It has been yet another busy week in 5/6.

The Lion King Musical is coming along beautifully and we can't wait to perform it for you next week. Miss Carney and Miss Toy's music group completed their musical compositions this week and enjoyed performing their original pieces to the class. We have really developed our understanding of rhythm this term.

The last couple of weeks, we have focused on effective note-taking in preparation for our upcoming unit on information reports. We have also had some fun writing desciptively in Quick Writes.

In Maths, we have explored the Order of Operations and developed our ability to identify missing digits in equations, along with matching equalivalient number sentences.

In Geography, we have explored the contintents and oceans of the world, climate zones and compass points. We are excited to begin our inquiry into biomes.

Looking forward to Week 10, and of course, the holidays!

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Year 2 have had a busy last few weeks with Learning Journey, an excursion to Lanyon Homested, a Floriade performance for the choir members and a visit from Liz Codina, a dentist. We have been focusing on creating and interpreting graphs in Maths for the last two weeks. We have looked at a range of different graphs, collected data using surveys and tables and created our own questions about information. The student in 2H students enjoyed collecting data about teacher car colours by looking at their car park. Reading groups this term have continued to develop skills with explicit teaching in small groups. Students in 2H have been focusing on retelling, sequencing, looking at punctuation cues and using expression.
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20/09/2018
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Last week, as part of our Geography unit, all of Kindergarten went on a treasure hunt in our school environment. Students worked in small groups and read and followed instructions to complete tasks. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.
This week, children enjoyed welcoming their families to the classroom to share their learning at Learning Journeys.
Next week is the school performance of the Lion King musical. Remember to book your tickets through the front office if you would like to attend.
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Wednesday Writers’ Club (WWC)

It’s been wondrous sharing a space with the “Wednesday Writers” and witnessing the momentum and enthusiasm, with which they continue to write, week in week out.

Making a choice about whether to just to chill out with pen and paper, doodle and discuss writing ideas with others, or craft chapters for novels, is often the hardest part.

Some of the material currently manifesting includes an excellent narrative about angels warring with demons; song lyrics that would make Ed Sheeran sigh; and hip-hop lyrics that would make Jay-Z drool. We have a writer working on editing the first 9 chapters of a page-turning chapter book - move over J K Rowling!

So impressed with the juniors who are using the time to practise their letter and word formation through elaborate story-writing. Imaginations are running riot and journals are quickly filling up!

WWC continues to run until the end of term and the great news is that, by popular demand, it will continue to run in term 4. So if you haven’t had a taste yet, please join us on a Wednesday, at lunchtime from 1pm-1.20pm. You don’t need to come every week - just when the writing bug bites!

Ms Westerburg
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18/09/2018
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Another popular reading group activity in 2B is 'Read to Someone'. Students read to a partner from one of their IPICK books and then their partner reads to them from one of their books. It is fantastic to see the students sharing their love of reading with their classmates.
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Year 3 have had an eventful week after attending Birrigai. We got to participate in activities that calmed us, had our blood pumping, excited us, challenged us and tired us out. We will have so many life long memories from this camp.

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17/09/2018
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The children are always ready to plan what they are going to create before they start the morning session. Look at these 3D paper constructions depicting roads, tunnels and machines. The children were provided various tools to manipulate and we made labels for their work.
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This term we have had a bird nesting in a nearby tree which sparked interest in egg layers. We are learning new words like 'Oviparous" and talking about the differences between Mammals and egg layers. Some activities we have been doing include nest building, sensory trays with bird seed and creatures that lay eggs and layered puzzles showing egg layers such as butterflies and frogs. We will continue to learn more about these types of creatures in the coming weeks.
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Students in years 1 and 2 have been consolidating their knowledge to identify and name family members in Japanese. Last week they began to learn how to count family members and we talked about writing the kanji character for the word ‘people’. This lead us into a discussion of the three writing systems used in Japanese. Kanji are characters have their own meaning and correspond to a word and are used in Japanese alongside the writing scripts known as hiragana and katakana.
This week students will be making an origami photo frame to accompany the description of their family that they have written.
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The last couple of weeks have been very productive in Year 4. The students have continued their exploring the First Fleet. You may have seen some of the free verse poems they created on Change, Family and the Stolen Generation in some photos on the blog. The students were very excited to create a short script or storyboard depicting some of the key dates and facts specific to the arrival of the First Fleet in Botany Bay and Sydney Cove. They presented their script as a short news report and it was great to see some students examine the effects that the arrival had on people and the environment.

In English we have been experimenting with some different styles of poetry including Haiku and Cinquain and will be looking at Limerick and Diamante poems throughout the remainder of the term. In Maths, students have been looking at equivalent fractions and have begun to focus on place value in decimals and quick mental recall activities. It’s been wonderful to see many students taking initiative in working on their individual math goals, particularly in relation to the four operations.

We have travelled beyond Australia in Visual Arts to one of our neighbouring countries. The students have looked at lots of examples of Indigenous Koru artwork from New Zealand and have created their own versions. The Koru is the Maori name given to a new unfurling fern frond and symbolises new life, growth, strength and peace. It is an integral symbol in Maori carving and tattoos. Next stop in our art adventure around the world; Japan!
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