Week 6 and 7 Update
Can you believe that we are already more than halfway through Term 1? Where has the term gone?! The students have had a fantastic start to the year and are now settled into their classroom routines. It was a terrific experience to meet with families during the past week at our Student Learning Conferences and discover more about your beautiful children.
In Reading, students are focusing on the strategies of Predicting, Summarising and Making Connections. Students started bringing readers home last week and we encourage you to read with your child on a nightly basis. You may wish to help your child consolidate their knowledge of the strategies we are focusing on in class by asking them to make predictions prior to reading and getting them to summarise by drawing a picture of what happened in the story. You may also wish to focus on ‘Making Connections’ by asking your child if the text reminds them of another text they’ve read or if it reminds them of a particular experience they have had.
During Writing sessions, the students are becoming increasingly familiar with the Writing Process of Planning, Composing, Editing, Conferencing and Publishing. Students have been exploring the genre of Narratives, focusing on including an Introduction, Complication and a Solution. You can assist your child by discussing the Introduction, Complication and Solution when watching movies and reading story books.
In Maths, we are concluding our study of Probability and have enjoyed learning about different graphs. We have been exploring the chance of different events occurring and collating data to present in graphs. We are beginning to explore the concept of Time duration, looking at the sequence of days of the week and months of the year. We are also investigating how calendars and timetables are used.
You can assist your child at home by asking them to help you find dates in the calendar and record upcoming events in your family.
What fun we have been having in Inquiry! We are continuing to investigate our essential question, ‘Now and Then: What has changed and stayed the same?’ and have discovered a great deal of information while having discussions with parents during our Teddy Bears Picnic. We have also studied old toys that our families were kind enough to bring in and enjoyed hearing about the life experiences of our friends and families who came to share stories about their childhoods. We are excited for students to begin researching their Personal Inquiries to discover more about these topics.
Our essential question, ‘How did Jesus change people and how does he change me?’ has allowed us to explore scripture stories from the Old and New Testaments, such as ‘Jonah and the Whale’, ‘Noah’s Ark’ and ‘The Prodigal Son’. Through these stories, children have gained a deeper understanding of how they can make positive choices in their lives, especially during the Lenten season.