As always, it certainly has been a busy Term 1 with lots of events occuring. Some of these events include interschool sport where all the 5/6M students have represented the school with pride, the Year 5/6 Parish Mass which saw an outstanding attendance receive the Year 6 badges and a Buddy BBQ for all Foundation and Year 5 students
Below is an update of our fantastic learning in 5/6M:
Our focus in Reading has been on identifying the skills and qualities it takes to be an effective reader. We began the year with the book ‘ Staying Alive in Year 5’ by John Marsden which looked at transitions into a new school year and the characters you meet on the way. We are now reading the text ‘ Boy Overboard ‘, which raises key themes of inclusion, family, trust and what causes people to become refugees. Each reading session, is guided by a learning intention and success criteria to help students complete the activities with a ‘ growth mindset’.
We have been working hard to improve our writing skills through the genre of Narrative. Students have composed their own Narrative titled ‘ In the Middle of the Night’ day where a character/s face an unexpected surprise in the middle of the night. Students have been working on their individual goals of characterisation, using planning documents to construct paragraphs, creative writing techniques and sizzling starters. A focus has been placed on the self editing and pair editing of a piece of work. It has been a delight to read the stories composed by the students.
During Mathematics, our learning has included Length, Time, Place Value and Addition and Subtraction. Each session also includes a Mental Mathematics activity where students have been working on individual goals. We are also lucky to have curriculum enhancement teacher Bella Aranda in the Mathematics sessions.
Currently we are on our 40 day Lenten journey to Easter Sunday and have been reflecting on how we can grow more closely to Jesus, God and others. We have been closely studying the parables that Jesus told in the Bible such as the stories of Zacchaeus, The Prodigal Son and The Good Samaritan and what these teach us about building more compassionate relationships through healing and reconciliation. Choosing kind actions and encouraging words all relate well to upholding one’s dignity which can make real changes to people’s lives and show that we have the Spirit working within us.
In Inquiry, we have been busy completing ‘ L Plate’ Logbooks to ensure all students know how to use the new Chrome Books safely and to stay safe online. The 4 units of work in Be Internet Awesome we have completed are:
- Be Internet Smart
- Be Internet Alert
- Be Internet Strong
- Be Internet Kind
All students have completed the tasks diligently and responsibly and it’s fair to say they are very much looking forward to completing the L Plates and being able to take the ChromeBooks home soon.
All Grade 5/6 M students should be proud of displaying our BEST values as we look forward to an enjoyable and productive year ahead!
Michael McDonough and Daniella Polites - Year 5/6 M teachers
Below are some reflections from Jackson and Patrick on our Reading and Writing Sessions in 5/6M
In reading we have been reading "Boy Overboard"by Morris Gleitzman which has been a great book with a great meaning to the BEST values
and how Afghanistan was a tough country when the Government were not respecting the Afghanis.
In 5/6M we have been writing narratives on the topic of "In the middle of the night'.
We were asked to include characters, where the story is set, how will the problem be solved and how will our story end. We have also done some compound words and grammar