Seesaw

Hi everyone,
I’ve decided to give Seesaw a go with the intention of using as an alternative to the blogs in the future. Through the app I can share information and photos, and so can the kids! What your child posts is only visible to you, and anything I post is only accessible to you and the family member you invite. Instructions about how to sign up is coming home with your child’s report.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Erin

No lunch orders

Hi families,

Just wanting to clarify that there cannot be lunch orders in week 9 because of swimming. The canteen cannot guarantee delivery in time.

Thanks,

Erin

Class updates and info

Hi everyone,

As you may have noticed, on the home learning sheet I have asked for donations of yarn. We will be using this to make tomboys in swimming week (wk 9), and some of our learning in week 10 will be based around what we make. Thanks to the families who have begun to bring in some wool for this!

Swimming is next week. There are still a few notes to come back to school.
We will be leaving school at 1.00pm, and returning at 3.10pm. Please help your child to be organised with bags and labelled items.

Here is some information about watching your child’s swimming lessons:

Watching their children at swimming lessons is highly valued by CLGPS parents and is a privilege that we would like to see continue in future years. A number of concerns have been raised by the staff at Westminster Pool related to the safety of students and visitors and to ensuring that students are able to have the best learning experience possible.  It is important for the learning and safety of students that

  • noise level is kept to a minimum (eg take phone calls/conversations outside)
  • students remain focused on their instructor
  • Toddlers are not brought into the pool area
  • The pool deck is kept clear and accessible for staff and students
    o   No prams
    o   Visitors sit back from pool deck areas where instructors are working with students
  • No photography in the pool area
  • If supporting younger students with getting changed, parents only help their own child. If adults help other students, adults must have a DCSI clearance and RAN training and chat to the class teacher about helping.

If you would like to come to watch your child swim, there is a sign up sheet outside of Room 15. Please add your name on the day you would like to attend

What’s The Buzz?

Lesson 4 was about being friendly:

Friendly face

  • a soft, relaxed face
  • smile
  • looking at the person’s eyes or face to show you’re interested

Friendly body

  • relaxed body
  • stand tall, shoulders back
  • arms by your side
  • stand about an arm’s length away

Friendly words

  • greetings: “hi”, “hello”, “hey there”
  • asking questions about the other person, and listening to the answer
  • offer a compliment

Lesson 5‘s focus was Competition, Winning and Losing:

Five facts about playing games:

  1. When you play games you will win, lose or draw
  2. Winning is exciting, it feels good
  3. Losing is disappointing, it does not feel good
  4. Angry or whining losers look bad and people don’t enjoy playing with them
  5. Play to have fun during the game, not just to win at the end

Whether you win or lose, to be a good sport you could:

  • thank the other team
  • congratulate others
  • say “good game”, “well played”
  • ask if they want to play again
  • compliment others

I’m looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday for LUTA! I hope you haven’t been waking up with the songs in your head like I have…

Erin

Friday Funday

We did things a bit differently today..

We made chatterboxes to practice spelling, found out what you can (and can’t) do in a minute for maths, and learnt about fractions with our buddies! Then, after lunch, the lucky year 2s had community time while the year 3s practiced for LUTA.

Happy Friday!

Swimming week 9

Hi everyone,

I hope you had a lovely long weekend!

Just to confirm that swimming will commence on Monday 25th June, week 9 (not July as stated on the consent form).

Thanks to the families that have brought back the consent and medical forms back. Please make this a priority if you haven’t already done so! Also, if your child requires medication please ensure that what we have at school has not expired.

Thanks!

Erin

Gawler Photos

Here are a few snaps from our Gawler excursion…

Thank you so much to the parents who came along! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Excursion packing

Hi everyone,

Here’s a list of what children must bring for tomorrow’s excursion:

  • recess (fruit will be eaten at recess time)
  • lunch
  • drink bottle (water)

Here are some optional things you might like to pack:

  • gum boots/spare shoes
  • warm jacket
  • beanie/hat
  • book for the bus

The bus leaves at 9.00am so please have your child at school before 8.50am to help the morning organisation to run smoothly.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Erin

What we’ve been up to!

Hi everyone,

I thought it’s about time I shared a few photos from the activities we’ve been doing!

Last week with our Buddies we read Hickory Dickory Dash, in preparation for National Simultaneous Story Time. Reading the book inspired us to make some clocks outside using a hoop and natural materials. We made a good start, but the rain stopped us from being able to finish which is a shame. Nevertheless, we had fun and managed to get some pics!

To prepare themselves to be Historians, the jaguars made Historian hats.
First we focused on being Questioners. We joined up with room 14 to explore some artifacts from the Mystery History box and used an app called Padlet to post some questions we had about the artifacts. Using question dice and a question matrix helped everyone to generate interesting questions that went beyond “what is it? and “what does it do?”.

We also had a guest speaker (a real historian!) come to talk about what he does, and to answer some questions that the children had about being a historian.

What’s the buzz?

So far in “What’s the buzz?” we have looked at:

Steps to greet people

  • smile
  • make eye contact
  • speak using a friendly voice

Accepting a greeting

  • look and smile
  • move closer
  • speak

Saying goodbye

  • say goodbye when you leave or plan to do something else
  • make it a friendly goodbye
  • handshakes/hugs/waves

You can help your child by:

  • talk about greeting people before it happens
  • giving reminders or a secret signal when they meet people or say goodbye
  • teach them how to handshake

Positive attention seeking behaviours

  • timing
  • smile
  • positive body language
  • offer to help
  • follow instructions of trusted adults

Demanding attention seeking behaviours

  • look angry
  • boss/threaten/tease others
  • interrupt
  • act silly
  • stand too close

It’s very easy for demanding behaviours to become habits.
You can help your child by:

  • talking about which behaviours they think they display generally, or as it’s happening (now that we’ve talked about the behaviours, you can pull them up on it!)
  • recognising and praising positive attention seeking behaviours
  • helping to rephrase demanding attention seeking requests, eg. “I want… “, “I need…”, “Why can’t I…”

 

Don’t forget, we have our excursion next week! It looks like the weather might not be on our side, so please make sure the wet weather gear still fits. I’ll be packing my wellies and rain coat.
Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to come along. Information about how the day will be run will be out to you next week.

Enjoy the weekend!

Erin

Specialist term overviews

Hi all,
Here are the term overviews from the specialist teachers.

Music
Term 2 is set aside for the performing arts area of Dance. With the commitment of Lighting Up the Arts in Week 8 this term, the focus will be on Choreography.
They will learn how choreography enhances a choral performance and will explore choreographic techniques  and learn a range of movement routines. They will work collaboratively to rehearse these and then perform for an audience demonstrating their technical and expressive skills.
They will learn how their bodies can move in a variety of ways using space, energy, direction, shapes and pathways to create and perform dances.
They will talk about why and how people dance and will learn dances from a range of cultures, times and places.

Japanese
Days of the week, time, greetings

PE
In PE this term students will be focusing on the fundamental movements needed to perfect their skills in athletics disciplines of long jump, discus, shot put, high jump and sprints. Students born in 2008. 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004 will then participate in the athletics trials later in the term. Successful students will attend the SAPSASA District Athletics day early in term 3. All students will continue to focus of developing fair play strategies through invasion games.

Art
Drawing cartoons – looking at how expressions are used to show feelings
3d sculpture using everyday items
See, think, wonder – looking at famous artworks and interpreting them