Wednesday, Week 4

Literacy – Advertising

The students had fun today working on their radio advertisements. The aim of the task was to try and promote and persuade listeners to buy an everyday classroom item. After spending time typing and crafting their scripts, many students went about recording their voices reading it, and we enjoyed listening to their efforts. Mr Pearce read out some of the scripts and highlighted the importance of using punctuation so that he could determine what kind of voice he needed to use.

After recess, 5HN worked on their multiples in Maths Mini. The task was to record the multiples of each number from 1-12 onto a 12×12 grid. This took a while and most students are still working on this. In doing so, they are finding that many of the numbers have common multiples, as well as short cut ways to find the answers to times tables, by using the table like a coordinates grid. Going across to 6 and down to 5 gives the number 30. 6×5 = 30.

In Numeracy, the focus was on consolidating students’ understanding of not only the difference between perimeter and area, but the process and steps used to calculate each.

After completing a warm up and discussion as a class, students were asked to complete the following:

Most students are still going with this exploration but here are two that have finished:

At the end of the day we sang Happy Birthday to Zahra, who turned 10 today. She shared lollypops with the class. We hope you have a lovely night with your family, Zahra!

Tuesday, Week 4

Note: If any families are able to donate some bags of lollies for Mission Day next week, it would be greatly appreciated. We are running a candy stall for 5DP/HN Mission Day.

Students rotated for the final time this morning. Working to complete all of the numeracy workshops that focused on a variety of aspects of length and mass. Students then submitted their work into the share folders.

INVESTIGATION 1: Area and Perimeter
Focus:
Multiplication, arrays, factors, finding the difference

INVESTIGATION 2: Measuring Height
Focus:
Using cm and m, tabling data, ordering, comparing, finding the average

INVESTIGATION 3: Measuring Weight
Focus: Using balance scales, measuring in grams, adding amounts, comparing, multiplying, converting

INVESTIGATION 4: Measurement Word Problems
Focus: Comprehension, application, conversion, calculating, problem solving, comparing

At 10am we had a special visit from a representative of Catherine House. She spoke to the school about the role Catherine House plays in the lives of South Australian women. This is a charity that we donated some of the proceeds from mission day, which is next Friday.

After recess, half of the group went to Spanish and Music, whilst the other half finished their Numeracy. Some of the photos from music showed some great collaboration.

(Stay posted for the photos when they become available)

To finish the day we read Drac and the Gremlin. This was the book we read last week without showing the pictures. Students then creatively predicted what the pictures in the book looked like. We shared some these art pieces and then revealed the pictures in the book. The students were very surprised, just how creative their imagination is, when they saw the pictures in the book were completely different to what they predicted.

This is what the book actually looked like

It amazing how the effective use of language can lead our imagination.


 

Monday, Week 4

INVESTIGATION 1: Area and Perimeter
Focus:
Multiplication, arrays, factors, finding the difference

INVESTIGATION 2: Measuring Height
Focus:
Using cm and m, tabling data, ordering, comparing, finding the average

INVESTIGATION 3: Measuring Weight
Focus: Using balance scales, measuring in grams, adding amounts, comparing, multiplying, converting

INVESTIGATION 4: Measurement Word Problems
Focus: Comprehension, application, conversion, calculating, problem solving, comparing

Fitness – Kick Ball

Literacy – Persuasive Writing and Advertising
The students were very enthusiastic to begin our focus on Advertising today. After discussing the presence of advertising in our daily lives, students listened to some radio ads that have been used by Toyota, Kit Kat and KFC in the past.

After discussing the persuasive tools that were used, students set about developing their own script to advertise an everyday classroom object.

Once they felt happy with their ‘pitch’ and that they had produced between 20-30 seconds worth of content, some students went on to record their voice and create their own radio ad. This task will be continued with on Wednesday.

Friday, Week 3

After Assembly, both classes stayed in the Hall to do some ‘GoNoodle’ fitness. Lots of other classes joined in.

In Health, students finished their research into healthy and unhealthy Subway selections. They analysed the fat, sodium and sugar content of different subs and explained their findings using sentences. Next week, they will use this research to construct an exposition on the topic ‘Is Subway healthy?’.

When we got back after recess, students finished their second Numeracy Rotation, which they began on Monday. During this time, all teachers were busy working with groups and individual students so we apologise for the lack of photos this time around. 🙂

INVESTIGATION 1: Area and Perimeter
Focus:
Multiplication, arrays, factors, finding the difference

INVESTIGATION 2: Measuring Height
Focus:
Using cm and m, tabling data, ordering, comparing, finding the average

INVESTIGATION 3: Measuring Weight
Focus: Using balance scales, measuring in grams, adding amounts, comparing, multiplying, converting

INVESTIGATION 4: Measurement Word Problems
Focus: Comprehension, application, conversion, calculating, problem solving, comparing

After lunch the students started a new Hass unit on the colonization of Australia through the perspective of Aboriginal People’s. The student’s began an Inquiry by discussing the key events which have occurred throughout Australia’s History. Students then related the key point discussion to create a class Padlet and Word Wall which focused on developing practices which will lead to Reconciliation.

Thursday, Week 3

The final day of Naplan testing meant the students were doing the Numeracy test at 9:30 this morning. We broke to morning up with some fitness time, so the students could stretch their legs.

After recess Mr. Hummel taught his first main lesson. He started his Science unit on States of Matter. He set up a range of provocations around the room for students to discuss and observe what they believe to be happening. In their groups they then documented what they thought would happen and why things occurred.

 

After lunch students participated in Art. Senora has set up some 3D art for the students to complete. In preparation for perspective art, students learnt the skills behind drawing a cube, a rectangular prism and a sphere. After this students then had the chance to finish their concentric circles.

 

Wednesday, Week 3

REMINDERS:

  • Please bring headphones for the Numeracy NAPLAN test tomorrow.
  • Friday is Casual Day. Students are asked to bring a can of food to donate to Fred’s Van.

The students worked hard on completing the NAPLAN Language Conventions and Reading assessments today. Once this was done, they used the time left to complete their ‘Drac and the Gremlin’ art that was introduced yesterday. Each class also went to their weekly Sport lesson with Miss Roberts.

Tuesday, Week 3

REMINDER: Students need to bring their own headphones to use tomorrow and Thursday in NAPLAN.

Today was the start of our student teachers placement. Mr. Hummel joins us from Uni SA to work with us for 5 weeks. During his time he will build his workload to take DP on full time for his final two weeks. We wish him all the best and look forward to his fresh and creative ideas.

Students completed the NAPLAN Writing component today, from 9:30 until 10:30 am.

Tomorrow, students will sit the Reading and Language Conventions tests. Thursday will be Numeracy.

After Naplan, HN missed out on their Spanish lesson but did go to music. Whilst at music DP started a creative art task. We read the students a book without showing them the pictures or the cover. We highlighted the key adjectives that described characters and settings. Students were then asked to draw, design a character or scene from the book. They could use their art books, their laptops, any way they wished to present it. When the task is complete, we will then read the book again, this time showing the pictures, so students can see how powerful their imagination is.

HN then started this task and continued when DP was at Spanish and Music. We then continued to work on it together in the last lesson of the day. Check out some of the work in progress.

Monday, Week 3

Fitness in the Hall was fun and engaging, with lots of cheering going on. The students had a lot of fun playing kickball and have become more strategic in their field set up and where to kick the ball.

We began our second Numeracy Rotation today and the students will have time to finish it on Wednesday afternoon.

INVESTIGATION 1: Area and Perimeter
Focus:
Multiplication, arrays, factors, finding the difference

INVESTIGATION 2: Measuring Height
Focus:
Using cm and m, tabling data, ordering, comparing, finding the average

INVESTIGATION 3: Measuring Weight
Focus: Using balance scales, measuring in grams, adding amounts, comparing, multiplying, converting

INVESTIGATION 4: Measurement Word Problems
Focus: Comprehension, application, conversion, calculating, problem solving, comparing

We went through some NAPLAN housekeeping issues after recess and then the students had time to practice the Language Conventions component. They answered questions related to spelling, grammar and punctuation and we went through the answers as a group at the end. Students were conferenced during the session and had time to ask questions if they were unsure of the answer.

Friday, Week 2

REMINDER:

All Year 3, 5 and 7 students will be sitting the NAPLAN test next week. The tests in Literacy and Numeracy will run each morning from Tues-Thursday, with Wed being a longer day of testing, between recess and lunch also. If your child is going to be absent for any reason, please inform the school and/or send the class teachers an email. Your child will still need to sit the test at a later date to catch up.

In Assembly today, the swimmers of Holy Family got presented with their participation awards. Congratulations to Lily and Christina for their efforts.

INVESTIGATION 1: Area and Perimeter
Focus:
Multiplication, arrays, factors, finding the difference

INVESTIGATION 2: Measuring Height
Focus:
Using cm and m, tabling data, ordering, comparing, finding the average

INVESTIGATION 3: Measuring Weight
Focus: Using balance scales, measuring in grams, adding amounts, comparing, multiplying, converting

INVESTIGATION 4: Measurement Word Problems
Focus: Comprehension, application, conversion, calculating, problem solving, comparing

During Numeracy we visited the Mother’s Day Stall. Students had fun selecting small gifts for their mums. We would like to wish all mothers a very happy, relaxing and stress-free day on Sunday. We hope you get spoilt rotten!

Wednesday, Week 2

With another busy day ahead of us we set out in the morning to finish our expositions. This time allowed the teachers to conference with students and help them finalise their expositions. When students finished their exposition they worked on a short creative writing story. Focusing on keeping their story concise whilst using the correct structure.

After recess DP went to PE and Spanish. HN continued with Maths Mini and finished off the Naplan style numeracy questions. They then went to PE.

After lunch we started something new. We split the class into 8 groups of 6. We prepared 4 numeracy rotations all relating to measurement. These two weeks will focus on length and weight. Seen in the screen shots below, students investigated perimeter and area, measuring heights and converting units, weighing objects using balance scales and solving worded problems with real world scenarios.

Students loved the opportunity to work in groups to complete practical real world challenges. You can see the engagement in these photos.