We have had another busy week in Year One!
Learning about Gentleness in 1G
- We have been talking about The Fruit of the Holy Spirit ‘gentleness’. As a class we discussed the ways we can show gentleness toward our family and friends. Some of our ideas include…* You can use a calm voice when you speak gently to your friends.
*Our actions can be gentle like when we hold our pets.
* When we are gentle, our bodies are still and our mind is calm ready for learning.
We enjoyed making our ‘gentleness hearts’ using warm coloured paint colours. We drew our own heart shape and loved how they are turned out differently!
Learning about the Bible in 1B
We have been learning more about the Bible during our Religious Education lessons. We have learnt…
* The Bible is a collection of writings that contain lessons about God, God’s people and the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
* The Bible is separated into two -the Old Testament and the New Testament.
* The Bible is very sacred because it contains God’s messages.
* The Bible is God’s message to people and this message is still true today.
We enjoyed listening to the Bible story ‘The Loaves and the Fishes’ or ‘The Feeding of the 5000’. This story is from the New Testament. We discovered that Jesus turned 2 loaves of bread and 5 fish into enough food for 5000 people! Jesus performed a miracle because everyone believed in God. We created a piece of artwork to show our understanding of the story…as well as completing some magnificent writing!!
We also enjoyed listening to the story of Creation from the Old Testament. Imagine our surprise when we arrived at school to see the rays of the sun…the sun that God had created! We could see it shining and reached up to see if we could reach the rays! God is with us every day!
Making 3D Shapes in Year One!
We have been busy putting our knowledge of 3D shapes to good use…by making our own! We used matchsticks, small popsticks and plasticine to create are own shapes. It was a little tricky to balance our shapes so some of us decided it was better to work with a partner…a great way for us to practise our communication skills! We found it a little frustrating at times, but we kept going and tried again.
Our completed 3D shapes gave us a chance to look more closely at the properties of these shapes: faces, edges and vertices.
A face is a flat or curved surface on a 3D shape.
An edge is where two faces meet.
Vertices are where edges meet.
We have enjoyed learning about 2D and 3D shapes…and curiously we are now spotting them everywhere we go!:)
Welcome back to Term Two!
We have loved being back in our classroom with our friends and teachers! We miss our friends who are continuing their learning remotely and can’t wait to see them again soon!
We have been busy this week…
Mrs Wishy Washy
Our book focus for this week was “Mrs Wishy Washy on TV”. We enjoyed listening to the story and searching for words with the ‘sh’ digraph in the text. We drew a character portrait of the main character -Mrs Wishy Washy. We connected with the text by writing about when we have enjoyed water based activities like going to the beach or Adventure World. Have a look at our amazing character portraits!
We enjoyed listening to the story Anzac Ted by Belinda Landsberry. We talked about the significance of Anzac Day and shared what we did to remember this special day…some of us made Anzac cookies at home while others stood at the end of our driveways holding candles. We created our own Anzac Teds at school and at home! We thought carefully about each detail…we think they look great!
We have been busy learning about the features of 2D shapes. We have talked about the number of sides and corners for each shape as well as naming each shape correctly. We had fun listening and dancing to shape songs and loved creating our own shape robots! We had to think about the shapes we wanted to use, concentrated hard on our cutting, thought creatively and even named our robots!
Where ever we might be…we are still learning!
A huge thank you to all our families for your kind words and support!
Mrs McKenzie, Miss de Gooijer, Mrs Roberto and Mrs Andrews
We have been quite busy during our first few weeks of Year One!
- are becoming more familiar with classroom and whole school routines
- have welcomed new friends into our class
- have been trying really hard to work together as a team
- are loving our specialist classes
- look so grown up in our uniform
- have met our new Year Five buddies and are looking forward to doing activities together
- are becoming more independent and responsible for our belongings and our choices
- have had a go at writing on our own
- have learnt new words to add to our vocabulary thanks to the stories we have been reading…ferocious, groan, sprinkle, sway, sob and leap –we even wrote some great sentences using these words!
- love using our mini whiteboards during word work lessons
- have practised our number recognition using number lines
- have explored the idea of Identity…we especially loved sharing ideas about how we can be different in some way yet the same in other ways…it challenged our thinking!
- have learnt how to kick a football thanks to the footy clinic Mr Davis organised
- have decided that in order to have a great year our class needs to have five important rules – mutual respect, active listening, ask questions if we are stuck, no put downs and always try hard to be the best we can be!
Working as a team!
Great hand eye coordination during our football clinic!
We discovered Yashua sure knows how to kick a footy!
Thanks Mr Davis for organising our footy clinic!
We enjoyed meeting our Year Five buddies!
Using loose parts to create a portrait of ourselves during our Identity discussions!
A great activity for our imagination!
Mason D’s finished creation! Love the toes!
Annie’s finished creation. Lots of time was taken to choose exactly the right parts to use!
Our days are always so busy! We can’t wait to learn more!
Thank you for attending our Parent Information Evening.
Please find attached a copy of the Year One Handbook.
We are looking forward to a great year together!
Mrs McKenzie and Miss de Gooijer
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Welcome to the first day of Year One!
We are looking forward to an exciting year together!
The first day can be a little overwhelming for both children and parents – we are hoping these handy tips will alleviate some of the stress!
Breakdown of the day:
- Our classroom door will open at 8:30am.
- We will commence our day at approximately 8:45am. A quick wave or kiss is all that is needed when the time comes!
- Our day concludes at 3pm. The children will walk down to the front of the school for collection through ‘drive through’. Children can also be collected outside our classroom – please wait underneath the big tree. We are encouraging all children to begin using the ‘drive through’ system as of week 2.
- These items are to remain in your child’s school bag: hat, library bag, spare change of underwear, lunch box and crunch and sip container. Please ensure your child’s name is printed on their hat!
- Water bottles are to be placed on our water trolley located inside our classroom.
- Please write your child’s name on their blue note folder. This is to be placed inside our note folder box located by our classroom door.
- Place glue sticks, crayons, scissors, coloured pencils, writing pencils and black fine liner pens in the labelled boxes. The children will share these items – no need to label everything…don’t panic if you have already done this!
- Leave your child’s scrapbooks, writing books and black display folders on your child’s desk – we will store these away later in the morning. Please ensure your child’s name is printed on these – no covers are necessary.
- If your child has a Medical Alert Plan (Asthma, anaphylaxis, Allergies etc) please ensure the front office has an updated copy of this and any necessary medication as soon as possible.
Our Parent Information Evening is being held on Monday 3rd February – first day back!
We would love to see a representative from each family attend. It is here that you will hear some of our important messages for Year One. Our Parent Information Booklet will be available shortly on the St Emilie’s website.
The breakdown of the evening is as follows:
5pm -5:30pm Session 1 in our classroom
5:45pm-6:15pm Session 2 in our classroom
*attend one session only
Music – Mr Dabbs
Sport – Mr Davis (Children to wear coloured House Sport Shirt)
Japanese – Mrs Aroozoo
Library (Requires library bag)
Yr 1 & 2 Sport (Children to wear yellow St Emilie’s Sport Shirt)
Health – Mr Davis
Science – Mrs Cogger
Save the date: Friday 21st February!
5pm -7:30pm Family Fun Night & Picnic
A great opportunity to meet new families to our school and catch up with old friends!
We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday!
Year One Teachers
Miss Tanya de Gooijer and Mrs Simone McKenzie
Year One Educational Assistants
Mrs Jo Roberto and Mrs Amy Andrews
Guided Inquiry – Celebrating Differences (Social Justice)
We are enjoying celebrating our cultural differences in Year One and Year Two!
Our recent Cultural Fair allowed our students to…
- Develop an appreciation of multicultural Australia, embracing different foods, games, music, and traditions from different cultures.
- Show respect for those who sound, look and act differently to themselves.
- Understand that although we are all different, we all hold similar values, and we all have the right to be treated fairly.
We had a wonderful time at our Cultural Fair!
A huge thank you to the wonderful Mums, Dads and family friends who volunteered their time, prepared presentations, played games with us, prepared yummy food for us to taste and passionately shared their culture…with a smile and a huge amount of patience!
We loved our morning together!
We are off and racing in Term 3!
These are some of the activities that have been keeping us busy…
Our Mathematics discussions and activities have focused on fractions and the concept that fractions are equal parts of a whole. We cut fruit into the fractions that we are most familiar with…half, quarters and thirds then discovered the fraction of tenths when we peeled open a mandarin! Fractions are everywhere! We mixed up our fruity fractions and each had a turn at sorting the fruit onto the correct fraction plate along with the symbols used to represent these fractions.
Our writing genre this term is a little challenging! We have started to look at information reports and the structure this type of writing follows. Firstly, we looked at two reports that had been cut up and then worked with a partner to sort out the information under the correct headings – title, classification, description and conclusion. We are now in the process of writing our first information report on Potatoes. We have completed our planning page and are now ready to turn our ideas into sentences! After learning more about the stages of the potato plant we decided we needed to head out and check on our potato plants…they are as big as our head now!!
Growing and Changing
In Religion we have been talking about growing and changing and discovered that Jesus grew and changed just like us! We read the story Jesus in the Temple – a special story about Jesus when He was 12 years old. We also read The Last Supper and discussed how Jesus used His body as an adult to show love to others. We spent time talking about the very special part of the Mass called the Eucharist where we see the symbols of Jesus’ body and blood through the bread and wine.
We have been rather busy in our literacy centres. Each centre gives us another opportunity to practice a particular skill. So far this term we have practiced compound words, taken it in turns to read out sentences while our partner tries hard to write the sentence correctly, used the iPads for Lexia Core 5 (a program that helps with our reading comprehension), used magnetic letters to practise spelling tricky words, used tiny message boards to spell sight words and enjoyed reading in the beautiful sunshine!
Our class reading corner has been a big hit this term with many of us bringing in our favourite books from home to read in class!
Life is good in Year One!
This term, our guided inquiry topic is Social Justice – Celebrating Cultures. As a part of our exploration into the concept of Social Justice, we are focusing on multiculturalism and the development of empathy, understanding and interest in those from different cultures.
In order to explore and celebrate the cultures that already exist in our school, we are organising a ‘Cultural Fair’ for the Year One and Two classes on
Tuesday 13th August. We are inviting all parents, grandparents and friends to be presenters at our fair. Presenters will be asked to share their knowledge and experiences of a particular culture to small groups of children. During the fair, the children will be rotating around to the various ‘stalls’ to learn as much as they can about the various cultural backgrounds that exist in our school community.
Examples of what you may present are;
● cooking demonstration / foods from other cultures
● traditional dance, instruments or music
● traditional games
● items of cultural significance
● traditional clothing or costumes
● photographs of significant buildings / places
● books or songs in another language
Please return the attached form by Wednesday 31st July (we have extended the return date) if you or anyone you know will be available to present on the day…or team up with another parent?
Further details are attached. A hard copy of this note was sent home to families during the last week of Term two.
We had huge success with our Community Fair earlier in the year and are looking forward to making our Cultural Fair even better!
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Year One and Year Two Teachers
We sure have been rather busy in our last two weeks of Term 2!
We have enjoyed learning how to write procedures and thought it would be fun to follow a procedure with the hope of creating something that we could take home! We are a little ‘owl obsessed’ in 1B, especially after baby owls were born right here in our school bushland! What better way for us to learn than combine our love of procedures and owls!
After making our clay owls we wrote our procedure making sure to remember each step. We had heaps of fun using clay and clay tools…just like a real artist! It was a hoot!
In Religious Education we have been talking about the importance of friends…what makes our friends so special, how to make new friends, as well as exploring the ideas of sharing friends. We listened to the Bible story ‘Zacchaeus –the man who had no friends and learnt that Jesus showed love and forgiveness to Zacchaeus. We can learn from Jesus and do the same with our friends.
We read the story ‘Friends’ by Eric Carle and made our own painted paper similar to what Eric uses to create his illustrations. We had fun making portraits of our friends! We explored the art element of texture and enjoyed running our fingers through our painted creations. Some of our portraits are very life like!
We have been busy learning about some aspects of the Aboriginal culture in celebration of NAIDOC Week. We have listened to stories, looked at Aboriginal symbols and created a wonderful portrait of an Emu after reading the story ‘Karana –the story of Father Emu’. We even got to see the Wadumbah Aboriginal Dance Group perform an Emu dance when they visited our school on Wednesday! We had fun using chalk pastels and experimented with the art elements of line, space, colour and the technique of smudging to create our emu art work.
We have had another great term but are now ready for the holidays!
See you in Term 3!