Term 4 Weeks 1&2

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Posted by Ms Piper | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 12, 2014

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, eights.

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

Welcome Back to Term 4

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Posted by Ms Piper | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 8, 2014

Just a few reminders

Please remember to bring and wear your hat.

Green Folders need to be bought back to school ASAP.

1/2 LAP want to be the class that sells the most raffle tickets, Please bring the ticket stubs back to school as soon as you have sold the book. If you think you can sell another book (I know many of the children are very keen to sell the most). Please see the office for another book.

Bottle tops We are make something very special with them and need at least 8 per student.

Our question for this term is
“How are we connected to our please and other places?”

The students have been asked to bring in a few items that connect them to their place and other places in the world. They love sharing and will enjoy sharing their connections to their class mates.

It’s going to be a great term full of learning!

Allison Piper

Italian Day!!

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Posted by Ms Piper | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 8, 2014

WOW!!! Look at us!! on PhotoPeach

WOW!!! Look at us!! on PhotoPeach

1/2 Curriculum Update

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Posted by Ms Piper | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 1, 2014

1 / 2 Curriculum Update 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, the students will learn how to: recognise the order and value of coins and notes, identify equivalent values in both coins and notes, calculate monetary totals of coins/notes/coins and notes and correctly calculate change when using money.  English – The focus in Reading over the next few weeks will continue to centre 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 working on their play scripts using the writing process. 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 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 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 Jeannie Baker. Students from all grade levels will be creating and showcasing 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.

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Posted by Ms Piper | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on July 21, 2014

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Fortnightly Update

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Posted by Ms Piper | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on July 17, 2014

1 / 2 Update

Here is the curriculum foci we will be exploring over the next couple of weeks.

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

Fortnightly Update

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Posted by Ms Piper | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on June 12, 2014

1 / 2 Update

Here are a few of things we will be focussing 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 and share their well wishes with 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.

 

Learning in 1/2LP for the next fortnight:

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Posted by Ms Piper | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 22, 2014

 

We have had a very busy few weeks here in 1 / 2 with the School Photo’s, St Bede’s Day and Cross Country all taking place over the last few weeks.

 

Here are a few of things we will be focussing over the next few weeks.

 

Religion

 

–          Students will explore the story of ‘The Ascension’ and the receiving of the Holy Spirit. They will also continue to develop their understanding of prayer.

 

Mathematics

 

–          Through the use of different mathematical games and resources the students will explore the connection between addition and subtraction and solve simple addition problems using a range of efficient mental and written strategies.

 

English

 

Reading:

 

–          Students continue to work towards becoming fluent and expressive readers, using a variety of text types.

 

–          Students will also be using their reading time to research their Personal Inquiry topics.

 

Writing:

 

–          Students continue to work through the writing process exploring the Explanation Text type.

 

–          Students will also be using their writing time to research their Personal Inquiry topics.

 

Spelling investigations:

 

–          Final blends including ‘ld’ and ‘tch’

 

Inquiry

 

–          Having finished the shared Inquiry focus of the unit, students will spend the following three weeks working through their Individual Inquiry Focus.

 

Learning Foci for weeks 4 and 5

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Posted by Ms Piper | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 8, 2014

The last few weeks saw the beginning of Literacy Helpers in the 1/2 classrooms .Thank you to all those who have volunteered and we look forward to working with more parents throughout the term. In 1/2, our learning foci over the next few weeks will be the following:

Religion:st bedes

– On Friday the 23rd of May the community of St Bede’s will celebrate ‘St Bede’s Feast Day’. The day will begin with mass at 9:15 (all welcome) and follow with lots of fun activities for students.

-Students will explore the story of ‘The Ascension’ and the receiving of the Holy Spirit.

 

• Mathematics:

Addition: Through the use of different mathematical games and resources the students will explore the connection between addition and subtraction and solve simple addition problems using a range of efficient mental and written strategies.addition

• English:

Reading: Students continue to work towards becoming fluent and expressive readers, using a variety of text types. They will continue to use a variety of tools to develop their decoding skills (Skippy Scott, Stretchy Snake etc) and comprehension (e.g. synthesising, visualising and making connections).

Writing:  Students will continue working through the writing process to create a procedural text for their Green Folder assessment pieces.

Spelling investigations: Final blends including ‘nk’ and ‘nt’

How have you been a good communicator this week?

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Posted by Ms Piper | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 8, 2014

Have you:
-Communicated your ideas in different ways for different purposes and audiences?
-Listened and thought about what others are communicating to you?
-Communicated your ideas confidently?

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