Learning Agenda: Week 3, Term 4

What is happening in 56C this week?

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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.

What’s the go in Week 4?

Week four already. Wow!

We are now well in to our inquiry projects and the production. As you can see, we are devoting quite a bit of time to these rich learning tasks this week. Tomorrow we are going to be looking at a new tool to help us with our production scripting, along with Maths and Book Club. Ms Baille is coming in to take us for a session on Tuesday, along with our regular ‘Kicking Goals’ program which everyone is getting a lot out of.

Don’t forget that this week is assembly week. See you in the PAC at 12:30 if you can make it.

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What’s up in Week 3?

Firstly, congratulations to all our students and families for the fantastic Student Led Conferences we had last Thursday. I was extremely impressed with the thought and effort each student had put into preparing their presentation and the way they were able to share and communicate their learning to their parents.

Unfortunately, there were some technical issues with the camera last week and our regular news vodcast is unavailable. Keep an eye out for it next week!

Good luck to our footballers Josh, Tai, Liam, Ivory, Luke, Lara and Caitlin who will be heading off to play football in the district final tomorrow. This week, our focus in homegroup maths will be on looking at data and averages, while in maths with 56D we will be looking at volume and capacity. On Wednesday, we are going to begin thinking about and writing scripts for our production at the end of term, while continuing to put together our research projects.

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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.

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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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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?