Welcome 5B Community
This week’s shout out goes to Prakhar for his confident presentation at our ES assembly.
Our routines and expectations are now in place. I have witnessed students supporting each other, cheering each other on and having fun, while they learn. I am very proud of the way 5B students have come together as a community. They are a special bunch.
With all members of 5B on board this week, we began to develop our ‘Class Agreements’. The purpose of class agreements is to have a guide, that everyone contributes to, so we can use these agreements to support our learning, solve any issues and make our time at school, supported and enjoyable.
Lots of thought, collaborative effort and discussion from all students made this important activity a success. Our final creating will be posted next week.
5B and 2B are Buddies
This Thursday was the first time we met our new buddies. Students spent time getting to know each other as they produced a portrait of each other. We will be meeting with our buddies regularly to develop and support our school values of community, learning and responsibility.
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 and posting these to their Seesaw platform.
Next week, we will be talking about the importance of engaging in accountable mathematical discussion, using mathematically precise language and practising active listening while stretching our maths brains with some challenging Number Talks and Three Act Maths activities.
5B has begun to look at how our identities are influenced and how we share and express our identity. On Monday, students engaged in a whole grade task of unpacking the eight key concepts. Students related the concepts to themselves, which were posted to their Seesaw accounts.
Next week we will look at how music, fashion and language has influenced our understanding of identity.
Students are enjoying unpacking unknown words and phrases from our read-a-loud, Freak the Mighty. We have had many giggles looking at word choices the author has made. We will continue to develop our vocabulary skills as we read Freak the Mighty in order to support our writing.
Poetry continues to be our main focus. This week we tackled a difficult literary device; Rhythm. Students were exposed to (/) stressed and (u) unstressed syllables that make up the rhythm of a poem. We also practised alliteration; using our knowledge of sound to create our own poetic sentences. Next week we will dive into similes and metaphors.
Back to School Night
I will be sharing what’s new and exciting in grade five, who your child’s teachers are and what ways you can support your child at home? I look forward to meeting you next Thursday and if for any chance you are unable to attend, I will post the slide show I use in next week’s blog.
Class Parents Needed
Calling on ES parents interested in getting more involved as homeroom parents!
- play a key role in maintaining open and positive communication between families and the school
- help build a friendly atmosphere in your class/grade
welcome families into your class who arrive mid-year
- support teachers with requests (mainly ES)
Click here for more information
If your child would like to practice their typing skills at home, they have an account to a site called Typing.Com.
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
The Week that Was:
“Nothing of me is original.
I am the combined effort
of everyone I’ve ever known”