Newsletter 23 2023
Student of the Week
Foundation/1/2 Class Report
In the last two weeks the class have been participating in both Science and Reading activities to celebrate their special weeks.
Mrs. Armstrong organised the Science activities which were both fun and a great learning activity.
Yesterday the whole school focused on Reading. The students looked great in their costumes. Many thanks to the families for your help. After the visits the whole school participated in reading activities.
One of the many highlights of these two special days was seeing students of all year levels working and teaching each other plus having fun.
Our unit 'Stories' is drawing to a close and fitting in well with our Reading Week focuses. The students have been looking at New Testament stories about Jesus.
The students have continued to focus on No Nonsense Phonetics both revising plus mastering new sounds.
In reading the focus has been on comprehension, using part of the question to answer questions in a sentence.
This week we are focusing on Çhance' plus revising our Term's topics. The Grade One and Two students are getting great at recalling their five times tables.
Over the last four weeks Jane Stanley has been spending some afternoons in the Junior Class. We have enjoyed having her teach some lessons and being with us.
Congratulations and thank you Jane on your work and I look forward to hearing of your future teaching progress. Anne Anderson
Grade 3/4 Class Report
Last week was exciting due to it being Science Week. Last week we had three rotational activities based on scientific concepts including chemical reactions, engineering and futuristic science in 3D printing. Students had a lot of fun and it was wonderful to see the collaboration between older and younger students during these rotations. We finished off the day with a ‘What type of scientist does…’ quiz as a whole school. More photos can be found on Dojo.
Happy Book Week everyone!
This week has certainly been exciting with the commencement of Book Week. We have had visiting guests on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday so far this week to come and read to the students. This has been a great opportunity for students to listen to why people outside of our school like to read, what types of books they personally read and listen to some wonderful literature. In class, we have looked at different authors that inspire us and created a little flipbook based on their lives and authored books. Students are looking CBCA picture story book ‘Our Dreaming’ and completing activities based on these themes. Students are also creating their own bookmarks for Book Week and have a mindful colouring page based on this year’s theme.
In Literacy we have also begun to implement our No Nonsense phonics and Structured Literacy activities more frequently in our lessons. We are revising many phonics daily with a focus this week on the v and ve phonemes and graphemes. Students are working on their handwriting daily in class, with a focus on correct letter formation and joining, and it has filtered into their everyday work more frequently. We are impressed with some of the handwriting that we are seeing. In our writing we are looking at Book Week related short writing pieces based on books and our author flipbook. Later in this week and into next week we will be focusing on information texts.
In Maths we have commenced a new unit on shape. Students completed a pre assessment on Monday in class and are looking at their understanding of 2D and 3D shapes. We have revised our understanding of types of lines (vertical, horizontal and oblique) and the properties of 2D and 3D shapes (vertices, faces, edges, sides, corners).
In Religion we are completing an assignment where students have to create a pamphlet based on their understanding of who Mary was. Students are also working on a modern portrait of Mary to include in this assignment using mediums such as silhouettes, pastels, natural materials or ripped paper.
If reading, spelling word practice and multiplication tables practice could be completed most nights, it would be a benefit.
Grade 5/6 Class Report
We have had a busy calendar over the past few weeks with students displaying commendable
behaviour during all events. Year 4, 5 and 6 students had an overnight camp at Echuca staying at
Billabong Ranch followed by an early start for a badminton tournament in Shepparton. Whilst at the
ranch students completed a commando obstacle course, pedal boats, bungee trampolines and mini
golf. A lovely shared meal was held in the communal dining room followed by a fire twirling display
and toasting marshmallows on the campfire. Our students played some great games of badminton
with the competition proving quite strong, however one of our teams came home in second place
with a medal to show for their efforts. On Wednesday our school celebrated Book Week with
creative costumes, a parade and story reading to the kinder children and nursing home residents.
Well done to everyone for representing our school so well in the wider Charlton community.
Students had a successful day in the kitchen showing off their pizza making skills on Friday the 11 th of
August. We were very impressed with the behaviour displayed by everyone during this activity, and
even more impressed with the final product of our procedural writing. The pizzas looked delicious!
Students have recently completed their own procedural text, demonstrating their understanding of
the purpose and structure of this text type as well as using appropriate vocabulary. Students have
shared both of these pieces of work on Seesaw. As a part of Book Week, students will be creating a
shared piece of writing based on our class text of “Bev and Kev” with plans to illustrate and bind
their work to produce a book for the Foundation, Year 1 and Year Two students. We have been
completing play practice daily and it has been great to see students feeling more comfortable in
their roles and taking on the part of their character, keep up the good work!
Last week we concluded our topic on angles; which focused on identifying and classifying angles
(right, acute, reflex, obtuse, revolution, straight), estimating angles and using a protractor to
measure and construct angles. Students were engaged with this area of learning and showed growth
in their understanding and skills at the conclusion of this lesson sequence. This week we have begun
a new topic focusing on money and financial mathematics, with our introductory lesson examining
why we use money, our own Australian currency and making historical links to Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples’ history of trade. As we progress through our lessons we will explore creating
simple financial plans and calculating percentage discounts.
Students have weekly spelling to learn and a reader for nightly practice. The HOMEWORK HOUND
online homework will continue to be available for any students who wish to use this at home. This
week I have provided a homework sheet for students, which is due back on Friday. Please prioritise
reading, spelling, tables practice and homework sheet, in that order, completing what you are able
Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging. We thank them for sharing their cultures, spiritualities and ways of living with the land, in this place we all now call home.