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.


Holidays… time to relax!

After a long term two, I think everyone is now looking forward to a relaxing two weeks holidays! Make sure you take the time to rest and enjoy lots of time with your family and friends. Before you do rest though, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to book a time for a Student Led Conference next term.

If you are still looking for something to do, you may like to play the game below. See if you can figure out the aim and objective on your own. I have only linked to it, rather than embedding, because the sound is very irritating if you don’t want to play!


If you’d like to leave a message for someone in the class, you may like to post them a comment on our Ultranet messageboard (Collaborative Learning; 56C). See you in two weeks!

Back to School!

It’s almost time for the start of Term Two… only three sleeps to go! I hope that you have had a great holidays and an enjoyable Easter. Hopefully you aren’t suffering from a stomach ache like me after eating too much chocolate today.

What have you been up to during the holidays? Perhaps you could share with us below! I have enjoyed spending lots of time with my family and friends over the break. I spent the first week of the holidays helping out with a theatre production of Alice in Wonderland, which starred our very own Sarah and Caitlin. They did a fantastic job dancing throughout the show. Later in the year I will be directing a show, which I haven’t done for a few years now.

This week I have spent some time relaxing and working on what we will be doing this term. On Tuesday I met with the other 5/6 teachers to discuss some of the exciting things we have planned for this term. I have also been travelling around our state, from Point Nepean in the south to Boort in the north. I have enjoyed catching up on lots of reading over the week, including our new class novel Hatchet, which we will have a look at on Wednesday. I also saw the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules’ movie at the cinemas on Thursday.


What a funny movie! I haven’t read the Wimpy Kid books before, but I think I will now. Have you seen the movie? Did you enjoy it? Maybe you saw another movie this holidays? Why not share what you thought of the movie below.

Unfortunately, I have to go and hide now as like most Port Adelaide supporters we are a bit ashamed at seeing our team lose to Gold Coast yesterday, but I shall see you on Wednesday morning, ready for Kitchen at 9am!

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?