To celebrate Book Week the Year 5/6 students were lucky enough to have a visit from an author. Andrew McDonald explained to the students the steps he follows when he writes and shared what inspires him to write. It was great for the level to hear from an author and have the opportunity to ask questions.
Last week, the senior level students became Woodwork Warriors. Following instructions and using the supplied materials, the students were able to construct a wooden toy which many students happily presented to their buddies. The classrooms were buzzing as the students were happily engaged in their projects. It certainly was a winner.
Last week, our Soccer team competed in the semi-finals against Good Shepherd Primary School, and won, one goal to zero. It was tremendous to see the team work, encouragement and support all team members showed towards each other, and the good sportsmanship displayed towards their opponents. We congratulate them for their effort and look forward to the next level of competition.
On Thursday 16th July, the Senior level students participated in an activity that encouraged them to use their spatial abilities to make buildings using Kaplo blocks that could balance and be used in a variety of ways. The students enjoyed constructing tall structures, buildings and other objects. They particularly enjoyed it when their structures collapsed unexpectedly!!!!!
During Term 2 the Years 5 and 6 students have researched the history of Italian migration to Australia. The focus has been on the contribution made by Italian migrants to Australia and the Australian way of life. The students discussed factors which led people to migrate, possible hardships faced by the early migrants and some of their achievements.
The children then worked groups to research a famous Australian of Italian heritage of their choice. They considered the person’s achievements as well as their contribution to Australia. They presented their findings to the class as an oral report.
As part of our Inquiry unit this term, the senior level students attended the Immigration Museum in Melbourne on Wednesday 10th June. They were given the opportunities to explore and experience the different immigration patterns to Australia as well as sharing stories of individual immigrants.
As a follow up, the students have been working towards sharing an immigration story that is reflected in a suitcase of personal belongings. Some students have chosen to focus on family members. These will be displayed in the Senior classrooms on Wednesday 24 th June. Please feel free to have a wander through the rooms during Parent teacher interviews.
Last week the Year 5/6 students participated in the Jump Rope For Heart ‘Jump Off Day’. Students skipped their way through the Physical Education Lesson demonstrating the skills of ball skipping with a partner, double dutch and long rope skipping. They enjoyed trying new challenges such as double under, wrap around and the pretzel. The students are taking the skills they have learnt to the next level by inventing their own tricks.
Last Wednesday the Year 5 students presented a Spirit Filled Expo to the school community. The students were able to research their chosen person and relate important details about this spirit filled person. This included identifying the Gifts and Fruits that these significant people have shown in their lives. The students enjoyed the Expo and put a lot of effort into their costumes and presentations. Thank you to all the parents who came along to support the students.
The year 5/6 children received their Google accounts earlier this year and one of the products in the suite was the ability to create surveys by using Google Forms.
The students chose a topic then formulated relevant questions around their subject area. The tricky part was trying to work out the type of question they were to ask that best suited the information that they wanted to gain. They had a choice of plain text, multiple choice, choose from a list, checkboxes, scales and paragraph text. They also had the ability to put in images and video. If they put in media, then questions would follow around their image or video.
It was also possible to customise the form to suit their theme.
They sent their surveys to fellow classmates and in turn they were completing surveys that other class members shared. After results were accumulated, a spreadsheet is generated and graphs are automatically displayed with percentages.
The Senior Level will be going to the Immigration Museum on Wednesday 10th June as part of our Inquiry learning this term. A reminder to return permission forms for this excursion. Thank you.