Friday, Week 4

Continuing the theme from yesterday students continued to investigate our Solar System. The aim of the task was to gain an understanding of how the other planets compare to Earth. Linked with Numeracy, students collected numerical data and placed it in a table. We will then use this table to create graphs using digital technologies next week. Check out the progress:

After recess we met with our buddies for the first time, we spent this time getting to know each other. Students sat in a circle facing each other asking questions like: How many pets do you have? Whats your favourite subject? etc. We then finished off with some fun games like thumb wars and rock, paper scissors. The students looked like they had a blast.

After lunch we spent 10 minutes doing Maths Mini and then read Pig the Pug. We felt this story fit in well following on from the Art work yesterday.

We finished the day with a character strength task. Students had the opportunity to fill each others buckets by writing a character strength about a member of the class. Each student had their own piece of paper and then randomly swapped it with other members of the class.

We will continue this task on Monday and share some of the reflections when the students receive their sheets of paper.

I was then lucky enough to receive birthday wishes from the class at the end of the day. Once again thank you.

 

Thursday, Week 4

With a week full of birthdays, we wish Senora Nunez a Happy Birthday on Tuesday. We also wished Dylan and Isabella J a Happy Birthday on Monday.

We started off the day by continuing to present our “Ideal Teacher” work. Students listed a range of values that they believe an ideal teacher should have. Students presented confidently using their 100 languages.

After the presentations, students started to explore “What makes an ideal student”. Taking on a similar method but presenting it in a different way.

After recess students explored the phases of the moon. We discussed the relationship between the Sun, Earth and Moon as a class. Students shared some fantastic insights on our Solar System and were ready to attack the provocation.

Students once again used a variety of ways to present their findings.

After lunch students had the chance to refine their drawing skills. After watching a tutorial of how to draw a Pug, students learned a variety of shapes and techniques to create a cartoon style drawing.

 

Wednesday, Week 4

Character Strength Surveys
Today the students completed the VIA Character Strengths Survey. They responded to a wide ranging series of questions such as what is on show below:

After responding to 96 questions, the students received a list of their strengths in order from 1-24. Ask your child to show you their PDF document and have a chat about it together.

Class Novel – Demon Dentist
We read Chapter 5 today, called ‘Special Sweeties’. The students were all very engrossed at the strange behaviours of Miss Root, the town’s new dentist. During her visit to the school where Alfie attended, she handed out trays and trays of sweeties, but not before she had given Alfie, the kid with the rotten teeth, a tube of her own social ‘Mummy’s brand of toothpaste. On his walk home, Alfie squeezed a bit of the yellowy goop out of the tube and watched as it burned a hole in the pavement. What was this concoction?? If that is what the toothpaste can do, then what powers did the dentists’ sweets have?? Alfie wondered about all of these questions and more on his way home from school.

 

Maths Mini – Doubles and Squaring Numbers
In another timed session of 10 minutes, students worked on bettering their score from yesterday. With a 10, 12 or 20-sided die, students rolled and recorded either a double fact or squared the number using multiplication. By the show of hands after the session, the majority of the class in the words of Hiep, “SMASHED” their previous score. Well done team!

Health – What makes a good teacher?

To tune into our lesson this afternoon, we watched a video from the much-loved ‘Kid President’.

We then presented the following provocation:

We used the randomiser function on Class Dojo to divide the class into groups of 3.

Within these groups, students were encouraged to use many of the character strengths that they had identified within themselves to complete the task. We were on the lookout for teamwork, fairness, leadership, creativity and perseverance and we were happy with what we saw.

After an outstanding classroom pack up, where all students worked as a team to make our room sparkle and shine, three groups got to present their ‘What makes a good teacher?’ learning.

We will watch more of these presentations tomorrow, with the aim being to create a class ‘Wordle’ that highlights the many shared views that we all have. This will form the foundation of our class values.

Just a reminder about the Family Laptop Workshop the school is running next Tuesday at 9am in the Café. This really is a wonderful opportunity for families to share their learning with one another.

Tuesday, Week 4

With Tuesday being a busy day, full of NIT subjects we aimed to finish some of our continuing projects. Art and Numeracy was the focus ans students worked hard to finalise their data investigation and their personal art inquiry.

 

First up this morning students finished their data investigation. Most students already had their graph completed and worked on the analysis questions. Most students finished their investigation and handed up their project. Some students have to finish their graph and analysis at home tonight. Below are some examples:

During our individual lessons, students had the chance to finish their personal art inquiry from Friday afternoon. Students continued to use a range of materials to create their masterpiece that will be displayed within the classroom. As you can see below, students chose their own pathway to create this:

 

 

This afternoon students experienced their first Maths Mini lesson. Today’s focus was doubles and square numbers. The idea of Maths Mini is to allow students time to practice mental computation in a fun environment. Students used dice to roll single digit, or double digit numbers. Students then either doubled the number or squared the number. Students had 10 minutes to complete as many sums as possible.

Monday, Week 4

STUDENT REMINDER: Please make sure you complete the ‘Character Strengths’ task from today’s session for homework. It will need to be submitted into the share folder first thing in the morning.

Health
Today we delved a little deeper into Character Strengths. Students watched a video called ‘The Science of Character’, which highlighted that every individual possesses all 24 character strengths in different degrees, giving each person a unique character profile. As teachers, we wanted to know what each of our individual students saw within themselves and specifically, what character strengths they thought they possessed.

  

Mrs Higgs gave examples of 4 strengths that she feels that she uses a lot in her everyday life and justified why:

Students then set about ‘looking in the mirror’ to record what positive aspects they see within themselves.

Character Strength Icons-1u9l2iy

Fitness
For fitness today, Mr Pearce taught the students a new team game today in the Hall.
Mr Pearce rolled the soft ball to each individual in the batting team, whose job it was to kick the ball into the soccer goal and score 5 points, or to to kick and run to the crease and back before the fielding team managed to score a goal in the netball ring, or make contact with the runner below the waist with the ball. If the runner made it back home successfully, a point was awarded for their team. The students had so much fun and it was lovely to hear and see the support and encouragement offered towards each player.

Numeracy – Data Collection
We revisited our survey questions today, and the students set about asking 30 of their peers their question of interest. By the end of the session, all students were able to table their data so that it was presented in an organised fashion and they also created a column graph depicting their findings. It was a very social time and a good way for students to talk and interact with people that they may not have had the chance to, as yet.

Library in 5HN
We read a new text written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Freya Blackwood.

The Feather - Margaret Wild

David – I think that the kids treated the feather with kindness and like it was special but the mayor said it was ugly and he didn’t treat it with respect. He made it turn all brown and dirty.

Lily – I think this book teaches us the importance of taking care of our world because if we don’t, it will end up all dark and grey and dirty.

Hiep – We should share things that are beautiful and not lock them away where nobody can share them.

We had a great day today and are looking forward to tomorrow!

Dani and Daniel

Friday, Week 3

Wow!!! What a day, if you were there to witness our Assembly you will agree that it was fantastic. The most amazing thing was all the students had a blast. We showcased work, performed dances and acted out a story-line. Students showed bravery, courage and resilience to produce a truly memorable experience.

Myself, Mrs. Higgs and Senora Nunez couldn’t be prouder you all.

After the Assembly we went out for some well deserved fitness on the oval.

After recess it was back into the classroom for some literacy. Students reflected on the character strengths they used preparing and during their assembly. Students spoke about creativity, bravery, perseverance, zest, leadership and teamwork. We now have some fantastic reflections to use for the student reports and some goals for future growth. Below are some of the guiding questions:

5HN and 5DP Assembly Reflection – Chinese and Vietnamese New Year

Planning and presenting
What was your assembly presentation/script about?
Who did you work with and how did you work together as a team?
What went well?
What would you do differently next time?

‘Go Bang’ Dance
What challenged or took you out of your comfort zone when learning or performing this dance?
What strategies or mindset helped you to be successful in this learning?
How did you feel before and after performing the routine?

Vietnamese Dance
Why did you choose to participate in this routine?
What did you learn about Vietnamese culture and dance through working with Mrs Hong?

General

What character strengths did you use and how did you use them during planning, preparing, rehearsing and performing?

How did you encourage and support others in our team?
What did you learn from this Assembly experience?
How could the experience be better for you next time?

___________________________________________________________________________

At lunch the array of food was phenomenal, 5 DP and HN had a feast, so many cultures were represented and we feel that this was an excellent way to conclude our celebration of the cultures within our class.

After lunch students had the opportunity to express themselves creatively. The Art lesson planned allowed them to use any material that they desired. Students used sketching pencils, oil pastels, water colour paints, coloured pencils, textas, material, shapes of paper and the list goes on. The end product is still a working progress that we will finish on Monday morning.

We hope you all have a safe & fantastic weekend and wish all families a Happy Vietnamese/Chinese New Year!

Thursday, Week 3

What a busy day today. With our Assembly fast approaching tomorrow morning, we practiced most of the day to prepare. We look forward to celebrating the Chinese and Vietnamese New Year with all families who attend. Everyone is involved so we encourage you to come along at 9am tomorrow to support.

SHARED LUNCH – This Friday

We are asking for all class members to please bring a plate of savoury food. If there are any cultural desserts you would like to bring, please be in touch with us beforehand.

The lunch will begin around 12 noon, so if you are free to join us or would like to bring in hot food, you are more than welcome. We are unable to heat up food at school.

Please label all containers that you wish to have returned and provide a serving spoon or tongs if your dish requires.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!!

Wednesday, Week 3

Independent Learning Time
First thing this morning, the following students worked with Mrs Hong on their traditional Vietnamese dance in the Hall.

Skye
Chanell
Zahra
Amiti
Diana
Celine
Grace
Lorraine L
Emma
Hiep
Khoi
Hayden
Dylan
David

Those that remained in class were involved in either finalising Assembly scripts/presentations/iMovies, painting our UFO prop, rehearsing specific group sections for our ‘Go Bang’ dance with Mrs Higgs or working on a new Prodigy assignment.

Prodigy – student focussed on answering and solving addition problems. Mr Bartold came in to support the students and enjoyed working with Omid and Anyuat.

Prop Painting – Skye, Kristina and Zahra worked well together to begin painting our main prop.

Assembly Practice and Fitness – Dance Rehearsal
Wow, wow, wow!! This dance is going to blow your socks off! The students now know all of the routine and formations and have been demonstrating the choreography with energy and sharpness. We can’t wait to share it with you on Friday morning!

Ash Wednesday – Whole School Mass
After recess, the school community gathered in the Hall to celebrate Ash Wednesday.
Students received the ashes on their forehead at the end of the day and were anointed with the words ‘Repent and believe in the Gospel’.

Assembly Practice
We spent the afternoon in the Hall and on stage, running through the Assembly sections from start to finish. It was an important time of the students as they learnt their cues of when to speak, come on/go off. Scripts have been printed and will be used in the run throughs tomorrow. Students with speaking parts will be encouraged to bring it home to practice over night on Thursday.

Rehearsing the Vietnamese dance:

Rehearsing ‘Go Bang’:

Prayer:

Kaurna Acknowledgement:

 

REMINDER: SHARED LUNCH – This Friday

We are asking for all class members to please bring a plate of savoury food. If there are any cultural desserts you would like to bring, please be in touch with us beforehand.

The lunch will begin around 12 noon, so if you are free to join us or would like to bring in hot food, you are more than welcome. We are unable to heat up food at school.

Please label all containers that you wish to have returned and provide a serving spoon or tongs if your dish requires.

Tuesday, Week 3

SHARED LUNCH – This Friday

To celebrate what we hope will be a very successful assembly, as well as Chinese and Vietnamese New Year, we would like to come together for a shared lunch.

We are asking for all class members to please bring a plate of savoury food. If there are any cultural desserts you would like to bring, please be in touch with us beforehand.

The lunch will begin around 12 noon, so if you are free to join us or would like to bring in hot food, you are more than welcome. We are unable to heat up food at school.

Please label all containers that you wish to have returned and provide a serving spoon or tongs if your dish requires.

Happy 10th birthday to Yshi! We hope you had a great day. 🙂

As we get closer to our Assembly this Friday, the more we start to see the final product evolve. The dance is looking awesome, and we have started to collate everyone’s Country Inquiry and the Chinese/Vietnamese New Year research. Students are looking forward to being able to practice their acting and reading parts tomorrow.

Practice coupled in with Spanish and Music for both classes made for a busy day. We got the chance to learn about Lent, and celebrations and significant days inside Lent. Below are some student reflections about Lent:

Alyna said,

Lent is where you give up something you like for 40 days because jesus went to the desert and survived for 40 days and 40 nights without any food or water.

The ashes are marked on our forehead to humble our heart and to remember that life passes away on earth

Brendan said,

Ash Wednesday gets it’s name from the blessed ashes It represents the palms from previous years of Palm Sunday

Grace said,

To me lent is a time where people give up a treat or something they like for 40 days and on ash Wednesday we get ash on our head for god and Jesus to forgive you for what bad sins you have done.

Isabella J said,

In my opinion, lent is a time to celebrate the fact Jesus survived in the desert for 40 days without any resources.

We put ash on our forhead’s which were made from palm branches blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday. It cleanses out all our sins and represents the following saying: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Diana said,

Jesus what to the desert because to help the people in the desert.

Isabella R said,

Lent is when you give up one of your favorite foods for 40 days because Jesus went to the desert and gave up food for 40 days.

Ryan said,

The reason you get ashes is Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

Shanthana said,

Lent is when you give up something like meat or chocolate like Jesus didn’t eat of drink any thing for 40 days.

The Ash’s represent a blessing from palm leaves.

Taniya said,

Lent is when you celebrate and its a little bit about Easter. It also means abut Jesus and God.

Ash’s are burnt leaves and it kind of represent the sight of the cross cause you do a cross on your head with ash’s

Osi said,

I think lent is a time where people give up a treat or something they like for 40 days for the fact that Jesus went to the desert for 40 days and survived.

We put ash on our forehead’s which were made from palm branches blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday. It cleanses out all our sins and represents the following saying: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

As a class we created a Padlet. We asked the questions “How can you be more like Jesus this Lent?” Below are the responses the students had:

Some fantastic reflections from the Year 5s. We finished off the afternoon by talking about Shrove Tuesday and Lent as a whole group. We also celebrated with Pancakes, making a delicious end to the day.

*Remember tomorrow is the Ash Wednesday Mass. You are more than welcome to come and join us at 11:30am.

 

Monday, Week 3

SHARED LUNCH – This Friday

To celebrate what we hope will be a very successful assembly, as well as Chinese and Vietnamese New Year, we would like to come together for a shared lunch.

We are asking for all class members to please bring a plate of savoury food. If there are any cultural desserts you would like to bring, please be in touch with us beforehand.

The lunch will begin around 12 noon, so if you are free to join us or would like to bring in hot food, you are more than welcome. We are unable to heat up food at school.

Please label all containers that you wish to have returned and provide a serving spoon or tongs if your dish requires.

Assembly Dance Practice
We worked furiously and productively on our ‘Go Bang’ dance routine today and by the end of our session, students were confident and proud of how far they had come. We spent time on positioning and formations and added a few tweaks to the moves so that all students have a chance to be seen. regardless of what line they are in. The energy and fun that the class is bringing to these practices each day has been a pleasure to see.

Upon returning to the classroom, students then broke off into their groups to keep working on their script writing, rehearsing and keynote making. All students have now provided us with a screen shot of their country of origin, which contains facts about the population, capital city, map, flag and other cultural specifics. These will be shown during our Assembly presentation, along with segments relating to Chinese and Vietnamese New Year.

Library in 5HN
After a quick borrowing session, half of the group went with Mrs Hong to practice their Vietnamese dance. The remaining students enjoyed some quiet reading and relaxation time.

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