LEARN FROM HOME - during Covid-19
You can click on the links below to view the weekly timetables created for B5. The timetables are also located on Connect.
Week 10 - Term 1 Timetable
Week 9 - Term 1 Timetable
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Most Recent News will be mentioned first
Front Office Display - Week 4 - Term 3
This week, the students have their work displayed in the front office. The children have been focusing on persuasive texts and we have been enjoying the story 'Hey, Little Ant.' The work they have all produced is very impressive. I am sure you will agree we have some wonderful artists in B5 too.
What would you do - squish the ant or let the ant go free?
Science - Week 4 - Term 3
In Science, we have been focusing on Earth's resources, which we rely on each day.
The children had a focus question 'Where does rain come from?'
Students were given twenty minutes to use their research skills and come up with some answers to the question.
This was a very valuable experience and they found out some amazing information, which they further investigated.
What they learnt from this lesson:
Water on Earth is millions of years old is constantly being recycled.
Water vapour is constantly evaporating from the surface of the Earth.
Water vapour in the air condenses to form clouds.
Water falls back to Earth which is a process called precipitation.
The water cycle repeats.
We continued with the water concept during art lesson and made our very own Water Cycles.
Learning Journey - Week 2 - Term 3
In English this term, we are focusing on persuasive texts. The children have been introduced to the persuasive genre and we are specifically focusing on the purpose, structure and language features of a persuasive text.
In Maths, we have been exploring capacity and volume. Capacity - is the amount of liquid a container can hold. Volume - is how much space an object takes up. It includes solids, liquids and gases. The children have been using the unit of measure millilitres and litres. Attached are some photographs of their learning journey.
100 Days of Learning - Week 1 - Term 3
The Children had a wonderful day today, celebrating 100 days of learning. I was very impressed with all their outfits. Great job parents! Smiles and laughter all around the school, observing everybody's outfits.
Year 2 - Science Experiments - Week 10 - Term 2
The year two's have been experimenting with varied materials on 'How to grow a Rainbow'. The children used kitchen roll, textas, water, paperclip and thread. They made a rainbow 2cm long on each side of their kitchen roll. They observed the fibres in the kitchen roll and noticed the roll has lots of little holes. Water was absorbed through the kitchen roll and when the first molecule adhered to the roll it started to cause a chain reaction, the rainbow started to move upwards.
The children were fascinated watching their rainbows grow!
NAIDOC Week Competition - Week 10 - term 2
I am pleased to announce B5 won the most outstanding window display, for the 2020 NAIDOC competition. This was due to all the children's hard work, artistic ideas and creative flair.
Idioms - Week 8 - Term 2
Wanjoo - Week 8 - Term 2
The Students have been looking at different ways to celebrate NAIDOC week. They are also learning to describe the significance of NAIDOC week.
Maths - Week 8 - Term 2
In Maths, the children have been focusing on handling data. This is an important aspect of mathematics which relates to collecting, representing and analysing data in order to solve a particular problem or question.
We have explored Probability - Probability focuses on the chance that something will happen, or how likely it is that an event will occur. When discussing probability, the children use a few words that help them understand the chance of something happening.
Probability is expressed in the following ways:
* Certain: an event will happen without a doubt
* Likely: the probability of one event is higher than the probability of another
* Unlikely: one event is less likely to happen versus another event
* Impossible: there's no chance of an event happening
The children have been focusing on Information Reports and why they have to write them. They have been able to classify and describe factual information about a certain topic or theme. The children have written a report on Spiders. They are beginning to place their information reports into a correct structure which is needed. They are becoming wonderful researchers to find out important information on their given topic.
Chemical Science - Year Two's - Week 4 _ Term 2
The year 2's this term have been focusing on chemical science. They have explained how materials can be mixed together for different purposes. They have discussed how people from different professions, including scientists, might use mixtures. This week they made their very own bath bomb and predicted /explored what happens when they combine certain chemicals / materials together.
Learning Activities - Week 3 - Term 2
All the students have returned to B5, so we now have a full class again which is wonderful.
We have been very busy focusing on three - dimensional shapes. The children can now identify the geometric features such as number of faces, edges and vertices. They have explored three - dimensional objects using origami, including prisms and pyramids.
They have been exploring fractions and are starting to recognise and interpret common uses of halves, quarters and eights of shapes and collections.
Welcome to Term 2!
Online Learning - Week 8 - Term 2
I hope you are all well.
Please say a big hello to your children from Mrs Railton.
As you all know it's a very strange time. The department of education directive is for teachers to not provide work for students not attending schools at the moment, although things can change in an instant.
As a school we have decided that we will provide an overview of what we are doing for the week in the class room for those who are at home, this will be sent through Connect on Monday.
The school is compiling a list of some of our recommend resource websites to be put on the schools website under the 'learning at home tab', and has the link to the department of educations learning from home page there as well. So while I cannot provide the exact work at the moment, if you have an overview you are able to find resources to cover it.
At this point we have been told schools will continue, although this could change at any time. Should things change, so will our approach to whatever happens.
I personally feel student wellbeing is what's most important at the moment. Lots of quality time with family.
Later today, I'll be posting some education links for your children to access on the connect page.
Please send me an email if you have any concerns and I'll try to answer them the best I can. I may not be able to get back to you straight away due to my teaching schedule, however I will try my best to get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you again for the support you are giving to your children and the teachers.
A Friendly Message to you all - Week 8 - Term 1
I just wanted to thank everyone for your support the past few weeks. As a school we are trying our very best to keep things as routinely normal as possible for all students. We don't want to worry them, however we would like them to be as safe as possible. We are being very vigilant in regards to social distancing and making sure the children wash their hands regularly.
We have had constant discussions about personal space and keeping our hands to ourselves, as hard as this is for young children to understand, we reinforce with gentle reminders. You can help, by making sure you don't bring your child/children to school if they are unwell in any form. Please keep your child at home if they are unwell. If we notice any child unwell we will be contacting you immediately and asking you to pick your child up from school straightaway. We all need to look out for each other at this uncertain time ahead.
I know every parent will be feeling anxious at this moment in time and as soon as I have any further information, I will pass it on.
We have quite a few children whose parents have chosen to keep their children at home and we are currently working hard to develop a 'learning from home' content page. As soon as this is up and running I will let you all know.
I would like to share some sound advice from mental health professionals:
You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your kids. You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports. You'll limit technology until everything is done! But here's the thing...
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 behaviour 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, tantrums, and oppositional behavior in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.
What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it's all going to be ok. That might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and love your kids a bit more. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.
Don't worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will all of course correct and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this!
Don't pick fights with your kids because they don't want to do maths or other subjects. Don't scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don't mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.
Learning can be fun ... cooking anything is a science lesson and an Art lesson. Gardening is botanical and biology and nature include above and below the ground. You get the drift.... Most parents have internet to guide you in subject areas and an added bonus help to answer tricky questions.
Teach some home maintenance skills, even really young kids love nuts n bolts, screws and hammering etc. Show them inside your roof space, find a lesson in every nook of your home and above all make the lesson short and FUN !! A few weeks of 1:1 education will be an absolute bonus to all kids with a patient dedicated teacher or parent.
If I can leave you with one thing, it's this: at the end of all of this, your kids mental health will be more important than their academic skills. How they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those weeks. keep that in mind, every single day.
Above All... MAKE GOOD FUN MEMORIES
We are all in this together!
Science - Week 3 - Term 1
In Science, the year 2's have been focusing on non-living and living things. The children have gained an understanding of what living things are: people, plants and animals and what they need to stay alive.
Today the children had to walk around the school grounds and identify non and living things. They had so much fun!
Have a wonderful long weekend and I'll see you all on Tuesday ready for swimming lessons.
B5 Parent Information Session - Week 3 - Term 1
Crunch and sip
Phoenix Primary School participates in the Crunch and Sip program which involved students stopping mid morning for a Crunch of fresh fruit or vegetable and a Sip of water. Children bring in their fruit or vegetable and water bottle into the class each morning.
No Hat No Play
During Terms 1, 2, 3 and 4 students must wear a hat for sport and breaks. Hats must be remembered each day and kept in their school bags.
We want everyone in school uniform every day. They faction shirts are fine to wear on Tuesday for physical education. The Department of Education have a no denim policy for both students and teachers.
Parents are always welcome to come in and say “Hi” and to pass on any quick messages. I also encourage you to come in every now and then to have a look at our classroom displays and discuss with your child their work displayed. If you would like to meet for a discussion on your child’s progress or any concerns you may have please make an appointment with me.
If your child is ill they should stay home. Parents or guardians must inform the school either by text, in writing or by telephoning the office when the student is absent. If you arrive at school late or need to take your child out of school early, you must first go to the office and sign them in or out.
We focus on positive reinforcement. This is predominantly through modelling a positive attitude. Our class motto is “Be the Best you can Be”. The power of positive verbal feedback and encouragement to motivate students cannot be underestimated. We have a rewards system called “Dojos” where students are given points for a variety of reasons – being on task, persistence, working hard, team work, good listening, helping others etc.
We also have a traffic light system for unacceptable classroom behaviour. This behaviour generally entails distracting others, purposefully ignoring/not following an instruction, disrespecting others or property etc. For this behaviour first students receive a verbal warning, if the behaviour continues their peg moves from a smiley green face to a less smiley yellow face. If a student’s peg is moved, we actively look for a positive in the student’s behaviour as a way to encourage better choices and move the peg back a step as fast as possible. This is usually more than enough to encourage a change in behaviour however if it continues the peg is moved to a concerned orange face. If the behaviour continues the peg is moved to a red sad face at which point the student is moved to another class for 5 minutes. This is not something which would happen often, however if it does we notify parents.
Students are aware of our expectations to show respect to everyone including themselves, it is modelled and regularly discussed.
All children are innately good, some need to test boundaries but having set procedures, consistency and routine generally helps children to feel comfortable and happy which is reflected in their behaviour.
Having a split Y2/Y3 is not too different from a straight class. I differentiate lessons to meet the individual needs of the students. For example, in numeracy we look at time, Y2 curriculum expects that students can tell the time, quarter to and quarter past the hour. In Y3 the expectation is to tell the time to the minute.
Literacy – We use a program called Letters and Sounds and Words their Way where students are streamed to their current knowledge levels, there are 3 classes split into 7 groups for an intense half an hour session Monday – Thursday mornings at 9am.
We also focus on a program called Talk4Writing. It focuses on the language in a story and practicing orally and physically using common action to represent words. From there we fully immerse in this story dissecting it to work on the literacy focus.
Science changes each term, this term it is Chemical Sciences for Y3 and Biological Sciences for Y2.
HASS – We will look at Geography for the first 2 terms and Term 3 and 4 will be History, however this could change due to integrating the learning intentions.
Homework is not intended to be hard or a chore. It is to consolidate what is being done at school. Practice makes progress!
Reading is the most important thing! If you only have a small amount of time, always use it to read. We have books for home readers, the books should not be too hard. Reading at home is to help students with fluency and comprehension. Try to have discussions with your child about what happened? Why? What would you do? And so on. It is important students are not just reading the words but are reading the story.
When your child is reading please give them time. Using the pictures to help “guess” the word is fine (we call it using the clues) after being exposed to the word a few times they are usually able to recall it.
Keeping a book for a 2 or 3 days is great for early readers, repetition is great for confidence and fluency.
Please always encourage and promote students reading.
Queries or Concerns
If you are having a difficult time encouraging your child to read at home please come and see me, however there are some ideas to help in their reading folder.
If the school books are not of interest to your child let them read what they enjoy, you are more than welcome to read magazines, early novels, poems, any reading is good. 10-15 mins a night is enough. If they are tired, read to them or leave it and try again the next day.
Show interest in your child’s reading, recognise their effort and offer positive comments.
Students will do news once a week, this is to promote oral language development and student’s confidence in speaking during small group situations. At home an informal discussion about the topic and what they might want to say will really help students when it comes to their time to share.
Homework - Week 2 - Term 1
Each student was given a homework book yesterday. They have been asked to complete two pages of the book each week, if they would like to. The homework book should be kept in their home reading file and brought to school each day. The students know exactly what to do and it will be their responsibility. I know everyone has very busy schedules, so please do not worry if your child isn’t able to participate in the homework program.
The first benefit of homework is that it allows students and teachers to work more closely together. Homework is purposeful learning that occurs outside of the classroom which is set by the classroom teacher. Homework benefits students by complementing classroom learning and providing opportunities for students to be responsible for their own learning.
Homework is an instructional technique that provides students with opportunities to deepen and practice their understanding and skills, relative to content that has been presented to them.
Homework is not compulsory and should not be a hard task for your child. I understand they all need time to relax and take their minds off school work. The pressure of having to complete homework every night is quite daunting for most children and they need time to refresh their minds and bodies too.
Week 1 - Term 1
This week the students have settled in very well and are getting familiar with the daily routines of B5.
The most important part of the week, was making sure all the children felt safe and secure in their new learning environment. To achieve this, we have been building strong and respectful relationships with each other. I am getting to know each unique student and how they like to learn. We have been taking part in lots of ice-breaking activities and games, which the children have thoroughly enjoyed.
In Maths, we have had lots of fun activities, warming up with skip counting in 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and identifying odd and even numbers.
In Literacy, we have been focusing on sentence building in which the students have identified that a simple sentence is a group of words that contains a subject, a verb and expresses a complete thought.
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.
Home Readers & Library Books
I am looking forward to getting to know you all and starting our learning journey together. Year 2/3 will be a very busy but fun and exciting year.
At Phoenix, we greatly value reading and recognise how important it is to help children to learn and make progress. We are very grateful to parents/carers for their support with reading at home. Today Each child has received their home reading and library book. I hope you will continue to fill in the parent’s comments and sign each time you share a book with your child.
If you have any questions or want to speak to me, please feel free to pop in after school.
How does your child learn?
Most children learn words from everyday conversation and from reading books regularly.
Usually a child of 6-8 years old encounters 6-7 new words a day, whereas a child of 8-12 years old learns 12 new words a day.
Although your child will read new words, they usually rely on hearing words 10-20 times before it becomes part of their ‘vocabulary’.
Welcome To B5!
I wanted to start by welcoming everyone to the year 2/3 class for 2020. We have 9 year two students and 11 year three students, who have settled in beautifully and I am very excited for the year ahead. We are also lucky to have a Year 3 class next door in B4 with Miss Clapsis and Miss Sedgwick. Miss Lawson has a year two class and we will be working closely with both classes throughout the year.
Our class will be a team; we will support each other and lift each other up. In our class kindness matters and we all do our best to succeed. Together we will create amazing things.
Phoenix Primary School participates in the crunch and Sip program which involves students bringing in a piece of raw fruit or vegetable to crunch on, during a mid-morning break. Please make sure your child brings a water bottle with fresh water in each morning, to sip on throughout the day.
No hat no play - All students need to have a hat during physical activities, sports and play breaks. Students are welcome to leave their hat in their tray at school if they wish.
Physical Education – This will be on a Tuesday each week; the students are encouraged to wear the sport’s top on this day.
Library – B5 will have library on Thursdays each week. Students must have a library bag to borrow a book. I have a library tub which will be placed out on Thursdays; students will be encouraged to place their returning library book in the tub when they enter the classroom in the morning. We will exchange the books later in the day.
Home Readers and Homework – This will start next week; students are encouraged to read at home to consolidate the work we are doing at school. I will forward more information at a later date.
Class and parent meetings – I will be arranging a time for a parent meeting in the next week or 2 as an opportunity to inform you about what will be happening in class and get to know you all.
Connect – Connect is a communication app which I love and use quite regularly! If you are new or need help remembering passwords etc please see Cath Wyatt in the front office to help set you up.
Please always feel welcome to pop in and say hi or arrange a meeting if you would like a more in depth discussion.
I look forward to a great year ahead and seeing you all soon.
Kind regards – Mrs Railton