Parent Updates

Grade 5/6 Update Week 8 – Term 3 

Our Arts Alive exhibition is fast approaching! Our term’s learning will culminate in this fantastic event where you will see our efforts and work on display.

This week a note will be sent home with information concerning the timing of the evening. We have made a concerted effort to ensure that siblings are performing at different times throughout the evening so parents can attend each performance.

The children are expected to attend school from 2pm to 8pm.

The exhibition will open to the community at 4pm.

Throughout the evening the students will be showing their art, giving tours, serving refreshments in the hall and performing in the classroom of 5/6JCC.

In Inquiry, after concluding our Shared Inquiry, the students began planning their Personal Inquiry. In small groups or independently, students have chosen a performance art medium and a social justice issue and have worked to create a performance to highlight their message. These will be shown throughout the Arts Alive exhibition night in half an hour sessions.

Our learning in Religion is has culminated in a ‘Taking Action Day’, where the children will collect and sell items in stalls to raise money for their chosen organisations. This will take place on the last day of Term 3, Friday 16th September from 8:30am to 12pm. There will be a note sent home very soon that will detail the schedule of the day and will include information about the Walkathon, PJ day and Pet Parade that will take place. Please be generous with your donations as it is all going towards a great cause!

Stay posted for information to come on the exciting last two weeks of term!

 

Some Key Dates for Term 3

School Closure Day                                                          Friday 2nd September

District Athletics                                                               Monday 5th September

Twilight School Event ‘Arts Alive’                              Thursday 8th September

Taking Action Day                                                            Friday 16th September

End of Term 3                                                                    Friday 16th September

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Grade 5/6 Update Week 5 

After our fantastic excursion this week in our beautiful city we are very excited for our upcoming Arts Alive exhibition at the end of the term! As we work towards this big event we are focusing on different areas of the curriculum through the Arts. This week we have had a busy week with our level Workshop Day on Monday, Excursion on Tuesday and an upcoming Incursion with slam poet Joel McKerrow on Friday. Busy, Busy, Busy!

Our Inquiry and Religion foci this term is integrated throughout our curriculum. As we continue to focus on the essential question ‘How do we use the Arts and our faith to respond to our world?’ we are concluding our Shared Inquiry and moving into the Personal Inquiry. From here, the children choose a form of Art to ‘bring alive’. This may become their performance in our final exhibition which will be scheduled throughout the Twilight School hours. Students will also begin to take action in their community, using their foundational understanding of an unfair issue to decide a way to genuinely help others. This is an exciting time in our level as we put our learning into action in different ways!

In Reading we are continuing to focus on figurative language and how this is used to add depth and meaning to text. We are looking at different pieces of art and asking ourselves the questions, ‘how does this make us feel?’ ‘What could this art mean?’ Through this visual literacy we are looking deeper into texts and art, using examples to support our thinking and ideas.

In Writing we have been focusing on Personal Responses as the children have analysed and reflected on particular pieces of art. This strongly connects to our Reading as our focus in this area helps us to write a detailed and interesting Personal Responses. We will continue to focus on our response to art throughout this term and also look at creative writing as a response and a form of art itself.

In Maths we have concluded our focus on Angles and Mapping and we are moving into Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. This is a challenging area of the curriculum and will form our focus for the remainder of the term. The children will focus on showing fractions visually and numerically, understanding equivalent fractions as well as placing them in order and on a number line. The children will additionally focus on adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions and also finding the fraction of a particular quantity.

We congratulate everyone on their energetic and enthusiastic participation on Athletics Day last week. It was a fantastic (and wet!) day. Thank you very much to all the parents who helped in particular events; the day could not have happened without you! As the day concluded abruptly the remaining events have been completed during PE times. The district teams have now been decided and the students have been involved in discussions surrounding events. We wish them luck as they participate in the District Athletics on Monday 5th September.

Information will be coming soon regarding the timing and running of the ‘Arts Alive’ exhibition at the end of the term. Stay tuned!

 

Some Key Dates for Term 3

Incursion with Joel McKerrow                                    Friday 12th August

Feast of the Assumption Mass 9:15am                   Monday 15th August

St Bede’s Book Fair                                                         Wednesday 24th August – Tuesday 30th August

St Bede’s Book Fair Dress up day                              Friday 26th August

School Closure Day                                                          Friday 2nd September

District Athletics                                                               Monday 5th September

Twilight School Event ‘Arts Alive’                              Thursday 8th September

End of Term 3                                                                    Friday 16th September

 

Grade 5/6 Overview Term 3, Week 2

Hi everyone!

We have started the term well with our frosty mornings and warm classrooms.

Our Inquiry this term, How can we use the Arts to respond to our world?, will lead us in exploring how we can use the arts to make a difference. The three classes will focus on different art styles and we are looking forward to our excursion later this term where we will be exploring the art in our city. This will culminate in our Twilight school event, “Arts Alive”, on Thursday 8th September where our art will be displayed and performed for the community.

This inquiry works closely with our Religion focus, How can we use our faith to respond to the world? Throughout our learning we will focus the key concepts of community, justice and responsibility. To help us deepen our understanding of these ideas, we will have incursions from people in the community who are working to make a difference and respond to issues they see in the world. Some of our guest speakers include Simon Rowe who is the founder of “Sleepbus” (a mobile homeless shelter for the people of Melbourne) and Nyree from “The St Kilda Mums”. (a volunteer group, based in St Kilda that rehouse  children’s clothing, toys and books, and baby furniture, as they are working with families that are in need.) The students will then reflect on the needs of our community and then work to take action and make difference in different ways.

This term our Maths foci include Fractions, Mapping and Angles. Students will engage in learning inside and outside the classroom as we work to develop these key areas. These concepts lend themselves to an Arts focus as we discover the maths involved in art and look at our world through a mathematical and artistic lens this term. Revision will continued to be given through homework, depending on student need.

This term in Reading we will be engaging in visual literacy as we analyse and evaluate different forms of arts and the techniques they use to communicate a message. In realising that an artist has the power to communicate to an audience the students will work to understand the message of the author/ artist and explain their thinking using key examples. We are also continuing to focus on and explain figurative language.

In Writing this term students will respond to different art forms through written Personal Responses. Our Writing focus strongly connects with our Reading this term which will allow the students to use similar skills in their planning and drafting of their personal responses, making sure they are expressing their emotions and thinking clearly and using examples from the piece of art to support their ideas. We are also encouraging and working to incorporate figurative language regularly and effectively in our writing.

Some Key Dates for Term 3

Parent Cyber Safety Night          Tuesday July 26th  – 7.30 in Jarrow Room
– Movie night for children in the Hall while parents attend the session.

School Closure Day                                           Friday July 29th

Excursion to city                                                Monday August 1st

St Bede’s Athletics Day                                    Wed August 3rd

Joel McKerrow Incursion                                Friday August 12th

Feast of Assumption                                         Monday August 15th

Twilight school Event: “Arts Alive”               Thursday September 8th

 

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Grade 5/6 Overview Term 2, Week 7 – 11

Hi everyone!

With only a month to go until the end of the term, we continue to be very busy on our learning journey!

This week we have St Bede’s Day on Wednesday and the Yr 6 Confirmation Reflection Day on Friday. Next weekend the Yr 6s will be celebrating their Confirmation, confirming their faith with Bishop Edwards at either the 11am mass or 2.30pm mass at St Bede’s.

We are also completing Digital Portfolios in preparation for Learning Conferences. The students will lead the Learning Conference, sharing their personal successes and challenges and discussing their goals in each area of the curriculum. Please ensure your child attends at your nominated time. Chris Comand will send an email with a link to the PTO website for you to choose an appropriate time in the coming weeks.

Also, just a reminder… HAMPERS. Mini Vinnies are requesting all items are brought in by the June 1st. Thank you in advance for your generous donations.

Until then, here is an overview of what we will be doing as we conclude the term.

In Inquiry, we have completed the Shared Inquiry to answer the essential question How can/ does chemical science help us to understand our world and solve problems? The students are now moving into Personal Inquiries, where he/she will choose an essential question and begin researching the answer. This will culminate in a formal presentation, sharing their learning journey.

In Writing, we are developing our touch typing skills by publishing portfolio pieces. Also, the students are publishing a poster about their chosen Saint or Hero. These will be displayed in the room for you to see.

In Reading, we continue to build our research skills through Inquiry. We are focusing on the skills of finding information, paraphrasing and summarising. Students will then use research from a variety of sources to synthesise their new learning.

The first cycle of literature circles has just concluded and the students have chosen a new text. They have reflected on group dynamics and the way they fulfilled each role.  You can read these reviews in their digital portfolios.  

In Religion, we have continued to develop our understanding about unfair issues in our world. The students have been using the thinking organiser, Synthesis Eggs,  to analyse information from a variety of sources and develop their original thinking.

We have also been reflecting upon the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and how we can use these gifts to help others and change unjust situations. They selected a Saint or a Hero and through homework and classroom tasks, have identified the gifts these people possess and how they demonstrated this to help others.

In Maths, we are concluding our unit on Problem Solving. The students should know the steps to solve a problem, as well as name and use a variety of problem solving strategies. We will begin a unit on Time, focusing on reading analogue and digital times, 12 and 24 hour times, as well as interpreting a variety of timetables.

Key Dates for Term 2

Wednesday 25th May – St Bede’s Feast Day

Friday 27th May – Confirmation Reflection Day

Friday 3rd June – Feast of the Sacred Heart – whole school mass @9.15am

Sunday 5th June – Confirmation (11am & 2.30pm)

Monday 13th June – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Monday 20th June – Parent Teacher Interviews @ 7.30am-7.30pm (5/6N ONLY)

Thursday 23rd June – End of Term 2: Students finish @3.15pm

Parent Teacher Interviews@4-8pm

Friday 24th June – Parent Teacher Interviews @8am – 12pm

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Grade 5/6 Overview Term 2, Week 3 & 4

Hi everyone!

We have had a busy beginning to our term with some fantastic introductions to our new learning!

In Inquiry, we have continued to explore the essential question How can/ does chemical science help us to understand our world and solve problems? The students have explored the states of matter and how these change when energy is applied. Within each class, students have completed different chemical experiments and come to a common understanding of Chemical Science. In the coming weeks students will move to various classrooms to work with different teachers and complete a range of chemical experiments.

In Writing, we have made links in our learning, focusing on writing procedural texts (practical science reports). Through observation and research the students have recorded their findings after conducting an experiment and then explained the scientific reasoning behind the reaction. The students will complete a range of practical scientific reports throughout the term and then choose one for their portfolio that they feel shows their learning and personal learning goals.

In Reading, we are continuing to build the skills good readers use to comprehend texts. We are continuing to develop our understanding of the different roles in Literature Circles and making sure we are engaging in in depth discussion to analyse the text we are reading. As we develop these skills we are focusing on forming our own opinions about what we read and justifying these with evidence.  

In Religion, we have also worked to develop an informed opinion as we think about current issues that we see to be unjust. The students are beginning engage in the process of expressing their own thinking, listening to the thinking of others, finding out the perspective the Church and our faith and then using this to enhance their understanding and opinion. This has been an enlightening process as the students have been focusing on listening attentively to each other and begin to deepen their discussions and understanding.

In Maths, we are continuing to revise the four operations forming a strong foundation as we move into challenging problem solving situations. In the coming weeks we will begin to explore different strategies we can use to solve open ended problems and methodically show our thinking. Weekly Times Tables Trials will continue with practice expected through homework. The students have been encouraged to use apps and online games to consolidate their understanding.

Just a few reminders:

  • Grade 6 Family Mass/ Confirmation Commitment Mass is this coming Sunday 1st Please arrive 15 minutes before the mass so the children can be prepared and fulfil their particular roles.
  • Due to commitment of the opposing side Interschool Sport on Friday 6th May has been changed to an afternoon game. The game will begin at 1:45pm. Due to this alteration, some venues for the sports have been changed. Below are the venues for each sport.
    • Netball : St Bedes Netball Courts
    • Football: Leigh Park
    • Soccer & Teeball: Maclaey Park
  • In preparation for NAPLAN (week 5) the Grade 5 students have / will complete one practice test for Reading, Writing, Numeracy and Language Conventions. When completed, the students will reflect on their learning and set personal goals to help them during this process.
  • Next week on Tuesday is our Confirmation Faith Night. It would be fantastic to see as many parents there as possible. On this night you will see how the children learn in the classroom and engage in in depth thinking, discussion and reflection on human dignity and our world.
  • Please ensure diaries continue to be signed every Thursday night and that your child/ren records the title of the book read alongside the number of pages read each night.

Key Dates for Term 2

Sunday 1st May – Confirmation Commitment Mass/ Grade 6 Family Mass @11am

Tuesday 3rd May – Confirmation Faith Night

Week of May 9th – NAPLAN

Friday 13th May – District Cross Country

Sunday 15th May – Pentecost

Monday 16th May – School Closure Day

Wednesday 25th May – St Bede’s Feast Day

Friday 27th May – Confirmation Reflection Day

Friday 3rd June – Feast of the Sacred Heart – whole school mass @9.15am

Sunday 5th June – Confirmation

Monday 13th June – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Thursday 23rd June – End of Term 2 : Students finish @1.10pm

Parent Teacher Interviews@2-8pm

Friday 24th June – Parent Teacher Interviews @8am – 12pm

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Grade 5/6 Overview Term 2, Week 1&2

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to Term 2. We hope you all had a great holiday/break.

Similar to last term, this term is proving to be just as busy and exciting for the 5/6s. Interschool sports will begin shortly with soccer, AFL, netball and T-ball the focus sports. The students will also be learning about the Sacrament of Confirmation with the Grade 6s celebrating this important celebration on June 5th. NAPLAN will be conducted in Week 5 for the Grade 5s and as it is Term 2, parent teacher interviews will be conducted in the last week of term. Busy times ahead!

The start of term has seen us engaging in a new Inquiry. The students have begun to Tune In to the essential question, How can/does chemical science help us to understand our world and solve problems? The students are making links across all areas of the curriculum with Inquiry overarching the focus for each. Consequently, the students have participated in experiments, constructed their own graphic organiser to assist drafting scientific reports and have been reading about various scientific inventions.

By the conclusion of the Inquiry, the students should have an understanding

*There are many different facets of science, it is part of all aspects of our lives and can help us to understand our world

*Chemical discoveries can have either positive or negative impacts

*Chemical science consists of solids, liquids and gasses

*Matter exists in different states

*Some changes are reversible or irreversible

During Reading this term, we will use Literature Circles to focus on the skills good readers use to better comprehend texts. Last term the students learned the various roles they will undertake (Connector, Literary Luminary, Questioner, Word Wizard, Discussion Director and Summariser). Using these roles, they will continue to explore various reading strategies –  word solving, monitoring for meaning, finding and using information, fluency, adjusting, synthesising, analysing, inferring and critiquing.

Our Religion essential question to answer this term is, What is your idea of a fair and equitable world? The students will explore the concepts of equity and justice, focusing on human dignity relating to the spiritual, social and physical wellbeing of every person. This will culminate in either learning about and, for the Grade 6s, participating in the Sacrament of Confirmation. Throughout the inquiry the students will focus on how our Catholic faith assists us to use scripture and determine what our faith tells us is just.

Also, each 5/6 class will be celebrating mass at different times throughout the term. Please check with your child/ren to the specific dates. Mass will be celebrated on a Thursday morning at 9.15am in the Church.

In Maths we will focus predominately on the four operations this term (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). This links with previous learning about Place Value and will result in the application of these skills to problem solving activities. Times tables trials and use of Khan Academy in class and for homework also continues, and should assist this understanding further.

Just a reminder that specialist classes remain on the same timetable this year. Also, please ensure diaries continue to be signed every Thursday night and that your child/ren records the title of the book read alongside the number of pages read each night.

Some key dates for the end of this term:

Tuesday 19th April – Cross Country

Friday 22nd April – 5/6JCC Assembly

Monday 25th April – ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Sunday 1st May – Confirmation Commitment Mass/ Grade 6 Family Mass @11am

Tuesday 3rd May – Confirmation Faith Night

Week of May 9th – NAPLAN

Sunday 15th May – Pentecost

Monday 16th May – School Closure Day

Wednesday 25th May – St Bede’s Feast Day

Friday 27th May – Confirmation Reflection Day

Friday 3rd June – Feast of the Sacred Heart – whole school mass @9.15am

Sunday 5th June – Confirmation

Monday 13th June – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Thursday 23rd June – End of Term 2..students finish @1.10pm

Parent Teacher Interviews@2-8pm

Friday 24th June – Parent Teacher Interviews @8am – 12pm

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Grade 5/6 Overview Term 1, Week 7, 8 & 9

Hi everyone!

Time flies and it has definitely been a busy start to the school year. The students have undergone testing to determine reading, spelling and math capabilities. (At the moment, we are collating this data and planning groupings accordingly).  Interschool sports has begun (with some success!) and camp has come and gone and was definitely a great experience for everyone involved and we now begin to move into preparations for the Passion Plays on Thursday, 24th March, beginning at 9.30am outside the presbytery.  You are all welcome to attend this very solemn occasion.

Our Inquiry this term has led our learning and has been focused on answering the essential question , “How have people and events from the past shaped our nation and our identity?” The learning in this shared inquiry has culminated in an informational report, drafted in writing, where they have written about a significant person or event that has shaped our nation.

Now, the students are moving into their Personal Inquiries, focused on answering the essential question, “How have people and events from the past shaped MY identity?” They need to discover aspects about their personal history: family heritage, appearance, likes, faith, significant events… all the significant people and events that have shaped their identities/themselves as people.  In the last week, they will share this information with the class, demonstrating improved understanding of the learning assets ‘researcher’ and ‘communicator’ specifically.

During Reading, we have focused on inference and paraphrasing. The students have been learning to reword the research they have found, identifying and including the main ideas. They have also been looking at unfamiliar words in context, and combining their prior experience and the skill of inference to infer the meaning of words and phrases.

Our Religion Inquiry has been to answer, “How have people and events shaped our faith identity?” We have been exploring the school’s scripture focus in this year of Mercy. You can see the students’ understanding of this focus on our prayer cloths.

We have also been learning about the significance of prayer, sacrifice and almsgiving during this period of Lent. The students have been exploring scriptural passages in the Bible linked to the Easter Narrative, specifically comparing and contrasting the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Next week, we begin writing and practising for the Passion Plays.

In Maths we have focused on revising Place Value and Number Properties. The students have developed a sense of number through the use of number lines, decisticks, and interactive games. They are exploring integers in our world and the properties of different types of numbers. A focus on multiplication and division facts has been a continued focus.

Just a reminder that diaries need to be signed every Thursday night in the section provided at the bottom of the diary. Please ensure your child is writing in the title of the book they are reading and recording how many pages they are reading every night in their diary also. Homework is to be completed on the blog or in their homework book.

We thank you for the information you shared at Parent Teacher Information night and thank you in anticipation of your continued support this year.

 

Some key dates for the end of this term:

World Read Aloud Day – Thursday 3rd March

Interschool sports v Boroondara Park  (away) – Friday 4th March

Parent Curriculum Planning Session – Thursday 10th March

Interschool sports v Balwyn North PS  (home) – Friday 11th March

Labour Day Holiday – Monday 14th March

Interschool sports v Mont Albert  (away) – Friday 18th March

Palm Sunday – Sunday 20th March

Passion Plays – Thursday 24th March

Last day of Term 1 – Thursday 24th March @1.10pm