Please see the attached file to check out what we have been doing in Maths!
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
WHAT MAKES A GOOD LEADER…
The Year Fives are working towards becoming great leaders in 2015! These are some of the comments shared when we discussed what makes a good leader. Leaders display many great qualities and it is imporant that we undertsand what it takes to lead others. We will be trying our hardest to showcase these qualities for the remainder of the year, so we are ready to accept our new role as a leader next year.
Being a respectful and clear COMMUNICATOR– Having good manners and being able to talk nicely and share your ideas with others (Alessia Y).
Being an active LISTENER– Being able to listen carefully to others and respond in positive ways (Class).
Thinking and acting RESPONSIBLE– Younger children look up to you, so you need to be responsible when carrying out your duties (Alessia D).
Being TRUSTWORTHY– Younger children and teachers needs to be able to trust you with jobs of responsibility and trust you to lead the children in a good and positive way (Madison).
HONEST– People need to trust you and feel comfortable talking to you (Ella).
RESPECTFUL– You need to respect parents, teachers and students so they feel cared for and valued (Georgia).
ENTHUSIASTIC– A friendly person is important so you are approachable to others (Jason).
CONFIDENCE-We need to grow in confidence so we can take on different roles and duties. You also need confidence to stand up and talk in front of large groups (Rachel).
Be FLEXIBLE– You need to be accepting of the ideas of others. You must be open-minded (Alessia Y).
Things come up and you need to be able to go with the flow (Class).
Must be ORGANISED– You need to be organised so you can complete your school work and still have time to help others (Rachel).
HELPFUL– Seeing others in need and giving up your time to help them with their struggles (Tomos).
COMMITMENT– If you say you are going to do something it is important that you stick to it (Jason).
Be an ENCOURAGER & MOTIVATOR– Having belief in other people so you can help them achieve their goals and to do their best (Alessia).
This term we are working with fractions, decimals and percentages. To begin the week we have learned a little more about equivalent fractions by playing the game, ‘Property Developer’. To play the game you need two players, two dice and some counters. The aim of the game is to occupy the most apartments by rolling the dice and making a fraction. If you roll a 2 and a 3 then you can make the fraction 2/3 therefore you can occupy two windows on a three bedroom apartment. If your partner has already occupied this apartment then you could make an equivalent fraction such s 4/6 or 8/12 and occupy those apartments instead. This game is great for getting us to recognise that different fractions actually represent the same amount.
In Religion, we have been discussing the characteristics of what it means to be responsible. We identified that responsible people ask themselves three questions before making a choice:
Is this a loving thing to do?
Have I thought enough about this?
Am I free from strong emotions?
We discussed various choices that people make and then performed a ‘Freeze Frame’ of a scenario where people have made a good choice and where people have make a poor choice. As a class we discussed the consequences that we face as a result of our actions, the importance of the rules that we abide by in our communities and laws that we have to follow.
During Inquiry, we participated in a lesson called, ‘Exercising Our Funny Bones’. We spoke about the Habit of Mind, ‘Finding Humour’ which provided us with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the importance of humour in our lives. People with a sense of humour are more likely to develop resilience as well as creative and lateral problem solving abilities. Having a sense of humour will also help us cope when our needs or wants are not being met. The Habit of Mind, ‘Finding Humour’ encourages people to laugh a little as laughing increases your oxygen intake and is good for you. It asks us to appreciate other’s humour and to try and laugh at ourselves.
As part of this lesson we were given a question or an answer to a joke. We had to move around the room and find someone who completed out joke. Some of the jokes were terrible and some of them were quite funny, we have shared a few below.