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Measurement is finding a number that shows the size or amount of something. We can measure many different things, but mostly we measure…
Length: Length is how far from end to end. Also called distance. We measure length using millimetres, centimetres, metres and kilometres.
Area: Area is the size of a surface: how much is inside the boundary of a flat (2-dimensional) object such as a triangle or circle. (The rule is Length x Width L x W). The area is measured in square centimetres or square metres and is written like this cm2 or m2.
Perimeter: The perimeter is the length around the outside of a polygon or the path that surrounds an area.
Volume: Volume is the amount of 3-dimensional space an object occupies. Also called capacity. We measure capacity using millilitres and litres.
Mass: Mass is how much matter something contains. We measure mass using grams, kilograms and tonnes.
Time: Time is the ongoing sequence of events taking place. We measure time using seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years.
Temperature: How hot or cold a thing is. Temperature is measured using a thermometer, usually in the celsius or fahrenheit scale.
This week is MEASUREMENT WEEK!
We are really looking forward to visiting the undercover area, where lots of different measurement activities are set up for us to weigh, estimate, compare and consider!
Both Year Five classes had the opportunity to participate in MEASUREMENT WEEK at St Emilie’s. There were lots of interesting ‘hands on’ activities to engage with, where students were able to explore capacity, perimeter, area, mass and length.
Measurement is of course an important area of Numeracy and students were very keen to explore each task which were challenging and fun!
Together with our Year One buddies, we listened to the story of “The Rainbow Fish” written by Marcus Pfister. This story is a great story for children of all ages as it explores selfishness and teaches children about the importance of sharing.
After listening to the story we each decorated our own “Rainbow Fish” leaving one scale to be the shiny scale. We made it shiny by using glitter. On the back of our fish we shared one way that we try to be a good friend by showing kindness.
“The most beautiful fish in the ocean is asked to share one of his shining scales with a little blue fish, and to which he refuses. All the other fish in the sea leave him alone, and he wondered why. He goes to the wise octopus for advice, and she tells him to give away his scales. Rainbow Fish reluctantly does so, except for one. In the end, he is less beautiful then he was before, but he has new friends and is now the happiest fish in the sea.”
Possible questions you could ask your child:
- Have you ever owned an item that you didn’t want to share?
- If you were made to share it, did it make you happy or sad
- Would you rather keep something really special all to yourself or share it with friends?
- Is being unique more important than being liked?
- Was Rainbow Fish’s decision to share worth it?
- Rainbow Fish was happy with his scales, and he was happy with his new friends. Do you think there different kinds of happiness?
- Were they true friends, if one of the main reasons the others liked Rainbow Fish was just because he gave them something pretty?
- Rainbow Fish refused to give the blue fish the scale politely, would this have changed the other fish’s opinion of him?
- Do you try to share with your friends?
- What makes it difficult to share sometimes?
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Goal setting is an important skill and the process of setting goals can serve as a road map to success in all areas of our lives. In small groups the children responded to various questions to help them decide on some common goals for Year Five. These goals will help us to make 2015 a successful, safe and happy year!
One process for helping set clear, achievable goals is S.M.A.R.T. which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound.
Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals can help keep us motivated and it provides a way to measure our progress during our journey.
It’s also important to set goals for ourselves, to become better as individuals. This is known as developing our character as a person. We all have the ability to act in what can be referred to as “virtuous ways.” Acting in these ways most of the time is good for us and good for those around us. Here is a list of 12 “virtues” that we encourage the students to develop:
Thank you for supporting this learning at home by being good role models and encouraging your children in the tight direction!
Welcome back to a new school year, we trust that you all had a safe and enjoyable holiday period and are ready for the exciting events of 2015!
We are delighted to have your child in our class and we are looking forward to getting to know them throughout the year. We have high but realistic expectations for each child and rest assured we will work hard to support and help them to achieve their fullest potential.
Each year we strive to provide all students with meaningful experiences that not only challenge them academically but also help them to develop as ‘a whole person’. This means that alongside learning about fractions, language conventions, current events, compound words and so on, we will also be paying close attention to how we ‘relate’ together and how we work both collectively and individually to create a safe, nurturing and positive environment for all.
A quality home/school partnership is essential in helping your child to become the best they can be. If home and school have a consistent message and clear expectations then your child will be set up for success – emotionally, physically and academically.
Some of you may still have questions about life in Year Five. Hopefully the parent information evening last Wednesday answered most of these, however if you have any further queries or would like to make us aware of anything pertinent to your child, please feel free to send a short email or make an appointment. We do ask, however, that you give your child at least a few weeks to settle into Year Five, not only so they can get used to the change but also so we can get to know them better. We will also have a Two Way Interview in Week 6, which will give us an opportunity to meet and discuss how your child is travelling so far.
We are really looking forward to working with parents, students and teachers to ensure that your child really shines this year!
Miss Alycia Thomas and Mrs Kirsten Fowler