5D – Monday and Thursday
5F – Wednesday and Thursday
5C – Wednesday and Friday
Unit of Inquiry – this week in UOI we have been focussing on getting our products made, our games up and running, confirming our prices, designing our boards and stall tables, deciding on uniforms, making our poster ads and much much more.
Character Strengths – This week we took a moment to think about our character strengths and those of our team members. We learned about each of the 24 Character traits and post-it noted ones we have seen in our teammates and friends. It was so nice to see and hear the traits that our collaborators see in us!
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Student Led Conferences – we worked hard this week to get ourselves, our portfolio and our room prepared for this week’s Student Led Conferences. Reviewing our learning, looking ahead and setting smart targets for the future was a big focus this week.
Maths – we continued on working with the four operations in Number Maths and Data Handling in Strand Maths. 5F took some time out taking some assessments ready for Student Led Conferences. In addition to this, we had our annual Maths Week where the children could join in on lots of fun maths activities including bingo, a maths quiz, a maths scavenger hunt and time to get their Mathletics up to date!
Transdisiplinary Theme – How We Organise Ourselves
Central Idea – There are many factors at work within a workplace
- functioning effectively as a team (function)
- how the components in a marketplace operate – (price, budget, profit, loss, supply and demand) (causation)
- research and marketing (reflection)
An inquiry into.
- efficient mental strategies that can be used to solve multiplication and division
- efficient written strategies that can be used to solve multiplication and division
- The relationships between these strategies and their use across a variety of problems.
Questions we are exploring in this unit:
How can we show multiplication and division of whole numbers?
How can we multiply and divide decimal numbers using a written format?
What are the different ways to multiply and divide?
What mental strategies help us to multiply?
What mental strategies help us to divide?
What is the difference between short and long division?
How many ways can you represent remainders?
When is it best to use short division or multiplication?
When is it best to use long division or multiplication?
How can we add and subtract decimal numbers mentally?
Why do I need to know my multiplication facts?
An inquiry into…
- How data can be collected
- Using different scales on graphs and charts
- How data can be interpreted
Questions we are exploring in this unit:
What questions can be posed to give rise to the collection of data?
How are different graphs and charts constructed?
How (and why) are different scales used on graphs?
What is the purpose of mode and mean?
What have we learned that will help us read and interpret the data?
Can the data be interpreted in a different way by someone else?
Reading Focus – For this unit, our reading comprehension strategies are Synthesising and Questioning.
Synthesising – It’s best to think of synthesising as an ongoing, multi-step process. We want students to stop multiple times to evaluate what they know or think they know about some element of the text. Elements like the topic, the characters, the problem, etc. Each time students stop reading, they reflect, they combine their previous thoughts with new information and they form new ideas.
Questioning – To aid comprehension, skilful readers ask themselves questions before, during, and after they read. We can help the children become more proficient by modelling this and encouraging them to use it when they read independently.
Successful reading is not simply the mechanical process of “decoding” text. Rather, it is a process of active inquiry. Good readers approach a text with questions and develop new questions as they read, for example:
“What is this story about?”
“What does the main character want?”
“Will she get it?” “If so, how?”
Even after reading, engaged readers still ask questions:
“What is the meaning of what I have read?”
“Why did the author end the paragraph (or chapter, or book) in this way?”
“What was the author’s purpose in writing this?”
5D – Tao Lam
- Read the Weekly Update
- Mathletics – continue with the set tasks or feel free to try any others that you feel you want to practice.
- Prodigy – please continue on with your Prodigy online games.
- 5F & 5C – please continue to use Quizlet to help you learn your spelling words and meanings.
- Spelling – The children are sent home their 10 personal words that they need to learn for the week. The will happen on a Monday for 5F, Wednesday for 5D and Friday for 5C. Please, can a parent (or responsible adult) support the children by...testing them (written or oral), getting them to put their words into interesting sentences (written or oral), discussing the meanings of the words, thinking about synonyms and antonyms of that word, discussing words with a similar meaning etc.
- Reading – The children will be choosing leveled readers based on their own ability and are expected to read each night for at least 20mins at home with a parent. The children need to record their reading in their Reading Journals and parents can you please sign your child’s journal each night? Journals need to be returned to school each morning to be checked and will come home each evening (except Friday). Children may use Big Universe twice a week (only) as their choice of home reading
- Mandarin Home Learning –