In Geography this term we have been studying the Earth, it’s continents and now we are taking a closer look at some countries.
Throughout the last two weeks in 6B students were given a continent in which they needed to choose a country they wanted to learn more about. In pairs they were given a research task to compose investigation questions and use the internet to find answers to those questions.
As part of this task students were taught about plagiarism and how to correctly reference someone else’s work and turn it into their own words.
Once the research was complete students were then asked to plan, draft and edit an individual information report on their country. Below you can see some snippets of the research process and students composing their drafts.
Parents, you can look forward to seeing some very professional final copies in our Virtual Open Night!
Jess Aarons’ greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He’s been practicing all summer and can’t wait to see his classmates’ faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys’ side and outruns everyone.
We have begun reading our new novel for this term ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ and have started to make some great predictions and connections to the book already.
Each week we have to sort a number of vocabulary words into categories: ‘We know what it means…’ ‘We sort of know what it means…’ ‘We don’t know what it means…’
This helps us to then discover the meaning of different words we come across when reading which assists our comprehension and our understanding of the book.
This term some of the reading strategies we will be focusing on are to:
• Predict: Use evidence and prior knowledge to help you think about what will happen in a text.
• Infer: Use evidence and prior knowledge to help find out important details that the author doesn’t specifically tell you.
• Visualise: Use the words and details in the text to make pictures in your head.
• Question: Ask questions while reading to help monitor your understanding.
• Connect: Make connections between what you read, your own experiences, other books, and the world.
• Evaluate: Use your own opinions to talk about a text.
• Summarise: Brainstorm and write about the most important details about a text.
• Determine Importance: Come up with what is the most important things about a text.
• Synthesise: Organise, recall, and recreate information, and fit it in with what you already know.
All readers should use these strategies to help them make sense of what they are reading.
What a Week One!
We have enjoyed an exciting start to Term Three, in Year Six. Both classes have welcomed student teachers from Notre Dame University. In Six Blue, we have Miss Schultz and in Six Gold, Mr Martin.
Miss Sarah Schultz
Hi! I’m Sarah Schultz. I’ll be joining Year 6 Blue for Term 3. I am in my fourth year of my Bachelor of Education (Primary).
Mr Simon Martin
Hi! I’m Simon Martin, and I’ll be joining Year 6 Gold for Term 3. I’m in my final year of my Master of Teaching (Primary) after having previously earned a degree in Media Studies, Journalism and Philosophy.
We wish Miss Schultz and Mr Martin every success in their school experience this term!
Last term, the Year Six students nominated for a position as their House Captain or Vice Captain. The speech prepared by each and every student was very compelling and something that they can all feel very proud of. It was very difficult for all involved to choose who they would give their vote to. On Thursday this week, the wait for the Year Six nominees was finally over and the results were announced. It was so wonderful to see the students cheering and genuinely delighted for their friends who were successful, as well as the pride and joy in the faces of those who received a new badge.
Here are our Captains and Vice Captains for each house…
All of our new House Leaders
We know that they will do us proud, along with all of their class mates, as they all continue to be great role models and fantastic leaders.
This week Mrs Cogger provided some interesting Science Activities to celebrate NAIDOC Week. Across Australia NAIDOC Week is usually celebrated in schools in the last week of Term 2. This year due to the COVID pandemic, NAIDOC week was moved to November. However, many schools went ahead with their plans to celebrate in week 10 just as they always do.
The Year 2 and 3 students learned of a Noonjar Dreaming Story that tells us how the Southern Cross was formed.
The Year 4B students learned about the Noonjar season of Makuru and explored the bushland to look for signs that Makuru has started.
The Year 5B students made Aboriginal digging sticks used for digging up bloodroot, yams, honey ants and Witchetty grubs.
The Year 6 students learned about Aboriginal engravings and rock art. After observing many different forms of art, the students created a shield with symbols of their own Dreaming Story.