We ended Term 3 with a spelling test. . . but then we had some fun! We re-located to the PAC, where we could stretch out and get in to teams for a Quiz Day. We had 10 rounds, including general knowledge, maths, entertainment and some extra round with flags and word puzzles. Congratulations to the winning team!
We headed back to the class for a shared lunch. Thank you to those who wanted to participate and bring food along. Time was soon running out and we only had time for 25 minutes of the movie Paper Planes.
Here are some snaps of our last day of the term. Thank you also to those who gave me gifts and very heartfelt card. They were lovely and a great reminder of my time in Room 40.
Take care over the holiday break, rest up and brace yourself for the final term of year six!
And for one final time - "High Five Friday!"
Today we joined forces with Dani's class in room 39 and had a balloon-powered car challenge. Students had to design a car using the materials provided and safely and collaboratively construct and test the car. Students worked well in teams of 3-4 to design a car that was travel the furthest distance using only a balloon to power it. This activity promotes not only science, technology and engineering, but also teamwork, collaboration, negotiation. Well done on a great effort, Room 40!
Sometimes we don’t give time to qualities that we are truly thankful for. What is the best part of you? This question was put to the students yesterday and today. We were asked to photograph the best part of ourselves in an artist way. We worked in pairs to do this. It is a bit hard to take a picture of your own arms! We were reminded to keep the elements of Art (form, texture, value, space, colour and space and line) in mind when taking their photographs. Look at the texture of the background surfaces, the value (light to dark tones) and shapes shown in the photographs. We accompanied the photographs with an expressive piece of prose describing the best part of ourselves.
Here is just a snippet.
Over the last four weeks, we have been developing our oral language techniques by reading to one another and identifying features of effective book reading. We know that we must be aware of our positioning, voice projection, expression, being aware of punctuation in the text and clear speaking when we are reading aloud. Our class teamed up with Ms Hewison's year 1 class this afternoon in the LIbrary, where a pair of our students read to a pair of year 1 students. This was a great opportunity for our class to put our hard work into practise. All students had a great time and were enthusiastic readers and active listeners. Well done, Room 40 - you did so well!
The weather was too good to resist, so we moved our lesson outside. We were each given a mini pack of M&Ms to help consolidate our learning of probability, chance and graphing. Students made predictions based on the colour of M&Ms then compared that to the actual data before determining the mean, median and mode as well as graphing the data.
It was a tasty lesson and students first worked individually, then combined their data with others' to determine the colour that appears the most.
Today we consolidated our knowledge of electrical circuits by making quiz boards on topics that we were interested in. Some topics included Harry Potter, soccer and Pokemon. It was a great opportunity to learn about science while doing something fun and constructive. Students worked really well in their pairs or groups of three and everyone produced something by the end of the lesson. Here are a couple of the boards. Students will be taking turns to take them home over the next week. We hope parents will also enjoy playing with them, too!
When refugee or migrant families come to this country they’re given a welcome pack. It contains a lot of important information for parents, but nothing for their kids. Behind the News, in conjunction with non-partisan not-for-profit group Welcome to Australia, want to change that by creating a book full of colourful and heartfelt welcome messages, pictures and tips written by the kids of Australia. That book will then be given to every refugee or migrant family that arrives in the country as part of their welcome pack, giving young arrivals a very personal and friendly welcome to their new home country.
Our class decided to get behind the campaign. We shared experiences of entering a new school and the challenges that are faced, then what a 11-12 year old person might feel when they arrive in a new country.
Here are a few of our entries for the competition. You can read more about it at the BTN website.
All students who performed their Shakespearean chant today should be so proud of their efforts. This morning, each group designed and created a poster with their chant, complete with illustrations. This task involved co-operation, time management, negotiation and compromising skills to consolidate their learning in literacy, drama and art.
After recess, groups rehearsed and most groups performed to the class. Unfortunately we weren't able to perform in the PAC, so made do with the stage area just outside our classroom. Some groups were exemplary in their efforts in costumes, learning their lines and choreographing their chants. The pictures below show us at our version of the Globe Theatre. The remainder of the groups wil be performing tomorrow or Friday. Ask your child about their favourite chant and what they most enjoyed when learning about Shakespeare and this learning activity.
After a long weekend for students, we were treated to cupcakes to celebrate Rachel's birthday! We enjoyed the sugary treats outside and commemorated the occasion with this class photo and a game of 'Golden Child'. But the fun soon ended, as we had to get back to work....
Happy Birthday, Rachel. From your friends in Room 40!
We went back to basics today. Over the last two weeks, I have been reading picture books to the class each day. Reading aloud to the class has aligned with our development of oral language focus for the remainder of the term. Students have been exploring alliteration, tone, speed, pause, expression and noticing punctuation when reading aloud.
In groups of three to four, each student has been reading a picture book aloud with these devices in mind, and are provided feedback in a reflection by their peers to help further develop their oral language. Pairs of students will eventually be reading to a small group of year 1s in week 10 to put their developed techniques in to practice.
Here are some snaps from today’s reading corner sessions.