Thursday, 21 June 2018

Term 2 2018, Volume 8, Weeks 9, 10 & 11



Term 2 2018, Volume 8, Weeks 9,1 0 &11

  

What a wonderful day we had at the museum! We were engulfed by an active volcano with ash and lava flowing around us, surrounded by huge spiders and swarms of bugs, dwarfed by gigantic prehistoric creatures and mesmerised by the spiritual being Bunjil the eagle. Students spent an educational, fun filled day exploring the Melbourne Museum and participating in the First Peoples workshop. Our guides, Isabel and Sarah, explained megafauna, languages, traditional hunting methods and ways of life. Students enjoyed participating in activities and consolidating the learning we have been engaged in during our unit of Inquiry.


Student reports will be sent home on Monday 25th June and please remember to book your Parent Teacher Interview online. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress and future goals.
Students are eager to welcome you all to the Middle School Open Afternoon next Thursday 28th June at 2:45pm. They will celebrate and showcase the History Projects they have worked hard to produce throughout the term.

Thank you for all your support during Term 2 and we look forward to a fun and productive Term 3.



June
Tuesday 26th: Parent Teacher Interviews 2pm-7:30pm
Thursday 28th: Open afternoon in the Middle School to present projects to parents
Friday 29th Last Day Term 2  AND BRING A BOARD GAME TO SCHOOL DAY
July
Monday 16th - Term 3 begins
Monday 16th Production practise begins with STOMP

August
Tuesday 14th- Whole school Silly Scientist in-visit
Wednesday 22nd- Friday 24th Log Cabbin Camp :)


WEEKS  9&10
In READING we have focused on understanding what we read knowing how words are used to make meaning in the text. We also studied different homophones such as their, there and they're.

For the past 2 weeks in WRITING we have been researching a range of different animals, planets and people. The students then used this research to create information reports.

In MATHS we finished off our ability based multiplication groups. We also began our probability unit where the students have needed to describe the chances of certain events occurring.
Students continue to be engaged in our INQUIRY topic and are beginning to finish off their research projects on either a famous Australian or a megafauna. Some amazing projects are near their completion and we look forward to seeing them next Thursday (28th June)

Our focus in SPELLING:
Week 9
Year 3 The digraph /se/ making the sound 's' as in horse
Year 4 The consonant suffix -ly

Week 10
Year 3 The digraph /oi/ making the sound 'oi' as in coin
Year 4 The digraph /ce/ making the sound 's' as in ice.

 The PITW key concept we have been focusing on is having reasons for the things you say and do. We linked this to our new laptops by creating guidelines and rules for the use of computers in the Middle School. The students then had to sign and agree to them. 


COMING UP...

WEEK 11
Our next READING strategy is Questioning. The students will be using their novels to generate questions based on what has happened and what will happen.
In WRITING the students will begin their introduction to procedures. We will be making Chocolate Crackles and then writing up how we made them.

In MATHS we will be doing an overview of all topics that have been covered this year such as probability and multiplication.

Next week in SPELLING we will be doing a range of different activities that will allow students to put their spelling skills to the test.

In ICT the students will begin their unit on cyber safety and learn what information should and shouldn't be placed online.





  • Please encourage your child to record their nightly reading in their diaries and bring both their book and diary to school daily.
  • Students need appropriate foot wear for 3/4 SPORT each Wednesday.
Melbourne Museum
















Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Term 2 2018, Volume 7, Weeks 7 & 8



Term 2 2018, Volume 7, Weeks 7 & 8

♫ Under the sea
Under the sea
Darling it's better
Down where it's wetter, t
ake it from me....♫   

Mentone Park commemorated World Ocean Day on Wednesday, dressing up and providing a gold coin donation for the I See, I Care Dolphin Research Institute. Every Middle School student pledged to minimise the impact that they have on the environment.



June

Monday 11th June - Queen's Birthday PUBLIC HOLIDAY- NO SCHOOL
Tuesday 19th: Excursion to the Melbourne Museum
Thursday 28th: Open afternoon in the Middle School to present projects to parents
Friday 29th Last Day Term 2 
July
Monday 16th - Term 3 begins

August
Wednesday 22nd- Friday 24th Log Cabbin Camp :)


WEEKS  7& 8
In READING we have focused on understanding what we read and using our schema to complete comprehension activities based on our Inquiry unit of Australian History. 

For the past 2 weeks in WRITING we have been exploring a range of different styles of poetry, giving the students a chance to experiment with their writing and dazzle with the presentation of their work. 

In MATHS we have been developing our skills in ability based multiplication groups. The students have been working at their point of need on developing their multiplication strategies and then using these strategies to solve different problems. Keep practising your times tables at home!
Students continue to be engaged in our INQUIRY topic and will be working on their projects (see below for more details).

Our focus in SPELLING:
Week 7
Year 3 The prefix inter
Year 4 The digraph /ai/ as in snail

Week 8
Year 3 Contractions
Year 4 The suffix -ment

 The PITW key concept we have been focusing on is 'Be Brave - participate to progress.'


COMING UP...

WEEKS 9 & 10
Our next READING strategy is Knowing How Words Work. The students will be using techniques like 'finding word meaning in context' to develop their vocabularies and knowledge of words.
In WRITING the students will shift their attention towards Information Reports. Throughout this unit we will be investigating the structure of a non-fiction report, look at different research methods and how diagrams and photos can enhance a report.

In MATHS we will continue to explore multiplication strategies and processes in our ability-based groups.

Our focus in SPELLING:
Week 9
Year 3 The digraph /se/ as in horse
Year 4 the suffix -ly

Week 10
Year 3 The digraph /oi/ as coin
Year 4 The digraph /ce/ as in ice





  • Please encourage your child to record their nightly reading in their diaries and bring both their book and diary to school daily.
  • Students need appropriate foot wear for 3/4 SPORT each Wednesday.
'We Are One, We Are Many' Project





Museum Excursion- Tuesday 19th June, 2018
To celebrate a brilliant unit of Inquiry, the Middle School will be heading to the Melbourne Museum for an excursion. The cost of this excursion is included in the Excursion Levy.

When? 
Tuesday 19th June - Week 10.  
Students need to be at school at 8:45 as the busses will be leaving at 9 o'clock.

What to wear? 
Full school uniform.
What to bring?
Play lunch, lunch, water.                              


More information to come in a notice soon...








World Ocean Day














Thursday, 24 May 2018

Term 2 2018, Volume 6, Weeks 5 & 6



Term 2 2018, Volume 6, Weeks 5 & 6

On top of spaghetti all covered in cheese 
I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed 
It rolled off the table, it rolled on the floor 
And then my poor meatball rolled out of the door....♫   AAAAACCCCHHHHOOOO




Image result for spaghetti bolognese clipartFrom simultaneous reading, poetry writing, pizza and gelato to the fantastic turn out at our Open Night, the Middle School sure know how to celebrate Education Week.

 


May
Monday 28th  May- Friday 1st June - Woorabinda Camp
 (Mrs McCallum and some gr 4 5 students attending)
 
June
Friday June 1st- Curriculum Day (student free day)
Monday 11th June - Queen's Birthday PUBLIC HOLIDAY- NO SCHOOL
Tuesday 19th: Excursion to the Melbourne Museum
Friday 29th Last Day Term 2 


July
Monday 16th - Term 3 begins


WEEK  5& 6

There was a buzz of ASSESSMENT happening in the Middle School during week 5 and 6 and the students did a great job managing themselves and trying their best at all times. Well done!!!

In READING, the students completed activities related to our Inquiry unit about European settlement and how the Aborigines adapted to this change.  .

Over the past two weeks in WRITING, the students completed a piece of writing of their own choice. It was great to read a selection of postcards, poems, letters, stories and recounts. We also looked at haiku poems and for an assessment piece, the students wrote a narrative about magic shoes. Many students wrote about shoes that enabled them to clean their rooms SUPER fast...how good would that be? I'm sure we would invest in those shoes.

Our MATHS sessions have focussed on Measurement and in particular Mass and Area. The students really enjoyed weighing objects from around the classroom and comparing their estimates. We also traced our shoe onto grid paper to find the area in cm2. Maybe the whole family could do this and compare sizes!

Our INQUIRY unit is proving to be very popular, especially when we looked at the crimes the convicts committed and the types of punishments they received. The students were very enthusiastic about completing WANTED posters.

 The PITW key concept we focused on was being brave - participate to progress. This was evident during our Italian Day rotations. Great job kids!
3/4 SPORT started this week. Each week, students will participate in their house groups, in learning the skills and rules of four sports; Netball, Tee Ball, Soccer and Volley Stars.

Our focus in SPELLING in weeks 5 & 6:
G3The trigraph ‘ear’ as in ear
G4- The digraph ‘ou’ as in famous
G3The graph /c/ making the sound ‘s’ as in city
G4- The digraph /ch/ making the sound ‘sh’ as in chef





Coming Up
WEEKS 7 & 8
In READING we will be focusing on understanding what we read and using our schema to complete comprehension activities about fiction texts. 
In week 6 we will be looking at the visualising strategy when reading in our groups..

During the next 2 weeks in WRITING we will be supporting students to further develop their skills in genres we have covered to date and in week 6 we will be starting a unit on poetry.

Over the next couple of weeks in MATHS we will be learning about Measurement through a variety of hands on activities.

Students continue to be engaged in our INQUIRY topic and will be introduced to .

Our focus in SPELLING:
Week 7
G3The prefix inter as in interval
G4- The digraph /ai/ as in

Week 8:
G3- Year 3 – contractions
G4- Year 4 – suffix -ment

 The PITW key concept we will be focusing on is 'Be Brave - participate to progress.'






  • Please encourage your child to record their nightly reading in their diaries and bring both their book and diary to school daily.
  • Students need appropriate foot wear for 3/4 SPORT each Wednesday.
Museum Excursion- Tuesday 19th June, 2018



To celebrate a brilliant unit of Inquiry, the Middle School will be heading to the Melbourne Museum for an excursion. The cost of this excursion is included in the Excursion Levy.
When? 
Tuesday 19th June - Week 10.  


What to wear? 
Full school uniform.

What to bring?
Play lunch, lunch, water.                              





More information to come in a notice next week.








Italian Day














Open Night