Literacy and Numeracy Week

It was an exciting start to Literacy and Numeracy Week today with our SMCM Book launch. All home groups have worked extremly hard to create at least one picture book that contains a Mathematical concept. We were involved in every aspect of the writing process – from planning, drafting and editing to publishing and now sharing our works of art!

Now it’s time to read and evaluate. This week, parents and families are invited to read all books displayed in the Galleria. Please leave a sticky note comment for the authors!

What book are you interested in reading?

What Mathematical concept does this book contain?

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Reminders:

Rug Up and Read tomorrow

Don’t forget to pack your favourite books, blanket and teddy bear tomorrow morning. We encourage parents, families and friends to come and read with us! Visit the learning space of the youngest sibling and read as a family!

Maths Information Night with Rob Vingerhoets

An engaging and extremely valuable session with Rob, who will provide ways to support your child’s learning in Mathematics. Babysitting will be provided at school.

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Word Mania sweeps SMCM!

Congratulations Year Three and Four students on your participation in the Word Mania Competition this term!

In Week Two of the competition, Year 3 students achieved a Second Place Participation Regional Award and Year 4 students were awarded Third Place Participation.

 

While we have not qualified for the finals, you can continue to practise your skills by logging into the website.

  • Have you enjoyed participating in the Word Mania competition?
  • What has been your highest score?

Year Four excursion to St Monica’s

friendly reminder

Just a reminder that tomorrow our Year Four students will be visiting St Monica’s Secondary College. We have been invited to experience some of their classes and programs. 

If you have not yet returned your permission note, please do so tomorrow morning. Students have been asked to wear correct SMCM school uniform. As it is Sports day for Year Four, students may wear SMCM sports uniform. 

We will be leaving school at 11.30 am travelling in a seat-belted bus provided by St Monica’s College.  We will arrive back at school by 1.05pm.

Sovereign Hill Camp

What an incredible time our Year Four students had on camp this week! There were so many opportunities to uncover Australia’s history at Sovereign Hill on Wednesday and Thursday – from exploring the Red Hill mine and panning for gold; visiting the Chinese camp and businesses that existed in the 1800s; to socialising with our roommates in the Northern Barracks. We even dressed up as people from the Gold Rush to replicate the Eureka story!  These camp experiences and time spent with our peers help us to stretch our thinking and become more independent.

What was your highlight of our Year Four Camp to Sovereign Hill?

Was it what you expected?

What did you learn whilst you were away?

Inquiry wonderings answered

Year Four were excited today to hear from our friends in Darwin. The students of Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School kindly answered to our many wonderings about tropical and coastal environments. We were fascinated to hear about differences in climate and how natural disasters, like cyclones, have damaged vegetation and landscapes in and around Darwin.

Thanks Miss Kelsey and 3/4 students! We look forward to communicating with you in Term 3!

What did you learn about the tropical and coastal environments?

What are some similarities and differences to our environment?

Do you have any more wonderings?

 

 

Location Challenge

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?