Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Level 4 Term 4 Week 7


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. 

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