July 27

Grandparents & Special Friend’s Day

Yesterday the children were super excited to have their grandparent or special friend to come and visit them at school.  The students showed them work, played games and enjoyed eating lunch with them in their classrooms. After morning tea, the grandparents and special friend’s were treated to a special assembly presented by the students at St. Anne’s.

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July 21

Eucharist Workshop

Some of the Year 4 students gathered on Wednesday night for the Eucharist Workshop. Facilitator Mary Ryan took the students on a journey through Galilee before finding a resting spot to have a picnic with their parents.  The students shared bread and fish with their parents during the picnic while talking about some moments when Jesus was present in their life.

Good luck to all the students who are celebrating the Eucharist at St. Anne’s Parish and St. Gerard’s Parish.

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July 19

Term 3 Overview

Important Dates:

  1. Wednesday 19th July – First Eucharist Workshop
  2. Thursday 27th July – St Anne’s Feast Day
  3. Friday 4th August – Eucharist Reflection Day
  4. Thursday 17th August – Hooptime
  5. Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd August – School Closure
  6. Friday 25th August – School Athletics Carnival
  7. Monday 28th August – Open Art Gallery
  8. Friday 22nd September – Last Day of Term 3

 

Eucharist

Reflection day Friday 4th August

Eucharist Sunday 6th and 13th of August

 

Curriculum Overview

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Students will be learning about growth mindset and the importance of having a positive mindset when completing activities.  They will also learn about different roles within a team and how to work as part of a team to complete activities.  

 

Numeracy

The concepts covered this term are:

Multiplication – Skip counting, displaying multiples of a number and practice of multiplication tables.

Division – Grouping, division patterns and division facts

Decimals – Recognising place value to tenths and hundredths.

Measurement – Metric units, Temperature, Capacity and Mass.

Fractions – compare fractions of a half, quarter and thirds.

Angles – Greater than, less than or equal to

 

Literacy

In Writing, students explore the different elements within a poetry text. They will learn about the different types of poetry such Acrostic, Haiku, Limerick and Diamante. They will explore the different elements of writing texts such as, structure, characters and using descriptive language and text purpose. Students will learn how to write an explanation text and learn how to present confidently in front of an audience.  
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. Each week students have the opportunity to exchange books to read each week and maintain a regular reading habit.

 

Inquiry

In term 2, students will be learning about creativity, design and technology. They will be given opportunities to create different objects, write an analysis of their designs and present in front of the class.

 

Education in Faith

They explore the concept of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist through the four modes, i.e., the priest, the Assembly, the Word and, above all, in his Body and Blood. Through the exploration of the two part structure of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist they develop a knowledge of the key actions, words, and symbols and the associated accounts in Scripture.

 

Italian

During Term 3 in Italian, the students will be learning to talk about different emotions in Italian.  They will also be discussing how to be happy and get along in the classroom and playing games in Italian which require cooperation, respect, listening skills and the ability to communicate.

 

Physical Education

During Term 3 our focus in Physical Education classes is Athletics. Throughout this unit students will participate in technique development sessions which cover throwing events (shot put and discus), jumping events (long jump, triple jump, and high jump) and track events. Modified equipment is initially used in many of these disciplines to ensure students are learning the appropriate skills in a safe and supported environment. Students will then have the opportunity to participate in a range of track and field events at our school Athletics trials.

 

Digital Technologies

This term, the Year 3/4 students will be using the school Lego WeDo 2.0 kits to revise and extend their coding knowledge. They will work together to build simple robots which respond to user input in various ways. They will also learn to recognise and describe alternative solutions to the same problem, through trial-and-error and testing out their own ideas.

 

Performing Arts

This term the focus is primarily Dance.

The students will be investigating the elements of dance i.e. body, energy, space and time.

They shall explore moving to different stimuli i.e. music, sounds, and emotions. The students will learn about the importance of warm up and cool down techniques, they will imitate some dance sequences and create some dance moves to a short musical piece. They will participate in a partner or small group performance demonstrating their skill and creativity for their classmates, who will then provide constructive feedback for encouragement and improvement. There will also be an emphasis on self- management and cooperative skills for effective teamwork during planning and performance.

 

Homework

St. Anne’s offers homework as a part of the school’s educational program.

  • Homework is optional at St Anne’s and at the discretion of the parents
  • Students on intervention programs, may be required to complete additional tasks, however, this will be communicated and agreed with the parents of these students.
  • Parents will be advised of homework opportunities at the beginning of the school year
  • All students are encouraged to spend time reading each evening
  • Homework is offered at all levels with the emphasis on the practice of skills in Literacy and Mathematics
  • Years 3-6 students will use school diaries. Diaries provide a means of regular communication between parents and the school and may include details about homework

 

Homework will:

  • include daily independent reading which is required to be recorded in school diaries
  • Include practicing of appropriate number skills
  • include extension of and connection to class work and projects (including Specialist Teacher’s homework when appropriate).

 

Homework at this level will be approximately one and a half hours per week and will not be set during holidays or during the final week of each term.

 

Note:

In Years 3 – 6, homework will usually be set on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

Homework goes out on Tuesday and is due back in on Monday.  

 

Additional Information

Students will need to wear their sports uniform on Monday and Tuesday for sport and PE.

 

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

gabriellej@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

 

Regards,

Adrian, Grace and Gabrielle

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July 12

Digital Technologies – Term 2 2017

This term, we have been making ‘QR Code Who-Am-I Cubes’.

Each side of the cube has a different QR code printed on it. When the QR code is scanned, it gives a small (cybersafe) clue about who created it. Once finished, the game is to mix them up, choose one at random, scan each side and try to guess which of our classmates created it.

Here is an example of a QR code cube template – can you scan the codes and guess whose it is?

This project has tested our independent problem-solving because we have needed to find a range of different links, turn them into QR codes using QRStuff.com, and check each one works correctly.

We have also had to record our voices for one of the QR codes, so we have had to check the sound quality and upload this file to our Google Drives.

 

 

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