It has been a busy first six weeks of term for 5/6E! It has been so manic that our teacher Mr Edwards has outsourced the writing of ‘Around the Classrooms’ to the students!
Read on to find out about all the great things happening in our classroom!!
Reading- In Reading, we have been placed into reading groups. One of these groups is called literature circles. In literature circles we develop reading roles that help further discussion and assist us with asking interesting questions when reading a text. Groups give each person in their small group a role for the week. During discussion, group members can ask questions, to keep the discussion going. Roles that are part of the group are Discussion Director, Vocabulary Enhancer, Connector, Illustrator, Investigator and Summariser. After the discussion we complete our reflection and create a new group goal which will help the next discussion to be even better.
Writing- Recently in Writing we have been writing articles based on our Inquiry topic, Australian History. Articles that our class have written have been about the Gold Rush, the First Fleet and the Stolen Generation. We used our knowledge on the topic to write articles that were set in the time period that these events occurred. Each article is written in an interesting perspective.
Maths- In Mathematics, we have been completing different maths topics in our Maths groups. We use a website called Essential Assessment which gives us tests relating to the topics that we are learning. A test is taken before the topic and after to see how much growth we have made during the lessons. Now we receive a reflection where we put in our scores from both tests. We include information about what we think we achieved during the lessons and how we could improve. Also what worked best for us when learning, whether it be working with a partner or a certain type of task we completed.
Inquiry- In Inquiry, our topic has been based around Australian history and how the events that occured impacted the country. We have explored and identified why these events happened and the effect they had on Indigenous Australians, using a cause and effect chart. Then using flipgrid (a video recording website) we recorded our understandings of a certain event of our choice to elaborate on what we had learned. We have also used our Chromebooks to create an Australian history timeline, it includes information on each interesting and important moment in Australia’s history.
Religion- A number of the Grade Six students in our class our currently preparing for their Confirmation. We wish them the best and keep them in our prayers as they embark on the journey of receiving the Holy Spirit.
Wellbeing- Wellbeing is a new topic we are focusing on. Every third Friday we have Wellbeing Fridays. On these days we complete tasks which teach us to be patient and show resilience. In our first lesson we had to try our best to say a tongue twister 10 times very quickly. After a few attempts, as a class we discussed ways to calm down when we failed and how to encourage ourselves to keep going. We completed a reflection on our thoughts when doing the task and how our thoughts made us feel.
Paddy Edwards - Year 5/6E teacher