Learning Foci for Weeks 5, 6 & 7

English

In Reading, the students will construct meaning of the texts they read.  They will be encouraged to apply these strategies independently during shared reading, guided reading and independent reading sessions.

In Writing, we will begin to look to identify the structure of an information report. The students will continue to focus on a range of strategies to assist the students to understand that different types of texts have identifiable text structures and language features that help the text serve its purpose.

Mathematics

In week 5 students will consolidate their knowledge of fractions and in week 6 & 7 will begin to look at length and area by using different types of formal and informal units to compare the length of objects and to accurately use formal and informal units of measurements to measure area.

Religion

During Religion this term we have asked students what they know about ‘Christmas’ and ‘Kings’.  We will use these questions to explore the central concept of ‘What type of King was Jesus?’ before exploring the significance of Advent in the lead up to Christmas.

We will also be comparing and contrasting the two accounts of the infancy narrative (scripture stories about the birth of Jesus Christ) from Luke 2:1-20 & Mathew 1 1:8-25. 

Inquiry

This term our essential question for Inquiry is ‘How are we connected to our place and other places?’

Throughout the week we have asked students to share their thoughts on how they would describe their ideas and concepts about Australia. The students have been illustrating their ideas using different graphic organisers and illustrations, and identifying similarities and differences the exist in their understandings and why this occurs.

An inquiry link to Literacy and Geography will focus on mapping skills. The children will explore the states and capital cities of Australia and use the app #barefootatlas to explore the wider world and the connections they have to different places around the world.

The race that stops the nation!

Today we learnt about the history and traditions of the Melbourne Cup.  One event that receives particular attention on this day is the Fashion Parade.  The students in 1/2LK participated in their own fashion parade.  In groups, they nominated a student to be the model and used newspaper and sticky tape to create an outfit.  The outfits were judged on their creativity, suitability and durability.  Congratulations to Group One for designing the winning outfit.  

Here are our models in action!

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WALK TO SCHOOL MONTH

This October marks ‘Walk to School’ month.  All students and their families are encouraged to walk to and from school each day during the month of October.  We will check a record of who walks to and from school.  If you live far away, perhaps you can get dropped off a short distance from school and walk part of the way.

This week’s competition is to take a photo of something interesting while on your walk.  Feel free to upload a photo or post a comment.

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Term 4, Week 1 & 2 Learning Foci

Grade 1/2 Learning Foci

Welcome back!  We have a very busy term ahead of us.  Here are some of the topics we will be learning about over the next two weeks.

English

In Reading, we will continue to focus on a range of comprehension strategies to assist the students to construct meaning of the texts they read.  They will be encouraged to apply these strategies independently during shared reading, guided reading and independent reading sessions.

In Writing, the focus will be on persuasive texts.  They will explore the purpose, text organisation and linguistic features of persuasive texts and consider a variety of persuasive techniques and forms (advertisement, poster, commercial, etc).   

Mathematics

In Week 1 the students will continue to consolidate their understanding of division.  Some of the concepts they will learn about include sharing a collection of objects into equal groups, writing number sentences using the division symbol and solving worded problems involving division.

In Week 2 the students will begin a unit of work on fractions.  They will learn to recognise equal parts of a whole and identify and interpret halves, quarters, thirds, eighths.

Religion

In preparation for our Family Mass, next Sunday, the 19th of October, the children will explore the gospel reading, Matthew 22:15-21.  We encourage all families to attend this as student will undertake various roles during the mass.

Inquiry

Our essential question for Inquiry this term is, “How are we connected to our place and other places?”  Through the inquiry process, the students will explore the concept of identity and culture.  They will consider places that they are connected to and investigate places, people and environments that form part of Australia’s culture and identity.

1/2LK Learning Foci for Weeks 7-9

This is what the students in 1/2 we will be exploring over the next couple of weeks.

Mathematics

–          Over the next two weeks, the focus is ‘Money’. During this unit children will learn how to recognise value an order of coins and notes, to be able to identify equivalent values in both coins and notes, to calculate monetary totals, correctly calculate the totals of notes and coins and to be able to correctly identify change when using money.

English

–          The focus in Reading over the next few weeks will continue to be centred on comprehension strategies such as predicting, synthesising, summarising, making connections and inferencing. These will be explored and reinforced whilst examining both fiction and non-fiction texts.

–          During Writing, the students will continue to be working in their groups in order to publish their play scripts. These are based on known fairytales and include learned structures and features. Once the students have finishing publishing their scripts they will be working towards presenting their scripts as a performance using puppets.

Inquiry

–          Over the next couple of weeks the students will continue on with their Inquiry journey, ‘Going Further’ by carrying out experiments with the aim of answering their Essential Question. These experiments will require the students to follow the scientific method (as mentioned in our previous update). They will experiment during class time and record their findings using a prac report. This exploration (to answer their essential question) will result in the presentation of their scientific work to the rest of the school during our Week 10 Learning Expo.

Week 10 Learning Expo

–          On the Thursday 18th of September the school will be hosting a Learning Expo in order to showcase the school’s learning this term. The School of St Bede’s will be transformed into the world described in the text ‘Where the Forest Meets the Sea’ by Jeanny Baker. Students from all grade levels will be creating and showcasing the puppets they have created during the term. There will also be an opportunity during the night for students to present their personalised inquires. Please see the school newsletter over the next few weeks for further details.

Learning Foci for Weeks 5, 6 & 7

This is what we will be exploring over the next couple of weeks in 1/2.

Religion

–          The children continue to identify people in our world that are making a positive difference through our unit ‘Alive in the Spirit. They are exploring scriptural stories where Jesus is our example for living and how Jesus show us ways to serve others (linked to the school’s scripture focus this year).

–          Some examples of scripture are: Washing of the feet, healing the blind man and Zacchaeus.

Mathematics

–          Over the next two weeks, the focus is ‘Time’. They children will learn how to tell the time on an analogue and digital clock, focusing specifically on o’clock, ½ past, ¼ past, ¼ to times. Some children will extend this learning to telling all times and reading 24 hour time.

 English

–          The focus in Reading this fortnight reinforces comprehension strategies (predicting, synthesising, summarising, inferencing, making connections etc), especially when reading non-fiction texts. They continue exploring prefixes and suffixes, onset and rime and initial/final blends.

–          During Writing, the children will be working in groups to draft a play script. These will be based on known fairytales and include learned structures and features when drafting. This learning will culminate in a performance, where the group performs their play scripts using puppets they have made.

 Inquiry

– This week the students will continue on with their Inquiry journey, ‘Going Further’ by creating an essential question for their personal inquiries. These inquires require the students to follow the scientific method (as mentioned in our previous update). They will experiment during class time and record their findings using a prac report. This exploration (to answer their essential question) will result in the presentation of their scientific work to their 3/4 buddies during a Science Expo.

 

Term 3 Week 1 & 2 Learning Foci

Welcome back everyone!  Here is the learning foci for the next couple of weeks in 1/2LK.

Religion

–   The unit this term is ‘Alive in the Spirit’. The students will discuss their thinking around the essential question, ‘Should we think of others when making decisions?’ beginning by identifying people in the community who are making a positive difference in the world. They will be looking for ordinary people who are doing EXTRAordinary things!

Mathematics

–   After exposure to different mental and written strategies last term – focusing on the four operations – the students will explore, solve and write a variety of worded problems. They will begin to identify vocabulary linked to each operation (altogether = addition, difference = subtraction etc) and also solve and write closed (one answer) and open ended (more than one answer) problems.

English

–   The focus in Reading this fortnight will be interpreting visual and auditory information using Sid the Science Kid videos as a catalyst. They will be learning the steps Sid takes to explore scientific phenomena, using different graphic organisers to record their observations.

–  During Writing, the children will be drafting Snapshots and completing Innovations. They will be learning the art of using similes, metaphors, adjectives, verb tenses and the 5 senses to create a visual image for the reader.

Inquiry

– This week we begin our new Inquiry, aiming to explore and answer the essential question ‘How can we be scientists?’ The children will participate in activities to identify the key steps in being a scientist –

1. Observe  

 2. Predict   

3. Question    

4. Hypothesis    

5. Investigate     

6. Collaborate                              

7. Communicate    

8. Interpret information    

9. Use tools to gather information

Learning Foci for Week 9 and 10

Here are a few of the things that we will be focusing on over the next few weeks.

Religion

–          Students will continue to explore the story of ‘The Ascension’ and the receiving of the Holy Spirit. They will make cards to give to their grade 3 buddies who are preparing for their Holy Communion.

Mathematics

–          Through the use of different mathematical games and resources the students will explore the connection between multiplication and division. Through exposure to different mental and written strategies the students will endeavour to explore and solve a variety of problems.

 English

–          The focus this fortnight will be on oral language as the students present their Personal Inquiries to each other and their buddies. Students will also be completing a variety of ‘Winter Wonderland’ activities which will involve written, visual and oral responses.

Inquiry

–          Following their Personal Inquiry presentation, students will reflect on their personal learning goals and review what makes a good learner.