Thursday, 3 December 2015

Level 4 Term 4 Week 9

CONNECT WITH YEAR 5/6

Learning and Teaching
 

In Year 5/6 We Are Learning To....

READING: Knowing how words work. Our reading strategy is understanding how words are used in text to give meaning to texts. Our skills we will be working on are as follows: Using knowledge of words to help me read and make meaning. Use clues in the text to help me guess what a word means. Interpret figurative language to understand the text.

WRITING: We are writing transactional pieces of writing to friends and family. We will write holiday cards, postcards and holiday letters. Students will draft and practice adding in questions into their writing to gain information from the recipient of their writing.

MATHS: Our work on location and transformation and angles will continue for the next 2 weeks. Our focus will continue into mapping and how to interpret a range of different maps, looking at scale, dimension and size. We will also look at how we reference a grid such as G1 or A3.


UNIT OF STUDY: Celebrations around us.
We are investigating the celebrations in the world around us. We will be looking at a range of different cultures, their backgrounds and what they celebrate. This will lead us into Christmas and how people in our community celebrate the holidays.


 
E-Learning: We are using a range of publishing tools to develop transactional writing pieces, such as cards, invitations and other texts. We are looking at investigating other programs other than publisher to create our pieces.

Calendar Dates 
  • 4/12     Carols Night
  • 11/12   Whole School Sports Day
  • 15/12   Year 6 Graduation
  • 17/12   Year 6 Big day out.
  • 18/12   Last Day of School for 2015! Early finish


 Making News 

Our school sports day is approaching and will be a fun filled day. Please make sure you wear your house colours and get mum and dad to come along and support you as well.

Christmas Carols: We hope to see as many families as possible come along and see the hard work the students have been putting into their Christmas songs. The students are very excited to perform on the night.


Student awards
Anna Begkli 5/6S for her new job of an underwater ocean cleaner.
Cooper Williamson for his Bring on the Bling, Why oh Why 2025 new job.
Caleb Bonsall for his ability to use the 7 characteristics of curiosity. 
Josh Aylen for taking risks and keeping an open mind to change with thinking.


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Level 4 Term 4 Week 7

CONNECT WITH YEAR 5/6

Learning and Teaching
 

In Year 5/6 We Are Learning To....

READING: Make predictions and inferences about the texts we read. We will learn how to use our prior knowledge to make inferences and record our thinking in a double entry diary. We will use text clues that show us what the author wants us to know and combine this with our own knowledge to read between the lines and infer meaning.

WRITING: We are continuing to work on procedural texts. We are exploring and comparing the different types and purposes of various procedures for example, action plans, directions, rules for games, instructions, agendas, recipes and manuals.




MATHS:  We will move on to investigate Location and Transformations/Angles to finish our year of maths. Students will use the grid reference system to describe locations. They will describe routes using landmarks and directional language. We will also explore translations, reflections and rotations of two-dimensional shapes.
 
 
UNIT OF STUDY: Why oh Why?
This week marks the celebration of our curiosity unit where students are presenting and sharing their wonderful projects 'Why oh Why in 2025?'
Students enjoyed celebrating their hard work:

"Parents, family and friends have come to look at our projects. Everyone has enjoyed themselves and has done a great job. Everyone has been giving positive comments about our projects." - Ally, 6W

"Lots of people are signing up on our sign up sheets for our jobs. It has been a really fun morning and we have had lots of visitors." - Olivia, 5D

"It's been a great morning. Everyone is acting like real business people and when you tell someone about your job everyone has a different reaction. It's really fun interacting with everyone." - Harley, 5/6S








This does not mean our curiosity unit has come to an end - over the next two weeks we will revisit the 7 characteristics of curiosity that support learning.


 
E-Learning: Students will be introduced to coding and begin writing their own simple programs. Coding is a process of writing code to develop understanding of how computer programs are constructed and how they work.




Calendar Dates 
  • 18/11   Curiosity - Why Oh Why? Celebration Day
  • 20/11   Footsteps
  • 26/11   Prep Transition - Tabloid Sports (Year 5 to run activities)
  • 27/11   Footsteps
  • 2/12     Marine Ambassadors         2016 Workshop 1 - Dolphin Swim
  • 4/12     Carols Night
  • 11/12   Whole School Sports Day
  • 15/12   Year 6 Graduation
  • 18/12   Last Day of School for 2015! Early finish



 Making News 


Bike Ed
Next Friday, 27th November students will complete their on road assessment to check mastery and understanding of the skills they have been learning in practical and theoretical sessions each week.
Students are reminded they must bring their bikes for this session.
Any parents who are available to help on this day from 9:00 - 10:40am please see Miss L for details. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.


Maths Olympiad 2015
Throughout this year, 18 dedicated year 4-6 students have voluntarily given up their lunchtimes and time at home each week to represent our school in the 2015 Maths Olympiad. The Maths Olympiad is a challenging competition for high achieving maths students. It allows individuals to ‘put their talent to the test’ and compete against other students from across Australia and New Zealand.

These students have worked hard to develop their maths problem solving skills in this challenging competition. The students are:

Year 5

Rory Walker

Adam Challinor

Daisy Farr

Nathan Giofkou

George Botsioulis

Taite McKenzie


Year 6

George Newton

Dan Harper

Zac Allen

Jake Harvey

Aaron Nancarrow

Kanan Nandra

Tristan Price

Congratulations to these students for their dedication and efforts throughout the year. Special mention goes to Dan Harper, Aaron Nancarrow and Kanan Nandra, who received the highest results in our school, achieving within the top 30% of all students.


Remembrance Day Ceremony
"On the 11th of November Dan, Bella, Danni, Tristan, James and Reese delivered our Remembrance Day Ceremony. Dan and Danni explained to the school what Remembrance Day is about and Bella talked about the significance of Remembrance Day. Tristan read the Ode to the school and James read In Flanders Fields. Reese read a poem. Rob Moffatt played The Last Post on the trumpet. The flag was then raised from half mast. This ceremony is important to make sure we remember the people who sacrificed themselves to save our country."   
  - James 5/6S and Dan 6W

Student awards
Devin Verma 5D for demonstrating all of our school values all of the time. What a role model!
Riley Hemphill 5/6S for his positive attitude and approach to his 'Why oh Why in 2025' project.
Monique Hansen 6W for her curious and creative approach to her project 'Why oh Why 2025.'



Tragic World Events

There were some tragic events which occurred last week in Paris and other parts of the world that your children may have seen or heard about through the media or through others’ conversations.  Children often worry and know more than we realise. Adults may assume that children are doing okay if they don’t talk or ask questions about what has happened.  Sometimes they have questions they may not ask unless we provide the opportunity.  The Department of Education and Training offer the following advice for parents:

Advice for Parents
       It is wise for you to monitor your child’s exposure to television coverage, print media and social media.
        Some children and young people will want to talk about the tragic events and try to make sense of what they have both seen and heard.
        Other children will avoid any discussion around the events and will be reassured by routine and normality.
        Remember the importance of routine, sleep, exercise and healthy eating.
There is a range of things you can do to assist your child during events such as this, including:
        Acknowledge that the event was distressing
        Reassure children that they are safe
        Look for signs of distress (e.g. some children/young people might be scared)
        Normalise  responses - typical response will range from anger to general upset or sadness
        Maintain a normal routine - keeping the structure at home or at school in place
        Allow children to express feelings as they arise
        Telling stories about how people manage during difficult times can be helpful.
        Separate fact from fiction e.g. children may express fears about unrelated events.
        Plan relaxing activities before bed – talk your child through a gentle relaxation, this might include using soothing music and talking them through relaxing tension in their body or simply reading something to them that induces relaxation (i.e. a favourite book).
        Speak in hopeful terms – children and young people will often take their cues from their parents' reactions; if you are honest, calm, compassionate and open they will be much more able to trust that they will be okay.
        Always remember the value of doing something with children that they like to do such as playing, exercising, being outdoors - have a time during your day to share time with your child. 


Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Level 4 Term 4 week 5

CONNECT WITH YEAR 5/6

Learning and Teaching
 

In Year 5/6 We Are Learning To....

READING:Predicting and Inferring. We are learning to make informed guesses about what we are going to be reading about. We will be learning to draw conclusions to predict what might happen in the text. We will learn to read between the lines making inferences to understand the text.

WRITING: Our focus is moving to procedural writing, with particular focus on action plans and the structure used to create them. We will be looking at outcome based activities and writing the action plan on how to achieve the desired outcome.


MATHS:  Measurement and Geometry

We will investigate capacity, mass and volume of different shaped containers. We will be looking at a range of different possibilities and how to choose the appropriate units of measurement to make connections with capacity, volume and mass.


UNIT OF STUDY: Why oh Why?

Our students have been engaged in their independent projects about creating a new job or profession for the year 2025. The investigations to date have included students looking at the types of jobs that have been created in the past ten years and exploring what needs to be developed for future work.We are looking forward to our celebration to explore what the potential occupations could be.


 
E-Learning: Remember not to share your password with anyone.
The students will be investigating the validity of resources online and learning about what makes a source credible.




Calendar Dates 
  • 6/11     Footsteps starts
  • 11/11   Bike Ed
  • 13/11   Footsteps
  • 14/11   Whole School Working Bee
  • 18/11   Curiosity - Why Oh Why? Celebration Day
  • 20/11   Footsteps
  • 26/11   Prep Transition - Tabloid Sports (Year 5 to run activities)
  • 27/11   Footsteps
  • 4/12     Carols Night
  • 11/12   Whole School Sports Day
  • 15/12   Year 6 Graduation
  • 18/12   Last Day of School for 2015! Early finish




 Making News 


Bike Ed
The Bike Ed program is well underway, with students participating on Friday mornings. We have covered basic riding skills and in the theoretical sessions we have discussed riding scenarios and what to recognise as potential hazards. We are looking forward to our riding assessments in the next few weeks to make sure we are safe cyclists.
 Happy riding! 



Student awards
James Cummerford 5D for working hard to improve the standard of his classwork and homework.
Isabella Price 5/6S for her improvement in mathematics, well done!

NRL Gala Day



Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Level 4 - Term 4 Week 3

CONNECT WITH YEAR 5/6

Learning and Teaching
 

In Year 5/6 We Are Learning To....

READING: We are learning to ask questions before, during and after reading to improve our understanding of what we read. We are looking at the different types of questions and each of their purposes.

WRITING: We are beginning our unit on information reports. We will analyse the structure and features of an information report and will look at the language specific to this writing genre. We will also examine how diagrams and illustrations can help to add meaning to what we read.





MATHS: Next week we will begin our unit on length, area and perimeter. The students will explore these three units of measurement as they undertake a range of learning activities and investigations. The students will also continue to improve their number skills along the way.

UNIT OF STUDY: The students will research curiosity by looking at a range of inventors and inventions. Their research will be supported by using a range of thinking tools to better analyse and understand the information they find. 




 
E-Learning: The Year 5/6 students are currently learning to use the presentation software 'Prezi'. They are developing a range of new skills which will help them to creatively present their work in the future.




Calendar Dates
  • 13/10   Bike Ed - Session 2 (every Friday)
  • 26/10   JMSS Science Fair 5-8pm
  • 29/10   NRL Gala Day
  • 29/10   Disco
  • 3/11     Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
  • 6/11     Footsteps starts
  • 13/11   Footsteps
  • 14/11   Whole School Working Bee
  • 18/11   Curiosity - Why Oh Why? Celebration Day
  • 20/11   Footsteps
  • 26/11   Prep Transition - Tabloid Sports (Year 5 to run activities)
  • 27/11   Footsteps
  • 4/12     Carols Night
  • 11/12   Whole School Sports Day
  • 15/12   Year 6 Graduation
  • 18/12   Last Day of School for 2015! Early finish




 Making News


Bike Ed
Last week the Bike Ed program
began with both theoretical and practical riding sessions for each student. The students brainstormed the benefits of cycling, identified the components of a bike and revisited 'stop, look, listen, think.' They completed a safety check of their bike and helmet, practised riding in a straight line, braking accurately and completing head checks. Happy riding! 

Missing Bike!
Last Friday 16th October, a black, green and white Giant mountain bike was left in the school bike shed over the weekend. The bike is now missing. If anybody knows its whereabouts please speak to the 5/6 teachers. Thanks!



Marine Life Presentation Night
Congratulations to our Marine Ambassadors! Taite, Bella, Aaron, James and Mia represented our school at the presentation night on Thursday 15th October. We were the lucky recipients of the Fundraising School of the Year Award. Fantastic effort! This is our first award from the program after participating for 4 years. Thank you to everyone who got involved on Marine Dress Up Day and made a donation.





John Monash Science School Science Fair
On Monday 26th October Daisy, Natalia, Julian and Adam will present their research project at the JMSS Science Fair. Our Little Scientists have been working hard since the end of Term 2 to complete their projects and they look forward to sharing them at the Fair. It is sure to be an exciting and informative night! If you would like to come to see their hard work and join in the fun, the Fair is held at JMSS at Monash University, Clayton Campus from 6-8pm.