I hope all students and families have a safe and fun school holiday break. I look forward to Term 4 and finishing the year on a high with the students!
Important dates coming up:
- Week 4
- Tuesday 16th August, “Fair Dinkum” Book Week presentation
- Wednesday 17th August, our class will be presenting the Year 2-4 assembly with Miss McMahon’s Year 3 class. Students will be invited to be a presenter. If your child is a presenter, you will know because they will have lines to practise at home.
- Week 5
- Tuesday 23rd August, “Living Kaurna” excursion
- Friday 26th August, Book Week Assembly 10:15am and Book Week dress up day
- Week 6
- Friday 2nd September, School Closure Day for the show
- Week 7
- Monday 5th September, Student Free Day for teacher Professional Development
I hope that families are able to enjoy a relaxing school holiday break. I look forward to seeing the students refreshed and ready to learn after the holidays. Thank you to all families for their support and effort this term!
On Friday we made footprints in traditional Aboriginal art styles to celebrate Reconciliation Week. We had been to a whole school assembly earlier so we knew that reconciliation was about understanding and valuing Aboriginal people and culture. We used dotes, lines, symbols and earthy colours to decorate the footprints which are a symbol of walking together.
We have begun our Inquiry topic called “Keep Me Covered” about different homes around the world. Last week we read a book called “Come Over to My House” by Theo LeSieg (otherwise known as Dr Seuss). This introduced the idea of different types of housing around the world. Students chose a house they were interested in and drew a picture of it. They then had to come up with two questions about the house that they would like to know the answer to. This is because questioning (and asking deep questions in particular) is a central component of Inquiry.
Today I drew children’s attention back to Australia (we will then move out to our neighbouring countries and then South America and Africa). Children were given one state of Australia. They then had to find the missing parts of Australia to make a complete map. It was interesting to hear comments move from “I don’t know what I have” to “I have Perth” to “I have Tasmania” and finally to “I have Northern Territory, who has Queensland?” etc. This dialogue occurred naturally but we will formalise it in the weeks ahead. Students then had a go of drawing a freehand map of Australia before being shown some tricks to help them (Australia is a rabbit with the ears being North Queensland and Tasmania being a carrot!) This task helps students form a mental picture of the shape of Australia.