This term the students in Prep have been learning lots of new skills both during home learning and since they have been back at school.
Some of the areas that the Preps have been learning about since returning to school include …..
Literacy – writing recounts. The Preps were using bubbles when they were writing recounts and it looked like a lot of fun. They have also been learning how to write their work on dotted lines. Here are some pictures of the Preps hard at work …..
In Maths, Prep Yellow have been learning how to order numbers both from smallest to largest and largest to smallest. One of the activities they did for Maths included looking through LEGO catalogs and ordering the items from the ones they wanted the most through to the one they wanted the least.
Here are some pictures of this activity …..
Overall, I think the Preps have had a great job with their learning and have earned a nice long break over the school holidays.
We look forward to hearing about what the Preps will learn about next term.
In Year 3 the students at the moment the students are learning how to round numbers to tens and hundreds in Maths. Rounding is a very good skill because it can help you when you are paying for items at the shops (e.g if you were to buy one item for 95c and another item for $1.80 you might wish to round up the value of each item to the next dollar so that you made sure you had to pay for these items).
Also, in R.E. the year 3’s are learning about Parables in the Bible and how to find the meaning in the story. Stories is also what the year 3’s are learning about in writing as they are learning about how to write interesting narratives that grab the attention of the reading. In addition, the students are learning about healthy food and exercise in their Inquiry unit.
Overall, it sounds like the year 3 students are working really hard at the moment.
Here are the year 3’s in action …….
Last week was an important week for our new Preps because it was their first full week at school (including coming to school on Wednesdays). Not only are our Prep students getting used to what happens each day at school but they are also learning lots of new skills and knowledge.
In the Prep classes the students have been working on learning the letters of the alphabet and recently they were learning all about the letter P. One of the Preps favourite things to do during this week was bringing items into class that start with P for Show and Tell.
In addition, in Maths the Prep students have been learning all about the numbers from 1 to 20. This will help them with their learning in Maths throughout their lives.
Overall, the Preps have been very busy with their learning and it sounds like they are doing really well with settling into Holy Trinity and St. Mary’s.
Here are Prep Yellow busy at learning today ……..
In year five we have been learning about persuasive writing. Some of the topics that students in our class have been writing about include deforestation, pollution and smoking. We have been trying do develop how we structure our arguments so that each paragraph does not just begin with firstly, secondly, finally, etc.
Our group wrote about smoking and why it is not good for our health.
Here is our persuasive pieces ……
By Amelia and Blake 🚭🚭🚭🚭🚭🚭🚭
Many thanks to the parents who attended the Classroom Helpers Information Session. If you have nominated a time that you are available to help in your child’s classroom, your child’s teacher will contact you to confirm if that time is an appropriate time for them.
Prep Reading Information Workshops
Thank you to the Prep parents who attended the Reading Information Session. You play a most important part in the development of your child’s reading. The time you share with your children, enjoying picture stories or hearing them read their first take home books is precious valuable time that can instil a love for reading and give them a positive start to their literacy learning journey. Please ensure you help them engage in the text and use the picture clues along with the text to help them read.
Our Amazing Preps
It is wonderful to see how our new preps have settled in so comfortably to school. They are all working very well and are already reading texts and writing!!!
LOOK at these wonderful wizkids at work!!! Fantastic work PREPS!!!!
In Year 6 we are learning about keeping a writer’s notebook.
What is a writer’s notebook (you might ask)? A writer’s notebook is not a diary or a journal but a way to express ourselves. It is a place where you can jot down what you feel or draw what is on your mind or just a place to write how your day went. We use our writers’ notebook mainly during Literacy but you can use it whenever you want . Many of us enjoy writers’ notebook time because it feels less like learning time.
Stella and I went around to ask some of the students about their thoughts of using writers’ notebook and this is what they shared ……
“I love to draw pictures in my writer’s notebook and it is good to come back to these later on.” Dakotah
“I love to jot down things that are important to me and it helps me come up with stories for my writing.” Dominica
Here is a couple of pictures from our writers’ notebook time.
By Chanelle and Stella
This year in year 4 we have been doing Topic Talks (a lot like show and tell). At the beginning of each term we are given a list of topics to prepare and research so we have enough information to tell the class about the topic. Some of the topics we have presented this term include researching and presenting a poem that we enjoy (limerick, haiku or Australian), researching an African country and telling the class about a time in our life where we were filled with multiple feelings.
I really enjoyed when we got to tell the class about an African country particularly when other students presented their African country research.
Overall, topic talks are really helpful for learning about different topics as well as learning to speak in front of an audience. I always look forward to seeing these what other students are going to talk about.
Here is a couple of our topic talk presentations about an African country …..
During the last three Fridays students from 4 Blue and 4 Yellow have been participating in Literature Group Circles. The students were put into groups of 4 and each group chose a book to read. Two of the groups chose a book called Whipper Snapper and the other group chose a book called Savvy. Each group also needed to organise themselves so that we knew what page to read up to ready for our next Lit Circles discussion. We also needed to complete a sheet at home that had different questions about what we were reading.
After each session we would fill out a sheet with a self evaluation and a group evaluation. We shared our answers and ideas with a group and kept questioning each other while we were sharing. Some of the questions included …. Why did you choose this question? and What made you think about your answer? During our discussions we would add to what other students thoughts by saying… I agree, I disagree, I would like to add on or I would like to mention.
Overall, the Lit Circles groups did really well and we gave feedback to Mrs Dell’Orso in what she did well in teaching and what she needs to improve on. Mrs Dell’Orso did really well in teaching us about Lit circles and every group did really well with their learning, participating, preparing and co-operating with each other. Lit circles will continue in term 4 and we hope it is as good as it was in term 3!
Here is some of the Year 4 Lit Circles in action …..