A big focus in year 4 at the moment is using cursive writing and making sure it is the correct size and formation. They are striving for their pen licences so they don’t have to write with their pencils any more. Last year most of the year 4s would have earned their Js (joining licences). There are three stages of getting your pen licence. The first stage is J (which stands for joining licence), the second stage is L (which stands for learner). This stage is when the year 4s write with pen occasionally. Finally, the last stage is P (which stands for probational) and this means the year 4s can write with their pens any time they like. It is important to remember that these licences can still be taken away (like a driver’s licence) if you handwriting gets too messy.
Here is 4 Yellow hard at work with their handwriting.
This term the students in 1 Yellow are learning all about animals and now they are in the process of writing information reports about different animals. In Maths the students have been learning about addition and data and their skills are getting really good in these areas particularly creating graphs and tally charts. In Inquiry, the Year 1’s have been learning about the scientific concepts of push and pull and how these are such important movements in making the world work. Finally, in Religion they have been learning about God’s family and different religious celebrations. It certainly sounds like the students in year 1 are very busy with their learning.
Here are a couple of posters that are displaying their learning around the classroom.
This years our Art Show theme is Feathers, Fins and Fur. The show will be taking place in term 3 (week 10) so the students are busy preparing their pieces of art to showcase during this event.
Here is a sneak peek of what the Grade 1’s have been working on. You’ll see lots of animals. Shhhhh!!!!!!
On Friday (last week) 10 boys and 10 girls from years 4, 5 and 6 travelled by bus to the Knox Athletics track to compete in District Cross Country. Each age group had about 150 students compete with the under 10 students completing a 2km course whilst the under 11 and 12’s completed a 3km course. Everyone tried their best when they raced and overall we had 11 students from Holy Trinity make it to the next level of competition which is Division level. In the Scoresby Division our school (Holy Trinity) ended up coming 2nd out of the 8 schools that competed.
Well Done Everyone Who Raced.
Over the last few weeks all students have been having fun in PE lessons. They have been developing their kicking skills, knowledge and game sense related to soccer. Each Monday we have been lucky enough to have Melbourne Victory development officers assist me in PE and with training our Senior Inter school Boys and Girls soccer teams at lunchtime. Overall, the students are having lots of fun as well learning lots of new skills.
This week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) the students in years 3 and 5 have been participating in NAPLAN. This is a series of national tests completed by year 3 and 5 students that help to show us where we are at with our learning.
On the first day all students completed the language conventions test which was about grammar, punctuation and spelling. On the same day we also had to do a narrative writing piece about a gate where we were encouraged to use our imagination.
On the second day the students completed a 50 minute reading test where we read a series of passages and then answered some comprehension questions about what we had read.
On our final day of NAPLAN testing we completed a Maths assessment that lasted for 50 minutes.
Overall, it was good to participate in NAPLAN testing but we are glad that it is also all over.
Over the past couple of weeks the students in year 6 have been working on their persuasive writing skills. Persuasive writing is where you write a series of arguments to convince people about a topic that you think is important with the aim to get more people understanding your point of view. The year 6 students were writing persuasive arguments to help make a real impact in the world.
Here are a couple of examples from 6 Blue ….
Today (Friday 10 May) many of Holy Trinity and St. Mary’s wonderful mums, grandmums and other special people came along as we celebrated Mother’s Day. We began with a Mass which was so well attended we had lots of people who had to sit outside on the verandah. The parents then had a chance to see their children working in their classrooms and finally we had a light lunch in the Community Hall specially prepared by Mrs. Whelan and our wonderful LSOs. The food looked amazing! Lots of parents came in early to help set up the Mother’s Day stall in the Multi Purpose Room. Overall, it was a lovely day for everyone and it was really nice to see so many parents come in and visit their children’s class.
On Wednesday the 24th of April the students in Years 3 to 6 participated in our school fun run. Everyone tried hard and it was a really successful event. The top ten girls and boys in each age group will be going on to the District Cross Country in a couple of weeks (Friday 24th of May). Overall Mackay team (blue) won the day for earning the most points and and MacKillop team (green) won the spirit shield. Thanks to Mrs. Harrison for her great organisation and to all the parents who came along to assist with the running of the event.
On Thursday the 9th of May we had another session of Kinder Kids reading in the mini space. These sessions are a chance for kinder children to experience reading a book with a Holy Trinity student and get a feel for what it is like coming to school at HT. The Year 5 students really enjoy getting a chance to participate in these sessions and they are always a lot of fun.
Last week the year 4’s went on camp to ADANAC (Canada spelt backwards) which was in Yarra Junction for 2 days and 1 night.
Camp went something like this …..
All the excited children left Holy Trinity at around 9am and it took about 45 minutes to reach our camp site. When we arrived we unpacked and explored our cabins. Makayla (our camp leader) showed us around the campsite. My favourite bit was the giant water slide that went all the way into the lake. Later on we had completed our rotational groups activities which were canoeing, zip line (flying fox), hut building and camp cooking. My favourite activity was the zip line which was 150 meters long During the afternoon we also had cake to celebrate Jasmine’s birthday.
During the evening we had dinner that was pizza and salad. Most of our favourites was a yummy dessert which included cake, chocolate fudge and topped with whip cream and chocolate sprinkles. Some children had gelato instead. At night time we went on a long night walk around the lake and stopped at the campfire to roast marshmallows. The only problem was that Mr. Harvie had never started a campfire before so it took about 20 minutes to get going. After we roasted the delicious marshmallows we walked back up to the gym and played 5 different games. Suddenly the lights went out and some of us squealed. After a fun day we went to bed for some rest even if some of us went to sleep later than others.
On day 2 of camp we woke up and we packed up our room before 8 am because the next school was arriving soon. For breakfast we had a choice of porridge, cereal toast, yogurt and fruit. Afterwards, we finished off our last activity rotation and had morning tea which was cake for Lara’s birthday. We got to play a game of bonbardment for 30 minutes. At lunch we had beef burgers and 25 minutes of free time. Finally, we drove back to Holy Trinity to find our “excited” parents waiting for us.
Overall year 4 camp was a 9 out of 10 and I can’t wait for our next camp in year five.
Lego sessions have begun for our Year 4 and 5 students in the MPR (renamed as the STEM Lab). Both year levels are learning about centrifugal and and centripetal forces in machines such as Carousels, Ferris Wheels and Flying Chairs. We have learnt how changing the size of the driving wheel can dramatically affect the speed that our lego models can work at.
Here are our Year 5 students in action this week building their flying chair models…..