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.

Learning Agenda: Week 3, Term 2

w3Week three is going to be a big week, especially for the grade fives who will be sitting the NAPLAN assessments this week. Some of the other things we will be doing this week include;

  • Exploring the ideas of chance and probability in Maths, including the likelihood of events happening and the ways we can record this data mathematically;
  • Continuing to learn about factors and multiplication in maths;
  • Reading more of Hatchet;
  • Learning about ‘infering’ meaning when reading, and completing some activities to help us develop these skills;
  • Examining ‘Sizzling Starts’ in writing, and practising writing our own sizzlers for narrative writing;
  • Continuing with our reading groups where we are learning about ANZAC Day, Gallipoli and the British Monarchy, while practising our reading comprehension and questioning skills;
  • Finishing our first book club on Monday;
  • For grade sixes, developing our Public Speaking skills through a special public speaking course that will run while the grade fives are doing their NAPLANs;
  • Playing our first Interschool Sports match against Berwick Primary School;
  • Wrapping up our term one ‘Identity’ inquiry topics and sharing our findings with the rest of the people in our groups;
  • Beginning our assessments for mid year reports and to help us identify what we need to focus on later in the year.

Don’t forget that tomorrow night (Monday) Kambrya will be having their open night from 6:30 – 7:30pm. If you will be attending Kambrya next year or in 2013, or are unsure of which school you will be going to, it would be great to pop along and see what the Secondary School is like. I will be heading along to check it out too.

Learning Agenda: Week 2, Term 2

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Here’s a quick summary of some of the things we will be up to in Week 2!

  • In our reading groups we will be learning about ANZAC Day, Gallipoli and the British Monarchy, while practising our reading comprehension and questioning skills.
  • In writing, we will be continuing to look at forming persuasive arguments, to help with our Moderated Writing (Thursday) and the NAPLAN for grade 5s (next Tuesday)
  • In Maths we will be looking at subtraction (Tuesday) and BODMAS and powers (Wednesday). On Thursday we will be in our maths groups.
  • On Wednesday, half the grade will be heading off to the KEA Netball Cup in Berwick. Those of us remaining will be looking at completing practise NAPLAN assessments for reading and writing.
  • As well as all our regulars including book clubs, specialists, inquiry and sports practise. What a busy week!

Timetable and Learning Agenda for Weeks 9 and 10

The end of term has crept right up and there is now only five days to go until the holidays. We had a busy week nine, which included:

  • Working in our targeted maths Number groups with Mrs Leslie, Mr Campbell and myself focusing on decimal numbers, BODMAS, four operations and problem solving tasks.
  • Delving deeper into our inquiry group topics, exploring the concept of identity.
  • Cooking some delicious chop suey in Kitchen.
  • Looking at writing news articles in English, including collecting facts and quotes to back up our writing and make it more believable.
  • Continuing literacy groups with 56D, where we learnt about the current crisis in Japan thanks to these two BTN stories (Japan Kids, Nuclear Power); did guided reading with Mrs Hansen and Miss Brown, revised SRA (a reading comprehension and vocabulary program) with Miss Young and Mr Mills and reflected on the Fields Frenzy.
  • Learning to write more in depth blog comments and create our own blog posts in ICT (albeit with a few technical hiccups!)
  • Beginning to post our camp recounts and vodcasts to the blog (as above, we had a few technical glitches but some are already available, including Tai’s and Amber’s).
  • Finding out about binary numbers thanks to Zenia, Kelly and Malinthi
  • And along with all our regular programs, having our school photos taken.

There are a few of us looking forward to birthdays this week and in the holidays (myself included), but what do we have to look forward to before we reach Friday?

  • The grade 5/6 teachers will be having their term two planning day tomorrow (Monday) so we will be spending the day with Mrs Simpson, exploring art (which is lucky since we don’t have it as a specialist til term two!)
  • On Tuesday we will be back in our inquiry groups delving deeper into our topics.
  • We will have a special double book club session this week on Tuesday since our regular specialist programs are not running. In the Stormbreaker group, we will be writing a ‘Reading to Learn’ piece.
  • On Wednesday, the Grade 6 students will be having a special presentation by some wheelchair basketball athletes. They will get the chance to play a game of wheelchair basketball as well!
  • We will be continuing our writing of news articles, learning to include the quotes we have collected into the text; and the correct punctuation to use with quotes.
  • Our reading comprehension will be a focus in reading groups this week, especially locating and organising information.
  • We will be helping our prep buddies on Thursday to work on a special project.
  • On Friday is our annual Easter bonnet parade.

What a big week ahead! I am sure by Friday we will all be ready for the holidays.

What are you most looking forward to about the holidays?

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