It is hard to believe we are already at the end of the second full week of school! The students continue to find their place in the classroom and we continue to focus on building our routines. Thank you to many of you for completing the survey I shared with you during the week! Many questions were asked and I have added them to my agenda to address with you all on Thursday at Back To School Night!
On Friday morning we will using our morning meeting time to do a whole class check in. We did this for the first time today. Students did an anonymous vote saying a score out of 10 of how they are feeling towards school. We came up with a criteria to explain what the scores tell us:
A score of 1 – 3 means the student is feeling unhappy at school.
A score of 4 – 6 means the student is feeling mixed about school…some things are good and some not so good.
A score of 7 – 8 means the student is feeling that their school day is good but there is room to be better.
A score of 9 – 10 means the student feels that school couldn’t be better!
We used the See Think Wonder routine to analyse our results and to look at the data we collected.
When we looked at our 4A Values we agreed that the areas that we need to improve upon are actively listening to each other and not having side conversations. It was discussed that many students are not feeling they have a voice in the classroom and that the same people are talking all the time. This is what the class will be working on improving over the coming week.
A summary of the data shows that 90% of the students in 4A are HAPPY to come to school! This is a great result and something the students were happy with. We ALL agreed that we need to work together to help get this 90% to 100% as quickly as possible!
Unit of Inquiry:
This year grade 4 will be doing the How We Express Ourselves unit throughout the entire year. We will be focusing on the central idea; How we express our understanding influences how effectively our messages are communicated. The students will have opportunities throughout the year to participate in a range of workshops that will teach them the skills to present in different ways. This week we were introduced to the unit and the students reflected on where they believe their skillset to be. They used a recording scale of:
- Shared understanding: Others teach and I learn
- Guided understanding: I try and others help
- Independent understanding: I do on my own
- Learning understanding: I teach, others learn
Students will be encouraged to sign up for workshops for the tools they feel they have shared or guided understanding first and as the year progresses we will continue to update the chart throughout the year.
NEXT WEEK we will being our How The World Works unit.
Central Idea: Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and our activity.
An inquiry into:
- characteristics of the Earth’s surface. (form)
- factors that change Earth’s surface. (change)
- the impact of Earth’s changes. (causation)
Writing – This week we have been focusing on the writing process – What is it? What do the different stages mean? We have been focusing on the brainstorming stage and drawing maps of our memories that we can use later on throughout the year for story ideas.
Ms Nicole came in and did a lesson with the students on how to write a response! We are going to enjoy our writing sessions with Ms Nicole each Friday morning!
Reading – We enjoyed starting our new class read aloud and began to look at different resources and routines we will be using during guided reading.
Math: This week we focused on learning different math routines and strategies that we can use. We started doing daily number talks which the students have been enjoying introducing to the new students! They all recorded a mini number talk on their Seesaw so you can have an example of what they do!
Everyday this week we have been doing tasks and challenges which help us gain an understanding of the different math strategies we can use. We have been focusing on:
- Team work
- Looking for different resources
- Starting with a smaller case
On Thursday the class had the opportunity to meet and interact with their new buddy class. This year 4A will meet with Ms Corlia’s class in K2. Throughout the year lessons that focus on skills such as collaboration, communication and team building will be planned along with those that support the curriculum of both grade levels. Ms Corlia and I will be putting the students together in buddy groups in the next session. We are looking forward to a great year ahead with them!
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Monday 3rd September – NO SCHOOL!
Thursday 6th September – Back to School Night – 6pm
Tuesday 11th September – Parent Community Morning with Head of School – 8am
Tuesday 18th September – Math Morning Coffee – 8.30 – 9.30am
Saturday 22nd September – Community Connections Fair and Flea Market
Saturday 29th September – Parent and Staff Sparkly Social
Monday 1st October – ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)
October 6 – 14th – Autumn Break NO SCHOOL
THIS WEEKS READ ALOUD:
Kensuke’s Kingdom By Michael Morpurgo – we will continue to read this next week for the short week.