National Reconciliation Week – Seas of Hearts Challenge

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by  respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, (Reconciliation Australia 2021).

To do this children at Holy Family Catholic School created a Sea of Hearts during National Reconciliation Week 27th May – 3rd June. This year’s theme is, ‘Be Brave Make Change’.

2EF Friendship Liturgy.

Last week 2EF participated in a friendship liturgy. We had a wonderful liturgy. We invited God into our space to share our gratitude for our friends, all of our friends, even the friend we have in Jesus.

Many of the children in 2EF had a reading part and did very well reading in front of the two classes.

Below you can see our slide and read our prayers.

After you will see a selection of photos of the children during the Liturgy.

Addition and Subtraction

During Numeracy we have had a big focus on Addition and Subtraction, we have been spending much of our time playing games to learn these concepts! I know this does not sound productive, but it is much more beneficial and engaging than sitting and calculating sum after sum on a worksheet, which I am sure is a very familiar scene for many of us adults.

Believe it or not, our numeracy lessons have involved play dough, plates, counters, Lego, dice, and so many other materials you would not have dreamt of  seeing during a Numeracy lesson 20 years ago.

The fact is, times have changed, because far more research has been done about the ways in which children learn best. Learning is about keeping learners engaged, and stress free and we achieve this by making the learning exciting and also by setting activities which are ‘low floor and high ceiling’ activities. What this means is that the activities are designed in a way which allows all learners to engage in the task at their own level. They all have the same learning intention, but they achieve it at a difficulty level which suits them.

In the photos below you will see the children engaging in a task where pairs had an agreed amount of counters (dependent on the level of difficulty). One child would close their eyes while the other child hid some counters under a plate. Once the other student opened their eyes it was their job to calculate how many counters were under the plate by looking at how many counters were left.

 

In this second activity students worked in pairs again. This time they each had a tower made with Lego, their towers were the same height made from the same amount of Lego pieces and again, the height of the tower and amount of Lego pieces used to make the tower was chosen based on difficulty level.

The children had to take it in turns rolling a die then removing that amount of blocks from their tower, they would then record the subtraction sum and answer to reveal how many Lego pieces they had left in their tower. The student to remove all of the Lego pieces from their tower first, was the winner.

 

Graphing

Yesterday we were thinking about different  foods we would like to see in the canteen.

As a group we decided on five,

  • Fish and Chips
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Banh Mi
  • Honey Soy Chicken
  • Cheese

Then we each set off and asked each member of the class which option they preferred, and made up a tally for each option.

Today, we had a look at our tallies, and drew a picture of our most voted for option.

We then met together as a group and used our pictures to create a picture graph. By doing this we were able to reveal  which option was most voted for overall.

The most voted for option was…

HOT CHOCOLATE

(perhaps yesterday’s weather influenced this choice)

 

 

Science

This Term in Science we will be studying the Earth’s resources, including water, soils and minerals and learning how they are important in our daily lives.

Learning Intention:

At the end of this unit, students will be able to independently identify and discuss different natural resources and their importance to our everyday lives.

Students will be able to explain where water naturally resides, how it travels from one place to another, and how it is used.

 

Yesterday, we started by studying one of the Earth’s resources which us extremely familiar to us – WATER!

First, we explored our different senses and how we can use them to explore water. We had a cup of water in front of us, and we tasted it, smelt it, felt it, listened to it and looked at it and recorded our discoveries as a group.

After we analysed our water, we independently answered some important questions about our water…

Thomas

Bior

Bior

Ali

Carter

Welcome Back!

Welcome back families!

Today, it has been wonderful seeing all of the children and their happy faces again.

I have enjoyed listening to the children tell me stories about their holidays, children have been to Melbourne visiting family and the aquarium, other children drank a lot of bubble tea, went shopping, went fishing and caught their largest fish yet, had plenty of sleep overs with friends and family, visited Hahndorf and some, unfortunately spent the time in isolation.

One wonderful thing I have noticed is that we have all started Term 2 right on track. We have all picked up where we left off and we are straight back into routine with no reminders.

Have a look at this fabulous work from 2EF during Writer’s Workshop today, the books they are creating are amazing!

     

Addition Fun!

During Numeracy we have been applying our addition knowledge in a fun and engaging way. The year twos have been working in pairs to create board games which include addition.

They created the board, the dice, the character pieces, the cards, and the rules and instructions.

Have a look at how amazing their creations are!

 

Holy Week – Sunday 10th April – Saturday 16th April

During this week we have been preparing a movie presentation for Holy Week.

Both classes have been working closely with 5/6 students to create an illustration which carefully and clearly highlights a significant part of the Jesus Entering Jerusalem story (Palm Sunday)  and the Cleansing of the Temple story (Holy Monday).

The children have done a wonderful job and put a great deal of effort into their illustrations.

Please scroll down to the bottom of this post to view 2EF and 5/6NB’s movie presentation.

 

Luke 19:28 – 48

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

28 After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

29 When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32 So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They said, “The Lord needs it.” 35 Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, 38 saying,

“Blessed is the king
    who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven,
    and glory in the highest heaven!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”

Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

41 As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts around you and surround you, and hem you in on every side. 44 They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”[b]

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

45 Then he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there; 46 and he said, “It is written,

‘My house shall be a house of prayer’;
    but you have made it a den of robbers.”

47 Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him; 48 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard.