Weeks 5, 6 and 7

Pardon my tardiness for not posting sooner but it has been a super busy 3 weeks!  So here is an update…

We have been working hard getting stuck into finding out about Reconciliation and Lent.  We have discussed two parables – one was the Good Samaritan and the other was the Forgiving Father.  We have looked at the messages in the stories and realised one is about ‘loving your neighbour’ and the other was about ‘forgiveness’.  It was interesting to see the responses from all of the classmates and see how the children interpreted the story.  Some of the responses were absolutely amazing and the storyboards look fabulous.

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In Maths we have been focussing on addition.  The strategies that we have looked at include using tens and units with unifix, a number line, 100 square, vertical algorithm, and rounding.  All of these are different strategies that we can apply to problems. Some work better for certain sums but we need to choose what we are comfortable in using.  We have also looked at finding the perimeter of an object by adding all the side lengths.

So for example, how would you solve the following problem:

Tommy has 46 football cards and gets 25 more for his birthday, how many does he have altogether?

HARDER: There are 30 children in the class. I need to buy some laptops so the children can share one laptop between a pair. Each laptop cost  $400.  How much money would the set cost?

EXPERT: Same question as above but each laptop costs $115

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LITERACY – we finished George’s Marvellous Medicine and now we are reading THE WITCHES! It’s so exciting.  We are getting to the part where George and his Grandmamma move from Norway to England.

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In Literacy we have been writing narratives, and procedural texts.  We have been publishing our work and starting our ‘Writer’s Gift” displays.  We log all of our written work on our log sheet so we can keep up to date with our work.

In Reading we have been using the Debono hats and lots of visualising.  We made posters about “How to Recognise a Witch”.  We used labels to show the parts of the witch to look out for. (see pictures above)

Home Reading Journals are in full swing and everyone is doing a great job adding lots of details to their comments and drawings.

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Inquiry – The children have been discussing RIGHTS and CONSEQUENCES.  We discussed how we don’t all have the same rights across the world.  We watched a Martin Luther King rap on you tube and learnt about segregation (click here to watch and listen again).  The children were shocked to hear how people were treated differently due to the colour of their skin.

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