Learning Agenda: Week 3, Term 4

What is happening in 56C this week?

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This week, we will be continuing to look at ratios and reading maps in maths. This will build on what we learnt on Friday, which everyone was quite successful with!

In English, we will be looking at writing science reports and starting to wrap up our book clubs. This week we will be having reading groups on Friday and starting to look at them in a new way called Literature Circles. More about this on Friday!

On Tuesday morning, the grade 6’s will be acting as buddies to our new incoming preps for 2012. Each of the other grade 5/6 grades will be taking on this role in the coming weeks. Our grade 5s will be doing English with Mrs Blackmore in this time.

On Friday we are looking forward to Interschool Sports. This week is an away game, playing at Berwick Lodge. Good luck to all the teams.

Learning Agenda – Week 1, Term 4

Only one sleep to go until the start of term four! It is sure to be a busy, yet exciting, term, especially for our grade sixes who are set to graduate in eleven weeks time. Let’s have a look at what’s on the agenda for the coming week.

w1t4This week, we are going to be diving into our new inquiry topic based around science. We will be immersing ourselves in science over the coming fortnight before we choose our own areas of interest to study. In maths, we are going to be looking at angles and shapes. Our kicking goals sessions will be booted back up again from before production, along with our book groups. In English we are going to spend time investigating and reading science based texts to help with our inquiry study.

What’s the go in Week 4?

Week four already. Wow!

We are now well in to our inquiry projects and the production. As you can see, we are devoting quite a bit of time to these rich learning tasks this week. Tomorrow we are going to be looking at a new tool to help us with our production scripting, along with Maths and Book Club. Ms Baille is coming in to take us for a session on Tuesday, along with our regular ‘Kicking Goals’ program which everyone is getting a lot out of.

Don’t forget that this week is assembly week. See you in the PAC at 12:30 if you can make it.

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What’s up in Week 3?

Firstly, congratulations to all our students and families for the fantastic Student Led Conferences we had last Thursday. I was extremely impressed with the thought and effort each student had put into preparing their presentation and the way they were able to share and communicate their learning to their parents.

Unfortunately, there were some technical issues with the camera last week and our regular news vodcast is unavailable. Keep an eye out for it next week!

Good luck to our footballers Josh, Tai, Liam, Ivory, Luke, Lara and Caitlin who will be heading off to play football in the district final tomorrow. This week, our focus in homegroup maths will be on looking at data and averages, while in maths with 56D we will be looking at volume and capacity. On Wednesday, we are going to begin thinking about and writing scripts for our production at the end of term, while continuing to put together our research projects.

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Welcome back to Term 3!

Welcome back to the start of Term 3!

Hopefully you have all had a great rest and got to spend lots of time with your family and friends. Did you go away for the holidays or do anything else exciting? I spent a week of the holidays away up at the Murray River (which you can see in the photo below) and visited Sovereign Hill on the way home.

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This term is going to be a very exciting and there is lots planned! They include the Lightning Premiership this week, Athletics Day, Excursions and our Production in week 9! Here is our new timetable for this term, which includes our new specialist subjects Performing Arts and Visual Arts.

overviewThis week we will be beginning our inquiry project to do with the decades and starting our new class novel. On Monday afternoon, you will get a chance to select a new book club to be in for the term. Wednesday will be a big day with the Lightning Premiership down at Sweeney Reserve. We also have a catchup Interschool Sports match on Friday, against Berwick Primary at their school. You can check it all out on the timetable below.

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Timetable and Learning Agenda for Week 8

WOW – with camp the weeks just seem to have flown by. It’s been three weeks since we posted a timetable and while we have been flat out, that time seems to have just flown by. Apart from camp, some of the things we have been learning include:

  • Continuing to learn about persuasive writing techniques and language, including writing our crime unit persuasive arguments in Week 5
  • Learning in maths about reading and drawing maps and coordinates, which links with our current homework tasks
  • Revising number facts and operations in Maths, through games, Numero, Math Attack and Footy Maths
  • Revising recount writing this week, using our experiences from camp, and focusing on our writing OFIs (opportunities for improvement).
  • Learning about podcasting and vodcasting, and recording our first podcast of our writing to post to the blog (photos below)
  • Learning about audience for our writing and the impact it plays
  • Studying our chosen novel in our book club sessions
  • Cooking a delicious three course meal in kitchen this week (photos below)

Last week, not all the groups had their regular conferences. We started these on Wednesday but then I began conferencing individually with students about their writing and this turned out to be such a valuable time with each student that we made this the focus of our week instead. While we went through each student’s writing we looked at their strengths and weaknesses and talked about what they can do to improve their writing. As we were focused on our writing during the week and lost Monday, we forgot to stop and write in our Reflective Journals for the week. We will try and get these home early in the week.

This week in class we will be starting our new three week inquiry based on the topic of ‘Identity’. At the end of last year, students brainstormed a range of questions that they would like to know about the topic of identity and as teachers, we grouped these under seven broad headings. These were:

  • What does my future hold?
  • How smart am I?
  • What’s my history?
  • Why do I feel like this?
  • My Amazing Body
  • How am I different?
  • How do others see me?

We discussed these questions as a whole level on Thursday and students nominated a question that they would like to base their inquiry on for the coming three weeks. They will be working with a group of students and teacher from across 5/6 to explore their topic during inquiry sessions. I will be exploring the ‘What’s my history?’ question with a bunch of students.

In English this week we will be working on Literacy rotations with 56D including learning SRA and spelling activities to help with our reading comprehension. Working with 56D for these sessions will allow us to have two teachers and two integration aides working with our 45 students – that’s a pretty great ratio to have of adults to students, and should allow us to read personally with groups of students on a weekly basis.

Our maths focus for this week in applied maths is time. Some students are learning at the moment to read and record time on both analogue and digital clocks, while others are learning about 24 hour time, world time zones and reading timetables. Over the week I will post a range of online games and activities to help with learning about time. Our Number focus will be on the four operations, including using BODMAS to solve problems.

On top of all this work this week we will continue with our other regular activities which you can read here. Friday and Saturday are big days for our school as we are celebrating Berwick Fields’ 5th Birthday. You can read more about our frenzy celebrations here.

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Timetable and Learning Agenda for Week 4

In week four we will be continuing to explore our Crime inquiry unit. We will be using the evidence we uncovered last week and putting it together into a credible argument as to who we think the culprit is. This will also draw on the persuasive writing skills we have started to develop. The culprit will be revealed on Friday!

In Maths we are continuing our work on place value and Number, as well as starting to look at the area of Space. Space includes shapes, lines, angles and mapping. Our focus in English will continue to be persuasive writing, as well as beginning to develop deeper comprehension and questioning skills when reading.

You can read about our other regular, weekly focuses here.

Other events this week include the Student Leaders ‘Sailability’ excursion on Wednesday, and the ‘Getting Acquainted’ interviews, also Wednesday.

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Timetable and Learning Agenda for Week 3

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

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.

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