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Measurement is finding a number that shows the size or amount of something. We can measure many different things, but mostly we measure…
Length: Length is how far from end to end. Also called distance. We measure length using millimetres, centimetres, metres and kilometres.
Area: Area is the size of a surface: how much is inside the boundary of a flat (2-dimensional) object such as a triangle or circle. (The rule is Length x Width L x W). The area is measured in square centimetres or square metres and is written like this cm2 or m2.
Perimeter: The perimeter is the length around the outside of a polygon or the path that surrounds an area.
Volume: Volume is the amount of 3-dimensional space an object occupies. Also called capacity. We measure capacity using millilitres and litres.
Mass: Mass is how much matter something contains. We measure mass using grams, kilograms and tonnes.
Time: Time is the ongoing sequence of events taking place. We measure time using seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years.
Temperature: How hot or cold a thing is. Temperature is measured using a thermometer, usually in the celsius or fahrenheit scale.
This week is MEASUREMENT WEEK!
We are really looking forward to visiting the undercover area, where lots of different measurement activities are set up for us to weigh, estimate, compare and consider!
Both Year Five classes had the opportunity to participate in MEASUREMENT WEEK at St Emilie’s. There were lots of interesting ‘hands on’ activities to engage with, where students were able to explore capacity, perimeter, area, mass and length.
Measurement is of course an important area of Numeracy and students were very keen to explore each task which were challenging and fun!
Just a note to ask that you please keep a family who is going through a particularly tough time in regard to their health in your daily prayers.
Some wonderful families who are close to this family and the situation have quietly rallied together and are providing meals and practical support.
Father Chien is also unwell at this time and our thoughts are also very much with him as he rests and recuperates.
We will let you know if there is anything you can do to help out, however in the meantime one thing we can all do right now is tap into the power of prayer.
Quietly including this beautiful family, Fr Chien and all families in our community who may be suffering at this time in our everyday prayers, is special and very much appreciated.
Our prayers don’t need to be fancy.. just simple and heartfelt …
All staff have been so positive about your Two-Way Parent Meetings this week – thank you most sincerely for arriving on time and for the wonderful way you have each engaged with your teachers – a terrific community effort!
Parent representation at these interviews has been very high indeed – which means you have had the wonderful opportunity to ask questions and to clarify and listen to how your child is interacting socially and emotionally with others, as well as how they are progressing academically.
While it is easy to hear all the positives about our children, it is understandably not so easy to listen when an area of challenge or an aspect of their behaviour may be of some concern at this point in time.
The important thing to remember is that all staff have your child’s very best interests at heart. Just because the teacher might point out that they have observed, for example, your child experiencing considerable difficulty managing their emotions when playing sport; or that they have presented themselves as inappropriately defending exclusive friendships; or that they are in the habit of consistently talking and distracting others more than engaging in their learning, and so on – it isn’t something to panic about or become defensive over.
Teacher feedback is very valuable to wise and discerning parents. When you demonstrate to your child that you really value, respect and support their teacher, it immediately makes them sit up, think and take notice!
Calmly discuss the area of concern with your child, listen to their challenges and offer some good advice, as well as support them to set positive goals for the future. Just remember that when your child is relaying their story they are quite often (not always) leaving out a number of other important details… and this is part of growing up and learning!
The worst thing a parent can do however, is think there is – ‘a teacher conspiracy’!
While it is far easier for a teacher to ignore and not bring things to parent attention, a good school genuinely helps children to learn from mistakes, to grow as people, to see themselves as part of something bigger than themselves and to understand that values such as honesty, co-operation, kindness, respect, compassion, forgiveness, integrity, flexibility, generosity, a sense of humour, self-control, and more … are what will ultimately help them and others to thrive in school, and to thrive in life!
Our children are relying on us as significant adults in their lives to be good role models and people who champion the often difficult and challenging path of what is good, right and just.
Being a good parent requires that we too continue to grow as people each and every day… and this requires an ongoing and sustained effort…
Lent is a good time to reflect upon any obstacles to our own growth as Christ followers and to make a plan for perhaps tweaking our own parenting choices so they better align with what Jesus would say and do!
Take care everyone, we are indeed blessed to be in a community where we can support one another in our parenting and in creating young people who go into the world knowing they can make a positive difference!
This fortnight in Cultural studies we have been preparing for open night by creating original art pieces and learning about Vietnamese festival clothes and their customs.
Don’t forget to come along on Open Night in Week 8 to see all our hard work in action!
In Year 4 and 5 we are learning about the wonderful world of coral reef ecosystems! To deepen our knowledge and appreciation of how delicate and interrelated these ecosystems are it would be really wonderful if you and your children were able to watch a program that was screened on the ABC last week. You can access the program on ABC iview until the 15th March. It is G rated and runs for about 50 mins – so a great thing to do as a whole family!
Here is a link to the program on ABC iview:
Science Specialist Teacher
Together with our Year One buddies, we listened to the story of “The Rainbow Fish” written by Marcus Pfister. This story is a great story for children of all ages as it explores selfishness and teaches children about the importance of sharing.
After listening to the story we each decorated our own “Rainbow Fish” leaving one scale to be the shiny scale. We made it shiny by using glitter. On the back of our fish we shared one way that we try to be a good friend by showing kindness.
“The most beautiful fish in the ocean is asked to share one of his shining scales with a little blue fish, and to which he refuses. All the other fish in the sea leave him alone, and he wondered why. He goes to the wise octopus for advice, and she tells him to give away his scales. Rainbow Fish reluctantly does so, except for one. In the end, he is less beautiful then he was before, but he has new friends and is now the happiest fish in the sea.”
Possible questions you could ask your child:
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