LEARN FROM HOME - during Covid-19

You can click on the links below to view the weekly timetables created for C2.  The timetables are also located on Connect. 


Week 10 - Term 1 Timetable

Week 10 - Maths


Week 9 - Term 1 Timetable

Week 9 - Maths



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NAIDOC Week - Week 8 - Term 2
We enjoyed our NAIDOC week celebrations today with an assembly, a window display, some NAIDOC videos and group games.

A massive congratulations to Abbey and Sara for speaking so beautifully during our whole school assembly. You should be so proud of your efforts girls. Our choir also performed a traditional song and this is available on the Phoenix Vimeo website.

Thank you to Davide, Hohepa, Cathy and Abbey for creating a challenging quiz. Each class in the school were able to be involved and to answer your interesting questions.

Congratulations Bita for receiving our class Kindness virtue this week and to Cariba and Tyler for their merit certificates!

We also received the school award for the Basic Maths Facts competition. This award is presented to the class who improved their average score for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
 
 
 
 
 
Week 3 - Term 2
I have been so impressed with the positive attitudes of each student who has returned to school. I open the door each morning to smiling faces and warm greetings. My desk is already filled with cards, notes and flowers. I feel so lucky to have them back in the classroom. They appear excited to be reunited with their friends and very motivated to learn during our lessons. We have covered an amazing amount of numeracy and persuasive writing content in the first few weeks.
 
Thank you to each parent who took the time to work through the 'learning from home' lesson plans each day. I understand that with your own working from home tasks, other children to look after, household jobs and the learning from home plans to keep up with, you have had such a massive change to your routine. I can not thank you all enough for the hard work you have put in and for the support you have given me this year. As the 2020 workbooks are being returned to my desk, I can clearly see the effort you have gone to in order to keep up with the education tasks being set for your child. I am so fortunate to have such a caring and understanding group of parents. Hopefully things will slowly begin to return to normal over the next few weeks, as we are adapting our school routines as much as possible in these current circumstances.
 
If your child will be learning from home in week 3, you will find the lessons in the Content section and also in an attachment to this email. All of the power-point presentations and worksheets are in the Content folder under the subject headings. Please call or email me with any questions. I check the discussion board regularly and reply to the comments as quickly as I can. Please let me know if you are having any issues or if you have any feedback about the planner I have created.
 
Hope you have a lovely weekend with your family and finally.. HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! to all of our C2 mums and grandmas. I hope you enjoy your special day. 
 
 
 
Welcome to Term 2
I hope you all had a relaxing and safe Easter break. I spent some time with my family playing football in the backyard, doing puzzles, baking (which is one of my favourite activities to do) and painting over the Easter weekend. I also spent a lot of time planning what term 2 will look like for each of you and I am very excited about the topics we will be covering together this term.
 
Parents - Can you please let me know when your child will be returning to school as this would really help me with my planning. If your child will be staying at home, I would really appreciate if you could continue on with the lessons that I have planned. I have attached a power-point which explains each of the topics we will be covering this term.
 
If you choose to send your child to school from Wednesday the 29th of April, students will be covering the same lessons that have been uploaded to Connect (these are in the 'Content' section under the heading 'Week 1 lessons' and they are also attached to this notice). Please remember that only students will be allowed on school grounds and the gates will be open from 8.30am. 
 
Students - If you are learning from home, please use the 'Discussion' board or the 'Learners' section of Connect to email through your questions. I have responded to each question that has been sent through over the holidays and I will try my very best to respond to any additional questions as quickly as I can. Thank you for all of your kind emails and for updating me on all of the exciting activities you completed over the break! If you are returning to school from tomorrow, please bring your entire pencil case with you as we will not be allowed to share any stationary items (e.g. rulers, red pens) with others in our class.
 
Thank you to all of the parents who have let the school know which date their child will be returning to school. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to email me or you can phone the front office and ask to speak to me.



Message from Ms Read - Week 8 - Term 1

Dear Phoenix families,


Over the next few weeks I will be posting more information through Connect about how to engage your child in the learning process, particularly if you have chosen to keep your child at home during this time.


I really appreciate all of the parents who have been in contact already about tasks to complete or content to cover. It is wonderful to see so many parents already reaching out and starting to complete lessons at home with their child. Many are reading together, completing science lessons and writing short stories.

 

In saying that, I would like to make one key point - remember not to be too hard on yourself. As teachers, we are not expecting you to complete every single piece of work if it means causing tension in your home. (Of course if they are wanting to complete each activity, go right ahead!)


Teaching from home is something that will be new to so many parents across our state, around Australia and in many countries around the globe. You are not alone. I hope you will reach out to other parents or to me (via email) and discuss any issues you might be having. No question is too small to ask me. That is why I am here.


I hope that each parent can take time to plan how the next few weeks will look for your child. While you might have high hopes of setting minute by minute schedules for your child to continue their learning, it is important to remember that children can pick up on our energy and therefore the most important part of this process is that they are feeling safe and supported. 


Of course, as a passionate teacher I want to actively encourage as much learning as possible. Remember that learning can be done in hands on ways too! Science experiments through cooking, literacy through family discussions, numeracy through building a tree house or physical education through backyard workouts and games.. the possibilities are endless! I hope to guide you through this process as much as I can in the weeks to come.


Ms Railton shared a quote with me the other day that read, " Our kids are just as scared as we are right now. Our kids not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off school for weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being at home and not seeing their friends. Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in these issues with your kids. Whether it's anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can't do things normally - it will happen. You'll see more meltdowns and tantrums in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances."

I think what we can take away from this is that this is a new experience for all of us and each child may respond in a different way. Wanting to be closer to you, acting out, yelling, meltdowns - what each of these actions means is that they want to feel comforted and loved. To know that it will be okay.

 

I hope that in the years to come, my C2 class of 2020 will be able to look back happily on the memories they have created during this time. Being able to spend more one on one time with you at home, play board games, cook dinner together, spend hours laughing on the coach as a family, stay up late and help out around the house.

 

When we are back in the classroom, we will support each child and they will catch up. Teachers are experts at this!


I hope that the memories you create together over the next few weeks, are something they hold on to forever. Perhaps when they explain 2020 to their own children, they will describe the time they built a fort with you out of old bed sheets, learnt how to change a car tyre or sew a dress, hosted their very own 'Olympic Games' in the backyard, wrote silly stories with their siblings, painted the fence with you or cooked their very first meal all by themselves.


Thank you for being such a supportive group of parents! It honestly means so much to me.





Week 7 Update - Term 1
Hi parents,
 
Just wanted to check in again after a busy few weeks. We have been flying through our numeracy tasks as we focus on fractions, number lines, place value and measurement. In our 'Talk 4 Writing' unit we have been learning about character descriptions, the importance of developing a detailed setting, as well as how we can structure an engaging narrative. Our History unit has had the students engaged in researching the history of the Indigenous Australian culture and we look forward to choosing our own European Explorers to investigate next term. For Science, we are learning about the properties of materials and are in the process of designing a 'cookie' box made from sustainable materials. Swimming is now over and we can really focus on our learning back in the classroom.
 
Finally, with everything going on in the world at the moment, I wanted to reassure you that I am doing my absolute best to ensure the students are engaged in their learning and feeling safe at school. I have spoken to the students about ways to stay healthy and the basics of how things are unfolding, however I have not gone into too much detail. I have decided to skip our usual BTN episodes as I would prefer to limit their exposure to media during this time and leave it up to parents as to how much detail their child is made aware of.
 
We have also been staying positive with lots of educational games, 'brain breaks', creative activities and positive news stories from the class. For news today we had pink glitter slime, some fun facts about gem stones and 'knock, knock' jokes (..which seem to have made a comeback!) to entertain us. The children are coming in each morning motivated to learn and in their usual high spirits!
 
If you do however begin to notice any anxiety over the next few months, I would like to mention the 'Smiling Mind' meditation app. The app can be downloaded on any phone or tablet and is a mindfulness app that can be selected depending on the age of your child. I recommend the app before bedtime, as a way to wind down and switch off after a busy day. 
 
I know there is so much going on at the moment and I really want to thank the many, many parents who have reached out to me over the past few weeks. We have such an amazing, bright and kind group of students in C2 this year and I am so fortunate to be able to work alongside them and watch them grow. 
 
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to give me a call or send through an email. 
 
Wishing you all the very best,
 
Christie Read




STEAM - Week 5 - Term 1
This term we have been learning about how Indigenous Australians lived prior to European settlement. We have completed some research in the computer lab, watched documentaries, posed questions, completed quizzes and explored some traditional artworks.

Today we put our knowledge to the test as we collected natural resources from around the school and used these to make a model of what life might have been like.

This STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Maths) activity links in with our History unit for the term.




Swimming Lessons - Weeks 5 & 6 - Term 1
Time is going by so quickly! 
 
We have already reached the middle of week 4 and commenced lessons for each subject.
 
Thank you to all of the parents who have paid their swimming money and are ready for lessons to start next week. A reminder to all parents that there is no school on Monday, as it is a public holiday. This means that swimming lessons will begin on Tuesday and students will need to wear their bathers to school in the morning (with their school uniform over the top). Remember to pack a towel, running shoes and googles each day. We wear thongs / sandals to the pool and then wear running shoes once we get changed back at school (very important for sport lessons with Mr Walsh). Our swimming lesson will be at 11.50am at Fremantle pool if any parents would like to watch. You will need to pay a small entry fee at the gate and make your own way to and from the pool. 
 
Ms Christie Read





Welcome to C2

Firstly, welcome back to our Phoenix families. We also have two new students this year, Joshua and Cariba. I hope they are feeling welcome and it was so lovely meeting their families last week. I hope you all had a relaxing Christmas break.

 

It has been so nice to meet many new parents and grandparents over the past week. I hope your child has enjoyed their first few days at Phoenix this year and is ready for our journey together to commence.

 

We had a lovely first week. It was so nice to see our new students participating in our class discussions and making some friendships out in the playground. We have already commenced our numeracy games, Talk 4 Writing sessions and HASS unit. Next week we will begin guided reading and spelling groups. I have been absolutely blown away with the level of determination this class have in regards to achieving their learning goals. We are already racing through the literacy and numeracy content as they have settled back into their routines well.

 

A few points to cover at the start of the year…

·        Please label stationary with names before bringing it to school. This is really important as I would love to be able to return items to your child if they are misplaced. There are also a few missing lunch boxes already so if you find any extras coming home, please kindly return these to school. Having names on each item (including clothing) lowers costs and hopefully saves me a lot of time too.

·        Each child needs a hat to be able to play at lunch. This is really important as a few students have been missing out on playing at break time due to this reason. I believe it is important that children enjoy their break times and are as active as possible, so it would be wonderful if they had a hat that they could keep in their bags at all times.

·        We have crunch and sip each day (a piece of fruit and water) in the mornings. The children can keep this on their desks and eat whenever they feel like it, prior to first break.

·        Library day is Friday (please bring a library bag to school). We had 20 students bring bags last Friday, so thank you for being so prepared.

·        We have Italian lessons on Tuesday with Signora Harrison and Mrs Brokken takes our class for Music on Thursday. Mrs Brokken is also offering a drumming lesson before school on Wednesday in the music room.

Senior sport is on Friday and Mr Walsh takes Year 4 sport first thing on a Monday morning (much to the delight of many in our class).

In regards to homework, I found that last year some families found it difficult to manage homework with different schedules and other commitments. Based on this, I have selected the 'Prodigy' website where I would like the students to log on to each week if possible. I suggest 15 minutes Monday – Thursday. If you are having trouble finding time during the week then I will leave the website unlocked over the weekend as well. I will also be sending home some homework booklets that will cover the whole of Term 1. Can you please have your child complete one page back and front each week and then return the booklet in Week 10. If your child is having difficulty answering any of the questions, please circle these and they can use the time from 8.30am-8.45am each morning to clarify any issues they are having. If you would prefer your child did not complete homework or you do not have time for homework to be completed during the week, please send me an email.


If you need to contact me please phone the front office to be put through to me. I am available each day after school for parent meetings (except for Tuesday when we have our whole staff meetings).

I really hope you feel comfortable to approach me with any feedback or questions you may have throughout the year. I aim to spend the next few weeks getting to know each child individually and any information you can provide me with is greatly appreciated. Please come and see me with any issues in the classroom or playground as soon as they happen, so I can ensure they are dealt with as soon as possible.

 

 

I will be hosting a parent information session next THURSDAY afternoon (3.10pm) to answer any questions you might have, hand out the timetable and discuss my behaviour management plan.  If you are not able to make the meeting I will send a copy of the PowerPoint slides home with your child. 

 

Looking forward to an amazing year in 2020! I have so much planned for us and I hope it is a year of learning, excitement and growth for your child.

 

Christie Read

Year 4 Classroom Teacher