This week has flown by already, probably because we have been so busy!
On Monday all students completed a practice RELAT test. It was an opportunity to reassure the children that they have nothing to panic about and they are well prepared for the assessment. We have several weeks to continue preparing before the official assessment in Week 7.
In Numeracy this week the children have been working on a budgeting and money investigation.
We have been working alongside the children discussing their strategies and reflecting on how they have applied their understanding of decimals, multiplication, addition and subtraction throughout their calculations. It has been pleasing to see the children taking risks with their problem solving and using strategies such as acting it out (using notes and coins), solving a simpler problem, looking for a pattern and making a table to assist them with calculations.
In Literacy this week BH have continued on with guided reading groups. This term the groups have been encouraged to visit the library and select their own reading packs to share with the teacher. Some of the reading strategies that we have been focusing on includes making connections ( to their life, prior knowledge, previously read texts etc) and summarising the text. This week both groups so far have chose factual texts so we have looked at killer sharks and burrowing animals. This has tied in well with our writing task which has been focusing on writing informative texts.
In our writing task over the last few weeks the children have been supported to research a native Australian animal. They have then used a variety of graphic organisers to sort their information. The focus has been on the use of key words and vocabulary, encouraging the children to avoid copying large chunks of text when researching. The next step will be to use the information they have collected to explain and inform the reader of what they have learnt about the animal they researched. This will be a written text and the children will have a choice as to whether they create a digital or hardcopy.
This term we are sharing a text called the Dragonkeeper by Carole Wilkinson. We are well and truly immersed in the story now and this afternoon we came to a really pivotal part of the text. It was fantastic to see the children sharing predictions and realisations with each other. Often as we read this text aloud we will re read paragraphs or pages. This has been to model the practice of re reading complex passages to improve fluency and comprehension. It gives the children time to reflect and visualise parts of the text and the events that occur. Due to the links with Ancient China throughout the text we have been exploring traditional Chinese practices and visual arts as the children indicate their interest in the culture and history that is explored throughout the novel. Several children have now borrowed other texts from the library by the same author. We also had to help them resist the urge to read the sequel until after we have finished the first book !
As a class we have begun preparing for Book week in week 5. The theme for book week this year is Find Your Treasure.
The children are working on building their iMovie skills as they create a short film based on this theme.
School Photos: School photos are in Week 5. Please send your order forms in or remember to send with your child on the day.
A reminder that we have sent home the permission notes for Made in the Image of God. Please send these back asap.
Mrs Hawkes and Mr Elder