Outdoor Classroom Day

Thursday, September 7th was Outdoor Classroom Day. It is an initiative set up to encourage young children to get outside and explore. We have been focusing on adding and subtracting fractions with the same and related denominators in maths and so we headed outside for a Mystery Word Challenge. The students were required to solve the problem to get a letter, after six letters, it will make a word. We had two sets of questions, students decided which they wanted to work on. It was an exciting way to take our learning outdoors!

 

We also headed outdoors with Room 15 to revise the Growth Mindset. We paired up with a member of the other class and were given role plays. After 30 minutes of rehearsing, the students were put into groups where they would perform their play to the other groups. Each play focused on a different aspect of a Growth Mindset, these being: Joining the Team, Mistakes, A Change in Attitude and Criticism vs Feedback.

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 of definitions and work from Room 16:

“A digital footprint is a trace of evidence of where you have been throughout the day e.g. When you call someone on your phone your digital footprint can record it.” – Izzy 

“A digital footprint is a trace of evidence left behind every time you use internet or a digital device. E.g: When I log on to Friv to play a game.” – Ayaan

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

 

Fractions!

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 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.

We have also been motived through the use of our Fraction Learning Journey. It tracks all of our learning and also informs us as to what we might need more practice at.

 

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Scitech Excursion Recap

Last Wednesday the Year 5’s headed off to Scitech for the day. We all enjoyed the time we had and the different activities we experienced. We started our day in the Planetarium and learnt about the Solar System and the universe we are a part of. This links to our science for next term where we will be exploring this topic in further detail.

We then moved straight to an exciting show called ‘Things that Glow.’ It was very interesting to discuss the huge assortment of things we can access that gives us light. The students were extra impressed at Ultra Violet (UV) light and the effect it has (ask them about it!).

After the very informative presentation, we had free time, exploring the range of exciting things Scitech has on offer.

Thinking it was all over, we headed to the feature exhibition – ‘Who Dun It?’ The students were faced with a crime scene, set in a zoo, a security guard had been shot and a prized white rhino had been stolen. They are asked for their help to solve the crime. Armed with a crime file, students had to use forensic science such as finger-printing, chromatography, autopsies, footprints and DNA samples to gather evidence and solve this murder mystery.

Check out the photos below to see how the day went!

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 book that the students are reviewing as part of their review, will be their dress up for the parade.

More information will be given closer to the date.

 

Scitech Excursion

As part of our Science program in Year 5, an excursion to Scitech has been organised. Students will experience Horizon the Planetarium Live, view the Science – Things that Glow Show and spend time in the interactive general exhibit area. The excursion will take place on Wednesday 23rd August, week 6. 

Please return forms and payment to the office by 15th August 2017

Merit Awards

Congratulations to these four super stars for receiving merit awards recently.

 

End of Term 2!

On Wednesday 21st June, we celebrated the Winter Solstice in our pyjamas. We joined with Room 15 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!

 

To celebrate NAIDOC Week, the students of Aubin Grove were asked to decorate a pair of hands with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island flags. Room 16 got a little creative and after learning about NAIDOC and what it means, we water colour painted our hand flags. It was something a little different! On Thursday of the last week of school, we had an incursion of an Aboriginal dance. The performance was by students from PLC College. 

 

In the last week of school, students were sent home with photo forms and also swimming notes. These come up very quickly in Term 3 so please get your money into the office! Photos are on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Week 1, our time and day has not been confirmed as of yet, I will keep you updated once I know.

Enjoy your holidays families and students of Room 16! See you back at school on Monday 17th July!

Merit Awards Term 2 Week 7

Congratulations to our hard workers Giselle and Xavier, recipients of last week’s merit awards.

 

The Latest

We have been working hard in class these previous two weeks! Last Friday, we had Crazy Hair Day which raised funds for the Year 6 Big Week Out which resulted in some very interesting hairstyles.

During Week 8 we have collaborated with some other classrooms. On Monday, we joined with Room 15 and learnt about Feedback and being a Critical Friend. We started our learning by watching a video called ‘Austin’s Butterfly.’ The video looked at a student who was attempting to draw a scientific drawing of a butterfly. He was given feedback by his peers and his progress from the first to fourth drawing really inspired our class.  The video showed us how we need to be a Critical Friend when giving feedback to a peer. It needs to be specific and honest. The students gained a greater understanding of feedback that is useful, compared to praise, which does not help us to progress.

 

On Friday, as part of Science Week, we joined with Room 35’s students and Room 10’s students. We explained the Science Week task for this year and then discussed and looked at what a sustainable world would be. The students were asked what the quote, “There is no Plan B because we do not have a Planet B,” meant and we developed our understanding of the way the world is changing. The students were then placed in groups of 6 where they participated in a team building activity to get to know their peers and then given a scenario card. This scenario card looked at four different futures that could occur. It was very interesting talking to the groups and how they interpreted their scenario card.