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!
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.
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:
We made word clouds to discuss the language surrounding computer networks and the internet:
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:
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!
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.
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.
Some of the finished products were quite impressive and it has once again been amazing to see how creative our senior students can be!
Click on these links to hear a selection of the students’ work:
This term, the Year 5/6 students have been working in groups to create online time capsules called TimePods. They have had to work collaboratively in Google Docs to record interesting facts and data about a specific points in time over the past few weeks. Additionally, each group had a session in our recording studio to vocally explain their information.
It has really demonstrated how well our students at St Anne’s can take responsibility to work together in different ways to help each other learn new skills and meet deadlines. The recording studio software is often quite complex and tricky to navigate, but most of the groups have either worked independently to trouble-shoot any problems they encountered, or they have worked closely with our Year 5/6 Radio Leaders to make sure their final recordings are of a high standard.
Here are a few samples of the TimePods that have been created.
Click on each screenshot to open an audio (mp3) file and hear the students’ work!
Tahlia, Mia, Amelia & Hannah:
Denzel, Jake, Patrick, Tobias:
Will, Sam & Spencer:
Kayla, Izzy, Lianna & Macey:
Molly, Maya, Imogen & Hannah:
Lewis, Bailey, Blake & Jack:
Note: you will need to log into Google with your St Anne’s login to hear this recording.
On Monday the 8th of August the seniors were lucky enough to have an author visit with Tristan Bancks. In class we have been reading his novel ‘Two Wolves’ and it was a great opportunity to ask him questions about the text. He shared some fantastic insight into writing novels and where his inspirations come from. He was very entertaining and gave tips about how to keep your appendix.
The Year 5/6 students have been focusing on the technique of the Fosbury Flop in readiness for the St Anne’s Athletics Carnival. The students have been using the ipads to youtube athletes performing the Fosbury Flop in past Olympic games. The Fosbury Flop is named after a US High Jumper called Dick Fosbury. He invented the ‘back-first’ technique which is commonly used by athletes today. Fosbury won a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics held in Mexico. His personal best jump was 2.24m. This record was broken in 1993 by Javier Sotomayor (Cuban) who remains the men’s record holder with a jump of 2.45m.
- 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?
- 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
- 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.