February 26

RYAN SMITH MP VISITS THE Yr 3-6 STUDENTS

This afternoon Ryan Smith MP (member for Warrandyte) came and visited the Year 3 – 6 students.  He spoke about his role within the community, his elections and what a day in parliament is like.  The students were given opportunities to ask questions and gain a further insight to what it is like to be Parliament Member.  This term the Year 3-6 Inquiry is about Power, Governance and Control.  Many of the Yr 3 and 4 students gained important information that can now be incorporated into their Inquiry projects.

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February 10

Reconciliation

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Welcome to our Blog for 2016 . The Year Three students are completing the Sacrament of Reconciliation in a few weeks. In class, they have been discussing the four stages of Reconciliation. They have talked about what it feels like to be forgiven and to forgive others. We are looking at the Scripture stories of Zacchaeus and The Prodigal Son. There is a focus on healing, forgiving and being given a second chance. The Year Four students have talked about the Reconciliation night to their peers to assure them that it is a wonderful night and a lovely time to spend in reflection with their families.

Dates: Reconciliation Workshop February 22nd. Children are expected to attend with a parent.

You have a choice of nights to attend for the Sacrament, they are either the 15th or the 16th of March.

Important notes will be sent home soon.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

 

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February 2

Term 1 Overview

Important Dates:
2nd February – Beginning of school Mass
9th February – Shrove Tuesday
10th February – Ash Wednesday
22nd February – Religious Education Workshop
15th & 16th March – Reconciliation
24th – Final day of Term 1

Curriculum Overview
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
During Term 1, the students will be given opportunities to get to know their new classmates and developing new friendships. These concepts will be covered through interactive activities such as circle time, role play, group tasks and team building games.

Numeracy
The concepts covered this term are:
Addition, Subtraction: Single and double addition and subtraction. Addition and Subtraction with regrouping.
Place Value: Finding the value of a digit in a number and showing a visual representation of a number.
Time: Digital and Analogue clock
Money: Adding and Subtracting dollars and cents
Statistics and Probability: Collecting data and graphing
Shapes: Axis, Vertices, Corners, 2D and 3D

Literacy
In Writing, we will be looking at persuasive texts, speech writing and narratives.
Reading activities will include exposing the students to a wide range of texts, including digital texts. Students will work at their own level on comprehending these texts in order to build their skills and knowledge. The Literacy program will also include personalised spelling (a component of their weekly homework).

Inquiry
In this unit students explore how and why people make decisions and identify places where people come together to discuss issues and make decisions. They know that voting is a key method for group decision making in a democracy. Students learn about the purpose of government and some familiar services provided by government, particularly at the local level such as pre-schools, libraries, recreational facilities and waste and recycling collections. They look at the roles of some leaders and representatives such as prime minister, premier and mayor.

Education in Faith
In this unit students explore the concepts of forgiving and healing through the sacrament of Reconciliation. They explore the different Rites of Reconciliation celebrated in the Catholic Church. They examine the four stages of reconciling a friendship. Students are invited to write their own prayers of forgiveness and healing and to express their new learnings in a display for the school.

Italian
During Term 1 in Italian the children will be revising colours, days of the week and months of the year in Italian.
They will also be learning about how adjectives are used in Italian, focussing on agreement of adjectives.

PE
Students will work with others to set and achieve goals in both cooperative and competitive games’ settings using the dodge ball game and parachute. They will begin to apply their striking, running skills and games sense through participating in the Hot Shots program. Students will also participate in the Beep Test.

Students will have PE, Performing Arts and Italian on Tuesday mornings. It is important that students wear their sports uniform, hat and sunscreen during their PE lesson.

ICT
This term, as part of our schoolwide focus on cybersafety, the Year 3/4 students will be revising the type of personal information that is appropriate to share online. They will practise sending and receiving emails to their school friends and teachers. They will also use the Google Slides app to create a cyber safety quiz to demonstrate their understanding in this important topic.

Performing Arts
This term the students will be exposed to music that reflects a variety of cultural, social and historical contexts. They will explore music of different styles and time periods, the development of some instruments and the varied use of music in our society. After exploring musical works of different styles, and singing and learning a few new songs together, students will have the opportunity to create their own soundscape to support a short story of their choice and perform it for their classmates. I am looking forward to working with students this term to assist them with their understanding and appreciation of music.

Homework
Each week students are expected to complete homework as part of our school policy. The purpose of homework is to encourage students to use time effectively and settle into a routine of completing work in an organised way. Every week the students will have regular items to complete such as Reading, Spelling and Times Tables. They may also be asked to complete some form of Maths, Inquiry, Religion, English or mini project. Students are to record their reading in their diaries and have it signed each week. This will help us recognise the books they are reading and are reading at least 3 times each week at home. It is best for you and your child to sort out the days and requirements together and set the routine right from the start. We understand that at certain times it will be busy and ask that you just add a note in the diary if they are unable to do work by the required date. Homework goes out on the Thursday but is due on the Wednesday. We are hoping to put all homework sheets on students google drive by Term 2.

Please come and see us, give us a call or email us if you have any queries or worries:
gcarrick@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au
amcalister@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au
suzannef@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Looking forward to Term 1!
Regards,
Adrian, Grace and Suzanne

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