Welcome to our classroom!
It is wonderful to see some new faces in our class this year and to welcome back all Phoenix students from last year. It has been lovely meeting you all.
The Year 4's have started looking at Symmetry in our environment. We are working on creating our own pieces of symmetry in art and creating patterns, pictures and shapes using digital technology.
Our Year 3's have been working on their odd and even numbers, finding symmetry in the environment and being able to measure objects using metric units of length mass and capacity.
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Welcome to Term 3!
Thank you to the parents who came in to help us on the last day of term 2 to set up our butterfly garden. The area is looking so much cleaner and we managed to plant all 80 seedlings which was a fantastic team effort.
Crazy hair day was a successful fundraiser by the P&C. Thank you for their kind donation of a sausage sizzle for each child. The money raised will go towards our school excursion fund.
Finally a big welcome to Finn (Year 3) who is joining our class this Semester!
We have had a great first day back and I am looking forward to an exciting term ahead. My timetable is on the wall behind my desk so if you would like to book a meeting with me during school time please come and find a suitable time during my DOTT lessons.
Year 4 History Presentations
Just a quick note to say how proud I am of each and every Year 4 student this week for presenting such wonderful power-point presentations on their chosen explorer. I understand that many of our students had not been given the opportunity to present a speech in front of the class before and I loved hearing the excited comments at recess time as they realised it was easier than they had thought it would be! It has been so nice to see students helping each other gather research, practice their slideshows together and provide some constructive feedback. I hope this assessment has taught your child the importance of research and preparation which will help them as they move into upper primary. I have sent all the marking rubrics home with students so please make sure you have a look and see how they went.
Maths Update - Week 7 Term 2
We have been learning about fractions, percentages and decimals for Number lessons. We played some games at the end of the week to put our skills to the test!
C2 Assembly Item - June 2018
For Science this Semester, both Year 3 and Year 4 have been focusing on the topic of Biology. We have been learning about how living things have different roles in a habitat (producers, consumers and decomposers), which animals are either competitive or mutually beneficial, the importance of a food chain, the life cycle of flowers, seed germination and predator-prey relationships.
Smiling Mind Program
I just wanted to pass on the link to a Mindfullness program we have been doing daily in our class. The program we follow helps students to improve their focus, concentration and self control. Each activity is around 4-6 minutes long and we usually complete these at the start of the day or after breaks when students are finding it difficult to settle back in to work.
I have attached the link for any parents wanting to sign up (it is a free resource). I have seen improvements in many students ability to focus in class as well as their social skills at break time.
NAPLAN for Year 3's will be held next week. We have tried to provide the students with sample questions so they feel prepared for how to answer the questions on the day. Naplan allows teachers to be made aware of any focus areas and to find areas of strength in our current programs. While it is very important, we would still like to limit any anxiety around the test as much as possible. To do this, we have been having some discussions about what we are proud of about ourselves that perhaps are not measured in a test. Here are some of the responses...
Over the past few weeks we have been learning about view points and have been looking at visual clues within pieces of art. These clues tell us where it was made, who made it and why. We have been linking our findings back to artworks from different cultures and times, such as traditional artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
We are currently creating our own story books about our lives and where we came from. Students are invited to bring in any photos or items from their childhood (perhaps a photocopy of the item) to include in their story books.
Here are some of the self portraits we have been working on.
We had lots of fun at the Easter hat parade in week 9 of term 1. A special congratulations to Sienna and Kyra for their efforts in the egg decorating and Easter hat competitions.
Summer Interschool Carnival
Well done to those students from C2 who represented Phoenix at either Cricket or Basketball in week 8 of term 1 in the Cockburn Interschool competition.
You should be very proud of your efforts. A special congraulations to the Mixed Basketball Team who placed 1st overall.
What a wonderful day! We had lots of fun making rainbow fruit kebabs, doing some traditional Irish dancing, painting, singing and learning about what Harmony Day means to different people around the world. It was amazing to see so many students dress in their traditional costumes and speak in their traditional language.
Many thanks to the parents who came along to assembly or to help us work in the classroom.
Easter Egg Competition
Our annual Easter egg decorating competition is fast approaching. The Years K – 3 will be given an egg template, which they will decorate in class. The Years 4 – 7 are asked to decorate a real egg in their own time at home (either blown or hard boiled).
Please no chocolate Easter eggs to be used in decoration.
Label your entry clearly with your name and year level and take them to the Library from Tuesday March 6. The final date for entries is Tuesday March 20 at 1.00pm.
The winners will be announced at the Easter Assembly.
How to Blow an egg - This is a task for careful fingers.