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Week 2

Year 3/4 Cluster Newsletter

Term 3, Week 2 Learning 

(Monday 27th of July – Friday 31st of July)

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome back families to an exciting new term of learning.  We trust you have had a relaxing break. We are looking forward to new learning and events ahead including camp and celebration of learning.


Reading: (approx. 10 minutes each night) Talk to your family about what you are reading and record three predictions about your text.

Maths: Practise times tables.

Home Inquiry: Discuss your culture background with your families


Our learning next week

English: The Jolly Spelling focus for Year 3 is ‘e/ee’ as in ‘freedom, seek’ with a grammar focus of Syllables. The Year 4 Jolly Spelling focus is ‘Prefix: sub’ as in ‘substitute, subway’ with a grammar focus of Root words.

Students will begin learning about the structure and organisation of Explanation texts.

Maths: Continuing mental computation of number operations.  Engaging in mapping skills and learning about features on maps, compass points, direction and scale.

Christian Studies: Beginning our new unit looking at the role of worship, sacraments and prayer in the Christian Church.

Unit of Inquiry: Unpacking key concepts, central idea and lines of inquiry for our ‘Where we are in place and time’ Transdisciplinary theme. Completing prior knowledge learning and starting to learn about natural and built features locally, nationally, and globally and the cultural significance of these.

3/4 Camp: Mylor Adventure Camp is taking place Monday 17th – Wednesday 19th of August. This is week 5. A cover letter, consent form, medical requirements /dietary requirements /sleep concerns form, and a packing list has been sent home today. Please note: (Bathers are NOT required for camp) as indicated on packing list provided by Baptist Care.

Please return the forms by Thursday next week (July 30th) as these are needed to support our camp provider and school administration.

 

Reminders

  • Assembly– Classes sharing this week are 5/6N and 1/2C.
  • Combined worship– this Friday 24 July led by Year 5/6N and Friday 31 July led by Year 5/6G.
  • P & F Meeting – Monday 27 July at 7 pm in the staff admin building – all welcome. The meeting will take place as a ‘normal’ meeting adhering to physical distancing.
  • Principal Tour – Wednesday 5 August from 9.30-10.30am.
  • School Photos – Save the date – Tuesday 11 August. More information to follow in the iNewsletter.

Yours in Christ,

Jacquie Paech, Angelisa Marino, James Salisbury and Melanie Arnold.

Week 3

Year 3/4 Cluster Newsletter

Term 3, Week 3 Learning 

(Monday 3rd August – Friday 7th August)

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

What a great week of learning we have had this week. We have started to think about our new unit which is “Where We Are in Place and Time”. Students are curious to find out the new Central Idea. They will know it by the end of this week, so maybe ask them if they can remember it! Thank you for your support of your children’s learning and of us as their teachers.

Included in this newsletter: all the regular kind of information, some important information for girls and a letter from Mrs. Jayne Zadow as a pre-cursor to reports coming home this on Friday.


Home Inquiry for this week:

Reading: (approx. 10 minutes each night) Talk to your family about what you are reading and record a connection you can make with your text. Challenge: try and read something different to what you normally might read.

Maths: Practise times tables.

Home Inquiry: Talk about the famous places you know in the world with your family. What would you like to learn more about, and why? Does this place have cultural or social importance for you and your family or are you just curious?


Our learning for Week 3

English:

The Year 3 Jolly Spelling focus 3 is o for the ‘oa’ sound, as in oval, Roman, total with a grammar focus of paragraphs.

The Year 4 Jolly Spelling focus is the suffix “-ically” as in vertically, logically, alphabetically, with a grammar focus on present participles as adjectives: ie;verb+ing, screaming (boy), bouncing (ball).

Writing Focus: Students will continue learning about the structure and organisation of Explanation texts.

 

 

 

 

Maths:

Continuing mental computation of number operations and practising times tables.  Continuing to develop our mapping skills, particularly map reading. We will focus on how to draw to scale and work out distances on maps.

Christian Studies:

This term we are exploring and investigating the following central Idea: Communities of Christians Pray, Worship and celebrate the Sacraments.

Our lines of inquiry are:

  • Prayer as a way to communicate with God as individuals and in a community
  • How people respond to God through Worship.
  • The Word of God is visible through Baptism and Holy Communion.

 

Unit of Inquiry:

Students will receive a task that they will be working towards to share at the Celebration of Learning (Wednesday Week 7 –2nd September). This will be posted on Seesaw, and the due date will be advised later.

 

3/4 Camp:

Mylor Adventure Camp is taking place Monday 17th – Wednesday 19thf August (in week 5). A cover letter, consent form, medical requirements /dietary requirements /sleep concerns form, and a packing list was sent home last week. Thank you to those who have returned the completed forms. If you have not yet completed them, could you please do so and return them to school by THIS Friday 31st July. These are needed to support our camp provider and school administration.

Please note: we will not be doing any water based activities, and so Bathers are NOT required for camp as indicated on packing list provided by Baptist Care.

 

Art News:

We are excited to announce that the 3/4s are entering their artwork in the SALA (South Australia Living Artists) festival this year! They have been working on a piece called “A Seat Amongst the (Art) Stars”. They are transforming this chair into a work of art.

In groups they have analyzed the work of a famous artists and created their own designs inspired by their artist for a plank of the chair. You can see some of the planks in progress above. The chair will be on display at The Grove Shopping Centre in Golden Grove from the 6th – 31st August as part of the 2020 SALA festival. We invite you to come along and see our art!

 

 

Girl Talk

As teachers of the Middle Primary students, we notice that from time to time all students need help and support with their friendships. We are planning to start a series of girls group sessions with the help of Jayne Zadow, who will run the sessions. While Jayne takes the girls for some special time of their own, the boys will remain in class and will also have some special things designed to help them with their friendships also.

 

The Girl group sessions will run for about 10 week, using the following schedule: Each class will be a different day. All sessions will run from 12.30 and continue into lunch eating time. The days are as follows: Tuesday – 3/4PA, Wednesday 3/4M, Thursday 3/4S.

 

Please feel free to talk to any of us or Jayne if you have any questions, or want to discuss anything with us.

 

We look forward to the time with the girls as we support them in growing up into young women.

An important letter from Mrs. Jayne Zadow:

Dear Parents,

As you receive your child’s semester progress report this week, please keep in mind that the report is only one of the ways in which we report student progress. The progress report meet’s the government requirement to report against subjects with an A-E grading against the year level achievement standard. We also report through Seesaw and this is where you will find ongoing reporting and evidence of what your child is able to do and the standard they have achieved.

From time to time, parents of students in blended classes have asked how we cater for and work with 2 year levels in one class and how can parents see this in action. Some of the ways in which this differentiation is explicitly seen is in:

  • Cluster Newsletters – each week, the teachers provide information about how each year level are working in different areas of learning
  • Jolly Grammar Spelling – each of our blended classes divides into year level groupings at the beginning of the week for the introduction of the spelling focus for the week. Each year level generally learns a different sound and letter combination although, from time to time, the sound for 2 year levels may be the same but more complex letter combinations to make that sound are introduced in the higher year level.
  • Jolly Grammar – a weekly grammar component is taught and learnt at each separate year level.
  • In Maths, many areas are covered at both year levels within a cluster. Yet, within an area such as ‘money’ students in different year levels learn and are assessed against year level standards. An example of this is that Year 5/6 work on ‘time’. The year 5s learn 12 and 24 hour time while the year 6s learn how to read and interpret timetables. These expectations are referred to in teachers comments about tasks in Seesaw.
  • Teachers construct checklists and rubrics that show specific year level expectations. Sometimes teachers use a rubric to plot where students begin their learning and then revisit the rubric to see how they have developed and learnt. Some of these rubrics are for teachers assessing purposes due to the ‘teacher jargon’ that is included. Others are shared with students so they understand their level of achievement so far and are able to set goals for improvement.
  • Seesaw comments made by teachers are important in understanding year level expectations. Students in different year levels will generally have different comments for what may be a similar task because each year level is being assessed against a different standard.
  • Please keep in mind that the Australian Curriculum expectations in the subjects of PE, health, the Arts, Japanese and technologies are across the year levels of  F-2, 3-4 and 5-6. Students work to and are assessed against one standard that covers the 2 or 3 years. This works well with blended classes

One final note is that our written report does not include the assessment of units of inquiry. This assessment is provided through Seesaw.

If you have any questions about your child’s report, I encourage you to discuss these things with your child’s teacher. If you have any questions about the assessment and reporting process in general, I am also happy to discuss this with you.

Yours sincerely,

Jayne Zadow

 

Other school notes

Assembly – Classes sharing this week are 1/2F and 3/4P.

Combined worship – this Friday 31 July led by Year 5/6G and Friday 7 August led by Year 3/4M.

School Photos – Save the date – Tuesday 11 August. More information to follow in the iNewsletter.

Date Night – Friday 28 August. Date night is for you to enjoy some ‘child-free’ time while your children are supervised by GGOSH staff. Children will be fed pizza, watch a movie and have a snack. The cost is $5 per family and payment can be made via the QKR! app. Please make sure that you fill out the form on Qkr! to include all children’s names and an emergency contact name and number for catering and staffing purposes. Please note, only children over 3 years of age and out of nappies can be catered for at GGOSH.  If your children are already in GGOSH after school, please speak to staff about giving your permission to sign them out of GGOSH and into Date Night. We will advise you of the movie when it has been decided.

Father’s Day Stall: Thursday 3 September – is held so that students can select a gift/s for their dad/important male figure for Father’s Day. Gifts are $5 each and parents can purchase a ticket for these items via the Qkr! App. Up to six gifts can be purchased by each student. Purchasing closes on 31 August at 5 pm.

Middle of Term (MOT) breakfast: we welcome all our community to join us on Wednesday 26 August from 8-8.30 am. Our P & F will be providing muffins and there will be coffee available to purchase from café connect.

Have a great week!

Yours in Christ,

Jacquie Paech, Angelisa Marino, James Salisbury and Melanie Arnold.

 

Year 3/4 Cluster Newsletter

Term 3, Week 4 Learning 

(Monday 10th August – Friday 14th August)

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Another busy and exciting of learning this week! So many students coming home and talking about places of significance (Natural and built) that interest them. Thank you once again for your ongoing support of your child’s learning and for engaging in conversations with them about what they are learning.

Included in this newsletter: all the regular kind of information, some information about year 4s visiting Endeavour College, photos next week and a reminder about illness during Covid-19.


Home Inquiry for this week:

Reading: (approx. 10 minutes each night) Talk to your family about what you are reading and record a connection you can make with your text. Challenge: try and read something different to what you normally might read.

Maths: Practise times tables.

Home Inquiry: What places have significance for you as a family? What makes them significant? Is it a social or cultural reason for this place being so important for you?


Our learning for week 4

English:

The Year 3 Jolly Spelling focus 3 is o for the ‘oa’ sound, as in oval, Roman, total (Note that I had this down in the last newsletter, but it was actually an error – in week 3, year 3s did i making the “ie” sound) with a continued grammar focus of paragraphs.

The Year 4 Jolly Spelling focus is the Schwa – al” as in animal, total, equal, with a grammar focus on possessive nouns: singular: ie; peacock’s tail

Writing Focus: Students will continue learning about the structure and organisation of Explanation texts.

 

Maths:

Continuing mental computation of number operations and practising times tables.  Continuing to develop our mapping skills, particularly map reading. We will continue to focus on how to draw to scale and work out distances on maps as well as finding locations.

 

 

Christian Studies:

This term we are exploring and investigating the following central Idea: Communities of Christians Pray, Worship and celebrate the Sacraments.

Our lines of inquiry are:

  • Prayer as a way to communicate with God as individuals and in a community
  • How people respond to God through Worship.
  • The Word of God is visible through Baptism and Holy Communion.

 

Unit of Inquiry:

Students will receive a task that they will be working towards to share at the Celebration of Learning (Wednesday Week 7 –2nd September). This will be posted on Seesaw, and the due date will be advised later.

Details of our new unit (as they appear on Seesaw):

Central idea: Natural and built features can have cultural and social significance.

Lines of Inquiry

  1. Natural and built features in the world.
  2. Natural and built features in different cultures.
  3. What makes a feature significant.

Key Concepts:

Form: What is it like?

Perspective: What are the points of view?

 

3/4 Camp:

Mylor Adventure Camp is taking place Monday 17th – Wednesday 19th August (in week 5). We are working hard to get this organised for the students to have a meaningful time of learning on camp. Please feel free to approach us if you have any questions or concerns.

Please note: we will not be doing any water based activities, and so Bathers are NOT required for camp as indicated on packing list provided by Baptist Care.

 

 

COVID Risk management on camp:

Please note that all of the conditions we place on students attending school in regard to Covid-19 will apply on camp with the following additions to procedure:

  • Groups of students arriving on buses will use hand sanitiser and have their temperature recorded at their school within 12 hours prior to stepping onto the bus transporting them to the Mylor site.
  • All staff, students, contractors and other visitors will also record their temperature using a non-contact device just prior to exiting Mylor Adventure Camp.

Therefore, anyone who presents with a temperature or any signs of illness will not be able to attend camp.

 

 

 

Art News:

We are excited to announce that the 3/4s are entering their artwork in the SALA (South Australia Living Artists) festival this year! They have been working on a piece called “A Seat Amongst the (Art) Stars”. They are transforming this chair into a work of art.

In groups they have analyzed the work of a famous artists and created their own designs inspired by their artist for a plank of the chair. You can see some of the planks in progress above. The chair will be on display at The Grove Shopping Centre in Golden Grove from the 6th – 31st August as part of the 2020 SALA festival. We invite you to come along and see our art!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Talk

As teachers of the Middle Primary students, we notice that from time to time all students need help and support with their friendships. A series of girls group sessions with Jayne Zadow began this week. While Jayne takes the girls for some special time of their own, the boys will remain in class and will also have some special things designed to help them with their friendships also. Please feel free to talk to any of us or Jayne if you have any questions or want to discuss anything with us. We look forward to the time with the girls as we support them in growing up into young women.

 

Year 4 Endeavour College Visit

Next Wednesday (12th August) the Year 4 students from all classes will be visiting Endeavour College. The buses will be leaving at 11.40am and returning at approximately 2.45pm.

Students may wear PE uniform as normal that day.

Mrs Paech and Mr Kriewaldt will be attending while Mr Salisbury and Miss Marino will stay at school with the Year 3 students.

 

Each year the Year 4-6 students attend the Connected Schools Worship at Endeavour followed by a treasure hunt around the school. The Year 4 students also have a visit here at GGLPS from Endeavour students to do an art activity. This year there won’t be a Connected Schools worship, so it was decided to combine the art activity and the treasure hunt together both down at Endeavour.

 

If there is any reason that your child will not be able to attend, please let your classroom teacher know. The timetable of events can be seen below.

 

11.40am – depart GGLPS

12pm – arrive EC

12.10-12.40pm – treasure hunt

12.40-1.10pm – lunch – please provide packed lunch and drink bottle

1.15-2.15pm – Art activity

2.20pm – depart EC

2.40pm – arrive GGLPS

 

If you have any questions, please let me know.

 

Regards,

Tim

 

School photos:

  • Unfortunately the distribution of envelopes for school photos occurred a lot later than we had hoped. These were distributed Tuesday of this week. Could you please return these asap. To clarify the wearing of uniform for photos.
  • Foundation and Yr 1 students: polo shirt, shorts. The students will be asked to remove jackets, rugby tops so please make sure these are named.
  • Yr 2 – yr 6 students: Uniform as written in the Uniform handbook. Preferably we would like all shirts to be long sleeved. There will be no ties, jumpers, jackets etc. worn in the photos.

The photographers are very good in balancing all photos, taking into account this final year of our transition with the uniform.

Reports:

All reports were sent home on Friday.

  • Teachers are more than willing to discuss the report with you, if you need clarification or wish to explore parts of the report. Please make an appointment directly with the teacher.
  • It is noted that there were some quite high absences during the first semester. Students were marked as absent if parents chose to keep students at home during the uncertainty of COVID prior to Easter. Once we had online learning students were marked as present if they were at school or logged in, in the morning class time. If you are concerned about the record of absences which are recorded please contact us.

 

 

 

 

Illness:

One of the clear directions we have received in regard to being COVID aware / safe is to stay home if feeling unwell. While we had great compliance with this last term, we are noticing that some students are coming to school with symptoms of runny nose / headache. If a student presents to the office or the classroom with such symptoms you will be asked to collect them.

 

Other school notes

Assembly – Classes sharing this week are 5/6H and FW.

Combined worship – this Friday 7 August led by Year 3/4M and Friday 14 August led by Joel Schiller.

School Photos – Save the date – Tuesday 11 August. More information can be found in the iNewsletter.

Date Night – Friday 28 August. Date night is for you to enjoy some ‘child-free’ time while your children are supervised by GGOSH staff. Children will be fed pizza, watch a movie and have a snack. The cost is $5 per family and payment can be made via the QKR! app. Please make sure that you fill out the form on Qkr! to include all children’s names and an emergency contact name and number for catering and staffing purposes. Please note, only children over 3 years of age and out of nappies can be catered for at GGOSH.  If your children are already in GGOSH after school, please speak to staff about giving your permission to sign them out of GGOSH and into Date Night. We will advise you of the movie when it has been decided.

Father’s Day Stall: Thursday 3 September – is held so that students can select a gift/s for their dad/important male figure for Father’s Day. Gifts are $5 each and parents can purchase a ticket for these items via the Qkr! App. Up to six gifts can be purchased by each student. Purchasing closes on 31 August at 5 pm.

Middle Of Term (MOT) breakfast: we welcome all our community to join us on Wednesday 26 August from 8-8.30 am. Our P & F will be providing muffins and there will be coffee available to purchase from café connect.

GGLC Playgroup returns on 12 August from 9.30-11 am. There is music, story, craft and playtime. The cost is $3 per child, $6 for two or more. Please bring your own snack. For more details, please email office@gglc.org.au

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Diary Dates

Week 4
Tuesday 11 August – School Photo’s
Friday 14 August – Connected Schools Worship at Endeavour College 10:00 am – Year 4-6

Week 5
National Science Week
Monday 17 August to Wednesday 19 August – Year 3/4 Camp to Mylor Adventure Camp
Thursday 20 August – Year 1/2 excursion to Monarto Zoo
Thursday 20 August – Year 2 sleepover at Monarto Zoo (returning to school Friday afternoon – 21 August)

Week 6
Tuesday 25 August – Book week dress-up day and parade
Wednesday 26 August – MOT Breakfast at 8:00-8:30 pm
Thursday 27 August – Book week read around

Week 7
Monday 31 August – P & F Meeting 7:00 pm in the Staff Admin Building
Wednesday 2 September – Year 3/4 Celebration of Learning
Friday 4 September – Pupil Free Day (Show day)

Week 8
Friday 11 September – Special Persons Afternoon at 1 pm

Week 9
Thursday 17 September – Endeavour College Year 10-12 Drama Evening

Week 10
Friday 25 September – Sports Day

 

Have a great week!

Yours in Christ,

Jacquie Paech, Angelisa Marino, James Salisbury and Melanie Arnold.

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