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Yr 3 – 6 – Learn to play Chess – every Thursday lunchtime Yesterday chess experts Grant and Izzie visited St Bernadette’s at lunchtime and demonstrated some winning chess moves. They gave us some instructions sheets which were useful in allowing us to improve our thinking skills. We now have a group of approx 30 keen chess players, which is fantastic. How’s your Chess game?
Yr 1 – Art How can I create a face using paper skills? Year 1 students have been exploring the topic of portraits and the different ways that they can create them. This current project is focusing on the use of paper and paper skills, including cutting, fringing, bending, layering, folding and curling. Perhaps children might share these skills with those at home.
Yr 4 – How can we describe the properties of shapes and objects? Today the Year 4 students worked in collaborative groups where they needed to describe ‘Which one doesn’t belong?’.  Using a group of pictures of different shapes students needed to justify/explain why a shape did not belong to the group. Learning at Home link: Ask your child to explain the task and get him/her to describe some of the properties of shapes and objects in your house.
Yr 3 – Writing: Narratives This morning, the Year 3 students began to unpack the structure of a narrative by inquiring into the learning intention ‘How can I plan a narrative?’ Students used ‘storybook grammar’ and the story ‘The Paper Bag Princess’ to identify the sequence of a narrative. Learning at home link: You might like to ask your child about what ‘storybook grammar’ is, and identify the structure of your favourite picture storybook at home, using the ‘storybook grammar’ icons.
Yr 5 & 6 – How can we make connections between real life events and our Inquiry? Year 5 and 6 have been inquiring into how we decide. How do we decide on our school leaders and who decides our nation leaders? Our final inquiry is about how we use preferential voting to decide on which political party had the best election campaign. We had a special guest from the Victorian Electoral Commission come in and educate us further about our Australian democracy and preferential voting. Ask your child what they know about Government and voting!
Yr 5 & 6 STEM Education Today a group of 8 year 5/6 students went to a STEM workshop in the city facilitated by an education company named AKORN. Stem stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM Education is an inquiry approach to learning, something we are already doing at our school. The only difference is that it focuses on integrating the 4 above learning areas. During this workshop, students were asked to complete 2 challenges. The first was to work collaboratively to use design and mathematics skills to create a shelter that took into consideration people with disabilities. The next task was to use materials to create an assistive device/product for a persons with disabilities. Students were critical and creative thinkers, collaborators and problem solvers. On the 23rd of May, AKORN will come to the school and run a whole day STEM workshop with all the students in year 5/6, with the students who attended todays’s workshop, helping to lead the learning.  There will be another workshop later in the year. These workshops will have a focus around developing design solutions to meet community needs. At the end of the year, a team of 6 students will have the opportunity to showcase their designs and projects at a STEM Mad showcase to other students from different  schools at the Catholic Leadership Centre. At home: have a chat about a problem or need at home that you can’t resign and create a solution for. What are some of your ideas for this? Can you work collaboratively as a family to design and create a protocol for a solution tour your problem?
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