Term 3 2017

LITERACY

This term children will be focusing on various reading strategies such as locating the main idea and summarizing the key points of the text.  Interpreting figurative language and using clues in the text to draw conclusion and make inferences. They will take part in regular critical discussions through the use of fictional and non- fictional texts, images and related multimodal formats. Through Socratic Circles, Guided Reading and Reciprocal Reading children will have the opportunity to further explore and analyse a variety of texts.

Written work will involve using a variety of strategies for writing, including note-taking, using models, planning, editing and proofreading.  Students will focus on improving their written texts by using the V.C.O.P (vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation) strategies.  Through the use of many different styles of narrative, students will learn how to entertain their listening audience. The purpose, structure and language features of writing a short story will also be examined.

Our oral language program will explore formal oral presentations for specific goals and topics.  We will also engage in oral language activities that builds everyday vocabulary for specific purposes.  Children will also have to opportunity to act out different scenarios where clear and concise oral language is required.

                         NUMERACY

Our student mathematicians cover some very important concepts:

NUMBER – we will be further establishing a sound knowledge of fractions including equivalent fractions and adding and subtracting fractions. Children will then connect this knowledge to decimal fractions. We hope that our students will be able to make, name and record decimals, as well as order decimals according to their size and develop an understanding of the relationship between fractions, percentages and ratios.

How will this help our students in the real world? – Here are some examples:

  • Determining quantities when cooking by using fractions.
  • Understanding sport results that are presented in decimal form (ie athletics distances).
  • Working out how much can be saved when shopping (ie 20% off sales).

DATA – this term we will be focussing on the different types of graphical data displays and identifying the mode, median, mean and range of various forms of data. Students will complete an applied maths project by collecting, presenting and analysing data.

As with previous terms, we will be planning problem solving activities where children are encouraged to draw on their maths knowledge and apply this to a range of “real world” problems requiring mathematical thinking.

INTEGRATED CURRICULUM – ‘ Tell Me A STORY ‘

CULTURAL STORYTELLING

This term the children will be investigating the art of storytelling from various cultures around the world. Through a variety of learning experiences children will learn how different cultures express their beliefs through art and performance. They will look at the various art modes such as paintings, puppetry, plays, dance and music.  Using an ICT app or program students will create an evaluation of one or more chosen cultures’ storytelling method/s.

SCIENCE – PRIMARY RESOURCES

Year 5 and 6:

LIGHT SHOWS

Students will investigate how light enables us to see objects, how light travels, how different materials (transparent, translucent or opaque) affect the transmission of light,  how light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted.  Children will have the opportunity to conduct hands-on experiments and write them up in their science journal.