Year Four students were able to put their understandings of location into practice on Friday, when they ventured on a community walk with Foundation. We identified different routes to Epping North Conservation Reserve and were challenged to map directions, using at least three left hand turns and three right hand turns. Some valuable lessons about location were learned once we set out and when we mapped out clues uncovered along the way. What a wonderful opportunity to use the language of location!
We also explored the grassy woodland habitat with the Foundation students, looking at the flora, fauna and minibeasts at the reserve. This answered some of our questions and provided more wonderings.
What did you learn about location?
Was your walking route the most efficient? What makes you say that?
What did you learn about flora and fauna in the grassy woodlands habitat?
On Friday, May 25, the Foundation and Year 4 students will be going on an adventure to Epping North Conservation Reserve. We will be leaving from school at 12:15pm and returning by 1:50pm. Parent helpers are required as we will be walking to and from the Wetlands. If you are able to assist in this mini excursion can you please let your child’s homegroup teacher know. Students will need to have gumboots and an all weather jacket for this experience. Permission for community walks was given with enrolment. For the safety and engagement of our students toddlers are unable to attend.
Today our Middles travelled to Templestowe for a Sacrament reflection Day. The day provided many opportunities for the students to make connections about the presence of God in the Sacraments and all around us.
Students made their own prayer cloth, choosing their own symbols that reflected where they experience God in their own lives.
Our Reconciliation and Eucharist teams also experienced their Sacrament in action. Our Year Three students shared some great discussion about what happens when we make right or wrong choices and explored the symbolism of the cross. As our Year Four group made bread, they considered that when two things are connected, a change is made! Just as we do when we celebrate the Eucharist, we shared the bread as a community!
What connections did you make today?
Where did you see God at our reflection day?
To celebrate the Year Threes having their Chromebooks, we’ve shared our SMCM desktop wallpaper.
What do you like about the wallpaper?
What do you still find challenging when using a Chromebook?
Highlighting Week 3, students in Year 4 further explored Maths in Japanese through shopping role-play. They used Japanese money, Yen, during the session, calculated how much spent on purchased items (set-up items such as sushi toys) when they were customers and how much money made when they were shopkeepers.
It was great to see the students were engaged in using their Maths skills, collaborating with their peers, counting the large numbers (100, 1000) in Japanese! Some were very customer-friendly, offering discounts!
They also started using more words in Japanese, such as;
– しつもん (shi-tsu-mo-n)
– わかりません (wa-ka-ri-ma-se-n)
– もう いちど (mo-u i-chi-do)
I wonder who can tell us what these words mean?
During our connectors session on Monday some of the students wondered what initiation means. Today during our connectors session we discussed what intitation means and what it represents in regards to the sacraments. After our discussion the Year Four’s explored the three sacraments of initiation; Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Each student had a booklet to reflect on the 12 stations which were set up to display the various symbols associated with each of the sacraments. We then reflected on those symols and what the students had noticed at the stations.
What are some of the symbols that we saw today?
What are some of the symbols that link across the sacraments, and how do they link?
What book are you reading?
Would you recommend your friends read this book? Why?