National eSmart Week

Last week was National eSmart Week. All the Year 4 to 6 classes participated in one activity to reinforce their Cyber Safety messages from Term 1. The Year Fives watched a Behind the News episode about Digital Footprints and were quite shocked about how much information is stored online about each of us without us knowing. With this understanding in mind, students were asked to think carefully about what information they should share online and with who. The completed an activity where they used a traffic light system to identify safe and unsafe online behaviours. They were then asked to explain their choices. Here are some of the samples from Room 15: 

Here is also a handy reminder about balancing time online as we approach the spring school holidays.

Fraction Frenzy

Over the past weeks, we have been learning a whole range of new skills related to fractions. We have learned how to:

  • compare and order fractions
  • identify equivalent fractions
  • calculate a fraction of an amount
  • convert mixed numerals to improper fractions and vice versa
  • simplify fractions
  • add and subtract fractions

Last week, we made use of the notes we have made in our learning journal and applied our skills and understandings with some fraction activities. Most of the tasks including QR codes to the answers which provided us with instant feedback about our understandings and gave us the opportunity to correct mistakes and misunderstandings.

Book Week

Aubin Grove celebrates Book Week on the last day of Term 3, Friday 22nd September. This year the theme is ‘Escape to Everywhere.’ The Year 5 cohort has decided to run a ‘book cafe’ where students will be asked to bring to school a book review of their favourite book. This will be part of the homework grid leading up to Week 10 where they will be given the template and information to include about their chosen book.

Our book cafe will be on Thursday 21st September, between recess and lunch, with the book week dress up on Friday the 22nd of September. Students will dress up as their favourite character from the book that they are reviewing.

More information will be given closer to the date.

PJ Day!

Yesterday, we celebrated the Winter Solstice in our pyjamas. We joined with Room 16 to complete a Viewing task, watching Inside Out. We got comfy, enjoyed some popcorn and recorded notes about the storyline, themes and character representation in the film. Stay tuned for our completed movie reviews and character analysis!

Critical Friends

This week, we have been learning how to give, receive and act upon feedback.

 

On Monday, we teamed up with Room 16 in the library to watch a video called, ‘Austin’s Butterfly’ about a young boy who used feedback from his peers to improve his drawing of a butterfly. We then attempted the same task with a ‘critical friend’ who provided us with specific, honest feedback about our drawing and how we could improve it. Using that feedback, we were able to make progress with our drawing skills.

Today, we teamed up with a critical friend in class who provided us with specific feedback on how we could improve our paragraphs before publishing them. By using the success criteria that we constructed as a class, the critical friends were able to give us very specific advice about how we could improve our paragraph structure, sentences, punctuation and vocabulary.

Multiplication Madness

We have been working extremely hard in Room 15 to master our multiplication strategies this term. Today, we practised our skills with a scavenger hunt in the sunshine and worked in our teams to apply our strategies to word problems.

Making Each Other’s Day

This afternoon, we took some time to write each of our classmates a positive message to make their day. I was so impressed to see the amount of thought each of the students put into writing a personalised message for every one of their peers. They were over the moon to receive their own sheets back and read all of the lovely comments!

To the Students of Room 15

To all my students in Room 15,

This week, you will sit the NAPLAN tests. Before you take these tests, there is something important you should know.

Some of you love to sing, are good at drawing or can teach others how to use a computer program. Others can dance with grace, speak confidently to a large group or excel in sports. There are many things that make you exceptional and unique.

From the conversations I have had with your parents, I know that you are all caring, thoughtful and that every day you all try your hardest. Please come to school tomorrow ready to do your best and remember there are many things that make you, YOU!

Kind regards,

Mrs Arrowsmith

Grammar and Punctuation Group Challenge

By working together in our teams, we were able to apply our understandings of grammar and punctuation rules to answer multiple choice questions in a class quiz.

We had the opportunity to discuss some common grammar mistakes and correct some misunderstandings. In particular, many of us were surprised that the contraction ‘could’ve’ is short for ‘could have’ NOT ‘could of.’ We also didn’t realise that ‘who’s‘ is the contraction for ‘who is’ while the word whose is used for possession. E.g. Whose bag is this?

Here are some photos from our quiz: