Palm Sunday begins Holy Week and falls on the 6th Sunday of Lent. Holy Week ends with Easter Sunday. It celebrates Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of Passover. Great crowds of people lined the streets waving palm branches to welcome him. The people were very excited. They spread branches on the road – and even laid down their clothes. They shouted ‘Hosanna!’ which means ‘Save us’.
The next day in Holy Week is Holy Thursday. Holy Thursday, is the beginning of the three day celebration of Easter. This period is called the ‘Triduum’ in which we celebrate and remember the last supper, the crucifixion and the Resurrection to new life. It is the most important time in the Church’s Year.
This week we have been working together with the other classes in Yr 1 and 2 to prepare our liturgy about Palm Sunday. As part of our preparation we have been hearing about how Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and how crowds of people gathered to welcome him. We have also been learning the song ‘Here I am to Worship’, which we will singing as part of our liturgy.
As our liturgy closes we are asking two questions:
How would we welcome Jesus if he arrived here today?
This week we have been working hard to get our Assembly and Yr 2 Mass ready.
We have been working on these to present at our Assembly on Friday. We have discovered that presenting our information can be tricky when working in a group. Although our presentations are all different we have all learnt;
how to identify the main parts of a story
how to do a sequenced retell
that we all have a choice to help others and be more like the Samaritan
what makes a good friend
how important it is to have a script before recording
what good group learning can look, sound and feel like
it’s okay to make mistakes it is all part of being a good learner
we can use apps many different ways
We really enjoyed making these, even when we had some false starts!
Two weeks ago we began the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent and is marked by the receiving of Ashes. We also noticed that the prayer table cloth has changed from green to purple, purple means it is a time of preparation. As Lent began we discussed different ways we can get our hearts and minds ready for the special feast of Easter. As a class we brainstormed different things we could do for others and wrote Lenten Promises that will be kept on the prayer table as a reminder.
One way that we have been getting ready for Easter is by focussing on a story that Jesus told called the Good Samaritan. We have learnt that a parable is a story that Jesus told to people to explain how God wants us to live.
We watched a short clip that tells the story in another way.
We have retold the story using ‘Show Me’ and are learning about ways that we can be a good neighbour.
This week was our first week at school for 2015 and we are pirates! Arrrgh! We had a great week learning all about each other and setting up our classroom. We have already been successful at lining up in a ‘4S’ line: Straight, Silent, Still and Smiling. As a class we have been talking about and practicing being organised for learning especially in the morning. Some of the things that I asked the class this week was;
-What are you looking forward to this year?
– What do you need help with in learning?
– What would you like to learn this year?
We would love to know some of your answers to these questions.
We have spent lots of time learning about the events of Holy Week. Holy Week is a special time in our Church when we remember that Jesus died on the cross and rose again for us. We used ‘Show Me’ as a tool to share our learning.
Welcome to the 2014 school year! This year is shaping up to be jam packed with fun, exciting and challenging learning. We began the year by thinking about our goals for the year. We looked at how a ‘goal’ is something that we want to achieve and then we talked about the little steps or things we could do to achieve our goals. Have you thought about a learning goal for this year? Let’s challenge each other as we become Super Students. Share your learning goal for this year and the steps you can take to reach your goal.
Term 4 has begun! We have been very busy this week. Our Inquiry unit this term is looking at our community. A community can be a group of people who live in an area and share interests, government and facilities like the police station, sports ovals and shops. We will be investigating the people and places that make up our community. We started by drawing our own ideas of community. (You can find them on the photos page soon) Click on the link below to add your understandings of ‘Community’ already.
Over the last few weeks we have been looking at ‘Groups of….’ We have discussed other names for ‘Groups of’ including multiplication and ‘times tables’. As a class we are not going to be using the words ‘times tables’ to make sure we don’t get confused with telling the time. So what have we learnt….. 4 groups of 3 can also be written as a repeated addition; 3 + 3 + 3 + 3. To write it in another we can say 4 x 3.
1) draw it
2) write the repeated addition
3) write the ‘groups of’ number sentence with the answer
Here is a challenge…..What is 9 groups of 6?
How many other ‘groups of’ number sentences do you already know?
One of the strategies that we are using in our reading is Colourful Semantics. We have been making word posters about each heading. This week we are working on the ‘Where’. First we talked about some of the ‘Where’ words that we knew. Then we went through our Big book and found the ‘Who’, ‘What doing’, ‘When’ and today we included the ‘Where’. What are some the ‘Where’ words in the books you have read this week?