January 17, 2020

Greetings 5D Community,

This week in UOI, we’ve been busy inquiring into circuits. It’s been a very hands-on week with students building and experimenting with energy. In the Maker Space today, students have been playing video games on their very own handbuilt controllers utilising the Makey Makey kits, and some very innovative ideas.

In literacy, we kicked started our new text type with an explanation pre-assessment requiring students to describe how and why something works. We inquired further into spelling rules, with students identifying ‘replace the -e’ and ‘double the consonant’. In reading, we began an inquiry into non-fiction text types, with students identifying the key differences between fiction and non-fiction texts via a Venn diagram. On Monday, we were introduced to the Montagues & Capulets when we began reading our next Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet (no spoilers please, parents!)

In math, we began a new unit investigating fractions and decimals. We’ve spent the week reading, comparing, ordering and converting fractions and decimals. Instead of saying “point forty-seven” like most adults, we say “four-tenths and seven hundredths.” We’ve been working with number lines a lot this week, and students have learned to place decimals appropriately. Many students thought that four-tenths (.4) was less than eight-hundredths (.08). This weekend, challenge your child to a game of “Guess My Decimal” or “Guess My Fraction”, and help them to consolidate their mathematical learning.

In addition to our formal learning, 5D has been thinking hard about how to take action, to help the native animal species across Australia, who have fallen victim to the extensive bushfires. This morning we’ve had students sewing pouches for joey kangaroos, creating friendship bracelets for fundraising, chalk drawing to spread awareness, and poster making. The class has also written a letter to Ms Megan requesting a Bake Sale fundraiser next week. We are now awaiting confirmation from Ms Mcgee. I am extremely impressed by how empathetic and caring our class is fast becoming, and I can’t wait to see what they achieve during PYPx next unit.

Save the Date

Wednesday, 22nd January: Student/Parent/Teacher conferences

Thursday, 23rd January: Tet Assembly

Friday, January 24: First day of Tet holiday break

Monday, February 3: First day back at school after Tet holiday break

Wednesday, February 5th: SCO movie night

Friday, February 28th: Blue Dragon Walk-a-thon and PYPx parent information morning.


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