Here is our homework for Weeks 8 and 9 of Term 1, a special camp edition. You will notice many of the tasks have to do with your experiences on camp. The homework is the same format as last fortnights; you need to complete two tasks from each of the rows – tasks that will extend your learning. Don’t forget that reading is also a part of your homework that needs to be completed, and should be recorded in your diary.
Your homework is due back on Friday, 1st April. Our organisation tip for this week is to use your diary and pre plan when you will do each task during the fortnight, so you don’t have to rush at the last minute. When you finish your homework, why not score yourself on our marking rubric – it should be the same score I give you!
56C have been very good at completing our homework so far this year, which is fantastic to see. Don’t forget that if you don’t submit your homework on the due date, or have not completed all the required tasks, you will need to do these during our homework makeup session of Friday afternoons. This includes our weekly reading. If you are having trouble with any of the tasks or are finding them difficult to complete in the time frame, just come and ask for help before the due date and we can work out what to do. This is an important skill to learn as we prepare for secondary school, where there will be increased expectations and workload.
It has been a busy two weeks – but I hope that your children came home just as excited about camp as they were on the trip. They had an amazing time and really demonstrated how mature and responsible they can be, all while having fun!
It is amazing the difference that those extra two days make from the 3/4 experience. It gives you time to get into a real routine, forget about sleeping somewhere foreign and really mix with those around you. It was very weird to wake up on my own on Saturday morning, rather than having 144 children to tell me all about their day.
It was great to see everyone come back in buzzing about camp on Tuesday too, obviously rested on the long weekend. What most struck me though on Tuesday morning was the way different students were interacting with each other, thanks to the new bonds and friendships formed on camp. To me, that alone makes the camp experience all worth while. I feel I know all of the students a lot better, and I think they know each other better too. Especially those outside of our classroom, which is important as we all interact with each other this year across the 5/6 team. It also was a chance to see students in a different light. I can remember teaching many of our grade sixes back when they were in grade three, and boy have they changed! And that is an extremely positive thing.
Luckily the weather held out for us and we got to experience all the great activites Cave Hill Creek had to offer. It was great to be in the outdoors, away from the city. The setting is absolutely beautiful as you can see from the pictures below and the activities really lended themselves to using this environment. Students took risks and gave all the activities a go including canoeing, abseiling, bouldering wall, bike riding and the bush walk. Their confidence spurred us teachers on to try them all too… including the abseiling. I don’t know how the kids can be so laid back about climbing down the 10m wall backwards!
Keep an eye on our blog over the next week or two as we will be publishing a range of tasks we have completed about camp. You will find a video above that I have created; but over the week you will start to see the students’ creations. We have been learning about podcasting this week to enable us to do this. When we post our work, we would love you to comment on what is written, or ask some questions to find out more information. The students get very excited when they see that their parents, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles have read and commented on what they have published.
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.
This afternoon at our assembly we found out information all about our camp to Cave Hill Creek in two weeks, and what to do to get ready. The students will have brought home this afternoon two important notices about the camp.
The first red notice contains a wide range of information about the camp and includes a list of items to start organising to bring on camp. You can download a copy here.
The second yellow notice is the camp medical information form. This is the permission notice for camp and is where you write all the important information such as emergency contact numbers. You can download a copy of this form here.
If you have any questions about the camp, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Today a reminder notice went home regarding payments for our grade 5/6 camp to Cave Hill Creek in Beaufort. This camp is taking place from Monday, March 7 to Friday, March 11th (just five weeks away!).
We are looking forward to this fantastic experience which is linked strongly with our classroom learning. Thank you to those who have begun making payments or replied to the expression of interest form last year. It would be greatly appreciated if all final payments could be made by the 25th of February. If you are having any difficulties in making payments please do not hesitate to contact us at school or Sue Willoughby, the Business Manager, for assistance. The total cost is $270, which inclues accommodation, transport, all meals and activities.
If you have any queries at all, please don’t hesitate to ask! You may like to check out the Cave Hill Creek website to see the wonderful location.