Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Junior School Newsletter: Term 3, Weeks 9 and 10

Junior School Newsletter: Term 3, Weeks 9 and 10

CONNECT WITH THE JUNIOR SCHOOL


WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN THE JUNIOR SCHOOL


What a fantastic fortnight we all had swimming! It was wonderful to see each of the children become increasingly confident and further develop their swimming and water safety skills as the swimming program progressed. Students are to be congratulated on their outstanding behaviour and the patience and understanding they demonstrated towards each other during the program.

Thank you to the wonderful parents and grandparents who assisted with changing and organising the children.


Holidays are just around the corner as a successful term 3 comes to a close. This term students have enjoyed learning about Australian Indigenous cultures enhanced by the activities we participated in at the CERES excursion. The Kinder Concert was also a highlight with students learning musical items and proudly performing in front of their peers and kinder students. 

Students continue to strive and progress towards their personal goals in Reading, Writing and Maths.

We wish you all a safe and happy holiday with your families and look forward to an exciting Term 4.   


IN THE JUNIOR SCHOOL WE ARE LEARNING TO: (WALT)...


WRITING - WEEK 9 and 10

Strategy - Write reports using correct structure and vocabulary


Foundation:  Create short texts to explore, record and report ideas and events using familiar words and beginning writing knowledge (VCELY160)


Grade 1: Create short informative texts that show emerging use of appropriate text structure, sentence-level grammar, word choice, spelling, punctuation and appropriate multimodal elements(VCELY194)

Grade 2:  Create short informative texts using growing knowledge of text structures and language features for familiar and some less familiar audiences, selecting print and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (VCELY230)


SPELLING - WEEK 9
Foundation: i-e as in kite   
Grade 1: tch as in watch
Grade 2: mb/m as in lamb/mouse

SPELLING - WEEK 10
Revision of words studied this term

READING – WEEK 9 and 10
Strategy - synthesising
Genre – reports

Foundation: Use comprehension strategies to understand and discuss texts listened to, viewed or read independently (VCELY153)


Grade 1: Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning about key events, ideas and information in texts that they listen to, view and read by drawing on growing knowledge of context, text structures and language features (VCELY186)


Grade 2: Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning and begin to analyse texts by drawing on growing knowledge of context, language and visual features and print and multimodal text structures (VCELY222)

MATHS – WEEK 9 and 10:

Foundation: Describe position and movement (VCMMG082)

Grade 1: Give and follow directions to familiar locations(VCMMG099)

Grade 2: Interpret simple maps of familiar locations and identify the relative positions of key features (VCMMG122)

Extension: Create and interpret simple grid maps to show position and pathways (VCMMG143)


INQUIRY - INDIGENOUS HISTORY:

Identify the significance of a person in the local community (VCHHC057)

Week 9 and 10: We are learning to identify the significant contributions and impact of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples to our society. 

WELLBEING: 

Week 9 & 10: Communicating to develop relationships.

ICT 'I CAN STATEMENTS': 

Foundation:
I can use an iPad to access a range of literacy and numeracy apps.

Grade 1/2:
I can type in a specific web address to view information.

I can use the delete, return, caps lock button and spacebar.

WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK

All parents/guardians, visitors & volunteers to the school MUST sign in & out of the school and display their WWCC in a lanyard, which is available at the school office. The Department of Education requires any person involved in an activity where children may be present to have a current WWCC or have supplied proof that they have applied for a WWCC with the Department of Justice. All schools are required to comply with the Working with Children Act 2005. Volunteers are expected to carry the WWCC card with them at all times when working or volunteering at the school or during school related activities. There is no fee for this check. Apply now by visiting: www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au 

The Junior School encourage and appreciate parent helpers. Please see your child's teacher if you are able to assist.                                                                              

IMPORTANT DATES

15th September: Responsible Pet Ownership

15th September: Jump Rope for Heart
                          
15th September: School Disco
18th September: Curriculum Day

20th September: Footy Day
22nd September: Last day Term 3, 2:30 Dismissal

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Junior School Newsletter: Term 3, Weeks 7 and 8

Junior School Newsletter: Term 3, Weeks 7 and 8


CONNECT WITH THE JUNIOR SCHOOL


Learning and Teaching



WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN THE JUNIOR SCHOOL

What a busy time it is in the Junior area!

Last week saw the Junior team head to CERES on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick to learn more about our indigenous culture. The children participated in 4 activities - Bush Tucker, Merri Creek Walk, Ochre Painting and Aboriginal stories. A highlight was the ochre painting where the children ground ochre (rock) down to a fine powder before adding a few drops of water. The children used this paste and their fingers to paint a dotted or lined design on their arms. Subik painted the girls to represent the Barraimal (emu), while the boys were painted to represent Bunjil (the wedge tailed eagle). Another highlight was the story telling where the children learnt that stories in indigenous culture can be told by word of mouth, through dance or rock and cave drawings. All children dressed up as either a marran (kangaroo), a gaan (cockatoo), a walert (possum) or yuk thram (eels) to participate in the story of Tiddalick. Tiddalick the frog (ngert) was played by the class teachers!! Great fun!

Thank you to the wonderful parents who assisted us on the CERES excursion.

The children are loving the whole swimming experience! Their behaviour and attitude are outstanding. They are to be commended on their efforts to develop their water confidence and swimming skills. As we say to the children "Be Brave - Participate to Progress". Attending swimming lessons at school with their peers teaches the children skills well beyond the pool. The children are to be complimented on their organisational skills and their consolidating independence in getting dressed. A huge thank you to the parents and grandparents who are attending to the pool to encourage and assist.

IN THE JUNIOR SCHOOL WE ARE LEARNING TO: (WALT)...
Write a persuasive piece using correct structure.
Strategy - questioning

Grade 1:Identify the parts of a simple sentence that represent ‘What’s happening?’, ‘Who or what is involved?’ and the surrounding circumstances (VCELA178)
WRITING - WEEK 7 and 8

Foundation:  Create short texts to explore, record and report ideas and events using familiar words and beginning writing knowledge (VCELY160)


Grade 1: Create short informative texts that show emerging use of appropriate text structure, sentence-level grammar, word choice, spelling, punctuation and appropriate multimodal elements(VCELY194)


Grade 2:  Create short informative texts using growing knowledge of text structures and language features for familiar and some less familiar audiences, selecting print and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (VCELY230)



SPELLING - WEEK  7
Foundation: y as in fly   
Grade 1: ir as in bird
Grade 2: u as in shut


SPELLING - WEEK 8
Foundation: or as in fork
Grade 1: oo as in moon
Grade 2: re - prefix 

READING – WEEK 7 and 8

Foundation:Identify some familiar texts and the contexts in which they are used (VCELY151)

Grade 1:Identify the parts of a simple sentence that represent ‘What’s happening?’, ‘Who or what is involved?’ and the surrounding circumstances (VCELA178)

Grade 2: Discuss the characters and settings of different texts and explore how language is used to present these features in different ways (VCELT219)

MATHS – WEEK 7 and 8:


Foundation: Represent practical situations to model addition and subtraction (VCMNA073)


Grade 1: Recognise and describe one-half as one of two equal parts of a whole


Grade 2: Recognise and interpret common uses of halves, quarters and eighths of shapes and collection


Extension: Model and represent unit fractions including ½, ¼, 1/3  1/5 and their multiples to a complete whole

INQUIRY - INDIGENOUS HISTORY:


Week 7 and 8: We are learning to engage with the oral traditions, painting and music of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples. 


UNIT OF STUDY - WELLBEING: 


Week 7 & 8: It takes great strength to be sensible and we do the right thing because it's the best thing to do. 


ICT 'I CAN STATEMENTS': 


Foundation:


I can use an iPad to access a range of literacy and numeracy apps.


Grade 1/2:


I can type in a specific web address to view information.


I can use the delete, return, caps lock button and spacebar.


WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK


All parents/guardians, visitors & volunteers to the school MUST sign in & out of the school and display their WWCC in a lanyard, which is available at the school office. The Department of Education requires any person involved in an activity where children may be present to have a current WWCC or have supplied proof that they have applied for a WWCC with the Department of Justice. All schools are required to comply with the Working with Children Act 2005. Volunteers are expected to carry the WWCC card with them at all times when working or volunteering at the school or during school related activities. There is no fee for this check. Apply now by visiting: www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au 


The Junior School encourage and appreciate parent helpers. Please see your child's teacher if you are able to assist.                                                                              


IMPORTANT DATES


28th August-8th September - Swimming (Water Safety Day: 1st September)


15th September: Responsible Pet Ownership


15th September: Jump Rope for Heart


18th September: Curriculum Day


20th September: Footy Day


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Monday, 21 August 2017

Junior School - Science Week Report

Wow! Another great Science Week for the students of Mentone Park! After the success of last year's Science Night and open afternoon, the students were excited for this year's activities. The Virtual Classroom gave students a chance to connect with scientists from across the globe. It was phenomenal to have the insights of STEM professionals tuning in from all around the world (including the Amazon!)
  • Dr Kimberley Clayfield, Executive Manager, Space Sciences and Technology, CSIRO
  • Ms Solange Cunin Co-Founder and CEO, Cuberider
  • Prof Paulo de Souza Junior, OCE Science Leader, Data61 | CSIRO
  • Assoc Prof CĂ©line d’Orgeville, Instrument Scientist and Adaptive Optics Group Manager, ANU 
  • Dr Jason Held, Founder and CEO, Saber Astronautics
  • Ms Bernie Hobbs as emcee  


    We heard about how Celine makes artificial stars using lasers to probe atmospheric turbulence, and how Jason works with the Australian Air Force to launch satellites into space. Kim's experiences with creating tiny satellites that have 36 single antennas that link together to get a much better view of the sky was fascinating, and it was exciting to hear about how Australians are involved in building the biggest telescope in the world! Paolo spoke about how he is working on the global initiative for Honey bee Health, which equips bees with tiny microsensors, also known as backpacks, to monitor the bees’ movement and environment.

    Student questions about black holes, space junk, the Mars Rover and their stories about seeing Earth from Mars were the highlight. A huge thank you to the CSIRO Stem in Schools program for making this happen!

    As part of the day, students were involved in a variety of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) activities with the help of our CSIRO STEM Professional Matt Bolger from Data61 who was able to share some great insights into his STEM experiences, including computer game programming, using robots as well as working with software that predicts the paths of bush fires and chances of tsunamis.

    The Sputnik group worked with him on the NASA Parachute Landing Systems activity, testing how to safely land precious cargo. This challenged our students to really think outside the box to develop a design, a hypothesis and an actual parachute system.



     


There were Science activities:


Technology - coding and problem solving!


Engineering activities:

& Art & Maths activities:

Thank you to Sue Grisdale for organising our CSIRO STEM Professional Matt, and for ensuring we could be one of the schools involved in the Virtual Classroom, giving our students the chance to connect with real scientists and experience the impact of STEM in our world. Sue set up our partnership with the Scientists in Schools program last year which partners teachers with STEM professionals to enhance STEM teaching practices and deliver engaging STEM education in Australian schools. STEM Professionals in Schools is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. https://www.csiro.au/en/Education/Programs/STEM-Professionals-in-Schools