This week Mrs Cogger provided some interesting Science Activities to celebrate NAIDOC Week. Across Australia NAIDOC Week is usually celebrated in schools in the last week of Term 2. This year due to the COVID pandemic, NAIDOC week was moved to November. However, many schools went ahead with their plans to celebrate in week 10 just as they always do.
The Year 2 and 3 students learned of a Noonjar Dreaming Story that tells us how the Southern Cross was formed.
The Year 4B students learned about the Noonjar season of Makuru and explored the bushland to look for signs that Makuru has started.
The Year 5B students made Aboriginal digging sticks used for digging up bloodroot, yams, honey ants and Witchetty grubs.
The Year 6 students learned about Aboriginal engravings and rock art. After observing many different forms of art, the students created a shield with symbols of their own Dreaming Story.
Please find below our Purposeful Practice Grid for Weeks 9-10.
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Jodie Ryan & Veronica Williams
Year Three Teachers
On Wednesday the 17th of June we celebrated the Feat of St Emilie de Vialar.
St Emilie De Vialar was a very special lady who helped many people and inspires us every day to become closer to God.
To celebrate her Feast day, we read and learnt about St Emilie and found out some interesting information about her life.
We used our prior knowledge of ‘Facts and Opinions’ to create a Fact vs Opinion quiz based on St Emilie and her life.
We then had fun swapping our quizzes with each other and testing out our knowledge of St Emilie!
From the Year Three Students
Wednesday the 17th of June was the Feast day of St Emilie de Vialar!
We loved learning about St Emilie today!
We learnt about her history and life mission helping those in need. St Emilie helped educate children and care for the poor and sick. What a wonderful lady! We came up with words like; ‘thoughtful, kind, giving, helpful, loving’ to describe St Emilie. In PP we are striving towards being just like St Emilie in our classroom by caring for our friends and looking out for others.
Today we said a prayer for St Emilie;
St Emilie, our Mother and guide
You were so filled with love of God
that you helped others in difficult times.
Please help us to be like you and love others.
St Emilie, pray for us.
We also added our own special messages to our prayer thanking her for all of the wonderful things she has done and asking her to support us to be like her.
We are very proud and grateful to call her the Saint of our school!
We have been busy commemorating St Emilie and creating some incredible portraits! Here are some for you to see! 🙂
Dear Year Three Families,
Please find attached our Purposeful Practice Grid for Weeks 7-8.
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We hope you are keeping safe (and warm)!
As we continue our ‘Time’ learning in Mathematics, we kindly ask you to please continue to encourage and support your child to practise recognising and telling the time wherever possible.
Jodie Ryan & Veronica Williams
Year Three Teachers
In Year Five, we have been learning about some of the famous Australian Pioneers who made an impact on our country between 1800 – 1900.
We started our term by investigating the First Fleet and the Gold Rush. We’ve been reading about life on the goldfields and used this information to write letters to a miner, and create Gold Rush art pieces.
Then we took a closer look at some of the people involved in these significant events. We researched different pioneers and wrote biographies about them. We then used this information to create some posters.
Then we turned our research into a podcast based on the pioneer we studied. We wrote a script that included questions about what their lives might have been like. You can listen to some of the podcasts by clicking on the pictures below.
We’ve loved learning about the history of our country and we are excited to discover more as the term continues!
In Kindy through our work with children, we are building a respect and valuing of Australia as a diverse nation and an ancient land that has been cared for by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples for many thousands of years.
Reconciliation requires a commitment to reflecting upon what we can do to contribute to building a more tolerant and just society and sustainable environment to support children to understand, respect and value diversity.
The Kindy children have been engaged in listening to traditional Aboriginal stories, understanding the significance of the colours on the Aboriginal flag, learning about Bush Tucker, viewing Aboriginal artworks and exploring Aboriginal music and dance.
‘Together, we can foster a sense of belonging
Together, we can create and access culturally safe spaces and places
Together, we can learn from the past as we forge the road ahead
Together, we can nurture and care for Country
Together, we can walk the path of reconciliation.’
What a great week 6 we have had in Pre Primary!
We have continued our learning on Indigenous Australia this week. We have loved learning about Aboriginal culture. We have even learnt some words in different Aboriginal dialects like hello and counting numbers! Here is a great video we enjoyed watching in class. This has taught us all a lot about Aboriginal culture and there is so much to learn! If you have time watch this again with your child they really enjoyed it! We love getting our hands dirty in different arts projects and we have been creating some Aboriginal inspired artwork this week!
We have been focusing on our numeral formation this week! It is so important that we start at the correct point when forming our numbers. This ensures our numbers are clear and legible! This is always a great one to practice at home! You can use paints, water, shaving cream and rainbow coloured pencils! Below is a copy of some of the rhymes we use in Pre Primary that help us remember how to form each number correctly. Have a go with your child at home and see if they remember. these are also rhyming words see if your child can spot them out!
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Thank you to Mrs Poinen for bringing in your baby chicks for us to see! We absolutely loved to see these beautiful little creatures. We were so intrigued with questions about what they eat, what they need, where do they live and so many more questions! As we have been exploring Our Changing World through our MAPPEN learning this was a great way experience how things change up close!
Rain, rain go away, come again another day!
Actually we have loved having rain this has allowed us to get outside and start exploring in the rain to see how things change. Playing in the rain helps us to improve our gross motor skills, learn about science, stay active, make music, explore and so much more!
We cant wait to see what week 7 brings us in PP! Bye for now! 🙂