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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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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What does my future hold?