LEARN FROM HOME
You can click on the links below to view the weekly timetables created for A6. The timetables are also located on Connect.
Week 9 - Term 1 Timetable
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Week 9 - Term 1
What strange times we find ourselves in. I come back and find you are all keeping your distance at home. I missed you all. Now we will navigate this new form of learning together. Thankyou to Mrs Scalise for putting together your workbooks for this two weeks.
Above (Learn from Home -week 9 link) you will see some ideas for the week. The ideas are from my workpad that we would be doing at school. It is up to you what times you choose to do the activities or some of the things from your pack. Maybe you've found something you think everyone else would like to try at home. I will open a discussion page for this week where you can add your ideas. Stay strong and have fun learning.
Mrs Pontillo sends her love to you all.
Hello Everyone - Week 8 - Navigating Changes!
Wow, didn't we finish swimming just in time. My sinuses certainly let me know about the change in the weather last week. I was very proud of the way the children handled themselves and their belongings during swimming and we had very few mix ups of clothing and I thank you all for your support in making sure your child was ready. They all had a lot of fun and achieved so much.
This last week we have been back to our full day learning once again. During vegie munch March for crunch n sip the children have been watching the vegies growing in our garden and observing some of the changes.We were all very annoyed the birds had found our vegies and manage to pull some out each day, which we have to replant. The children decided we need to make a scarecrow and they drew labelled designs. This week we will have a go at making a scarecrow. I sourced some straw but it was too fine and flaked away at the least touch, so one change we will need to make is what to stuff the scarecrow with that is not going to cause any irritation.
In maths last week we remembered what 1/2 of something looked like, then took it further when we cooked the pizzas, with the children cutting their own pizza in half before eating it. We then transferred the concept of 1/2 to have even numbers using two colour counters, turning them over until we had the same number of each colour and counting to find the answer.
This week we are looking at money, recognising which are Australian coins. If you have some foreign coins could you send some to school on Wednesday so we may compare them to Australian coins. We will also be handling money on Thursday when we have our popcorn fundraiser with B1 to raise money for some sandpit toys. I think it would be nice to have some cars and trucks plus a few things to dig with. We will be wearing gloves to handle the money.
So far the walk to Manning Park is going ahead and I am looking forward to it. On this first visit we walk around the lake and measure steps and distance. We take photos and note what we see. If you have not signed a permission slip please do so at the office on Monday morning.
I know these are uncertain times and everyone needs to do what they feel is best for their family. You will see changes happening in the classroom from day to day even as we all try to keep things as normal as possible. Already the children are washing their hands as they enter the wet area from outside. Last week I rearranged the desks so that everyone could see the screen from their desk and the children didn't need to sit close together on the mat. On the other side of the room I made the space bigger so we could sit in a circle without touching. This week I am going to rearrange the desks again to provide more distance between each other when working.
This week is also the final week for me to finish term one assessments. I have some maths to complete with every one and reading levels for some students. Also if you could make sure your child brings their reading folder to school this week I am going to put a couple of logons that we use throughout the year for each student inside the cover.
Looking forward to another busy and happy week.
Mid Term 1
I hope you are having a great long weekend.
It has been a pleasure making the acquaintance of many parents over the last few weeks. For those of you who are yet to meet with me please make an appointment as soon as you can.
Crunch n Sip
At the end of last year I registered the class to participate in the March event for Crunch n Sip. The children brought a note home on Friday to say this year's event focuses on increasing vegetable consumption and if possible could they bring raw vegetable as part of their Crunch n Sip. We will also be doing some activities in the classroom around this and it will be part of the healthy eating for the Health learning area.
We have begun looking at chemical change for science. The topic started with taking different materials and altering them in some way ie blowing up a balloon, cutting paper. scrunching cotton wool, then noticing the changes but coming to the conclusion that the material was still the same. In maths this week we have revised 2D shapes and patterning. On Friday I combined aspects from both of these areas in art. We looked at some of the work by Jen Stark, an American artist, who uses paper to create her pieces of artwork. The children then created their own art work. Some have yet to finish and may continue their pieces after they have read to you before school. There have been some amazing ideas happening, please ask the children about their work when you come in.
Swimming is part of the Physical Education program and begins on Tuesday. We leave school at 11:20 after first break. The children may come to school with their bathers under their uniform if you wish or they may get changed at break time. If bathers are worn before under school uniform please make sure your child can independently manage going to the toilet.
On return from swimming all children will need to get changed into their school uniform. At school normal footwear still needs to be worn, though thongs or slippers that slip on and off may be worn to and from the pool.
A dressing gown or hooded towel is useful for travelling to and from the pool in. It is easy for the children to manage and helps them to dry and stay warm on the way back to school.
Don't forget your towel and goggles (named) and of course your undies.
It is always a fun time.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend
I would like to say thankyou, thankyou, thankyou; for having your child's school supplies, for your patience as we establish morning routines and for your children who use their manners, listen with intent and are ready to learn.
I will be holding a parent information meeting on Wednesday 12th February at 2:30pm in the classroom. I will also be having individual parent meetings with you during the coming weeks. Please choose a time on the timetable in the wet area. Please do your best to keep your appointment as this will be the time to discuss any concerns and wishes you have for your child and if there is any information you feel I should know concerning your child's background.
We began our first day with a story by Andrew Daddo called "First Day". It discussed a child getting ready for their first day at school. We talked about how we all felt getting ready for our first day and recorded our feelings in our class journal, then we went back to the class journal at the end of the day and recorded how we were feeling then. In the book Andrew Daddo innovated the word 'fantastic' to 'funtastic'. We took a 'funtasic', silly photo of ourselves.
looking forward to working with you this year