2021 Term 2 Week 4
There are many regular events in the school calendar which support our spiritual growth and every two years staff are invited to attend a Proclaim day, run by the Catholic Schools Office, Lismore. This day, held last Wednesday, offered staff a wonderful opportunity to connect and we appreciate your support. Students in Year 4 were able to undertake their own spiritual growth by attending Accendere which was held in the school hall today.
This week students in Year 3 and in Year 5 have undertaken their Naplan assessments, with most of the testing being completed online; and on Tuesday night our class parents and P and F meetings were held. These were well attended.
Upcoming events include school photos; a UNE presentation; a PJ day to benefit St Vincent de Paul; Our Lady Help of Christians Feast Day; Year 2 parent evening; and students will participate in the 2021 Athletics Carnival. Please check the school calendar regularly for updates.
We have hit the ground running this term with new learning and reinforcing the efficient and important skills and routines from Term 1.
In English, Stage 3 students are inquiring into the concept of ‘Perspective’. There is a focus on persuasive texts that we are exposed to everyday such as advertisements, speeches, letters, packaging, billboards, pamphlets that portray the author’s perspective and intent. Speaking and listening skills will be highlighted with Stage 3 students understanding the importance of communicating with others their ideas and opinions.
Stage 3 students are expanding and improving their writing skills by creating and using a “Bump-it-up Wall”. Students reflect and analyse with assistance, comparing their writing to examples of writing samples that show a one to four star rating. Students are constantly learning to ask themselves, “How can I improve my writing?” The ‘Bump-it-up Wall’ gives them a visual example of what is expected. It reinforces our ‘Learning Intention’ and ‘Success Criteria’ which describes to the students what they need to be successful in their learning.
In Mathematics, Year 5 began our term learning how and why 24 hour time is used. We also learnt how to convert between 12 and 24 hour time. Our learning of how to measure angles using a protractor enlightened students. Students were then able to draw angles correctly and place angles in the categories of acute, obtuse and right angles. We then explored how and where large numbers are used in real life situations. Students discovered the amount to buy a house is quite a lot more than what they first thought and footballers salaries have become a new life goal for many! Our maths lessons always begin with a warm up task, this has involved collecting as many objects as possible in five minutes and displaying these objects in an efficient manner; students have investigated that using different types of objects for ones, tens and hundreds assists them in estimating and checking the total of the collection at the end of the five minutes. Students then place their number on open or closed number lines and justify the placement of their amounts to a partner. This task has given students a wonderful opportunity to understand place value and share their creative ideas with others.
In mathematics, Year 6 students have been investigating Whole Numbers, this includes properties of prime, composite, square and triangular numbers. Fractions and Decimals is a big area for year 6 and we have been focused on equivalent fractions and their placement on a number line. This week our learning is about the connections between Volume and Capacity. The students have enjoyed finding the Volume of irregular objects (rocks) by using the displacement of water method in measuring jugs.
In Religious Education, Year 5 students have been reflecting on the hope and new life that Jesus’ life, death and Resurrection brings to his disciples and followers. Students are examining the Christian belief in the Resurrection of Jesus and the Church’s belief in everlasting life. Students are exploring how belief in the Resurrection influences the way we live.
In Religious Education, Easter is still our focus in Year 6 as we walk the steps of the Apostles after the Resurrection. We have read about the empty tomb where Jesus was buried and encountered the Angel who told us that Jesus had risen from the dead. On the road to Emmaus we read about the Apostles who walked and shared a meal with Jesus. This will lead us right up to Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit. We are continually praying to God asking for him to fill us with his Holy Spirit so we too can be like the Apostles and spread the Good News.
Responsibility is the Key is our PDH unit for this Term. It focuses on responsibilities of the students for their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing. Students will design and promote the positive influences of health, safety and wellbeing. The PE unit ‘It’s Carnival time’ focuses on students participating in physical activity no matter what their ability level. In doing this, students learn that physical activity brings enjoyment to all and can build positive relationships.
In the Garden
In Creative and Practical Arts, Stage 3 have just completed their visual Arts unit, ‘Representing the Beauty in Everyday Objects’. The students enjoyed creating patterns with everyday objects that when placed in a design shows beauty in the simple things.
This week starts our music unit of work that has a focus on ‘Tone Colour’. Tone Colour refers to the quality of a sound source which may be a conventional instrument, the voice, a made instrument or any object. We will be exploring the different sounds we can make using different sources and combining these to create a percussion accompaniment to a known chosen song using a variety of sound sources. Students will have the opportunity to video their performance.
In Science and Technology we have just completed our Australian Animals Adaptation task where students created an animal which could survive in an Australian environment. As part of this activity we explored littleBits circuits and used them to demonstrate a structural or behavioural adaptation. Our next unit will explore Earth’s place in the solar system.
Our Stage 3 excursion to Brisbane has been finalised and booked for the end of Term 3. A note confirming the arrangements was sent home this week. We are looking forward to preparing for this great opportunity.
eSafety's Guide to Parental Controls Free Webinar
This eSafety free webinar will look at how parents and carers can set up devices and apps to help kids and young people stay safe online. It is designed for parents and carers of children aged 4-13.
It will cover:
- the benefits and limitations of parental controls
- how to set up iOS and Android devices for safety
- how to set up popular games and apps like YouTube and Roblox for safety
- using family tech agreements and other parenting strategies to manage online risks
- how eSafety can help when things go wrong.
This webinar will include practical tips, demonstrations and advice.
Choose from one of the following dates/ times:
- Tuesday 8 June 12.30 to 1.30pm
- Wednesday 16 June 7.30 to 8.30pm
Parents/carers can register at https://register.
As part of our studies in Science and Technology, students in Years K-6 will be participating in workshops run by UNE Science outreach and engagement program on Tuesday 8 June and Wednesday 9 June at school.
Payment of $5 per child is due by Friday 5 June 2021. Please send the money to the school office in a labelled envelope.
If you have any questions please email Trish Niethe on email@example.com