JS News, 25 Nov 20
Dates to Remember
Mon 30 Nov
Kinder Swim Program
Year 5 Kite Day
Tues 1 Dec
JS Sneak Peek afternoon
Wed 2 Dec
Kinder Nativity 1
Thurs 3 Dec
Kinder Nativity 2
Year 6 End of Year Chapel/Rite of Passage/Disco
Fri 4 Dec
Year 6 Fun day
Tues 8 Dec
Last Day of Term 4
How often have you asked the question ‘What did you do at school today?’ to be met with a one word answer: ‘Nothing.’ If this sounds familiar, then you are not alone. Schools are busy places with students continuously asking questions, learning about the world, building friendships and finding their way.
Last week we asked the teachers what they did at school. Read below to find out all about ‘The week that was….’
We have been exploring change and discovering the ways that we have changed throughout the year. Our classes enjoyed a visit to the Kindergarten classrooms, where we had some great discussions about what is the same and different between Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classrooms.
As part of our Writer’s Workshop process Kindergarten have been revising, editing and publishing our wonderful, playful poems. The students are thrilled to be presenting their poems at our Poetry Slam next week!
Year 1 is busily finding out about animals and their habitats. This week we have been learning all about arctic animals and the ways in which they adapt to their environments. We investigated the polar region and in particular polar bears. We were fascinated to learn how clever polar bears are when they hunt for food and that they have black skin! We worked together and came up with ways we can help to reduce climate change as we realised the earth is getting hotter and the ice is shrinking for the polar bears.
We have also been exploring time through the use of clocks, skip counting by 5s to help us with minutes, and even using our fractions knowledge for quarter past and quarter to.
Year 2 were very fortunate to have Jahzeel Campbell visit on Thursday to share his faith, stories, dances and poems. Jahzeel is a performance poet and dancer. He has taught dance in New York and originally came to Australia with the dance organisation KultureBreak. Students and staff were delighted to be in Jahzeel’s presence and to share this time with him.
Year 3 were busy at work this week. Our new unit of inquiry is well underway, investigating the traditions, celebrations and commemorations that are unique to our families and the community. We will continue to delve into the terminology and meaning of “identity and values”. Looking further into Radford College’s school crest and the meaning behind it. Although the year is coming to an end, the enthusiasm and commitment by the students should be commended.
Our unit is all about Sustainability and our Consumer choice. Students have been inquiring into changing their thinking towards how their actions can be more sustainable. In mathematics, Year 4 have been refreshing their knowledge of fractions and challenging the students to use these fractions in real life situations. The students have been taking action by making Boomerang bags for use in at the Barton Grocer in Barton. We have textile helpers from Year 10 joining us to help make these Boomerang bags. Our action is to minimise plastic bag use when we shop, and the Boomerang bags have been an excellent alternative.
Year 5 were visited by two Year 12 students, Audrey McCormack and Enling Liao. These girls brought poetry to life by sharing poems they had written and won prizes for. Audrey prefers to write poems which can be performed, and participates regularly in Poetry Slams around Canberra. Enling’s poetry is written to be read. It was wonderful to see the different forms of poetry. Both Audrey and Enling shared that reading extensively had given them many ideas for poems, especially Roald Dahl’s work.
Prior to the talk, Audrey had shared one of her poems with the Year 5 classes that they had analysed it in class. It was interesting for students to question Audrey on the meaning behind the poem and some specific techniques she used. Enling and Audrey bravely divided Year 5 into two groups, with each group quickly writing a poem to share.
We are very grateful to Audrey and Enling for being such positive role models to the Year 5 students and motivating the students to write about their passions.
This week Year 6 continued their inquiries into financial literacy by engaging in our simulation game ‘The Game of Life’ and connecting Monopoly to real financial situations. On Thursday students embraced National Play Monopoly Day by playing with their classmates.
A glimpse into learning this week
- Kindy Arts explored the Ngunnawal story The Swan as told by Ngunnawal elder Don Bell.
- Year 1 – focussed on creating detailed observation drawings of fruit.
- Year 2 – added soft pastel colour to their collaborative rainbow serpents.
- Year 5 – preparing for Kite Day by designing/painting kites
- Year 6 – investigating and experimenting with clay.
On Friday, Years 2-6 participated in mini-Athletics Carnival during their regular Sport time. The weather was glorious, the races showed great sportsmanship and the cheers were loud. We look forward to the PK-1 Athletics Carnival this week.
From the Library
In the JS Library our Pre-K students have been delighting in picture books that highlight our fortnightly Character Strengths. Our Year 1 students are challenging themselves to apply the non-fiction features they have learnt about when researching animals and their habitats. Year 3 are researching celebrations and commemorations from around the world and using non-fiction books to locate and transfer factual information to their scaffolds. Year 4 students have been discovering ‘classic books’ and have created persuasive book trailers with the expert help of Mr Jensen, which we can’t wait to share with everyone.
Years 2 and 3 have been revising body parts in Spanish by creating fantastic monsters by rolling dice to find out which of 6 different arms, heads, legs and so on they needed to use. They had so much fun.
Year 4 are creating infographics of Christmas in a Spanish Speaking Country. They are finding out about traditions, foods and gifts in countries including Mexico, Chile and Colombia.
Kindergarten have been creating Peruvian nativity scenes and Year 1 continue their learning about the Amazon Rainforest animals.
How can we get a more detailed response from our children about what they did at school?
Perhaps the answer to this lies in the question. Rather than asking broadly ‘What did you do today?’ narrow down the question and be more specific.
- What made you laugh today?
- What do you know now that you didn’t know this morning?
- Who did you help today?
- What did you do in Maths / English today?
- If you could change one thing about the day what would it be?
See below for more ideas – image credit Tutor Doctor.