Learning Agenda: Week 3, Term 4

What is happening in 56C this week?


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.

Production – WOW!

After many, many weeks of hard work our grade 5/6 production is finally over!

Last week the students performed in three fantastic shows, and the feedback from the audience has been absolutely outstanding. I was so impressed that each and every member of our class got up on stage and performed every night, and were so confident when doing so. I was so proud to see the smiles on everyone’s faces and the enjoyment they got from performing. Check out some of the photos in this video.

It is important to note that the production was written and run by the students. It was the students who researched the history as a basis for the acts. It was the students who wrote the scripts. It was the students who rehearsed. It was the students who operated the sound and lighting equipment. The production provided so many authentic and valuable learning opportunities for the students and they have all taken a lot away from the experience.

Below is a copy of a matrix we filled in as a class, highlighting just some of the learning that occurred while putting together the production. You would have to agree that this is a lot of learning all rolled in to one experience.

matrixDo you have any feedback for us about the production? Did you enjoy it? Why not leave us a comment!

Global Children’s Challenge


Last Thursday, our class began participating in the Global Children’s Challenge (GCC). The GCC is a worldwide event where students from around the globe are encouraged to become more fit and physically active as a part of their everyday lifestyle.

Every student has been issued with a pedometer and over the next 50 days we will be recording the number of steps we have taken as a class and entering them in to the GCC website. Throughout the challenge, we will be virtually visiting and learning about different countries around the world. Our progress can be tracked using our special 56C login to the GCC website, and we will be recording our steps in a Google Doc. As well as learning about history and geography, we will be revising a lot of maths as we use our totals to revisit place value, four operations, fractions and averages.

If you would like more information you can check out the GCC website, or download the information notice here.

Footy Day – This Friday

This Friday (23rd September) is our annual AFL Footy Day. Wear the colours of your favourite footy team and bring a gold coin donation to support the Fight Cancer Foundation.

At 11:30, we will be holding our regular football parade, followed by the Grade 6 vs Teachers Annual Football match. I wonder if the students will finally be able to win a game this year? After that, there will be a free sausage sizzle for all students.

Who do you think will win this year’s footy match?