Parents’ Page – What are we doing in class?

Dear 5/6 Parents,

Students have settled into Term 2 well after the challenges that were set at the end of last term. We had a successful start to the term with the presentation of our final Passion Plays, as well as having the opportunity to share our learning from our Term 1 shared Inquiry which focussed on empowering the school community through circle time and guided meditation. Students have taken part in the House Cross Country and many also participated in the AFL 9s events. The remainder of the term will be busy with the following areas of focus.

ENGLISH

This week is the second week in our Lit Circles program.  The six roles - Summariser, Connector, Literary Luminary, Word Wizard, Questioner and Researcher/Predictor have been taught in class during reading lessons.  Students have been given a folder/pack with instructions on each role.  Students have also been supplied with a rubric so they are able to self-assess their own learning.  While students should be able to complete these tasks independently, we encourage you to speak to your child about their chosen text and offer any support as required.   

So far this term, the students have focused on writing short creative texts to an image stimulus.  We have also revised writing perusasive texts in preparation for NAPLAN.  From next week, our focus for Writing will be poetry texts.

FRENCH

We have had a fantastic start to our French learning throughout term 1. Through the support of Madame Aurelie and the French team, the students have slowly begun to build their French vocabulary. An assessment done at the end of last term showed tremendous growth in our French language as well as our confidence in using French in our everyday. This term we will continue to learn new French words every week, with short 10 / 15 minute lessons most days.  Students are able to access the booklets studied in class, through the student portal on the school website.  

MATHS

We have just worked on a short revision of the four operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will break these units down further later in the term. Our main focus in Number over the next few weeks will be on Problem Solving. We will be focussing on strategies used to break open worded problems, before explicitly teaching different problem solving strategies that will assist students  Throughout the term we have been using the resource www.studyladder.com to help students in revising concepts learnt in class. We have also included links to a number of websites on our blogs to assist the students revise the concepts we are teaching in class.

RELIGION

We continue to explore the Essential Question, “What does stewardship mean in my life?” The students have looked at the concept of Stewardship and explored how it is relevant in their own lives. They have used scripture and linked subsequent discussion to real world situations. This will allow us to reflect on the teaching of Jesus and identify how this impacts our decisions in our daily lives.

INQUIRY

Throughout this term we have been looking at the concepts of evolution and survival through adaptation. We have explored the question ‘Who Survives’ and identified ways living creatures have adapted to their environments. We are currently up to the ‘finding out’ stage of the Inquiry where we have begun to explore key concepts around adaptation, biomes and extreme environment. An excursion to the Melbourne Aquarium on Monday the 29th of May will continue to help support our learning.  Students will take part in the guided session Extreme Survival, which will focus on extreme habitats including Antarctica, coral reefs and Rock Pools.  They will investigate how animals have adapted to survive in a variety of conditions, and how these influence their growth and survival.

INTER-SCHOOL SPORTS

Teams have now been finalised and training sessions are now in full swing.  Our first game will be in week 6 (26th of May).  Please refer to your child’s diary soon for a full list of venues and opponents.  If your child is playing football, mouthguards are compulsory.  Shin guards are compulsory for boys and girls soccer teams.  We highly recommend mouthguards are also used for soccer.  No earrings are  to worn during netball games and fingernails must be short.    

A reminder about the key dates for this term:

  • 12th of May: District Cross Country
  • 25th of May: St Bede’s Day
  • 29th of May: Excursion to Melbourne Aquarium
  • 8th of June: Division Cross Country
  • 12th of June: Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
  • 16th of June: Hockey 7s
  • 23rd of June: Feast of the Sacred Heart whole school mass
  • 29h & 30th of June: Learning Conferences

Other key dates for 2017:

  • 30th of July: Year 6 Family Mass
  • 1st of August: Confirmation Faith Night
  • 20th of August: Confirmation (11am and 2:30pm)
  • 15th of October: Year 5 Family Mass
  • 14th of December: Graduation
  • 15th of December: Bike Ride

Kind regards,

5/6 Teachers

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Grade 5/6 Overview Term 1, Weeks 5 - 8

Dear 5/6 Parents.

Seems like so long ago that we were in Canberra for our 5/6 camp. What a great experience it was for all of us. Soon there will be a display to showcase all the great things we got to see and do whilst we were away. Keep your eye out for the display board at the bottom of our stairwell!

Also another exciting thing to happen after camp was the distribution of the ChromeBooks. The Responsible Agreement Forms have all been signed and the children are aware of the expectations for charging them each night and ensuring they are kept in a safe place and used for school purposes. These Chromebooks are the property of the school and will be given to future Year 3 students, so we ask that you remind your child/children to take good care of them.

Regarding the Chromebooks, we have spoken to the children about not adding extensions. Some children have been found to be adding these at home, however it disrupts various programs and the speed of the laptop. Consequently, they have been removed from specific children’s laptops. Please ensure your child does not add any to theirs.

Also, Rita (Ms Fitzgerald) has also pushed out a Touch Typing programme to all Chromebooks. The icon for the program will appear on the bottom left hand corner in the toolbar and the children are expected to use this programme as much as possible to improve their typing skills. 

Homework began last week.You can find it on each classes blog under the homework tab and is due every Thursday. Please ensure you read through this with your child and discuss the requirements. We are making a big push for quality presentation and quality responses this term. We would appreciate your help with this, ensuring your child rules a margin, dates the work, writes titles to separate sections and includes detail and explanation in their responses.

And a reminder that the students are required to write the title of the book they read daily in their diaries, noting the pages they read each night (not record the minutes spent reading).

Interschool Sports also began last week and we are pleased to announce that we actually won a few matches! Both volleyball teams and the cricket team won their matches  - the other teams played well too.

The Year 5/6s begin trialling Seesaw this week. This replaces the Digital Portfolios to showcase student learning. Every child was given a QR code which allows you to download the app to your phone or device and access your child’s work. You will be notified immediately when a new piece of work has been uploaded. We hope you enjoy exploring your child’s learning in real time 🙂

Finally, thanks for your attendance at the Learning Conferences. It was great to meet all of you and discuss future goals. For parents in 5/6SB, you will have your time with Simon this Thursday. If you haven’t made a time to see us, please do so this week.

The following is an overview of what’s happening in the 5/6 classrooms...

ENGLISH

Our focus for Reading and Writing has been ARGUMENTATIVE texts - deconstructing them in reading and drafting them in writing. With links to Parliament and what we learned about creating bills and laws, the students have learnt that they need to have evidence/proof/research.to support their opinions. They have now chosen their own topics to research and continue to draft their arguments ready for publishing in the next couple of weeks .

MATHS

We have just completed our unit, “Time” and have begun our new unit on Place Value/Number Properties. This is a Number Unit and focuses on the subskills of Prime and composite numbers, factors and multiples, sequencing numbers, expanded notation, squared/cubed/triangular numbers, using number lines and rounding/estimation. We have included links to a number of websites on our blogs to assist the students revise the concepts we are teaching in class.

RELIGION

We continue to explore the Essential Question, “How does our faith call us to use our power?” The children have been discussing this concept through the use of Caritas cartoons and videos, linking scripture and real world situations to the stories found on the website. The students have looked at the concepts of Subsidiary, Participation and the Common Good.

INQUIRY

We are at the point of Drawing Conclusions in Inquiry, linking all the learning from the Shared Inquiry to answer the Essential Question, “ Who has the power?”. The students will now work in groups across the level to empower the St Bede’s community. We are very excited to see the 5/6s develop their leadership skills as they work with the rest of the school.

A reminder about the key dates for this term:

  • 10th of March: Assembly 5/6N & Interschool Sport (away vs Boroondara Park PS)
  • 13th of March: Labour Day Public Holiday
  • 17th of March: St Patrick’s Day & Interschool Sport (home vs St Clements)
  • 19th of March: Year 3 Family Commitment Mass
  • 24th of March: Assembly 5/6SB & Interschool Sport (away vs Mont Albert)
  • 28th of March: School Photos
  • 29th of March: First Reconciliation at 7:30pm
  • 30th of March: Passion Plays - please note the change of date
  • 31st of March: School finishes at 1:10pm & Interschool Sport (home vs Balwyn North)

Other key dates for 2017:

  • Tuesday 18th of April: Term 2 commences.
  • 9th of May: NAPLAN testing commences
  • 30th of July: Year 6 Family Mass
  • 1st of August: Confirmation Faith Night
  • 20th of August: Confirmation (11am and 2:30pm)
  • 15th of October: Year 5 Family Mass
  • 14th of December: Graduation
  • 15th of December: Bike Ride

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Grade 5/6 Overview Term 1, Weeks 1-4

Dear 5/6 Parents.

We would like to welcome everyone back to the 2017 school year. We have an exciting and busy term ahead of us and look forward to working in collaboration with you throughout the year.

Below is the information you need to know for the beginning of the year.

In Year 5/6 the students need to ensure they have the following:

  • Pencil case
  • Headphones (with microphone attachment included if possible)
  • Silent reading book
  • Art smock

Here is the 5/6 timetable. Please note your child/children’s class, especially when they need to wear their sports uniform.

 

5/6SB 5/6SW 5/6N
Monday
Tuesday P.E

Art

Music

Music

P.E

P.E

Art

Wednesday Digital Technologies Music
Thursday Digital Technologies Art Digital Technologies
Friday Interschool Sports / PE - ALL students need to wear sports uniforms

 

The Year 6s will be receiving their polo tops sometime in the next few weeks. The winner of the competition will be revealed then.

Here are the key dates for this term:

  • 3rd of February: Whole School Mass 9:15
  • 10th of February: Assembly - Grade 6 leaders will be presented with their badges
  • 13th-17th of February: Canberra Camp
  • 24th of February: Assembly: 5/6SW
  • 1st of March: Ash Wednesday Whole School Mass at 9:15 (Holy day of obligation)
  • 5th of March Parish Picnic
  • 7th of March: Reconciliation Faith Night (Year 3)
  • 10th of March: Assembly 5/6N
  • 13th of March: Labour Day Public Holiday
  • 17th of March: St Patrick’s Day
  • 19th of March: Year 3 Family Commitment Mass
  • 24th of March: Assembly 5/6S
  • 28th of March: School Photos
  • 29th of March: First Reconciliation at 7:30pm
  • 31st of March: Passion Plays.  School finishes at 1:10pm

Other key dates for 2017:

  • Tuesday 18th of April: Term 2 commences.
  • 9th of May: NAPLAN testing commences
  • 30th of July: Year 6 Family Mass
  • 1st of August: Confirmation Faith Night
  • 20th of August: Confirmation (11am and 2:30pm)
  • 15th of October: Year 5 Family Mass
  • 14th of December: Graduation
  • 15th of December: Bike Ride

This week we have been discussing School and Classroom agreements with the students. Just a reminder about uniform expectations:

*GIRLS

-hair must be tied up at all times

-only green, gold and white ribbons are to be worn

-white socks (above ankle) are to be worn

-only studs (earrings)

-no jewellery or nail polish

-hats to be worn in Term 1 and Term 4

 

*BOYS

-white socks (above ankle) are to be worn (with sports uniform)

-if hair is touching the collar it needs to be tied back

-hats are to be worn in Term 1 and Term 4

*For excursions, all students are to wear their sports uniform.

DIARIES

Please check the requirements placed in your child/children’s diary. Diaries need to be signed once a week in the space provided. Students need to record the title of the book they are reading and the number of pages read each day. Diaries will be checked by the classroom teacher weekly. It is expected students read at least 5 nights per week (which may include the weekend).

HOMEWORK

Homework will begin after camp. It will be posted on classroom blogs for Term 1. A homework book will be provided in which the students are to complete their tasks. This will be posted on Thursday and collected the following Thursday. We will be reviewing formatting of the homework book with students in class, however can you please monitor the content and quality of the homework.

Homework always includes daily independent reading. It may extend class work, projects and assignments, essays and research. It will generally range from 30-45mins a day (State mandated homework expectations for Years 5-9)

INTERSCHOOL SPORTS

Interschool sports take place on a Friday morning. On the weeks we are not competing against another school the children will participate in sporting activities. Further information (including starting date) will be recorded by students in their diaries.

COMMUNICATION

Please ensure that you have updated your contact details and child/children’s medical details on Care Monkey. If your child/children require medication that is stored in the school office, please come into the office and check the expiration dates and ensure the medical action plan is current and scanned onto Care Monkey. If you are unsure how to do this, please see Chris Comand in the office.

Information regarding school events will be sent out via the skoolbag app. Please make sure you have subscribed to this service.

Our contact details are as follows:

Simon Butler: sbutler@sbedesbn.catholic.edu.au

Nicole Richardson: nrichardson@sbedesbn.catholic.edu.au

Stephen Walsh: swalsh@sbedesbn.catholic.edu.au

Our school blogs are as follows:

Simon Butler: http://mrbutler.global2.vic.edu.au/

Nicole Richardson:  http://nrichardson3.global2.vic.edu.au/

Stephen Walsh:  http://swalsh.global2.vic.edu.au/

*Remember our school’s twitter feed: @sbedesbn

We look forward to working with you all this year to ensure a happy and successful 2017.

5/6 team.

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Grade 5/6 Overview Term 4, Week 4

Hi everyone!

The busyness continues! We have had a great start to the term as we have ‘tuned in’ to our essential questions in Inquiry and Religion and now proceed with Finding out and Sorting out our information.

In Inquiry the students have been exploring mapping and our connections with other countries. We have looked specifically at the location of the worlds’ continents and countries and are beginning to research how location impacts the lifestyle of its’ inhabitants.

In Religion we have been exploring 1st Century Palestine- looking at the history and evolution of this area. We have reflected on Scripture and familiar locations within the Bible and made links to this area.

In the next few weeks our focus will be Applied Maths, specifically Chance and Data as well as Measurement involving Volume, Capacity. The children will be involved in lots of hands on activities related to these concepts.

Grade 6’s have already been involved in some activities for Graduation, such as interviews and photos. We are looking forward to starting our dance routine next week when we begin Footsteps!

Some key dates for this term:

5/6N Assembly- Friday 28th October

School Closure Day- Monday 31st October

Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday- Tuesday 1st November

Whole School Mass All Souls Day 9:15am – Wednesday 2nd November

Remembrance Day/ Whole School Christmas Fair Workshop Day- Friday 11th October

5/6JCC Assembly – Friday 18th November

Advent Liturgies 9am – Monday 21st, 28th November, Monday 5th, 12th of December

Swimming Sports Day- Wednesday 23rd November

St. Bede’s Christmas Fair 12pm – 5pm – Sunday 27th November

Grade 6 Graduation – Thursday 8th December

Grade 5/6 Bike Ride- Friday 9th December

St. Bede’s Carols – Monday 12th December

End of year Mass 9:15am – Friday 16th December

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Grade 5/6 Overview Term 4, Week 1-3

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the last term of 2016!

Judging by our list of key dates, it is going to be another busy term! Please record these important dates in your diary. You will also find these dates and more in the school newsletter.

This term in Inquiry, we will be exploring the essential question ‘How does where you live affect how you live?’ This will involve examining different maps and cultures and the information these give us about our world. By the end of the Inquiry the students should understand:

  • That the world is made up continents and countries
  • Different connections between Australia and other countries
  • How to interpret maps
  • That geographical location impacts your environment and life style
  • That the world is becoming increasingly interconnected through economic, social and cultural links

In Religion this term, we will be focusing on the essential question ‘How does context help us to understand the Infancy Narratives?’ We will be exploring the time period, authors and intended audience of these narratives, focusing specifically on how these impacted the story telling. By the end of this Religion Inquiry the students should understand:

  • The location of familiar places mentioned in scripture
  • That political geographical maps change over time
  • The contextual background of the Infancy Narratives
  • That the Infancy Narratives are Sacred Truth and not actual truth (it is a story with a message that is sacred to us)

In Maths we will be continuing our focus on Number; specifically decimals, percentages and their connections to fractions. In Applied Maths we will be exploring Chance and Data as well as Measurement, involving Volume, Capacity and Mass.

In Reading. we are continuing to develop reading comprehension skills through Literature Circles. At this stage of the year we are encouraging students to include supporting detail and evidence from the text when completing their Lit Circle roles. Some groups are moving into reading different texts by the same author, developing understanding of common themes and author style/voice.

In Writing, we are focusing on Persuasive texts. We are looking at the structures and features of this text type, specifically the devices used by authors to persuade others. Throughout this term, the children will engage in the writing process to produce advertisements, debates, letters to the editor and written persuasive texts.

Preparation for Graduation is underway with Footsteps dance classes beginning in Week 5 (Friday 4th November).

Bike Ed has begun and will take place during class PE lessons. Please ensure you have noted the dates your child must bring their bike and helmet to school. These dates are listed on the CareMonkey form that was sent out last term.

Lastly, we would like to thank you for your support with our #TakingAction Day. It was a great success and our efforts will continue this term as we go further in supporting our chosen organisations. Fundraising results will be announced at the 5/6L Assembly in Week 2.

Some key dates for the end of this term:

Bike Ed in PE – Refer to Care Monkey Form for Key dates

Restorative Practice Information Night – Tuesday 11th October

5/6N Class Mass- Thursday 13th October

5/6L Assembly – Friday 14th October

Grade 5 Family Mass 11am – Sunday 16th October

5/6L Class Mass – Thursday 20th October

Choir Eisteddfod – Thursday 20th October

Father Child Camp – Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October

5/6N Assembly- Friday 28th October

School Closure Day- Monday 31st October

Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday- Tuesday 1st November

Whole School Mass All Souls Day 9:15am – Wednesday 2nd November

Remembrance Day/ Whole School Christmas Fair Workshop Day- Friday 11th October

5/6JCC Assembly – Friday 18th November

Advent Liturgies 9am – Monday 21st, 28th November, Monday 5th, 12th of December

Swimming Sports Day- Wednesday 23rd November

St. Bede’s Christmas Fair 12pm – 5pm – Sunday 27th November

Grade 6 Graduation – Thursday 8th December

Grade 5/6 Bike Ride- Friday 9th December

St. Bede’s Carols – Monday 12th December

End of year Mass 9:15am – Friday 16th December

Thanks again for all your support as we bring the 2016 School Year to a close.

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Grade 5/6 Overview Term 3, Week 8-10

Our Arts Alive exhibition is fast approaching! Our term’s learning will culminate in this fantastic event where you will see our efforts and work on display.

This week a note will be sent home with information concerning the timing of the evening. We have made a concerted effort to ensure that siblings are performing at different times throughout the evening so parents can attend each performance.

The children are expected to attend school from 2pm to 8pm.

The exhibition will open to the community at 4pm.

Throughout the evening the students will be showing their art, giving tours, serving refreshments in the hall and performing in the classroom of 5/6JCC.

In Inquiry, after concluding our Shared Inquiry, the students began planning their Personal Inquiry. In small groups or independently, students have chosen a performance art medium and a social justice issue and have worked to create a performance to highlight their message. These will be shown throughout the Arts Alive exhibition night in half an hour sessions.

Our learning in Religion is has culminated in a ‘Taking Action Day’, where the children will collect and sell items in stalls to raise money for their chosen organisations. This will take place on the last day of Term 3, Friday 16th September from 8:30am to 12pm. There will be a note sent home very soon that will detail the schedule of the day and will include information about the Walkathon, PJ day and Pet Parade that will take place. Please be generous with your donations as it is all going towards a great cause!

Stay posted for information to come on the exciting last two weeks of term!

Some Key Dates for Term 3

School Closure Day                                                          Friday 2nd September

District Athletics                                                               Monday 5th September

Twilight School Event ‘Arts Alive’                              Thursday 8th September

Taking Action Day                                                            Friday 16th September

End of Term 3                                                                    Friday 16th September

 

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Grade 5/6 Overview Term 2, Week 7 - 11

Hi everyone!

With only a month to go until the end of the term, we continue to be very busy on our learning journey!

This week we have St Bede’s Day on Wednesday and the Yr 6 Confirmation Reflection Day on Friday. Next weekend the Yr 6s will be celebrating their Confirmation, confirming their faith with Bishop Edwards at either the 11am mass or 2.30pm mass at St Bede’s.

We are also completing Digital Portfolios in preparation for Learning Conferences. The students will lead the Learning Conference, sharing their personal successes and challenges and discussing their goals in each area of the curriculum. Please ensure your child attends at your nominated time. Chris Comand will send an email with a link to the PTO website for you to choose an appropriate time in the coming weeks.

Also, just a reminder… HAMPERS. Mini Vinnies are requesting all items are brought in by the June 1st. Thank you in advance for your generous donations.

Until then, here is an overview of what we will be doing as we conclude the term 🙂

In Inquiry, we have completed the Shared Inquiry to answer the essential question How can/ does chemical science help us to understand our world and solve problems? The students are now moving into Personal Inquiries, where he/she will choose an essential question and begin researching the answer. This will culminate in a formal presentation, sharing the learning journey.

In Writing, we are developing our touch typing skills by publishing portfolio pieces. Also, the students are publishing a poster about their chosen Saint or Hero. These will be displayed in the room for you to view.

In Reading, we continue to build our research skills through Inquiry. We are focusing on finding information, paraphrasing and summarising. Students will then use research from a variety of sources and synthesise this new learning.

The first cycle of literature circles has just concluded and the students have chosen a new text. They have reflected on group dynamics and the way they fulfilled each role.  You can read these reviews in their digital portfolios.  

In Religion, we have continued to develop our understanding about unfair issues in our world. The students have been using the thinking organiser, Synthesis Eggs,  to analyse information from a variety of sources and develop their original thinking about the issue.

We have also been reflecting upon the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and how we can use these gifts to help others and change unjust situations. They selected a Saint or a Hero and, through homework and classroom tasks, have identified the gifts these people possess and how this has been  demonstrated to help others.

In Maths, we are concluding our unit on Problem Solving. The students should know the steps to solve a problem, as well as name and use a variety of problem solving strategies. Soon we will begin a unit on Time, focusing on reading analogue and digital times, 12 and 24 hour times, as well as interpreting a variety of timetables.

Key Dates for Term 2

Wednesday 25th May – St Bede’s Feast Day

Friday 27th May – Confirmation Reflection Day

Friday 3rd June – Feast of the Sacred Heart – whole school mass @9.15am

Sunday 5th June – Confirmation (11am & 2.30pm)

Monday 13th June – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Monday 20th June - Parent Teacher Interviews @ 7.30am-7.30pm (5/6N ONLY)

Thursday 23rd June – End of Term 2: Students finish @3.15pm

Parent Teacher Interviews@4-8pm

Friday 24th June – Parent Teacher Interviews @8am – 12pm

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Grade 5/6 Overview Term 2, Week 3 & 4

Hi everyone!

In Inquiry, we have continued to explore the essential question How can/ does chemical science help us to understand our world and solve problems? The students have explored the states of matter and how changes occur when energy is applied. Students will complete different experiments to come to a common understanding about Chemical Science, moving to various classrooms and working with different teachers to complete a range of chemical experiments.

In Writing, we have made links in our learning focusing on writing procedural texts (practical science reports). Through observation and research, the students have recorded their findings after conducting an experiment and then explained the scientific reasoning behind the chemical reaction. The students will complete a range of practical scientific reports throughout the term and then choose one for their portfolio that they feel best reflects their personal learning goals.

In Reading, we are continuing to build the skills good readers use to comprehend texts. We are continuing to develop our understanding of the different roles in Literature Circles and making sure we are engaging in in-depth discussions to analyse the text we are reading. As we develop these skills we are focusing on forming our own opinions about what we read and justifying these with evidence.  

In Religion, we are also working on developing an informed opinion based on current issues that we see to be unjust. The students are beginning to engage in the process of expressing their own thinking, listening to the thinking of others, finding out the perspective of the Church and our faith, and then using this to enhance their understanding and opinion.

In Maths, we are continuing to revise the four operations forming a strong foundation as we move into challenging problem solving situations. In the coming weeks, we will begin to explore different strategies we can use to solve open ended problems and methodically show our thinking. Weekly Times Tables Trials will continue with practice expected through homework. The students have been encouraged to use apps and online games to consolidate their understanding.

Just a few reminders:

  • Grade 6 Family Mass/ Confirmation Commitment Mass is this coming Sunday, May 1st Please arrive 15 minutes before the mass so the children can be prepared and fulfill their particular roles.
  • Due to a prior commitment of the opposing side, Interschool Sports on Friday, 6th May, has been changed to an afternoon game. The game will begin at 1:45pm. Due to this alteration, some venues for the sports have been changed.
    • Netball : St Bedes Netball Courts
    • Football: Leigh Park
    • Soccer & Teeball: Maclaey Park
  • In preparation for NAPLAN (week 5) the Grade 5 students have / will complete one practice test for Reading, Writing, Numeracy and Language Conventions. When completed, the students will reflect on their learning and set personal goals to help them during this process.
  • Next week (Tuesday) is our Confirmation Faith Night. It would be fantastic to see as many parents there as possible. On this night you will see how the children learn in the classroom and engage in in-depth thinking, discussion and reflection on human dignity and our world.
  • Please ensure diaries continue to be signed every Thursday night and that your child/ren records the title of the book read, as well as the number of pages read each night.

Key Dates for Term 2

Sunday 1st May – Confirmation Commitment Mass/ Grade 6 Family Mass @11am

Tuesday 3rd May – Confirmation Faith Night

Week of May 9th – NAPLAN

Friday 13th May – District Cross Country

Sunday 15th May – Pentecost

Monday 16th May – School Closure Day

Wednesday 25th May – St Bede’s Feast Day

Friday 27th May – Confirmation Reflection Day

Friday 3rd June – Feast of the Sacred Heart – whole school mass @9.15am

Sunday 5th June – Confirmation

Monday 13th June – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Thursday 23rd June – End of Term 2 : Students finish @1.10pm

Parent Teacher Interviews@2-8pm

Friday 24th June – Parent Teacher Interviews @8am – 12pm

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Grade 5/6 Overview Term 2, Week 1&2

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to Term 2. We hope you all had a great holiday/break.

Similar to last term, this term is proving to be just as busy and exciting for the 5/6s. Interschool sports will begin shortly with soccer, AFL, netball and T-ball the focus sports. The students will also be learning about the Sacrament of Confirmation with the Grade 6s celebrating this important celebration on June 5th. NAPLAN will be conducted in Week 5 for the Grade 5s and as it is Term 2, parent teacher interviews will be conducted in the last week of term. Busy times ahead!

The start of term has seen us engaging in a new Inquiry. The students have begun to Tune In to the essential question, How can/does chemical science help us to understand our world and solve problems? The students are making links across all areas of the curriculum with Inquiry overarching the focus for each. Consequently, the students have participated in experiments, constructed their own graphic organiser to assist drafting scientific reports and have been reading about various scientific inventions.

By the conclusion of the Inquiry, the students should have an understanding

*There are many different facets of science, it is part of all aspects of our lives and can help us to understand our world

*Chemical discoveries can have either positive or negative impacts

*Chemical science consists of solids, liquids and gasses

*Matter exists in different states

*Some changes are reversible or irreversible

During Reading this term, we will use Literature Circles to focus on the skills good readers use to better comprehend texts. Last term the students learned the various roles they will undertake (Connector, Literary Luminary, Questioner, Word Wizard, Discussion Director and Summariser). Using these roles, they will continue to explore various reading strategies -  word solving, monitoring for meaning, finding and using information, fluency, adjusting, synthesising, analysing, inferring and critiquing.

Our Religion essential question to answer this term is, What is your idea of a fair and equitable world? The students will explore the concepts of equity and justice, focusing on human dignity relating to the spiritual, social and physical wellbeing of every person. This will culminate in either learning about and, for the Grade 6s, participating in the Sacrament of Confirmation. Throughout the inquiry the students will focus on how our Catholic faith assists us to use scripture and determine what our faith tells us is just.

Also, each 5/6 class will be celebrating mass at different times throughout the term. Please check with your child/ren to the specific dates. Mass will be celebrated on a Thursday morning at 9.15am in the Church.

In Maths we will focus predominately on the four operations this term (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). This links with previous learning about Place Value and will result in the application of these skills to problem solving activities. Times tables trials and use of Khan Academy in class and for homework also continues, and should assist this understanding further.

Just a reminder that specialist classes remain on the same timetable this year. Also, please ensure diaries continue to be signed every Thursday night and that your child/ren records the title of the book read alongside the number of pages read each night.

Some key dates for the end of this term:

Tuesday 19th April – Cross Country

Friday 22nd April – 5/6JCC Assembly

Monday 25th April – ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Sunday 1st May – Confirmation Commitment Mass/ Grade 6 Family Mass @11am

Tuesday 3rd May – Confirmation Faith Night

Week of May 9th – NAPLAN

Sunday 15th May – Pentecost

Monday 16th May – School Closure Day

Wednesday 25th May – St Bede’s Feast Day

Friday 27th May – Confirmation Reflection Day

Friday 3rd June – Feast of the Sacred Heart – whole school mass @9.15am

Sunday 5th June – Confirmation

Monday 13th June – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Thursday 23rd June – End of Term 2..students finish @1.10pm

- Parent Teacher Interviews@2-8pm

Friday 24th June – Parent Teacher Interviews @8am – 12pm

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Grade 5/6 Overview Term 1, Week 7, 8 & 9

Hi everyone!

Time flies and it has definitely been a busy start to the school year. The students have undergone testing to determine reading, spelling and math capabilities. (At the moment, we are collating this data and planning groupings accordingly).  Interschool sports has begun (with some success!) and camp has come and gone and was definitely a great experience for everyone involved and we now begin to move into preparations for the Passion Plays on Thursday, 24th March, beginning at 9.30am outside the presbytery.  You are all welcome to attend this very solemn occasion.

Our Inquiry this term has led our learning and has been focused on answering the essential question , “How have people and events from the past shaped our nation and our identity?” The learning in this shared inquiry has culminated in an informational report, drafted in writing, where they have written about a significant person or event that has shaped our nation.

Now, the students are moving into their Personal Inquiries, focused on answering the essential question, “How have people and events from the past shaped MY identity?” They need to discover aspects about their personal history: family heritage, appearance, likes, faith, significant events… all the significant people and events that have shaped their identities/themselves as people.  In the last week, they will share this information with the class, demonstrating improved understanding of the learning assets ‘researcher’ and ‘communicator’ specifically.

During Reading, we have focused on inference and paraphrasing. The students have been learning to reword the research they have found, identifying and including the main ideas. They have also been looking at unfamiliar words in context, and combining their prior experience and the skill of inference to infer the meaning of words and phrases.

Our Religion Inquiry has been to answer, “How have people and events shaped our faith identity?” We have been exploring the school’s scripture focus in this year of Mercy. You can see the students’ understanding of this focus on our prayer cloths.

We have also been learning about the significance of prayer, sacrifice and almsgiving during this period of Lent. The students have been exploring scriptural passages in the Bible linked to the Easter Narrative, specifically comparing and contrasting the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Next week, we begin writing and practising for the Passion Plays.

In Maths we have focused on revising Place Value and Number Properties. The students have developed a sense of number through the use of number lines, decisticks, and interactive games. They are exploring integers in our world and the properties of different types of numbers. A focus on multiplication and division facts has been a continued focus.

Just a reminder that diaries need to be signed every Thursday night in the section provided at the bottom of the diary. Please ensure your child is writing in the title of the book they are reading and recording how many pages they are reading every night in their diary also. Homework is to be completed on the blog or in their homework book.

We thank you for the information you shared at Parent Teacher Information night and thank you in anticipation of your continued support this year.

Some key dates for the end of this term:

World Read Aloud Day – Thursday 3rd March

Interschool sports v Boroondara Park  (away) – Friday 4th March

Parent Curriculum Planning Session – Thursday 10th March

Interschool sports v Balwyn North PS  (home) – Friday 11th March

Labour Day Holiday – Monday 14th March

Interschool sports v Mont Albert  (away) – Friday 18th March

Palm Sunday – Sunday 20th March

Passion Plays – Thursday 24th March

Last day of Term 1 – Thursday 24th March @1.10pm

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Term 4 Week 8, 9, & 10

This week is the first week of swimming classes! We thank all the parents who have volunteered their time in helping us get organised and prepared for fun in the pool.

In Literacy, students are starting to investigate text innovations - “twists” on their favourite familiar stories. The focus is on changing the stories they know and love and innovating them by introducing new characters, problems and conclusions.

In Maths, we are now looking at flipping, rotating and turning shapes. This unit focuses on the transformation of known shapes to understand how they flip, rotate and turn. The students will be using 2D and 3D shapes to investigate how they can be flipped, rotated and turned from their initial positions.

In Inquiry, the children are beginning personal inquiries inspired by their recent learning about healthy minds, bodies and spirits. They have created an essential question on a topic they want to know more about. They will research the answer to the questions and present their findings using learned techniques (models, vokis, exercise routines, posters etc).

In Religion, we are observing the season of Advent leading up to Christmas. The classes have been attending Advent liturgies every Monday morning, reflecting on the Christmas tradition. The children will continue discussing important scripture relevant to the Christmas narrative, as well as identifying and discussing key Christmas symbols such as the dove, Northern Star, cradle and holly.

As we do each year, the children are asked to donate an food and toy items for Mini Vinnies. Each child has been allocated an item and encouraged to donate an unwrapped gift for the cause as well. Could all items please be brought to school by Friday 11th December.

The entire 1/2 team want to thank you all for your support throughout the year. We wish you all a very happy and holy Christmas season!

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Term 4 Week 5, 6 & 7

This week we remember all the ex-service men and women who have fought in the war. Remembrance Day will be celebrated with the local RSL members at school at 10.40am in the amphitheatre. Please join us as we recognise and celebrate this important occasion. Lest We Forget!

During Literacy, the students will continue to work through the writing process to publish their informational reports.  The focus is on adding detail to the written reports by incorporating research. Constructing more interesting and accurate sentences and writing using paragraphs will also be a focus.

Writing will also be linked to Religion – writing prayers of thanks, and to Inquiry - where the comparing and contrasting a variety of fairytales and fractured fairytales. This will lead to the recognition of stereotypes in stories, and links to what we see and hear in social media today.

In Maths, we continue to work our way through a unit on measurement. This unit will incorporate measuring length, area, volume and capacity using informal units. The students will be using materials such as unifix, sand and beans to solve open ended measurement problems, like - Which field would hold the most animals? If I’m thirsty, which container would be the best to drink from? Which bowl did Goldilocks eat from first?

We are currently in the ‘drawing conclusion’ stage of our Inquiry. The children have synthesised the information learned throughout the Shared Inquiry and are now working towards creating their own essential question for personal inquiries.

In Religion, we are celebrating All Saints and All Souls in the month of November. During prayer time, we are praying for all of our family members who have passed away. Please let us know of the names of any family or friends you would like us to pray for. We will also begin our unit on the season of Advent. We will be exploring the symbols of Christmas, researching what the symbols mean and where they originated from.

Swimming will begin in Week 8. Letters were sent home yesterday to inform you about specific times, scheduling and clothing requirements. We need a minimum of 3 volunteers per swimming session so if you can assist we will be very grateful.  Please send us an email if you are available.

Also, remember the St Bede’s Twilight Market is on this Friday night (13/11) from 5-8pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Term 4 Week 3 & 4

During Literacy, we are focusing on informational reports. In Reading, we are deconstructing a range of informational reports to identify their structure and features. In Writing, we are planning and drafting reports, using the knowledge we have gained from exploring reports in reading. Once we have completed the draft of the report, students are revising and editing their work. When they revise they are checking their work for meaning - adding and removing words and phrases to enhance the meaning of their writing. When they are editing they are focusing on improving spelling and punctuation.

In Maths, we are completing our unit on probability and statistics. To conclude this unit students are conducting their own data collection and representing this data in a graph of their choice. Following this, we will be starting a unit on measurement. This unit will incorporate measuring length, area, volume and capacity using informal units.

We are currently in the ‘finding out/ sorting out' stage of our Inquiry. On Monday morning, we were fortunate to have a range of guest speakers talk to us about how to be healthy. While listening to these speakers the students took notes and they are currently working on writing summaries based on these notes. Thank you to Tania, Michael, Lisa, Natasha, Debbie, Gus, Bianca and Jo for giving up your time to share your wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise with us. It was invaluable and the students learned so much!

Over the next few weeks we will continue to gather more information about how we can look after our mind, body and spirit. Students will be writing interview questions to ask family members and friends. They will also be completing a tracking tool to assess how healthy their lifestyle is. Keep your eye out for these tasks over the next couple of weeks!

In Religion, we are looking at the differences and similarities between boys and girls. We will be exploring a range of picture storybooks and examining the messages they contain in relation to boys and girls. This will involve looking at traditional fairy tales as well as stories that challenge stereotypes.

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Term 4 Week 1& 2

Welcome back everyone! We have an action packed term coming up.

In Reading, we will be focusing on summarising. In class, students are learning the difference between a retell (retells what happens in order in more detail) and a summary (main events and message/outcome) and will be summarising texts in 25 words or less. To summarise a text students need to determine the most important ideas and ignore irrelevant information. They explain the main points of a text as concisely as possible. You can help your child develop their ability to summarise when they are reading with you are home. Ask them to summarise what they have read in about 25 words. Just a reminder of the importance of home reading - students should be aiming to read 5 nights every week and need to record this in their yellow book.

During Writing, we are kicking off the term with a variety of creative writing lessons. These will involve the students working in partners/small groups to share what they did on the holidays by having a written conversation (they ask and answer questions in writing), composing a narrative and writing in code.  We will then explore report texts, initially deconstructing this text type to identify their features and structure. Following this we will begin the writing process with the students composing their own report text.

In Maths, we are beginning the term with a unit on probability and statistics. This unit will explore probability language (unlikely, likely, certain, impossible, etc), and how we can use this language to describe the change of events occurring. We will then look at ways to collect data and how it can be represented in graphical form. This will involve the students making pictographs, bar graphs, column graphs and line graphs.

This term the essential question for Inquiry and Religion is the same; “What can I do to look after my mind, body and spirit?”

Our focus in Inquiry, will be to understand that we can all take responsibility for our health and wellbeing and that being healthy is not just about physical health, it includes our mind, body and spirit. Students will also explore how the decisions they make in their day to day life impact on their health and the health of others.

In Religion, our focus will be that God gives new life to each person and that when we are born we receive the gift of body, mind and soul. The students will be learning about how we all belong to a family, how boys and girls are physically similar and how we develop our social, emotional, physical and spiritual selves. As part of this exploration, students will share a baby photo and information about their birth from the survey they have completed over the school holidays.

Some key dates this term are as follows:

Monday 5th October Term 4 Begins

Sunday 18th October – Grade 5 family mass

Monday 19th October- ½ Guest Speakers

Friday 23rd October – Father Child Camp

Sunday 1st November – All Saints’ Day

Monday 2nd November - School Closure Day

Tuesday 3rd November – Melbourne Cup Holiday

Sunday 15th November – Prep Family Mass

Sunday 29th November – 1st week of Advent

Sunday 6th December – 2nd week of Advent

Thursday 10th December – Grade 6 Graduation

Friday 11th December – Mass of the Anointing

Sunday 13th December – 3rd week of Advent

Wednesday 16th December – End of Term 4 @ 1.15pm

Sunday 20th December – 4th week of Advent

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Week 8, 9 & 10

We are coming to the end of an exciting and very busy term. We have the Sustainability Expo/Twilight School this Thursday from 2-8pm and then next Thursday morning, 17th September at 9.15am, we will be attending whole school Mass to celebrate the end of the term. Please join us is you are available.

In Reading, we are focusing on strategies to support our inquiry research, including identifying key words and summarising and paraphrasing information. We are using these strategies when looking at a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts - including books, websites, posters and short video clips. This learning will be displayed and discussed at our Expo Night.

In Writing, we have been fine tuning our powers of persuasion! After completing a draft persuasive text, the students have revised their work to ensure it makes sense and to check they have effectively incorporated the features of persuasive writing. They have also edited their texts to ensure correct spelling, punctuation and grammar. To complete the writing process, the students are publishing their text which will be included in the Portfolios.

In Maths, we have started a unit of work on fractions. In this unit the students are building their understanding of fractions by exploring equal and unequal parts, learning how to partition objects to represent different fractions, and learning how we represent fractions using a numerator and denominator and what these numbers represent.

Inquiry has been a major focus over the last few weeks and this has connected strongly with our focus in Religion - to be ‘Guardians of Creation’. By completing their personal inquiries and taking part in the cross grade sustainability workshops, the 1/2 students have explored a wide range of areas connected to embedding sustainability at St Bede’s. They are very proud of what they have achieved throughout this term and are excited to share their learning with you at the Sustainability Expo this Thursday 10th September from 2 – 8pm. We look forward to seeing you all there!

*TIMETABLE OF EVENTS*

 

2pm Students arrive at school and go straight to classrooms.
2.15 - 4pm    School is open for visitors. Each class will be in their classroom where they will be working or presenting their learning. Please roam the entire school and see what each level has been learning about Sustainability.
4 - 5pm Visitors please assemble outside in the Church driveway. You will be met by the #SBQRQUEST and Energy Cops leaders who will take you around the school to view each workshop area.All students will be in their designated Sustainability workshop areas for you to chat to and see what has been done to ensure St Bede’s is a Sustainable school in the 21st Century.
5 - 5.30pm BREAK TIME
5.30 - 6.30pm Students will return to their classrooms and present their learning for any visitors unable to attend the earlier session.
6.30- 6.40pm Visitors please make your way to the Amphitheatre as the students prepare for the performance.
6.40 – 7.40pm PERFORMANCE IN THE AMPITHEATRE
7.40 – 8pm After the performance, please collect your child from the classroom teacher in the Ampitheatre. Ensure your child is marked off the roll before you take them to the Sausage Sizzle and return home.

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Term 3 Weeks 5 - 8.

What a great week we had last week with an excursion to CERES and Athletics day! Week 5 was exciting and weeks 6 and 7 are shaping up to be pretty busy and filled with lots of learning and enjoyment too!

In Religion, the focus has been exploring what it means to be a ‘steward’. Last Friday, 14th August, we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption to celebrate a great example of a steward.The students have been looking at other examples of stewardship and have completed a Portfolio Piece to demonstrate their initial thinking and compare it to their new learning.  

In Reading, we continue to focus on Short Listed Books in preparation for Book Week in Week 7. We have focused on the texts Pig The Pug, Snail and Turtle are Friends, Go to Sleep Jessie and Fire. This week, we voted for our favourite storybook and the best illustrated book. The results are in the library. Time spent in the library is helping the children learn to appreciate reading and reflect on how Books Light Up Our World! Remember that Friday 28th August is the Book Week Parade - a day where the children will be participating in art rotations and working with their buddies to celebrate books!

The children continue to work through the writing process to demonstrate their understanding about persuasive texts. Writing persuasive texts has made the children think carefully about the use of convincing arguments, supporting details and emotive language to persuade someone. They have become familiar with the structures and features of persuasive texts and are looking forward to publishing their texts in the coming weeks.

In Maths, the focus continues to be money. The students are working through the skills of recognising different denominations, ordering coins and notes according to value and adding values. Some children will also be exploring rounding dollar values up or down and working out change. After completing the money unit, the focus will be to explore fractions.

The ‘shared’ portion of Inquiry is now complete. Last week we went to CERES Educational Park where we explored the native environments to learn more about water sustainability and being stewards of the planet. Thank you to the parent helpers who came with us. The students have ‘taken action’ (answered the essential question) by identifying ways they can be more sustainable with water. This week the students will be starting ‘personal inquiries’ - each child will create an essential question, work through the inquiry process and use learned research skills to find out the answer to his/her question, which will be presented at the Twilight School/Sustainability Expo on Thursday 10th September, 2-8pm.

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Term 3 Weeks 3 & 4

What an exciting few weeks we have coming up! On Thursday we are participating in an incursion with Yarra Valley Water and can’t wait for our excursion on Friday next week at CERES Environmental Park. Both experiences will allow the students to FIND OUT information to answer the essential question, 'How can we use water more sustainably?'

During Writing we will continue to focus on persuasive writing. We will be consolidating our knowledge of the structures and features of a persuasive text, with the aim of being able to persuade our audience about how to live more sustainably.

During Reading, we continue to explore our Book Week theme ‘Books Light Up Our World’. We have been spending one literacy session per week in the library reading this year’s shortlisted books and exploring the themes addressed in these stories. We have been making connections between the texts and finding links that relate to our own lives. During Reading sessions in the classroom, we are continuing to develop the strategies of synthesising and hypothesising, particularly when reading non-fiction scientific texts.

In Maths, we are completing our multiplication unit and gaining a deeper understanding of division. We are working on using the strategies of repeated addition, skip counting, arrays and turnarounds. As we consolidate our learning, we will be using these strategies to solve worded problems. You can reinforce these concepts at home during daily activities, eg. ‘If we are having 5 people over for dessert and each person will have 3 scoops of ice cream, how many scoops will we need altogether?’

During Religion, we continue to explore stewardship by answering the questions ‘Who does our faith give us as a model?’ and ‘How can we be guardians of creation?’ As the Feast of St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop approaches, we will be learning about the life of Australia’s first Saint, Mary MacKillop.

We are currently incorporating our Inquiry question, ‘How can we use water sustainably?’ into all different areas of our curriculum. Over the next few weeks we will be completing our Shared Class Inquiry. The students will then select an area of interest and develop their own personal inquiries.

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Term 3 Weeks 1 & 2

Welcome back everyone!

This term, we will be linking some of our literacy planning in Reading to Book Week. This will culminate in a week focused on our love of reading with a variety of events (and will occur in Week 7; details will be forwarded later in the term). The theme for this year’s Book Week is ‘Books Light Up Our World’. During our time in the Library, we will be exploring this theme and will link it to each Shortlisted Book we read. We will also focus predominately on the reading skills of making connections, characterisation, compare and contrast and visualisation during these sessions.

During Writing, we will be looking at Persuasive Texts. We chose this text type to ensure we will be able to persuade someone to be more sustainable with water (linked to Inquiry). In the first two weeks of term, we will be deconstructing persuasive texts to identify structures and features and we will evaluate what we need to do to make a convincing argument.

In Maths we are beginning the term with a Multiplication unit. Learning Intentions for the first couple of weeks will be to use concrete materials to create even ‘groups of’ (blocks, counters), to introduce repeated addition as a strategy for multiplication (4x5=5+5+5+5), to recognise and apply the commutative rule of multiplication (e.g. 3x4=4x3) and to introduce arrays as a multiplication strategy. Remember there are maths links on our blogs to practice these skills at home.

In Religion, our essential question is ‘How can we be guardians of creation?’ The understandings we hope to achieve by the end of the term are the following:

  1. Creation is a sign of God’s love and goodness
  2. People are part of creation
  3. Christians are called to respect and care for each other and creation
  4. People can make choices that heal and build friendships and protect the environment
  5. Each person can make a difference to improve the environment

The first two weeks of term will focus on the Creation Stories and The Gifts of the Holy Spirit  to work towards these understandings.

Term 3 is always a big term for community involvement! There is a whole school focus this term on SUSTAINABILITY and COLLABORATION and we look forward to working with as many of you as we can to make St Bede’s more sustainable!  If you have any interest or expertise in anything to do with achieving our goal (or know of someone who does), please let us know as we’d love to work with you.

The focus for 1/2’s will be water conservation. We are beginning our new Inquiry with Tuning In, using our prior knowledge about water and sustainability to explore the essential question, ‘How can we be more sustainable with water?’ We will be discussing where water comes from, discovering a variety of water sources, exploring the water cycle and monitoring our use of water at school and home. There will also be an incursion and excursion later in the term to explore this question. We’ll keep you updated as it gets closer!

Thanks again for your support.

Some key dates this term are as follows:   Incursion – 30/7, Excursion – 7/8 + School Disco 7/8, Athletics Day – 11/8, Feast of the Assumption – 14/8, School Closure Day – 19/8, Book Week – beginning 24/8, Confirmation – 30/8, Expo/Twilight School – 10/9, End of Term Mass – 17/9, End of Term 3 – 18/9.

Enjoy your week!

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Term 2 Week 9, 10 &11

Can you believe that we are heading towards the end of Term 2? What a busy term it has been! A big thank you to all of you who volunteered to assist 1/2N this term. From helping during literacy, to baking cookies with us, to donating items for Mini Vinnies. We were also privileged to listen to parents and grandparents from our community who shared their experiences about growing up, helping us to answer our essential question ‘How has family life has changed?’ We were in awe of their amazing and inspiring stories. Please look at the notes we published on the cupboards outside our classroom!

Student Led Learning Conferences will happen during Week 10. We hope that this will be a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the learning that has occurred this semester. Please remember the students will lead this conference, sharing their strengths and challenges and proudly displaying their work.

In Reading, we will be continuing to build our knowledge of similes and metaphors. A simile compares two things that have a common feature eg. ‘The air was as cold as ice’. A metaphor makes a direct comparison, without using the words ‘as’ or ‘like’ eg. ‘The shop was a little goldmine’. When reading with your child, you might like to look out for similes and metaphors that are featured in the text.

The rimes we will be focusing on for the next few weeks are ‘ap’ and ‘op’. Keep your eye out for words that features these rimes or you may like to incorporate these in some oral language games at home.

In Writing, we are continuing to work on factual descriptions, describing real life experiences. In addition to focusing on adjectives we will be looking at similes. A simile is the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind (e.g. as brave as a lion). As holidays are approaching, you may wish to have some discussions with your child about their favourite holiday spots, using similes and metaphors.

In Maths, we will be working on Problem Solving, using the Addition and Subtraction strategies that we learned this term. We will be working on worded problems and will learn common problem solving strategies.

In Inquiry, we will be concluding the research of our essential question ‘How has family life changed?’ We will also be investigating ‘mini- inquiries’ on our chosen topics, a practice that allows us to learn about the inquiry process.

During Religion lessons, we will continue to explore the question ‘How are we in communion?' by reflecting on the stories of the Old Testament. During Week 9, we will be celebrating the Feast of the Sacred Heart with a Mass. It is at this Mass that we will share the hampers full of donations that have been received. Children from the Mini Vinnies group will be visiting our classes to share information about the role of the St. Vincent de Paul society, particularly in relation to the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Thank you for all your generous donations!

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Term 2 Week 7 & 8

Today we are celebrating St Bede’s Day. This started with whole school Mass this morning. During the day and throughout the week, the students will be involved in a range of activities.  These include learning about the life of St Bede, drawing illustrations for a picture storybook about St Bede, a whole school quiz and completing the challenge course. Thank you to everyone who has pledged money for the completion of the challenge course. All of the money raised will go to Catholic Care. Please ensure the donations are returned to school by Friday!

In Reading, we will be looking at sequencing events and visualising. Sequencing involves identifying the main events in a story and the order in which they occurred. Visualising is making a picture in our head when we are reading to help support our understanding of the text. When reading with your child, you might like to focus on the order of the main events as well discuss the mental images they make when reading.

The rimes we will be working on this fortnight are ‘ot’ and ‘at’. Keep your eye out for words that features these rimes when reading or you may like to incorporate these in some oral language games.

In Writing, we are continuing to work on factual descriptions, describing experiences based on 'real' images. A great source for images is #literacyshed which we will be using as prompts for our descriptive writing.

In addition to focusing on adjectives to help with our descriptive writing, we will be looking at similes. A simile is the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind (e.g. as brave as a lion). At home you may like to encourage your child to use similes when describing experiences, objects, tastes…. the list is endless!

In Maths we are currently completing our Subtraction unit before moving on to Time. Our time unit will focus on telling the time using analogue and digital clocks. At home, it would be great to practice telling the time with your child, starting with o’clock and half past times, and building on these to read 1/4 past and 1/4 to times when your child is confident.

In Inquiry, we are preparing for our guest speakers who will be sharing their experiences of family life this Thursday morning. In preparation for this, we will be reflecting on what we know about family life and how this has changed. We will be looking at questions we could ask our guest speakers to find out more about them and their families! A big THANK YOU to everyone who is coming to speak to us on Thursday, especially Brian (Dylan's Granddad). We are really looking forward to hearing your stories!

In Religion, we will be learning about St Bede, his life and achievements in connection with his feast day. We will also continue to look at the Old Testament with a focus on Daniel and the Lion’s Den. The students will continue to represent their understanding about scripture through an artistic response - keep your eyes peeled for the great art work in the 1/2 corridor and classrooms. We certainly have some artists in our midst 🙂

 

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Term 2 Week 5 & 6

Can you believe that we are already half way through the term?! So far, Term 2 has flown and the students have been very engaged in all the topics that we are currently working on.

We are looking forward to our Year 1 /2 Mass, which is this Sunday, the 17th of May at 11am. We ask that all parents arrive at the church prior to 10.50am so that the children are able to be organised for their particular roles. This Mass will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our faith together as a year level. We look forward to seeing you all there!

In Reading, we will be exploring descriptions within texts, with a particular focus on identifying adjectives. When reading together with your child, please discuss the descriptive passages found in the books he/she is reading, encouraging your child to find adjectives in a sentence. Also, each week we have been focusing on different rime units within our spelling. The rimes that have been covered so far are, ‘in’, ‘an’, ‘ay’, ‘aw’ and ‘ab’. When reading with your child, you may wish to look for words within a text that feature these rimes. You can also play oral language games that feature these rimes (eg. Take turns naming words that have the ‘aw’ rime).

In Writing, we are publishing our biographies. Once that is complete, we will focus on factual descriptions. The children will be participating in lots of real life experiences to brainstorm adjectives to use in descriptive passages. At home, you may want to let your child practice this skill by having discussions describing experiences that you are having (eg. describing how a meal tastes).

Our Maths focus will be Subtraction. Students are learning a range of subtraction strategies, such as ‘count back’, ‘partitioning’, ‘count on’ and ‘count back by 10’. We are using number lines and hundreds charts to help cement our understanding of subtraction. The students will learn to identify which of these strategies is most efficient to solve problems that they are working on.

In Inquiry, we are continuing to focus on the essential question, ‘How has family life changed?’ We have been fascinated exploring the heirlooms that our class members have presented and have enjoyed finding our information about our families using our family trees. We are looking forward to hearing from the guest speakers who have volunteered to share their stories of their lives with us in the coming weeks.

In Religion, we are rehearsing for our 1/2 Mass.  We will also be exploring the season of Pentecost and how the Holy Spirit calls us to be in communion with those around us.

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Term 2 Week 3 & 4

This morning we attended the St Bede’s Anzac Day service. It was a moving ceremony with the children responding very respectfully. As we have explored the importance of Anzac Day over the last two weeks, the 1/2 students have shown a great deal of interest and initiative, sharing their thoughts and being active participants in the learning process.

On Sunday 17th May @11:00am, we will be celebrating the Grade 1/2 family mass. We are looking forward to seeing you all there!

In Reading, we will continue to compare and contrast a variety of texts and images, identifying similarities and differences. This connects to our inquiry focus of comparing and contrasting family life - now and in the past. We will also be looking at verb tense and when to use past, present or future tenses.

In Writing, we continue to focus on writing biographies. The 1/2 students will conduct an interview to gather information. Following this, they will engage in the writing process to draft, revise, edit and publish a biography.

In Maths, we will focus on Addition. In this unit we will be looking at a variety of addition strategies, including ‘counting on’, ‘counting back’, ‘build to 10’, ‘doubles’, ‘near doubles’, ‘reordering’ and ‘partitioning’. The students will develop their understanding of these strategies and solve problems by choosing the strategy they think is most efficient. They will also engage in discussion with others, explaining their mathematical thinking and why they selected a particular strategy.

In Inquiry, as we continue to address our essential question, ‘How has family life changed?’, the students will look at their personal family history. They will create a simple family tree which they will bring home. Please discuss this with your child, telling stories about your different family members and what life was like for you growing up.  The 1/2 students will also be required to interview a grandparent or someone over the age of 60. This interview will form the basis of a biography the students will write, as well as allowing them to address the essential question, ‘How has family life changed?’

In Religion, we are looking at the Old Testament stories of ‘Jonah and the Whale’ and ‘Noah’s Ark’. By exploring these stories we are learning to be ‘faith historians’, looking at how history and our faith stories shape our belief today.

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Term 2 Week 1

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a great Easter vacation.

Term 2 will be another full term with some significant events - school based and globally. Here is a list of dates to put into your planners...

*ANZAC DAY (25/4) and ANZAC school based assembly (27/4)

*Cross Country (28/4)

*1/2N Mass (30/4)

*Mother's Day (10/5)

*Grade 1/2 Level Family Mass (17/5)

*School Closure Day (18/5)

*School Photos (22/5)

*St Bede's Feast Day (25/5)

*Queen's Birthday Holiday (8/6)

*Feast of the Sacred Heart Mass (12/6)

*Learning Conferences (25/6+26/6)

To begin the term, we will explore the history of ANZAC day. On Monday, the 27th of April at 8.45am, there will be a ceremony/assembly to reflect on the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli. Please join us as we remember this significant event in our history.

This term in Writing, we will be focusing on the text type BIOGRAPHY, exploring the purpose, structure and features. We will also be developing skills and strategies needed to write effective/open ended questions and to note taking (recording responses during interviews). We will continue to focus on self and peer editing and to develop publishing techniques. Spelling and handwriting will continue to be a focus this term.

In Reading, we continue to develop various reading strategies, specifically focusing on the skill of Inferring. One way we will do this is by analysing illustrations in texts read and considering the perspectives of different characters. We will also focus on Comparing and Contrasting to better comprehend texts read and identify and discuss similarities and differences between texts, illustrations, character traits, plots etc.

In Maths, our focus for the first two weeks is on Place Value and Counting. Some of the skills and strategies that will be covered are; odd and even numbers, skip counting, interpreting number lines and reviewing place value with and without the use of concrete materials.

Our essential question for this term’s Inquiry is ‘How has family life changed?’ We will be exploring concepts about 'family',  comparing and contrasting families within the class as well as 'past and present families'. Some of the discoveries will be made through the collection of artefacts and family heirlooms and exploring visual representations of family life - then and now. The students will also be conducting interviews to gather information about their own family histories. In the coming weeks you will receive a note with more information about these activities.

During Religion, we will celebrate the beginning of a new church year by reflecting on the events of Easter Sunday and through the story The Road to Emmaus. Our essential question for RE this term is, ‘How can we be in communion?’  and we will find out our answers to this by reading from the Old Testament and learning to be ‘faith historians’.

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Grade 1/ 2 Term Overview - summary of Term 1

Wow! Can you believe that Term 1 is already over?! What an exciting term we have had. We have truly settled into our learning routines and are looking forward to a restful break.

Last Friday, the 20th of March, our whole school celebrated ‘Anti-Bullying Day’. The 1/ 2 students met together to define the term ‘Bullying’ and we now understand that bullying is a repeated or habitual behaviour that makes somebody feel unsafe. We watched some interesting clips and this week will be taking class photos with the slogan ‘Take A Stand Together! Bullying- No Way!’ Keep an eye out on the blog for it!

In Religion, we look towards Holy Week and have been preparing for this time in our classroom. This Lenten period will culminate with our viewing of the Passion Play on Friday morning (27/3). Watching this will be a wonderful opportunity to reinforce our new learning about Holy Week. Please join us at this special event that the Grade 5/6 students perform around the school grounds to help us remember Jesus' journey and remind us of this special season in the Church's liturgical year.

In Writing, we have been focusing on narratives. One of the major learning intentions has been to use the correct narrative structure and to ensure the narrative answers the essential question, "How do we belong?". We have been self and peer editing our narratives and this work has resulted in a published text which will be read to our Prep buddies (our intended audience).

In Reading, we are continuing to focus on using a range of reading strategies. We have been working on the skill of Predicting by analysing illustrations and predicting what may have happened prior to the picture being taken, while the picture was taken and after the picture was taken. This may be a skill you wish to practise while reading together during the holidays!

In Maths, we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We are beginning to identify and name 2D and 3D shapes in our environment. We are also focusing on the features of these shapes, using matching vocabulary such as ‘edges’, ‘corners’ or ‘vertices’ and ‘faces’. It is exciting that we are now able to name lots of different shapes!

During Inquiry, we continue to focus on the essential question, ‘How Do We Belong?’ We now know many strategies that we can use if we feel that we do not belong or if we see someone who looks like they are feeling left out.

I wish you all a happy and holy Easter. Enjoy your holidays and I look forward to more learning and fun next term 🙂

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Grade 1/2 Learning Foci - Weeks 4&5

We are fast approaching the Church season of Lent. This Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, marks the first day of Lent. We will celebrate mass at 9.15am where the ashes, made from burning the palms at assembly, are blessed and placed on our foreheads. We hope that you will join us as we celebrate this important time in the Church's liturgical year.

Also, a reminder that this Thursday is Parent/Teacher Conferences. This is an opportunity for you to discuss with me goals you have for your child, his/her likes and dislikes and any other information you consider important to ensure your child experiences success at school this year.

English

In Reading, the students continue to develop skills and strategies that will assist them to become better readers. Predicting, making connections and independent activities that reinforce word recognition, building sentences and understanding texts continue to be a focus. Formal testing will also take place over the next two weeks to gather information about what your child already knows about reading and to plan for their future success as readers.

In Writing, the students will continue to develop their understanding of the writing process. They will begin to look at identifying the structure of a narrative, focusing on the importance of character development, describing settings and creating a plausible plot.

Mathematics

In week 4 and 5, the mathematical focus is mapping. The students will learn the everyday language of location (beside, above, left, to the right etc), give and follow directions, interpret simple maps and identify key features of maps.

Religion

During Religion this term, we have asked students “Who is Jesus?” We continue to use this essential question to explore scriptural stories about Jesus, focusing on the stories of Zaccheaus, The healing of the Blind Man and The Ten Lepers.

Inquiry

This term our essential question is “How do we belong?” The children continue to explore the understandings ‘We all belong to a group’, ‘I belong to many groups’, ‘Rules help people to participate in groups’ and ‘Our actions help us and others to belong’. We continue to explore these understandings through a literature study during Reading and will develop strategies that can be used when we work and play in groups.

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Grade 1/2 Learning Foci -  Week 1 to 3, 2015

Welcome back to another year of learning! Here’s a summary of what the students are exploring and discovering for the first three weeks of the school year in 2015.

English

In Reading, we will focus on a range of reading comprehension strategies that help the students construct meaning from texts.  The children will be encouraged to utilise learned reading strategies such as making connections, predicting, retelling, sequencing and following punctuation, to gain a better understanding of the texts they read at home and school.

In Writing, we are focusing on recount texts. The children will read recounts and deconstruct them, looking at the different structures and features (such as orientation, sequence of events, and key vocabulary). They will revisit the writing process -Planning, Composing, Drafting, Revising, Editing and Publishing - and work through each stage of the writing process to complete their own published recount that retells a past event or experience.

 

Mathematics

The children will revise and consolidate their understanding of place value; knowing that where we place a digit determines its value. The children will engage in activities where they need to name, identify and represent ONES, TENS, HUNDREDS and THOUSANDS using MABs and bundles. explore number patterns created by skip counting and order numbers using knowledge of place value.

 

Religion

This year, our whole-school scripture focus observes 1 Corinthians 12:27:  Now you are the body of Christ and each one of you is a part of it.

This term, our unit’s essential question is Who is Jesus? The children will be exploring the concept of unity in diversity, discussing inclusivity and belonging  and listening to various bible stories that show Jesus including others and making them feel like they belong.

 

Inquiry

Our essential question for inquiry this term is How do we belong?

Throughout this inquiry, we will explore the concept of belonging to different groups. Children will also explore the idea of being a global citizen and develop an understanding about how each one of us can contribute in a positive way to the groups we belong to.

 

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Grade 1/2 Learning Focii

English

The students will be combining the inquiry learning disposition of RESEARCHER with their reading skills over the next two weeks to research their essential questions. They will be looking for information they think is important to describe/explain their chosen connection.  This information will be presented using PowerPoint.

In writing, students are publishing their persuasive texts using Microsoft Word. Once complete, they begin innovating on the text 'Where is the green sheep?' They will learn how to change the setting, characters and plot.

Mathematics

The students will be introduced to volume and capacity comparing containers of different sizes and shapes, making statements about which container holds the most. We will be using different measuring equipment to compare and order several shapes and objects. They will also  begin the unit Chance and Data where they will use the language of chance and discuss the probability of events occurring.

Religion

As the school year comes to an end, a new Church season is about to begin. This Sunday marks the first Sunday of Advent -  a period of preparation extending over four Sundays before Christmas. The season of Advent is the time of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. As we celebrate the season of Advent we think again of the love of God for us.  The advent wreath is symbolised by a circle of greenery and four candles.  As a family, we ask you say this prayer from Isaiah at home...

The spirit of the Lord has been given to me for the Lord has anointed me.

He sent me to being good news to the poor, to bind up hearts that are broken.

Amen

Inquiry

This term our essential question for Inquiry is, “How are we connected to our place and other places?”

The students started to research their personal connections for their personal inquiries. The students will use the 5 learning dispositions to complete this inquiry - focusing on researcher this week.

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Grade 1/2 Learning Foci

St Bede’s Got Talent!

In the next 2 weeks we are having auditions for St Bede’s Got Talent. Two acts with be chosen to audition from each class with two acts from year 1/2 to perform at assembly in week 7.

English

In Reading, the students will identify the structure and features  of the maps they read.  They will explore the 5 different types of maps and use ICT to discover 'real world' maps.

In writing, we will continue to draft our persuasive texts. The students will continue to ensure they use a variety of persuasive techniques : statistics, expert quotes, emotive language etc when expanding their reasons.  This work will result in a published exposition to be included in the Portfolios.

Mathematics

In week 5, students will be consolidating our unit on fractions and in week 6 will begin to look at length and area, using different types of formal and informal units to compare the length of objects and to measure area.

Religion

During religion this term we have asked students what they know about “Christmas” and “Kings”.  We will use these questions to explore the central concept of “What type of King was Jesus?” before exploring the significance of Advent in the lead up to Christmas. We will also be reading the infancy narratives (birth of Jesus) from the Bible, found in the scriptural passages of Luke 2 1-20 and Mathew 1 18-25.

Inquiry

This term our essential question for Inquiry is “How are we connected to our place and other places?”

Throughout the week we have asked students to share their thoughts on how they would describe their ideas and concepts about Australia. The students have been illustrating their ideas and identifying similarities and differences the exist. They will also explore family links to other places.

An inquiry link to literacy and geography will focus on mapping skills. The children will explore the states and capital cities of Australia and use the app #barefootatlas to explore the wider world and the connections they have to different places around the world.

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Grade 1/2 Learning Focii

#walktoschool encourages primary school children to walk to and from school every day in October, to highlight the ways walking improves children’s health and wellbeing.

Walking to and from school can help children get the daily physical activity they need – and there are plenty of other benefits too. Walking to school can help to reduce traffic congestion, parking difficulties and the associated environmental impacts. We encourage all 1/2 students to walk to and from school at least once a week. Check out the website below for more information and fun games and rewards...

http://www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au/

English

In Reading, we are focusing on deconstructing persuasive texts. We are looking at the structures and features that make a persuasive text effective. We are exploring persuasive language, facts v opinions, statements of positions and the use of statistics and expert quotes to influence others.

In Writing, the focus will be on writing our own persuasive texts.  We are learning to distinguish between good and poor arguments, writing a series of arguments for or against an issue and drafting persuasive pieces of writing following the structures we are learning in reading.

Mathematics

The students will continue learning about fractions. We will continue to explore halves, quarters, thirds and eighths of objects and whole collections using concrete materials. We will be introducing fractional language including such terms as numerator and denominator. The children also explore equivalent fractions by using fraction walls.

Religion

During religion this term we have asked students what they know about “Christmas” and “Kings”.  We will use these questions to explore the central concept of “What type of King was Jesus?” before exploring the significance of Advent in the lead up to Christmas.

One of the activities planned will require all students to bring from home a passage or a line from the Bible that teaches us about who Jesus was. We will be using these for our morning prayer.

Inquiry

This term our essential question for Inquiry is “How are we connected to our place and other places?”

Throughout the week we have asked students to share their thoughts on how they would describe their ideas and concepts about Australia. The students have been illustrating their ideas using different graphic organisers and illustrations, and identifying similarities and differences the exist in their understandings and why this occurs.

An inquiry link to literacy and geography will focus on mapping skills. The children will explore the states and capital cities of Australia and use the app #barefootatlas to explore the wider world and the connections they have to different places around the world.

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Grade 1/2 Learning Focii - 9.10.14

Welcome back!  We have a very busy term ahead of us.  Here are some of the things we will be learning about over the next two weeks.

English

In Reading, we will continue to focus on a range of comprehension strategies to assist the students to construct meaning of the texts they read.  They will be encouraged to apply these strategies independently during shared reading, guided reading and independent reading sessions.

In Writing, the focus will be on persuasive texts.  They will explore the purpose, text organisation and linguistic features of persuasive texts and consider a variety of persuasive techniques and forms (advertisement, poster, commercial, etc).

Mathematics

In Week 1, the students will continue to consolidate their understanding of division.  Some of the concepts they will learn about include sharing a collection of objects into equal groups, writing number sentences using the division symbol and solving worded problems involving division.

In Week 2, the students will begin a unit of work on fractions.  They will learn to recognise equal parts of a whole and identify and interpret halves, quarters, thirds, eighths etc.

Religion

In preparation for our Family Mass, next Sunday, the 19th of October, the children will explore the gospel reading, Matthew 22:15-21.  We encourage all families to attend this mass as each student will undertake a specific role during the mass.

Inquiry

Our essential question for Inquiry this term is, “How are we connected to our place and other places?”  Through the inquiry process, the students will explore the concept of identity and culture.  They will consider places that they are connected to and investigate places, people and environments that form part of Australia’s culture and identity.

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1 / 2 Curriculum Update

This is what the students in 1/2 we will be exploring over the next couple of weeks.

Mathematics

-Over the next two weeks, the focus is ‘Money’. During this unit, the students will learn how to: recognise the order and value of coins and notes, identify equivalent values in both coins and notes, calculate monetary totals of coins/notes/coins and notes and correctly calculate change when using money.

English

-The focus in Reading over the next few weeks will continue to centre on comprehension strategies such as predicting, synthesising, summarising, making connections and inferencing. These will be explored and reinforced whilst examining both fiction and non-fiction texts.

-During Writing, the students will continue working on their play scripts using the writing process. These are based on known fairytales and include learned structures and features. Once the students have finishing publishing their scripts, they will be working towards presenting their scripts as a performance using puppets.

Inquiry

-Over the next couple of weeks the students will continue with their Inquiry journey, ‘Going Further’ by carrying out experiments with the aim of answering their Essential Question. These experiments will require the students to follow the scientific method (as mentioned in our previous update). They will experiment during class time and record their findings using a prac report. This exploration (to answer their essential question) will result in the presentation of their scientific work to the rest of the school during our Week 10 Learning Expo.

Week 10 Learning Expo

-On Thursday, 18th of September, the school will be hosting a Learning Expo in order to showcase the school’s learning this term. The School of St Bede’s will be transformed into the world described in the text ‘Where the Forest Meets the Sea’ by Jeannie Baker. Students from all grade levels will be creating and showcasing puppets they have created during the term. There will also be an opportunity during the night for students to present their Personalised Inquires. Please see the school newsletter over the next few weeks for further details.

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1 / 2 Curriculum Update 14.8.14

This is what we will be exploring over the next couple of weeks in 1/2.

Religion

- The children continue to identify people in our world that are making a positive difference through our unit ‘Alive in the Spirit’. They are exploring scriptural stories where Jesus is our example for living and how Jesus show us ways to serve others (linked to the school’s scripture focus this year).

-Some examples of scripture are: Washing of the feet, healing the blind man and Zacchaeus.

Mathematics

-Over the next two weeks, the focus is ‘Time’. They children will learn how to tell the time on an analogue and digital clock, focusing specifically on o’clock, ½ past, ¼ past, ¼ to times. Some children will extend this learning to telling all times and reading 24 hour time

English.

-The focus in Reading this fortnight reinforces comprehension strategies (predicting, synthesising, summarising, inferencing, making connections etc), especially when reading non-fiction texts. They continue exploring prefixes and suffixes, onset and rime and initial/final blends.

-During Writing, the children will be working in groups to draft a play script. These will be based on known fairytales and include learned structures and features when drafting. This learning will culminate in a performance, where the group performs their play scripts using puppets they have made.

Inquiry

-This week the students will continue on with their Inquiry journey, ‘Going Further’ by creating an essential question for their personal inquiries. These inquires require the students to follow the scientific method (as mentioned in our previous update). They will experiment during class time and record their findings using a prac report. This exploration (to answer their essential question) will result in the presentation of their scientific work to their 3/4 buddies during a Science Expo.

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1 / 2 Update - 17.7.14

Here are the curriculum foci we will be exploring over the next couple of weeks.

Religion

- The unit this term is ‘Alive in the Spirit’. The students will discuss their thinking around the essential question, ‘Should we think of others when making decisions?’ beginning by identifying people in the community who are making a positive difference in the world. They will be looking for ordinary people who are doing EXTRAordinary things!

Mathematics

- After exposure to different mental and written strategies last term - focusing on the four operations - the students will explore, solve and write a variety of worded problems. They will begin to identify vocabulary linked to each operation (altogether = addition, difference = subtraction etc) and also solve and write closed (one answer) and open ended (more than one answer) problems.

English

-  The focus in Reading this fortnight will be interpreting visual and auditory information using Sid the Science Kid videos as a catalyst. They will be learning the steps Sid takes to explore scientific phenomena, using different graphic organisers to record their observations.

- During Writing, the children will be drafting Snapshots and completing Innovations. They will be learning the art of using similes, metaphors, adjectives, verb tenses and the 5 senses to create a visual image for the reader.

Inquiry

- This week we begin our new Inquiry, aiming to explore and answer the essential question ‘How can we be scientists?’ The children will participate in activities to identify the key steps in being a scientist - 1. Observe   2. Predict   3. Question    4. Hypothesis    5. Investigate     6. Collaborate         7. Communicate    8. Interpret information    9. Use tools to gather information

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1 / 2 Update

Here are a few of things we will be focussing on over the next few weeks.

Religion

*Students will continue to explore the story of ‘The Ascension’ and receiving of the Holy Spirit. They will make cards which they will share with their Grade 3 buddies who are preparing for their Holy Communion.

Mathematics

*Through the use of different mathematical games and resources, the students will explore the connection between multiplication and division. Through exposure to different mental and written strategies, the students will endeavour to explore and solve a variety of problems.

English

*The focus this fortnight will be on oral language (listening and speaking). The students will be presenting their Personal Inquiries to each other. Students will also be completing a variety of ‘Winter Wonderland’ activities which will involve written, visual and oral responses.

Inquiry

*Following their Personal Inquiry presentation, students will reflect on their personal learning goals and review 'What makes a good learner?'

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Dear Parents,

We have had a very busy few weeks here in 1 / 2 with the School Photo’s, St Bede’s Day and Cross Country all taking place over the last few weeks. Here are a few of the things we will be focusing on over the next few weeks.

Religion

- Students will explore the story of ‘The Ascension’ and the receiving of the Holy Spirit. They will also continue to develop their understanding of prayer.

Mathematics

-Through the use of different mathematical games and resources, the students will explore the connection between addition and subtraction and solve simple subtraction problems using a range of efficient mental and written strategies.

English

Reading:

- Students continue to work towards becoming fluent and expressive readers, using a variety of text types. They will also be using their reading time to research information to answer their Essential Question for their Personal Inquiries

Writing:

- Students continue to work through the writing process exploring the Explanation Text type. They will also be exploring different Graphic Organisers to record their research for their Personal Inquiries

Spelling investigations:

-Final blends including ‘ld’ and ‘tch’

Inquiry

- Having completed the Shared Inquiry, students will spend the remaining weeksworking through their Individual Inquiries.  Ask your child what their Essential Question is and please assist them to find appropriate resources to assist their research.

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The last few weeks saw the beginning of Literacy Helpers in the 1/2 classrooms .Thank you to all those who have volunteered and we look forward to working with more parents throughout the term. In 1/2, our learning foci over the next few weeks will be the following;

Religion:st bedes

- On Friday the 23rd of May the community of St Bede’s will celebrate ‘St Bede’s Feast Day’. The day will begin with mass at 9:15 (all welcome) and follow with lots of fun activities for students.

-Students will explore the story of ‘The Ascension’ and the receiving of the Holy Spirit.

• Mathematics:

- Addition: Through the use of different mathematical games and resources the students will explore the connection between addition and subtraction and solve simple addition problems using a range of efficient mental and written strategies.addition

 • English:

- Reading: Students continue to work towards becoming fluent and expressive readers, using a variety of text types. They will continue to use a variety of tools to develop their decoding skills (Skippy Scott, Stretchy Snake etc) and comprehension (e.g. synthesising, visualising and making connections).

- Writing:  Students will continue working through the writing process to create a procedural text for their Green Folder assessment pieces.

- Spelling investigations: Final blends including ‘nk’ and ‘nt’

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Happy Easter everybody and welcome back to Term 2. We hope you had a wonderful and relaxing holiday. In 1/2, our learning foci over the first few weeks will be the following;

Religion:

- After returning from our Easter holidays, the focus will be on the Resurrection of Jesus, focusing specifically on the Gospel Story, The Road to Emmaus. The students will explore the significance of this event.

• Mathematics:    

- Counting and Number Patterns: Through the use of different mathematical games and resources the students will be focussing on number lines, identifying counting patterns, identifying missing numbers in patterns and learning how to use counting strategies (count on, count back, doubles, near doubles, one to one correspondence)

• English:

- Reading: Students continue to work towards becoming fluent and expressive readers, using a variety of text types. They will continue to use a variety of tools to develop their decoding skills (Skippy Scott, Stretchy Snake etc) and comprehension (e.g. synthesising, visualising and making connections).

- Writing: working through the writing process to create a procedural text using a growing awareness of the purpose of this text type, knowledge of the text structure and language features

- Spelling investigations: Final blends including ‘sk’ and ‘st’

• Inquiry:

-          This term the students will be exploring what type of learner they are (what their preferred learning style is) and they will work towards becoming more independent learners, using a range of known and new learning strategies. Children will be exposed to the Five Learning Dispositions (researcher, collaborator, self-manager, communicator and thinker) to assist their learning.

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Dear Parents,

In 1/2, our learning over the next two weeks will focus on the following:

• Mathematics:
- Mapping (giving and receiving directions to familiar locations and interpreting maps)
-2D & 3D shapes (Recognising and classifying familiar two-dimensional shapes and three dimensional objects using obvious features)

• English:
- Writing: working through the writing process describing an object brought in from home
- Colourful Semantics: Adverbial phrases of time: who, what doing, what, where and when
- Spelling investigations: Short and long vowel sounds

• Circle Time:Respect

Assembly:
• Week 8: 1/2N
• Week 9: 1/2S
We will let you know if 1/2LP are running assembly in week 10
Thanks,
Grade 1/2 Team

One thought on “Parents’ Page – What are we doing in class?

  1. Remy 3/4T

    Hi 1/2N
    It sounds like your are having a really fun time in class.
    I hope to see you guys next term.
    I think you are having a fun time doing Reading, Writing, Mathematics, and Spelling

    From Massimo and Oakley’s buddy Remy

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