – ‘Dear god, thank you for Mrs Feher.’

Oliver – ‘Dear god, I love the children and the teachers.’

Catharine ‘Dear god, thank you for presents.’

Play

Children engaged in a range of play experiences today. Chloe created a fridge using the construction pieces, Ziggy created a microphone and Mikayla created a sign. Some children engaged in dramatic role play, while others turned the blocks into zoos and homes. Hannah and Mia enjoyed illustrating rainbows and creating their own books, and Darina enjoyed sharing her book with a peer.

# Wednesday Week 3 Term 1 – 12/02/20

Literacy
This morning we read our Shared Reading text, ‘The Tiny Seed.’ This morning’s focus was on our new sound for this week, ‘a’. We kept an ear and an eye out for this sound while we read our text. Each time the children saw or heard an ‘a’ word they waved their hands in the air.

After we brainstormed as many ‘a’ words as we could think of…

Alexia – ‘Alexia’

Alana – ‘Alana’

Alexandros – ‘Alex’

Nickolas – ‘Alfie’

Enrique – ‘and’

Shane. – ‘apple’

Viraj – ‘air’

Enrique – ‘April’

We engaged in some ‘a’ play, were the children participated in a series of student choice activities related to the ‘a’ sound. These activities included, practicing ‘a’ words on white boards and chalk boards, making ‘a’ words with play dough, finger writing ‘a’ words in lentils, painting ‘a’ words, searching for ‘a’ words in their library readers, and making ‘a’ words using loose parts.

We continued our literacy learning around the letter ‘a’. We focused on the correct letter formation and the children worked in their writing books to practice writing the letter ‘a’ and some ‘a’ beginning sound words.

Wellbeing – Keeping Safe Curriculum

LOVE

With Valentine’s Day approaching we read a book titled, ‘Love makes a family’, by Sophie Beer.

‘Love is baking a special cake. Love is lending a helping hand. Love is reading one more book. In this exuberant board book, many different families are shown in happy activity, from an early-morning wake-up to a kiss before bed. Whether a child has two moms, two dads, one parent, or one of each, this simple preschool read-aloud demonstrates that what’s most important in each family’s life is the love the family members share.’

We closed our eyes and thought about love, Miss Moore asked, ‘what is love to you?’

Connor – ‘love is you be kind to people.’

Catharen – ‘love is being kind to everybody.’

Enrique – ‘helping other people.’

Eleazar –  ‘ love is being brave.’

Mr Stramere – ‘Love is seeing all of your beautiful faces every morning.’

Monique – ‘love is being with my family.’

Alexandros – ‘being brave from monsters in the house.’

Carter – ‘Love is presents.’

Oliver – ‘love is helping people when there is a fire. Giving them a home and food.’

Shane – ‘love is we share with people and filling up someone’s bucket. that will make them happy.’

Richard – ‘love is being kind.’

Nikolas – ‘Love is sharing and giving friends what they want.’

Charlee – ‘love is being kind to people.’

JK – ‘love is helping people.’

Alex Lai – ‘love is being nice to people.’

# Monday Term 1 Week 3 – 10/02/20

Shared Reading – The Tiny Seed

Today we read our shared reading text, ‘The Tiny Seed’ by Eric Carle and focused on one of our high frequency words, ‘the’. You will see this word in their new Reading Memo books, found in their Library Bags. You will find many useful ways to help your child learn to read and write within this book.

The children practiced reading the word and putting it into sentences during Writer’s Workshop, where they continued their book from last Monday.

Catholic Identity – Daily Prayer  – Love

Viraj- ‘Dear God, Thank you for the world and the classroom, Amen.’

Charlee— ‘Dear God, Thank you for the world and the parents and the friends we have.’

Alexia- ‘Dear God, thank you for this classroom and all the friends and all the mums and dads, Amen.’

Nahom- ‘Dear God, thank you for families and all the world, Amen.’

Mikayla- ‘Dear God, Thank you for the family and teachers and friends, Amen.’

Alana- ‘Dear God, thank you for the whole class and the teachers, Amen.’

Keeping Children Safe Curriculum – My Trust Network

Today we talked about the word trust.

Mrs Feher asked the children,  ‘what does trust mean?’

Viraj – ‘Believe me!’

Shane – ‘we have to believe other people and that is trusting. The teacher can trust you to go somewhere by yourself.’

Alana – ‘when you trust people.’

Mrs Feher then asked the children , ‘who do you trust?’

Shane – ‘We trust Jesus.’

Viraj – ‘I trust mum and dad because they never lie.’

Alana – ‘I trust my cousin.’

Nikolas – ‘Nan and Pop because we love them and they love us.’

Layla – ‘I trust my dad.’

Mikayla – ‘I trust my grandma because she takes good care of me.’

Richard – ‘I trust God. He is the one who made everything.’

Edel – ‘I trust my mum because she is doing good things.’

After we traced around our hands and thought of one safe person who we trust in our lives for each finger on our hand.