Friday 8th December – Sunshine Action Day
Wednesday 13th December – Christmas Party (Letter sent home today)
Thursday 14th December – Christmas Concert 7pm
Friday 15th December – Last day of Term 1, 12pm finish
Friday 15th December – Mid-year reports go live on The Beacon. We will we reporting on our second unit of inquiry and on the children’s progress in Maths and English, so don’t forget to have a look to see how your child is developing.
Please let your class teacher know if you are planning to leave on your holidays before the end of the school term.
I am very pleased to announce, thanks to your generosity and the hard work of our students, we raised $150,000. This is a tremendous sum and I think it shows what a special community we belong to. We can now start to purchase the food so on 8th December our students can work with Sunshine Action at school to make the food parcels for the different charities. To help our students with the food parcels we need parent volunteers, approximately 30. These parents will be working with groups of students to help them make the food parcels. If you are interested please click here.
What fantastic outfits! The children enjoyed dressing in clothes from 1960’s for the day.
The children have continued inquiring into Christmas; why it is celebrated, the features of the celebration and how people celebrate it in different ways. They have watched The Christmas Story and have listened and read Christmas poems.
The children have also started to inquire and think about another celebration of their choice to start creating a stop motion animation in Learning Technology.
During their second clay session, the children made two large pinch pots and joined them together to form the body of their candle holder. They had to join the pots carefully, ‘gluing’ them together with wet clay and smoothing down the sides and edges. The candle holder is based on a celebration of their choice.
Central idea:People recognise important events through celebration and traditions.
Lines of inquiry:
- Features of traditions and celebrations (form)
- Why people celebrate (causation)
- Different approaches to celebrating (the same celebration) (perspective)
This week the children will finish inquiring into Christmas and will start to further their knowledge and understanding of other celebrations. They will be finding out why people celebrate, the different features of the celebrations and how people celebrate them in different ways.
In this unit of inquiry, the children are very fortunate to have Ms Cassie working with them to produce some clay work. This week the children will be decorating the body of their candle holder.
The children will be taking part in drama activities where they will concentrate on using their body language and facial expressions to create freeze frames to show different celebrations.
We would love you to send in one or two photos of your child celebrating. It could be a photo of them at a Birthday/Christmas/Easter/CNY celebration. We would like to display them so the children can talk about how their family celebrates.
Central Idea: Fractions are a way of representing part of a whole
Lines of inquiry:
- Fractions of shapes
- Fractions of amounts
- How to make simple fractions
- The language of fractions
This week the children will start to look at fractions. They will explore halves and quarters. They are learning that fractions are equal parts of a whole.
Please continue to practise number bonds to 10, 20, 30 and 40:
Mandarin – All children are encouraged to take a reading book home on the days when they have Mandarin lessons.