Curriculum News Issue 24
SEQTA Engage setup
Last week you would have received an email to allow you to set up logins and passwords for SEQTA Engage. SEQTA Engage will be the only way to access your child’s/children’s report on Wednesday 11 December. If you haven’t already done so, your code from the email sent last week will now have expired. You will need to wait for a new code to be issued, which I will do early next week.
Our community Libraries are now up and fully functioning. A big thank you to Mr Seamons for putting them up! The conversations and excitement about the books have been so wonderful to hear and see. So many children have borrowed and swapped books already. Thank you also to the families who have brought books in.
Once again, we thank the Fuller Family for their generosity to make the boxes. Their family business, Kitchen Switch would be happy to hear from school families or friends who are interested in having any cabinetry work done. kitchenswitch.com.au Ph: (08) 9303 9800
Free Computer Equipment
The Tech Hub computer room is going to transformed into a classroom space for 2020 to teach STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths). Therefore, the computers that are in there now, will be recycled. If families are interested in taking monitors, keyboards or a mouse, you are welcome to come and collect them on Friday 6 December, from the Tech Hub.
Jordan Anthony DVD
After Jordan Anthony’s amazing visit to Francis Jordan, there were many parents who expressed their regret about not being able to see him sing and speak to our students. Well, there’s good news; Mr Seamons has received permission from Jordan to sell a DVD of the visit that was recorded. If you would like a copy of the DVD, please go to the office to pick up a DVD Order Form or contact Mr Seamons.
Maurice Seamons (FJCS Grounds)
Ph: 0417 416 391
Spotlight on Year Four Literacy Dedicated Time
During our Literacy Dedicated Time, Year Four have been working on the reading skill, Main Idea. The Main Idea is usually the first sentence of a paragraph or it can be the last sentence. The other sentences in a paragraph support the main idea. During our reading rotations, the children worked on various activities using this skill. The guided reading group worked with the teacher to locate the main idea of a text which was at their reading level. Another group worked on developing their fluency and expression by participating in Readers Theatre. Their scripts were based on content being covered in other learning areas. After practising their scripts, the children performed their Readers Theatre in front of the class. Other activities included, independently locating the main idea and supporting details of various Australian animals such as the dingo, koala and numbat.
The students have utilised this skill in their writing lessons, to write an information report on an Australian animal. They began by studying a text about the Tyrannosaurus Rex to learn about the structure of an information report. They completed a sequencing activity and placed facts about the Tyrannosaurus Rex under the correct headings. They distinguished between what information was factual and what was an opinion. A text is made up of informational words, which provide key information about the topic. A text is also made up of connector words, these do not provide information about the content of a sentence however, they are a necessary part.
The teachers modelled how to write an information report and together we constructed one about the Western Lowlands Gorilla. The information was written under the headings of classification, size and appearance, habitat and lifestyle and diet and eating habits. The students were then given a fact file which contained key words about elephants. Working with a partner, they used these key words to write sentences about the elephant, placing them under the correct headings. They then chose an Australian animal to research and individually completed a fact file by locating key information from various sources (books and internet). They began constructing their own information report making sure each paragraph contained a topic sentence (main idea), supporting sentences which contain facts about the topic in logical order and a concluding sentence. The students published their information reports using Word. They inserted images which reflected the content of each paragraph.
To culminate our work on Australian animals, we visited Perth Zoo last for our excursion.
The next step in the process will be to create a PowerPoint and present their information to the class. They are very excited to share what they have learned with their peers!
Mrs Rosina Rennie and Miss Lauren Franchina