The Rainbow Fish
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:
- Have you ever owned an item that you didn’t want to share?
- If you were made to share it, did it make you happy or sad
- Would you rather keep something really special all to yourself or share it with friends?
- Is being unique more important than being liked?
- Was Rainbow Fish’s decision to share worth it?
- Rainbow Fish was happy with his scales, and he was happy with his new friends. Do you think there different kinds of happiness?
- Were they true friends, if one of the main reasons the others liked Rainbow Fish was just because he gave them something pretty?
- Rainbow Fish refused to give the blue fish the scale politely, would this have changed the other fish’s opinion of him?
- Do you try to share with your friends?
- What makes it difficult to share sometimes?
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This term in Inquiry we are learning about the Australian Government. The Australian Parliament consists of the Queen (represented by the Governor-General), the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Parliament is located in Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory.
In 1901 the Australian Constitution established the Australian Parliament, also known as the federal Parliament or the Commonwealth Parliament.
The Australian Parliament has four main roles:
- Making and changing federal laws.
- Representing the people of Australia.
- Providing a place where government is formed.
- Keeping a check on the work of the government.
Australia has three levels of law-making – often referred to as the three levels of government – that work together to provide Australians with the services they need.The three levels of government are: federal, state/territory and local. The federal government is the highest level of government.
The three levels are:
- federal (or national) Parliament, which is located in Canberra.
- State or territory parliaments, which are located in each state/territory capital city.
- Local councils (also called shires), which are located across the nation.
Australia has one federal Parliament, six state and two territory parliaments, and over 560 local councils. Representatives are elected to federal and state/territory parliaments and local councils, so that all Australians have someone to represent them at each level of government. Parliaments and councils make laws; governments put these laws into action. Some of the responsibilities of federal, state/territory and local governments overlap, but generally each level of government provides different services to Australians:
The Federal Government is responsible for running the country as a whole, and for matters that concern Australia as a nation rather than as individuals. It was formed in 1901 at Australia’s Federation. The Federal government works to protect Australian borders from immigration issues and how the Australian Federal Police maintain control over the country.
Each state and territory has its own government which deals with issues specifically relating to the state. Some responsibilities may cross over into federal and local government. The state government looks after schools, hospitals, roads and railways.
Local Governments are responsible for matters which are day to day issues. A local government represents residents of the local area. Your local government may be known as a shire or council. Local government members are called councillors. The local government has the responsibility of looking after your neighbourhood. This skit showed you how the local government ensures that rubbish collection, local roads and pets are kept under control.
Australia is fortunate to live in within a “Democracy” which means that all of our voices can be heard. This government means rule of the people. Rules and laws are put in place to keep us safe and to help us make good choices. Working together as one will help us to unite and live in peace.
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On Monday 29th February, the Year 5 and 6 classes were treated to a thought-provoking performance that presented ways we can manage our emotions when under pressure, without resorting to physical aggression. The idea that it is not only against the law to be violent towards others, but threatening other people is regarded as a type of abuse. After watching the performance, we came up with some helpful strategies to help ourselves and our our peers deal with situations we may find ourselves in when feeling angry or upset.
Some of our ideas included:
- Telling a trusted adult
- Doing something we love, to take our mind off the matter
- Going for a walk
- Taking some deep breaths
- Looking at things positively
There were a handful of lucky prize winners after question time who received a football to take home, but we all came away with some excellent strategies to keep us safe and help us to use our emotions in the most positive way we can.
All in all another great opportunity for some valuable reflection time!
Goal setting is an important skill and the process of setting goals can serve as a road map to success in all areas of our lives. In small groups the children responded to various questions to help them decide on some common goals for Year Five. These goals will help us to make 2015 a successful, safe and happy year!
One process for helping set clear, achievable goals is S.M.A.R.T. which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound.
Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals can help keep us motivated and it provides a way to measure our progress during our journey.
It’s also important to set goals for ourselves, to grow as individuals, developing our character as a person. We all have the ability to act in what can be referred to as “virtuous ways.” Acting in these ways most of the time is good for us and good for those around us. Here is a list of 12 “virtues” that we encourage the students to develop:
Thank you for supporting this learning at home by being good role models and encouraging your children in the right direction!
Here are our GOAL BALLOONS See us reaching for our goals!!
On Tuesday 16 February, the Year Five and Six classes attended an excursion to Parliament House and Constitutional Centre in Perth. The purpose of this excursion was to allow students to have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what ‘Democracy’ is all about and to understand their role as active citizens who are able to vote and make decisions about issues affecting their lives.
The students had the opportunity to visit Parliament House where they learned about the Upper and Lower House. They also participated in a workshop on the three levels of government which helped them to identify the roles and responsibilities of the three levels of government in Australia: Federal, State and Local.
In another workshop, we participated in a ‘hands on’ activity which explained the importance of the voting process and the laws associated with this privilege.