Start of the Year Learning

Stage 5

Religious Education


Welcome to another year and the next chapter in your learning journey. As one year closes and a new one opens, it is important that we take time to pause with God; to reflect on where we have been in order to have a sense of where we are going. As our loving and loyal companion on the journey, we pause to invite God into our heart so that we can share our joys, our worries and our wonderings with Him for the year ahead.

Loving Father, I gather in Your presence.
I invite stillness into my heart.
May I breathe in Your peace and breathe out all stress and worry.
Holy Spirit, speak to me through this time in prayer so that the ear of my heart may understand God’s will.

View the following video below then read the following:

Sam Clear took the risk and placed all his trust in God. This happened after he spent time pausing, reflecting and listening for God’s whispers. By doing so, he placed himself in the passenger seat and allowed God to do the ‘driving’. By trusting God, his journey went from strength to strength.

Read the following reflection questions and select an activity at the end to assist you in processing your reflections:

Cherish and Challenge Questions for reflection:


What am I most thankful for from 2021?

What am I most thankful for as I begin the new year of 2022?

Which person or relationship am I most thankful for? Why?

What am I excited about this year?


What am I worried or nervous about?

Which person or relationship needs healing in my life? What can I do to bring healing?

What will help my faith and spiritual life grow this year? What can I do to know Jesus more deeply?

What are three questions that I would like Jesus to answer for me?


  1. Create a journal entry titled ‘The start of the adventure of 2022’. Using the questions above as a guide, journal your thoughts as you wander through the questions. You may wish to include images or symbols as part of your journal. Commence the first line of your journal as ‘Dear God……..’

  1. Use the instruction sheet below to create a micrography of your thoughts and reflections. Based on one or more of the questions, which phrase or word resonates in your heart and mind. Use this phrase or word to create your micrography.

  1. Using a drawing app on an iPad, tablet or laptop, draw a plane bracelet. Then draw a bead or bracelet charm to represent your answer/reflection to each question. Your bracelet should have eight beads/charms by the completion of the drawing.

Steps for Reflective Micrography.pdf


Learning Intention

We are learning to define perspective and understand how it is used to shape meaning in a text.

Success Criteria

I will know I am successful when I:

  • can define perspective.

  • can explain how the forms and features of a text are used to present perspective by applying the Frayer Model.

  • can answer questions using examples from the text.

Aligned to English outcomes

EN4-5C Thinks imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically about information, ideas and arguments to respond to and compose texts.

You will need


Google Doc




Access and view the Google Slide and complete all activities on the Google Doc.

Questions to support my thinking

Activity too hard?

  • If you find this a challenge, watch the video on PERSPECTIVE from the NESA website

Activity too easy?

  • If you find this interesting, look at this website and think about how these images challenge perspectives.



Learning Intention

To understand how to solve simultaneous equations.

Success Criteria

I will know I am successful when I:

  • can solve simultaneous equations in a pictorial form.

  • can solve simple simultaneous equations that are algebraic.

Aligned to Mathematics outcomes

Solves linear and simple quadratic equations, linear inequalities and linear simultaneous equations, using analytical and graphical techniques. MA5.2‑8NA

You will need





These 'facebook' type problems lead into a mathematical concept called simultaneous equation.

Your task is to, while solving the pictorial models, develop a method that will work for more complicated, algebraic tasks.

See the Lesson Activity in the Resources section below.

Questions to support my thinking

Activity too hard?

  • When figuring out the question below, work out what is different on either side of the equal sign.

# # # + $ $ $ = 15

# # + $ $ $ = 9

  • In what ways are these two questions the same?

@ @ @ + & & = 20 ----- 3x + 2y = 20

@ @ + & & = 18. ----- 2x + 2y = 18

What is @ worth

What does x = ?

Activity too easy?

  • What if the coefficients are different? Is there a way to solve

2x + y = 12 and x + 2y = 10. ?

  • Could you make the coefficients the same?


Brain Break(er)

This week's brain break tasks have been designed in response to the upcoming 'Un Climate Change Conference' to be held in Glasgow. You will be challenged to take small steps to measure the impact we, collectively, have on our environment.

Week 5 - S3-5 - Term 4 Brain Breaks