This week in the 5/6 Unit we will be starting our first Inquiry Unit on ‘Identity and Crime’. We will be using a crime scene to explore concepts surrounding identity including who we are and how we are identified. Through our inquiry lessons, students will be developing their reading and writing skills, more specifically locating information and creating arguments using evidence sourced from a variety of locations. We will also be exploring maths and science skills.
In Maths, students are working in ability groups to develop their understanding of place value when working with numbers. At the end of grade six, students should be able to:
- comprehend the size and order of small numbers (to thousandths) and large numbers (to millions).
- model integers (positive and negative whole numbers and zero), common fractions and decimals.
- place integers, decimals and common fractions on a number line. (from VELS, Mathematics, Level 4)
This is a jump from recognising and working with numbers from tens of thousands to hundredths at the end of grade four.
Our current English focus is on persuasive writing. Students will be using their work in the identity topic to help learn about persuasive writing, by forumulating an argument based on evidence to argue who committed the crime in our topic.
As well as these topics this week, we also have our regular staples. These include
- Book Group; where students are spending the term looking at one of five texts on a deeper level. The texts students chose from this term include Unreal!, Stormbreaker, Charlotte’s Web, Hating Alison Ashley and The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe.
- Footy Maths and MathAttack; Our weekly maths challenge in class and with 56D, to help develop and practise our mental maths skills. Look out for some online games to help with these.
We are quickly flying through term one, and there is now only three weeks until camp! Have you paid yet? Also don’t forget to book your time for a ‘Getting Acquainted’ Interview on Wednesday, 23 February.