Maths: Subtraction Unit

Over the next few weeks we will be revising, exploring and extending our thinking around efficient & different strategies to solve problems involving SUBTRACTION.  Having automatic recall of facts under twenty will be very helpful in this work.  It would be great for your child to be practising their recall of subtraction facts.


We will also be ensuring that we understand how to apply strategies we used to solve addition to subtraction – we will need to carefully rethink a few of these.  A favourite will be using empty or open number lines to use the jump strategy.  This is a great way to demonstrate how to think flexibly about numbers.  It is also a great way to encourage mental calculations.

Leadership Homework

Students are bringing home a Leadership Homework sheet.  The discussion generated at home, to complete the tasks will support our Inquiry sessions in Week 7.  The sheet, being sent home, states that there is a minimum of three questions to be answered.   Responses need to be detailed, thoughtful and descriptive.

Completed work needs to be returned by Monday the 29th of May and students need to be ready to share their homework with classmates during the week.

We look forward to seeing what the students produce.



Who runs our world? The Common Good

As we begin our second inquiry area, we explored the call to all Catholics to participate in the Common Good.  This is one of the pillars of Catholic Social Teaching (which we also had to find out about).

The Common Good focuses on family, community and participation and forms the foundation of our new inquiry into understanding the role of the government & democracy (broadly and then very locally).

On Friday we started a discussion about the RULES, LAWS and CUSTOMS that are part of our daily living.  We firstly defined each.  For example:

Custom: A tradition that people follow in a particular society. For example: Giving Easter eggs.

We then brainstormed examples under the three terms.  We had a few questions about if something was a rule or actually a law.  How could we find out?  How many laws are there in Australia? I wonder if anyone can answer those questions or give us some advice about how we might find our for ourselves?

You may like to further this discussion at home.

Can you create a column chart listing rules, laws and customs that you follow in your daily living? Rules, laws, customs

I’d loved to see the list you generate with the help of mum or dad…