Here are some activities you can do at home to assist your child’s learning.

Reading

  • Read aloud regularly so that he/ she can practise his/ her fluency and expression.
  • Summarising a paragraph- After reading, ask your child to summarise a paragraph orally
  • Main idea of each paragraph- After reading a paragraph, ask your child what it was mainly about
  • Paraphrasing– Ask your child to read a sentence and then say it in another way
  • Making connections– How is that the same as your experience? Does that remind you of another book, movie, TV show, etc.
  • Read the newspaper together. What else do you know about this topic?
  • Ask your child to have a really clear “movie in his/her head” as they read so that they can use clues from the text to work out the meaning
  • Continue to encourage your child to read a variety of texts and engage in conversation to challenge his/ her understanding and opinions. Some great questions to ask are:

-How has the author portrayed_____?

-Why does that character look/ act like that?

-How does the author feel about this issue?

-How has a character changed throughout the story?

-What does the story/ setting/ characters remind you of?

-Who is this book written for?

-What is the main idea of this story?

-Is there something that the author wants us to think about?

-What do you think the author believes?  

-How do you know?  

-What parts of the text or book tell you about the author’s opinion?

-Can you think of another story that gives us the same message or idea?

-What does the author think and why?

-Describe what you think the author’s childhood might have been like.

-Where do you think the author grew up?

-What do you think the author wants you to understand?

-What are the personal beliefs of the author?

-What three values do you think the author lives by?

-Can you identify the bias of the author?

-What persuasive devices does the author use?

-Which character do you like and why?

-Which character changes the most during the text? How do you know?

Writing

  • Discuss current issues where your child has to form an opinion and justify his/ her ideas
  • Encourage your child to spontaneously tell stories to younger siblings in order to help him/ her develop both oral language skills and sequenced narrative ideas.
  • Play games, such as Scrabble, Boggle or Upwords to develop Spelling strategies
  • Write or email letters to relatives and friends
  • Write up the shopping list each week
  • Encourage your child to stretch out words to hear all sounds in order before writing a difficult word

 

Mathematics.

 

  • Make a shopping list with your child before going shopping.
  • Follow a street directory or app and discuss the direction.
  • Estimate the weight and then use the scales to weigh fruit and vegetables.
  • Give your child little problems to solve. For example, we are having eight people for a barbeque.  How many sausages for each person?  What will we do if they come in packets of eight?
  • Play games such as Boggle, Rumm-yo and Yahtzee.
  • Visit the website http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/vic/ or look at the weather maps in the newspaper. Talk about the difference between minimum and maximum temperature, look at the seven day forecast.
  • Planning a holiday- use this event to discuss the time that our family will need to leave home to be at the airport on time to board the plane, considering traffic, parking and other details. Involve your child in discussions about how to prepare the schedule for each day, to cost of events.
  • Studyladder

Week 7 & 8

The last two weeks and been jam packed in 5/6. The year 5s have done their speeches for leadership roles in 2018 and are very excited to have buddies next year. The year 6s have had some orientation days and testings days for their new high schools, which include; Whitefriars, Luther, Aquinas, Sion, Fintina, St Kevins, Melba, Sienna, Yarra Valley Grammar, Ivanhoe Grammar and Marcelin.

The 5/6 level went to the city for an excursion on the 28th of November. They were racing around the city, going to different locations to answer questions. We had to do some challenges whilst in the city like take a crazy picture. We all had a great time exploring the city and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents who came along, we couldn’t have done it without you.

This term for inquiry we have been studying energy and doing experiments. We have put all our new found knowledge into creating an iMovie to share with the other classes.

In Maths we have been learning about chance and probability and are starting to learn about patterns. We have also been learning heaps of new maths games with Ms Dame.

In Religion we have been writing our own creeds, the creeds are about things that are important to us and how it will help us in our lives.

For three weeks we’ve had a yoga incursion, to help us relax and destress, thanks to Joe for making this possible.

The entire school is practising for the Christmas Carols which are on the 3rd December at Domeny oval at 7:00 pm. The year 3s,4s and 5s are singing ‘We Three Kings’ and ‘We Need A Little Christmas’, while the year 6s are singing ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ and ‘Silent Night’ with their buddies.

We are all looking forward to next year, with all the opportunities; being at the top of the school or going to a new school. We want to thank all the teachers for working hard and making us feel like we belong. We hope you all have a great Christmas and a wonderful break.

Emily (5/6WD) , Lewis (5/6 M) and Alessia (5/6 B).

Week 5 & 6

For Inquiry we have started working on our Energy experiments and have had fun with the race around Australia. 5/6 WD are currently on Tasmania, and are working hard on Fridays to make this the best trip ever!

The 5/6s have has a few incursions recently. On Wednesday the 15th of November the 5/6s had an Aboriginal and Hip hop dance incursion. Also on Thursday the 16th of November the 5/6s will have a clay art incursion.

In maths the 5/6 students are working on angles. They are looking at the different types of angles. They are also working on measuring angles using protractors and lots more.

On Wednesday the 8th of November the whole school had Twilight Sports everyone enjoyed it especially the year 6s as it was the last one. Congratulations to Austin for winning the House Spirit Award and Mullane for winning the Twilight Sports Night. Also congratulations to Francesca and Tobias for winning the year 6 race.

The year 5s have had lots of fun going on kinder visits and are very excited to have buddies next year. The year 5s have also been preparing their leadership speeches and the year 6s have had some orientation days and testings days for their new high schools.

The 5/6 level will be going to the city for an excursion on the 28th of November. They will be racing around the city. Thanks for all the parents who have offered to help we couldn’t do it without you.

Week 5 and 6 have been fun, entertaining and very busy for the 5/6s.

Jamie and Mim (5/6WD)

Week 3 & 4

This week in maths the 5/6s have been learning about volume and capacity with Mrs.Dame. We have been working in the teacher planning room. We were split into 4 groups and have explored different parts of volume and capacity by doing a range of activities. One of the activities was to work out how many cubic centimetres would fit into the teacher planning room. These activities have increased the 5/6s capabilities in measuring and estimating volume and capacity.

For Inquiry the 5/6s have continued to learn about energy. We have moved around to different classrooms to learn about different ways energy can be used.

On Wednesday in week 3 the whole school had Italian Day. Benedict and Cristian were the hosts for the parade. After the parade the school went off to multi-age groups where the 5/6s read out the italian poems that they had been practising. We were lucky enough to have a magician called Luigi Zucchini perform his magic show in front of us.

In week 4 the 5/6 ‘All Star’ girls went to Division hooptime. They played really well but they did not make it through to Regionals. We also played milo T20 cricket. All the 5/6s were split into teams and played cricket. Everybody had a really exciting day especially the Championship girls team who will be advancing to the next round.

The past 2 weeks have been very entertaining for the 5/6s.

Cristian and Lachlan (5/6B)

Week 1 & 2

The first two weeks of this term have been very busy. We have continued to learn about how to convert, simplify, add, subtract, divide, compare and multiply fractions. Each day we would practise a section we needed to work on. On Friday we showed how much we had learned by doing a test.

We also started our Inquiry Unit for term 4. Our topic is ‘Science’, we learnt about all the different types of energy. Some types of energy we learned about were: nuclear, coal, kinetic, heat, electricity, water, air, gas and mechanical.

Each week the 5/6 classes will rotate and learn different things to do with energy for our Science topic. In 5/6M we learnt about light and tried some different experiments using a torch. We predicted how the experiment would go and  recorded down what we observed.

In Religion we learnt about the Trinity and 5/6M shared information about the this at reflection last Friday.

Here is a video we thought you might like about the Trinity.

As a level we started our ‘Race Around Australia’. The ‘Race Around Australia’ is a race where we have teams of 4 and every week on Friday we have to go to a different State or Territory and plan our trip around that State or Territory. When we are there we have to visit 4 attractions, we have to organise the hotels and food for the week. Last week the 5/6s started with Victoria.

Macey & Blake (5/6M)

Digital Technologies – Term 2 2017

This term, we have had a lot of fun creating our own websites based on our Inquiry project countries. We have used Google Sites to make some very aesthetic and professional-looking websites. Click on the links below to view some examples of our work!

Emily H – Indonesia

Alana M – Canada

Lucas M – Spain

Anna K – Japan

Chloe C – France

Daniel Mi – Brazil

Corey H – Nepal

Michael C – England

Tobias K – Canada

Hannah T – Vietnam

Mia P – France

Daniel Ma – South Korea

Summer H – India

Aidan M – China

Charlotte S – Alaska

Inquiry Expo Next Week!!

The 5/6 students are busy preparing for their expo next week. They have learnt so much about their country and can’t wait to share their knowledge with you. We hope you all can make it!

Here are the details:

Date: Wednesday 28th of July

Time: 2:30-3:30

Location: School Hall

The Aquinas Community Long Walk

On Tuesday the 23rd of May the grade 6 students represented St Anne’s at the Aquinas Long Walk. Tom Murphy and Olivia Della Gatta started the event off by welcoming over 3000 people to Aquinas. The students walked in solidarity with over 40 other schools and special guests Michael Long and Nova Peris. It was an amazing experience for students and teachers.

Digital Technologies – Term 1 2017

This term, the Senior students have been using our wonderful new Chromebooks to learn how to use Google apps on a completely new device.

We have explored a couple of concepts side-by-side: firstly, the setup of computer networks and troubleshooting, and secondly, the meaning behind ‘#firstworldproblems’.

We talked about the phrase “First World Problems” and responded to a music video about this idea:

 (5/6B, Group 1)

We made word clouds to discuss the language surrounding computer networks and the internet:

 

(Josh)

(Imogen)

We worked collaboratively to investigate and describe the components of a typical computer network:(5/6WD, Group 2)

 (5/6M, Group 3)

We used National Geographic’s ‘A Developing World’ website to compare the statistics of different countries to Australia, then annotated screenshots to draw attention to the interesting information:

(Max B)

(Emily P)

 

Overall, the 5/6’s have worked really well with the Chromebooks and have shown a lot of enthusiasm in their lessons this term. Great work, everyone!

Camp

On Wednesday the 15th of February the senior students ventured to Candlebark Farm for three days of crazy fun. There were so many different activities for the students to enjoy. The Super Swooper was definitely a favourite and really challenged the students to step out of their comfort zone. Camp was a great experience for all and I’m sure you’ll agree that all the students had a wonderful time.

Year 5/6 ICT Term 4

This term, the students have made amazing progress in learning about computer programming using the Pencilcode.net website. Our focus was to create a Christmas Carol or a familiar tune.

imogen_blog

Some of the finished products were quite impressive and it has once again been amazing to see how creative our senior students can be!

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Click on these links to hear a selection of the students’ work:

Mitchell: http://mibo69.pencilcode.net/edit/joy-to-the-world 

Lucy: http://luyo28.pencilcode.net/edit/jinglebells

Tobias: http://toki27.pencilcode.net/edit/Joytotheworld

Tahlia F: https://tafl10.pencilcode.net/edit/Chords01

Amelia: http://amin.pencilcode.net/edit/twinkle

Charlotte: https://chsa14.pencilcode.net/edit/twinkle

Jack M: http://jamo42.pencilcode.net/edit/

Aidan: http://aima21.pencilcode.net/edit/JingleBellRock

Josh W: http://jowi42.pencilcode.net/edit/

James: http://jabo55.pencilcode.net/edit/santaclauseiscomingtotown

Nicholas: http://nipe69.pencilcode.net/edit/jinglebellrock

Maya: http://maca88.pencilcode.net/edit/firstnote

Tom H: https://tohe11.pencilcode.net/edit/Jinglebellsrock

Imogen: http://imbu12.pencilcode.net/edit/jinglebells

Isabella: http://iswe24.pencilcode.net/edit/finalbing

Kayla: https://kawa12.pencilcode.net/edit/JingleBells