Welcome back to 5A!
A full house
We are delighted that all students of 5A are now on board this week and it was truly heart-warming to see how warmly class-mates welcomed our final member to the fold. Duong, it is great to have you in the 5A team!
Highlights from this week’s learning in 5A.
5A and 2A are Buddies
This Thursday was the first time we met our new buddies as we travelled upstairs to visit new friends in 2A. Students spent time getting to know each other before heading outside to the playground to play together and learn some new games. We finished off our time together in 5A where groups settled down to a good book. It was fantastic to see how naturally members of 5A took to being role models for their younger peers and it set the tone for what promises to be a very happy year ahead. We look forward to meeting with our buddies regularly over the school year to develop and support our school values of community, learning and responsibility while having lots of fun together.
Read all about it!
We made our way across campus on Friday morning to the peace and calm of the library for our first official class visit of the year. 5A have a library session every Friday for the entire year and we are blessed with a fantastic space and wonderful library teachers who can help us find those Just Right Books. Today, we had a brief tour before exploring and looking for great reads. Every student was tasked with and successfully met the challenge of finding at least one chapter book to take out and read over the coming week/s. We are looking forward to many more visits as we continue to develop into brilliant bibliophiles, rip-roaring readers and gatherers of genres!
Exploring our Maths Tools
Having spent some time grappling with questions such as What is Maths? and What do Mathematicians do? we started this week contemplating how we as mathematicians can use tools in our classroom effectively. Students embarked on a week long investigation of a number of different manipulatives and tools that we have in class, playing, building, discovering and being challenged, before capturing their experiences in a reflective slideshow. Next week, we will be talking about the importance of engaging in accountable mathematical discussion, using mathematically precise language and practicing active listening while stretching our maths brains with some challenging Number Talks and Three Act Maths activities.
Poetry in motion
This week, we have been standing on the shoulders of poetic giants, reading works by William Blake and William Carlos Williams to give us inspiration for our own poetic masterpieces. Lessons have focussed on different subject matters including describing ordinary things as in beautiful terms and making apologies for things we are secretly delighted to have done as well as using similes and metaphors to add depth and charm to our descriptions. Next week, we will consider how hip-hop and poetry are closely related art-forms and how alliteration can add rhythm and texture to our writing.
The focus of our week’s investigations had us considering how an iceberg is a useful analogy for our own identity – how there are aspects of who we are that are visible for all to see (our height, hair colour, behaviours etc), while there are other parts of our being that are not immediately obvious to the naked eye (beliefs and values, thought processes and traditions.) Next week we will look at how music, fashion and language influence our understanding of identity.
Back to School Night
I am thoroughly looking forward to the upcoming opportunity to meet you and share all that is new and exciting in Grade 5 at our upcoming Back to School Night. As well as giving you a brief insight into the learning for the year, I will be sharing with you who your child’s other teachers are and what ways you can support your child at home? If for any chance you are unable to attend, I will post the slide show on next week’s blog and naturally please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Save the Date
Mon, 2nd September – No school – Vietnamese National Day
Tue, 3rd September – After School Activities and Youth Sports begin
Thurs, 5th September – Back to School Night (Meet the Teacher)
Wed, 11 September – ES Snack Sale
Fri, 13th September – No school for students – Professional Development Day
Wed, 25th to 27th September – G5 Overnight Excursion
“Nothing of me is original.
I am the combined effort
of everyone I’ve ever known”