(This is a copy of the note that was sent home last Friday)
Dear 3/4B families
As you may have been made aware by your child, I will be away for a period of time at the end of this term (Term Two) and the beginning of Term Three. My wife is due to have a baby at the end of June, so I will therefore be taking family leave to be at home.
I won’t be at school for the last week of term, however I will be at school for Parent Teacher Interviews on Tuesday 27th June. In Term Three I will be away for the first four weeks of term, and return on Monday 14th August.
In my absence, I have organised my replacement Kate Trecartin (Ms T.). Feel free to contact her with any issues or questions, or see Sarah, the 3/4 Team Leader.
The Maths incursion is happening FINALLY during the last week of school.
34B will be playing human foosball at 9am Wednesday 28th on the oval.
In our Digital Technologies sessions, we have have been exploring coding. For those who don't know, coding is directing a computer to do something.
So far, we have coded Bee-bots (which are little bee robots). We had to program their movements to create shapes and around a course. We wrote the program (coding) in our books before we programmed (coded) the Bee-bots.
We also did some online coding too. Some of us were coding with Minecraft, Flappy Bird and Code Combat. It was cool because we then explored Artist, which we need to identify acute, obtuse and right angles to create shapes and patterns.
We've had a very busy few weeks.
In Maths, we've been working on measurement and perimeter, as well as adding and subtracting money.
We've been measuring things in the classroom, outside of the classroom and have created a city skyline using perimeter.
*Please note that the maths incursion has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
In Writing, we're onto the final stages of drafting and publishing our adventure narratives.
Our heroes are on a quest to save someone, find something or destroy something. They will face multiple setbacks on the way to the final conflict and resolution, ultimately being successful and achieving their goals. We'll be finished soon, so ask us about them.
We have also been dissecting fruit and plants as part of our Integrated unit on flower life cycles. Hopefully the bean seeds we germinated at school have been replanted at home and will give us some yummy broad beans to cook with.
The 3/4s have been involved in touch rugby sessions on a Wednesday afternoon. It's a great way for us to run around and warm up in the ever cooling weather.
And finally, Amanda (who is a Melbourne University Teacher Colleague) will be finishing up with us next week. Then she'll be off to the great wide world of teaching herself. It's been really great to have her in the classroom and she has definitely been a benefit to our learning over her time with us.
Next week is Education Week in Victorian schools.
We'd like you to come and visit us on Wednesday the 24th, to see what a normal day is like at school.
Wednesday 24th May. Come along at any time!
Also, next Monday is our Maths Foosball incursion. Check out the blog for an update.
And finally, Amanda (from Melbourne Uni) will be with us for the final of her teaching placements, for the next three weeks. So expect to see her around.
For the past few weeks in Maths, we've been working on measurement.
That means learning how to properly use a ruler to measure, recording measurements in formal units, that type of thing.
So far we've had to measure lines on the carpet in the classroom. it was challenging because for some of us to know where to begin measuring and recording measurements. But we're getting better.
We have also begun to build a table out of icypole sticks. We have to make sure that the table is 5cm in height and 10cm in length. The second part is to make our table sturdy enough to hold weight.
By now, a note should have come home regarding a pretty cool maths incursion that is happening during Education Week (22nd to 26th May. The 3/4s will be playing human foosball - doing maths and sport at the same time!
If you've lost the note, here it is again.
And for the Grade 3s, NAPLAN will be next week.
Tuesday 9th- LANGUAGE CONVENTIONS and WRITING
Wednesday 10th- READING
Thursday 11th- MATHS
TOP 5 TIPS FOR STUDENTS
1. Try to do your homework every night – a little revision goes a long way.
2. Think strong – just give it a go and try your best when doing your homework.
3. Speak Up – if you are feeling worried, talk to your mum, dad or carer. It will be OK.
4. Prepare yourself – Go to bed early the night before NAPLAN tests, have breakfast, take a water bottle and a healthy lunch.
5. Relax – NAPLAN won’t hurt. It will be all over in a couple of days.
TOP 6 TIPS FOR PARENTS
1. Encourage your child with their homework, short sessions of classwork revision and NAPLAN revision during the year.
2. Encourage confidence. Encourage your child to “give it a go’’, “try your best’’, “do what you can’’. Reinforce that your expectations are that the child does his or her best.
3. Discuss feelings and concerns. Let your child know that feeling anxious is normal; show empathy and listen to their fears, concerns and worries; reassure them of your expectations.
4. Maintain a caring, positive attitude. Be approachable; encourage interest activities as well as schoolwork. Your child needs to feel safe and secure at this anxious time.
5. Prepare your child. Have your child go to bed early, have breakfast, and have their water bottle and a nutritional lunch prepared. Make sure they have their test materials and requirements ready beforehand. Try to keep minimal stress levels at home. Arrive at school on time.
6. Keep perspective. This is just a test in time; just one form of assessment; success is not just determined by a test.
(This article originally appeared http://www.educatoronline.com.au/news/top-tips-for-naplan-success-235349.aspx )
The Grade 4s will be doing some activities with the Grade 6s during these sessions.
Week 3 already? Goodness gracious!
In Maths, we're beginning to explore more efficient addition and subtraction strategies and commutative law to check the answers to our work. Bernard gave us a useful piece of advice when creating addition and subtraction problems:
"In addition the answer is the SUM and the largest number is at the END of the number sentence.
In subtraction the answer is the DIFFERENCE and the largest number is at the START of the number sentence".
We also put the data that we collected over the school holidays (what times we went to sleep) to good use, presenting the information on a graph.
In English we have been getting a grip on figurative language. We found it amusing to interpret idioms and similes literally and figuratively, so we decided to illustrate some.
And finally, we've been practicing being Cybersafe when using digital technologies.