Saturday, 11 November 2017

Week 6

Congratulations to all those who completed their Eucharist over the past fortnight.  You have worked hard to be prepared and displayed very mature attitudes during the sacrament.  Also thanks to the Prayer Buddies that supported the students making their sacraments very respectfully.  We had some very in depth discussion around living like Jesus and caring for people, with refugees especially interesting students.  We may have some budding human rights lawyers in our midst!

For homework this week I have set mathletics tasks around number patterns as these are what we will be working on this week.  Please ensure all tasks are completed by Friday.  Students will have spelling, with words on Edmodo and of course reading every night. 

We have been working on Poetry and all students wrote some awesome Haiku. This week we will be working on Cinquain and I will put some example up on this blog as we start to publish them.  We are working on our stopmotion 'Everyday Superhero' movies tomorrow who please remember to bring everything needed for this (Backgrounds, Characters, Ipads fully charged and Movies if they have been filmed).

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Week 4 - Eucharist week

Good Afternoon and welcome to week 4.
This Sunday we are making the Sacrament of Eucharist, so our lead up to this special day will be busy.  We will be heading to the Church Thursday and Friday to practice in the Church what will happen Sunday. If your child is receiving the Sacrament and you have not returned the money or poster, please do so ASAP.

Mass for all students starts at 9am Sunday, but please ensure you are there by 8:40 to be seated and prepared.  The video below outlines how those receiving Eucharist will be processing to Father Ian and how they will receive the Eucharist.  Parents, you will be involved, which is explained in the video.  If your child is receiving Eucharist, please watch and discuss this video with your child before Tuesday.


This week we are working on Poetry, but spend today reading illustrations from Shaun Tan's Book 'The Arrival' continuing on from some interesting discussion we had last wee on refugees.  We are also starting to record out StopMotion movies as we learn and experiment with more techniques to improve our movie making.

In maths we are working on the half/half division strategy and moving in to review multiplication strategies.

Last Friday we held our first lunch time coding class.  This club will run through techniques to code robots, with students having the opportunity to set challenges and code robots.  This is an elective club, so students who are interested will be asked to create a "Tickle" account, which is the app used to code BB-8.  You may receive an email requesting that you approve your child's request to create an account.

Homework will include mathletics tasks, reading and spelling.  This week I have not set reading eggs tasks but please ensure we are reading every night.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Term 4 week 3

This week he have started experimenting with stop go animation, where we are using photographs that we stitch together to make inanimate object move.  Today was our first experience and all students were able to make their own videos while reflecting and explaining how they will improve their techniques.


Well done to all the students on Saturday night.  They did an awesome job with their reverence and with answering the unscripted questions from Father Ian.  Remember that our posters are due Friday.

Homework: 

I have assigned tasks in mathletics in place of the times table sheet.  The tasks will reinforce concepts that we are studying in maths lessons.  I have also assigned a book in reading eggs for the students to read.   

Monday, 9 October 2017

Term 4 week 1

Welcome to term 4, hopefully everyone is well rested and ready for another big term.


Today we began our unit on poetry and also started planning our 'stop go animation' work.  

In Maths we will be reviewing and expanding our division knowledge.  Mr Torrese has included a blog on the speaking challenge this term, so please have a look.

Homework: 

I have assigned tasks in mathletics in place of the times table sheet.  The tasks will reinforce concepts that we are studying in maths lessons.  I have also assigned a book in reading eggs for the students to read.   


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Term 4 Speaking Challenge

Dear Year 4 Parents (and students),

Next term the students will begin to use the speaking and listening skills that they have been developing over Term 1.

Each week we will have 4 students present their 90 second speech that they have planned.

Any parent support at home would be greatly appreciated, particularly with the speaking techniques and the content.

The Term 4 theme will be: " If I could live in another part of the world, it would be...."

Read below for more detail.
Assessment - The students will be assessed on the speaking techniques that they have been developing in Term 1. Each will have a score of 5 points, a total of 20 for the presentation.


Make appropriate eye contact
5 points
Make eye contact with your partner   regularly.  When speaking to a larger group, make eye contact with many members of the audience, in front of you and to the sides, as you speak.
Use clear volumea tone of voicepacing and pauses to engage the audience
5 points
Speak slowly and clearly when describing and explaining. Pause after introducing new information. Sound excited when describing exciting things.
Use visual aids to engage the interest of the audience
5 points
Show the audience models, pictures or examples of your topic. Be careful not to hide your face. Don’t let the visual aids become a distraction
Conclude the talk – Decide how you will end your talk
5 points
“And last of all …..........
“The final thing is ….....
”I would like to remind you ….....


Confidence
The students are already showing more confidence in public speaking as we develop this safe culture in our class and lessons. This will continue to flourish with each new speaking challenge each term.

Listening
We are also developing listening skills. All students in the audience each week will be assessed on their listening skills. This are listed below:

Show attentive listening through body language
Eyes
Face and Head
Listen with your brain
Hands
1. Face the speaker and make some eye contact.
2. Encourage the speaker by nodding and smiling, laughing in appropriate places
3. Listen for key words and main ideas
4. Avoid speaking or whispering with anyone else in the audience or distracting the speaker for fidgeting.
Formulate questions to probe for extra information, or to clarify information. Some examples could be:

“What has been your best time?”
”What is your favourite event?”
”What are you hoping to achieve next?” 
Decide when it is appropriate to ask a question

Discuss times when is it helpful to interrupt, and when it is better to wait until the speaker has finished

Show appreciation when speaking and listening with a partner or in a group

I liked the bit about ...
You should tell ... They would like to hear
 Applause


Success Criteria
Along with the above details, the students have also received demonstrations on presentation skills and have had a session on planning and presenting the Term 4 theme; " If I could live in another part of the world, it would be...."


Schedule
I will endeavour to send out reminders  a week prior to the schedule. 
The schedule may change due to unforeseen events or circumstances. 

Speaking Schedule – Term 4 Wednesday of each week – Something that is Special to Me.

Students
Week
Gabriela
Zoe
Cooper
Shaun
Emilio
3
Finn W
Lucas
Reuben
Amelie
Brody
4
Thomas
Oscar
Coby
Kaden
Sam
Finn R
5
Rhys
June
Georgia
Isabella
Tao
Ashton
6
Matilda
Jay
Peter
Olive
Taj
7


If you have any issues or questions please feel free to contact me or Sean. 

Thank you for your ongoing support 
Mr Adrian Torrese

Friday, 15 September 2017

Week 10

Welcome to week 10

This week we are working on our final narrative 'Where is the teacher?'.  We will be using what we have learned in Sensational Story Starters, Effective Endings, Character development, Abandoned Places and about plot to make these as engaging as possible.   We will also be finishing 'Birrung'.  

In Maths we will be beginning out unit on Chance.

Homework: 

Homework this week is the same as last week.  I have assigned tasks in mathletics in place of the times table sheet.  The tasks will reinforce concepts that we are studying in maths lessons.  I have also assigned a book in reading eggs for the students to read.   

I am hopefully enjoying myself but I hope that everyone has a very restful holiday.  See you in term 4!


Monday, 11 September 2017

Week 9

Welcome to week 9 as we race towards the end of term.

Last week we spent some time working through what we have been ;learning about narratives, showing this in the awesome stories we have written about brussel sprouts!  I can see that may people share my sentiment of these packed vegetables! This week we will begin out stories that will make into books.

Today we read two chapters of 'Birrung', exploring the way that convicts were treated on the boats sailing to Australia and the lack of respect they showed towards the Aboriginal people.  In Maths we will continue to develop our division skills.  

Homework: 

Homework this week is the same as last week.  I have assigned tasks in mathletics in place of the times table sheet.  The tasks will reinforce concepts that we are studying in maths lessons.  I have also assigned a book in reading eggs for the students to read.   

Shoebox:

Thank you to all the people that have brought in their Shoebox donations, it is such an important and worthy cause. If you have not brought in your items, could you please do this by the end of the week.  The letter outlining what to bring in here

Sports Carnival:

This Thursday is our whole school Athletics carnival. Students are asked to wear their faction shirt on Wednesday and Thursday. This year the students will be having a lunch break and therefore the canteen will be open for lunch.  Details have been sent home of what will be available to purchase from the canteen.