1. Teaching Homophones

    June 21, 2018 by rebeccahepworth801

    Our class became teachers today and went to Mrs Hook’s and Miss Green’s class to teach the students about Homophones.

    The students had been preparing their lesson all week and had made a movie or Keynote to teach their group about what Homophones are and made 2 activities for the Year Ones to have a go at.

    The activities included matching games, snap, memory games and word searches.

    The year 5s did an amazing job and really enjoyed spending the time teaching others about what they have learnt.

    Maybe you could ask your child about Homophones and they could teach you too!! 


  2. Seeing the Light

    June 18, 2018 by rebeccahepworth801

    In Science last week we investigated the properties and nature of light.  This included light travelling in straight lines from a source and how it interacts with different materials, how light can form shadows and be reflected, refracted or absorbed and how light can manipulate what we see.

    The students worked their way around 8 stations and tried different experiments to see how light can reflect, refract and absorb.  There were lots of ‘lightbulb’ moments (pun intended) as the groups read about and discovered the scientific reasons this happens.

    Students were asked to investigate how light travels in a straight line by recreating a digital experiment

          

    Use mirrors to manipulate light to appear in a different position than the line from the torch (reflection)

    Make the tallest and shortest shadow  and record where the source of light is in relation to the popstick.

    Use a glass of water to change the direction the arrow is facing (refraction)

    Investigate how our brain can mix the signals when looking at reflections (optical illusions)

    Use light to manipulate colour

    Use a prism to create a rainbow

    and investigate how light travelling through different translucent substances can change the way we view the object

    These experiments were also a great opportunity for the students to use scientific skills in investigation, note taking, prediction and questioning, team work, clarifying ideas using experiments and use scientific vocabulary to discuss and explain phenomenon .


  3. Buddies

    May 18, 2018 by rebeccahepworth801

    Today in our buddy class time it was the Year Ones’ turn to teach us a game.  They have been learning about mapping and co-ordinates and so brought along a game to play with us where a dice is rolled to give the co-ordinates which you then have to work out to find out your score.

    The year 5s really enjoyed playing along and they got to practise some addition and mapping skills too! It was a great way to spend a rainy, Friday afternoon.


  4. NAPLAN WRITING PREPARATION

    May 1, 2018 by rebeccahepworth801

    Today in writing we had a look at three different narrative texts written to a below level, satisfactory and above level achievement.

    We also had a look at the narrative marking criteria for NAPLAN so that students were aware of what needed to be included in their writing to be successful.

    It was really beneficial for the students to see examples of writing and to realise what they needed to do in order to achieve their best when writing narrative stories.


  5. Newsletter

    April 30, 2018 by rebeccahepworth801

    Please find a copy of the term 2 newsletter here:

    Term 2 Newsletter -10xgilu


  6. spelling: sounds of A

    March 1, 2018 by rebeccahepworth801

    In spelling this week we have been looking at the 5 sounds of A.  Understanding that letters can create many different sounds can help us with our decoding in reading and spelling.

    We started by first discussing the sounds:
    Long a as in car
    Short a as in flag
    ar  as in ask
    or as in all
    o as in wash

    We then broke into groups and went on a word hunt to find examples

    We came up with quite a few examples and some words created a bit of a debate as we had to work out which  sound the letter A made (accents can make a difference!)  We hope to add to our list as we keep investigating words and sounds (phonograms) during our spelling and literacy lessons.


  7. Team Building Day

    February 13, 2018 by rebeccahepworth801

    On Thursday afternoon the year 5-7 students got into teams for our Team Building Day.  The first challenge was to come up with a name, organise the bandanas in team colours and create a “walk” for the catwalk – some were very creative!

    Here are some things the students in our class wrote about the day:

    “Friday I was excited.  It was team bonding day!  Team Bonding Day is about having fun and making new friends”  Anna

    “In the morning we went to the oval and did a race running with a rubber chicken between our legs.  It was fun!”  Wil

    In the sponge challenge our team came up with a good plan which won us second place.  We got very excited at the end”  Peter

    With pasta and sticky tape we had to make the highest tower. It was fun”  Imogen

    “We got iceblocks at the end of the day.  It was a fun day and I want to do it again”  Shawn


  8. Maths investigation

    February 13, 2018 by rebeccahepworth801

    Today in maths the students took part in a problem solving investigation.

    Working in small groups they were encouraged to talk about their maths and use different strategies to solve the problem, ensuring all members of their group took part with their ideas.

    Students used a variety of methods to work out possible answers such as patterns, times tables, counting, trial and error, pictures, mental strategies and estimation.  After the lesson they had some valuable discussions with each other talking about how their groups had worked together and what mathematical strategies they had used.


  9. Spelling

    February 6, 2018 by rebeccahepworth801

    This week in our class we started our spelling program and begun by investigating phonograms.

    Phonograms are the units of sound we hear when we say a word.  Some phonograms are made up of a single letter like c – a- t (3 phonograms) and some are made up of multiple letters such as eigh-t (2 phonograms) and ch-i-l-d (4 phonograms)

    This morning we went on a phonogram hunt to find words that had multiple phonograms.

    Being able to hear the sounds in words will assist students in their ability to apply and consolidate strategies that we will learn over the year and in turn, support spelling words correctly, reading and comprehension.


  10. First Day Back

    January 29, 2018 by rebeccahepworth801

    What a busy and exciting day we had for the first day of Term One 2018.

    We spent some time this morning getting to know our class mates by taking part in a “Human Treasure Hunt”

    Students had to find people that fit a range of descriptions which was a great way to start up some conversations with others they may not know very well yet.

      

    We also discussed everybody’s right to feel safe at school and that we all have a right to learn.  Students brainstormed in groups how this would look in our classroom and around the school.  Some ideas they came up with were that we should all be kind to everyone, allow others to make mistakes, respect all differences, stay focused on our own learning and not distract others, listen to students and staff and be organised.

    We will follow this up tomorrow with an activity that will create an “X-chart” which will allow students to think about what a successful student and what a successful teacher looks like, feels like, sounds like and thinks like.

    Setting the scene is really important at the beginning of the year to develop a sense of belonging, learning and behaviour expectations and give students a voice into what our classroom and school will look like.


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