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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April 20

TERM 2 OVERVIEW

Important Dates:

  1. Thursday 20th April 3/4 J Class Mass
  2. Tuesday 25th April ANZAC Day
  3. Thursday 4th May 3/4 C Class Mass
  4. Friday 5th May 3/4 C Reflection
  5. Tuesday to Thursday 9th – 11th May NAPLAN
  6. Thursday 11th May Mother’s Day Stall
  7. Friday 12th May Mother’s Day Breakfast
  8. Monday 12th June Queen’s Birthday
  9. Tuesday 13th June School Closure Day
  10. Friday 16th June 3/4M Show and Tell
  11. Friday 23rd June Reports go home
  12. Monday 26th June Parent Teacher Interview
  13. Friday 30th June Final Day of Term 2

 

Eucharist

Reflection day Friday 4th August

Eucharist Sunday 6th and 13th of August

 

Curriculum Overview

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Students will be learning about how to work together in groups by allocating designated roles and contributing effectively.  They will learn how persistence and adaptability can help them deal with difficult and challenging situations.

 

Numeracy

The concepts covered this term are:

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

Division – Grouping, division patterns and division facts

Money – Counting coins and notes, purchasing and adding and subtracting money amounts.

Measurement – Formal and informal measurement units, perimeter and area of a shape.

Fractions – compare fractions of half, quarter and thirds.

 

Literacy

In Writing, students will explore the different elements within a narrative text such as, structure, characters and using descriptive language. Student’s will learn about persuasive language, structure and develop an argument to persuade the reader.
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). 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 what makes Australia a culture diverse country. Students will explore the different cultures and religions that make up a multicultural nation.

Education in Faith

Students will be learning about the ways we are globally connected; explored Jesus’ commitment to service and justice; investigate leadership lessons from Scripture; and demonstrate ways of acting justly.

Italian

During Term Two in Italian the students will continue to learn greetings, numbers, colours, days of the week and months of the year.

They will participate in everyday classroom activities by asking permission, requesting help, asking how to say or write something and giving praise in Italian. They will also read short, simple texts in Italian.

They will describe and apply strategies that can be used in situations that make them feel uncomfortable or unsafe by creating short, simple role plays for the class.

 

Physical Education

In Physical Education, students will participate in activities designed to enhance fitness, and discuss the impact regular exercise can have on health and wellbeing. Activities will include the

12 minute run/walk and training runs to help prepare for the St Anne’s Cross Country run held in May.

Following Cross Country, the students will participate in Jump rope for Heart.This is a fun, physical activity program where students will develop locomotive skills, learn new skipping skills and be physically active The final weeks of Jump rope For Heart will include students composing  and performing specialised movement skills and skipping sequences.  

Finally, the students will focus on the skill of Kicking. They will practise and refine kicking in a variety of movement skills and game situations.

 

Digital Technologies

This term, the Year 3/4 students will be learning how visual codes (such as barcodes and QR codes) actually work and how they can be used to store large amounts of data. They will be learning about different types of data files and how the sizes of the files can vary depending on its format. They will also be creating their own QR codes to store cybersafe information about their personal interests.

This term, the Year 3/4 students will be learning how visual codes (such as barcodes and QR codes) actually work and how they can be used to store large amounts of data. They will be learning about different types of data files and how the sizes of the files can vary depending on its format. They will also be creating their own QR codes to store cybersafe information about their personal interests.

 

Performing Arts

This term students will use voice, movement and instruments to explore pitch, rhythm dynamics and tempo. They will explore music from different cultures, times and locations and discuss the features of the music they listen to using music terminology.

 

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 practising 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 the Tuesday and is due back in on Monday.  

 

Additional Information

Student 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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April 13

Digital Technologies – Term 1 2017

This term the Year 3/4 students have tied in their Inquiry work with the Digital Technologies lessons. They have worked in small groups to create iMovies on the iPads, with the aim of educating and persuading others to save water. This has required a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ work with practising their video & editing techniques, as well as script-writing and research to check their facts.

Overall, the end products have been very entertaining and informative.

Click these links for a few examples of their work:

Xavier, Santi & Holly

Alanah K & Amelia

Ella A, Lola & Ava R

Elliot, Oscar & Harrison

Elena, Alexander, Noah & Mia

Tom S, Naia & Mitchell

 

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March 7

Reconciliation Workshop

On Tuesday the 28th of February, the students in Year 3 celebrating their reconciliation came together for a night of reflection with our facilitator Mary.  The students got to discuss different meanings behind some biblical scripture, places they have visited and ask their parents questions about topics they have never spoken about before. All the students walked out feeling confident with knowing what it takes to complete the sacrament of reconciliation.

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March 7

Shrove Tuesday

On Tuesday the 28th of February, the students in 3/4 were lucky enough to eat pancakes in the morning.  As it is the first of Lent and the day before Ash Wednesday, it is the day before we begin our fasting for Lent. In the afternoon, the students came together and participated in a pancake flipping and egg and spoon races.

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February 8

Term 1 Overview

Important Dates:

  1. Wednesday 8th February – Parent information night starting at 7 pm
  2. Thursday 9th February – Beginning of school Mass
  3. Friday 10th February – 3/4C Assembly reflection
  4. Thursday 16th February – 3/4M Class Mass
  5. Friday 17th February – 3/4M Assembly reflection
  6. Friday 24th February – 3/4J Show and Tell
  7. Tuesday 28th February – Reconciliation Workshop at 7 pm
  8. Wednesday 1st March – Ash Wednesday Mass
  9. Saturday 4th March – Strawberry Fair
  10. Friday 10th March – 3/4M Show and Tell
  11. Wednesday 22nd March – Reconciliation (Session 1)
  12. Thursday 23rd March – Reciliation (Session 2)
  13. Friday 31st March – 3/4C Show and Tell
  14. Friday 31st March – Last day of Term 1

Reconciliation

Workshop 7 pm Tuesday 28th February

Reconciliation Wednesday 22nd March and Thursday 23rd March

Eucharist

Reflection day Friday 4th August

Eucharist Sunday 6th and 13th of August

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:

Place Value – Finding the value of a digit in a number and showing a visual representation of a number.

Addition and Subtraction – Single and double addition and subtraction.  Addition and Subtraction with regrouping.

Shape – Axis, Vertices, Corners, 2D and 3D

Statistics and Probability – Collecting data and graphing

 

Literacy

In Writing, students will explore the different elements within a narrative text such as, structure, characters and using descriptive language..
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). Each week students have the opportunity to exchange books to read each week and maintain a regular reading habit.

 

Inquiry

The topic students will be learning about is the use and management of natural resources and waste, and different views on how to do this sustainably. Students will be investigating why water is important in our lives and on the environment, how to reduce water wastage and the impact water has on different places around the world.

 

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, the students will revise the numbers to 100, days of the week, colours, greetings and months of the year in Italian.  The students will also be learning about water safety (stare sani al mare e nella piscina).  They will be learning to identify basic safety skills and strategies at the beach and at a pool.  They will also be learning the methods for recognising and avoiding harmful situations.  They will be producing role plays based on basic safety skills at the beach and at a pool.

 

Physical Education

The Years 3 and 4 classes’ unit goal is to bounce a regulation ball consecutive times on the spot and through obstacles whilst maintaining control of the ball. At home, students could use a wall to bounce and catch against. Practice bouncing your ball in front of you; on one side; on the other side. Bounce your ball high with two hands. Bounce it low. Can you bounce your ball from high to low? Or from low to high?

 

Digital Technologies

This term, the Year 3/4 students will be learning how to use their school email accounts appropriately. They will also use the iPads to create a short video and access the recording studio to make an audio recording related to their inquiry studies.

 

Performing Arts

In Term One the primary focus of the Performing Arts Program is Drama. Students will explore ideas around their inquiry theme of sustainability. They will create a short script and demonstrate their understandings through roles and situations and use empathy in their own improvisations and devised drama. Students will learn to describe and discuss similarities and differences between drama they create, perform and view. An important goal for this term’s work is to build confidence in the students, participate fully and to have fun learning together in teams.

 

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 practising 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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December 11

Year 3/4 ICT Term 4

This term, we have really enjoyed experimenting with our brand new Lego WeDo 2.0 robotics kits. The 3/4 students have shown some amazing creativity and coding skills to make miniature Lego robots. In particular, we have used motion sensors, tilt sensors and motors to explore the ideas of input and output.

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We have made many machines which flash lights, make interesting sounds, drive around, and push, pull, lift or carry other items. There have been racing cars, helicopters, cranes, towers, security alarms, joysticks…not to mention Santa sleighs, light-up Christmas trees and motorised reindeer in the lead-up to Christmas.

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It has clearly been a very engaging term with many exhilarating ‘Aha!’ moments for the students when they finally coded their robots do what they intended!!

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