Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Middle School - Term 4 Week 1

Middle School Newsletter: Term 4 Week 1


Welcome back to our last term of 2016! We hope that everyone is well rested and ready to make the most of this term.

Learning and Teaching

We Are Learning To....

 revise the different strategies that we use while we read. What do good readers do? How can the reading strategies help us to become a better reader? 

WRITING/V.C.O.P.: Learn about limericks and how to write an interesting and creative limerick poem. For VCOP we have a focus on Penny Punctuation. How do we use appropriate punctuation?

SPELLING: use SMART spelling strategies including breaking words into sounds and syllables, identifying the 'tricky' parts of the words and writing the words and sentences from a dictation passage. Emphasis will also be placed on understanding the meaning of the words with students encouraged to include the words in their writing and oral language. 

MATHS: solve multiplication problems using a range of efficient mental and written strategies. The students will explore multiplication through engaging student centered tasks.

UNIT OF STUDY: (We are One, We are Many/ History): This term our focus is on learning about the history of Australia. We are starting the unit by understanding who the first owners of the land were and exploring Indigenous culture.

eLEARNING: use the iPads and Netbooks to support and extend learning through Mathletics and Reading Eggs and for research and publishing purposes.

 Term 4 Calendar Dates

Monday 10th October - 3/4 excursion to Federation Square
Monday 24th October - 3/4 Murrundindi incursion
Tuesday 1st November - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Tuesday 8th November - Whole School A-Thon
8th, 15th, 22nd, 28th and 29th November - STOMP Dance
Friday 25th November - Twilight Working Bee
Friday 2nd December - Carols Night
Friday 10th December - Whole School Sports Day

Current notices

Homework in the Middle School is sent home on a Friday and due back the following Thursday. The homework consists of reading (minimum of 4 nights), Mathletics activities and SMART spelling-look, say, sound, spell, write, check.
We would appreciate if parents could record and sign in the student diary when students complete their homework tasks.

Reading Eggs and Mathletics:
All students have individual passwords to access both of these programs.  We encourage students to explore activities to revise and extend their learning.  These programs are online tools which students use to enhance their learning. 
Students are given set Mathletics tasks to be completed for homework.  This week the focus is on Division.

Morning Bell Times
Students are welcome to enter their classrooms to prepare for their school day from 8:50 each morning. A first bell will sound at 8:55 which is a reminder for all students to enter their classrooms. A second bell will sound at 9 o'clock which will signal the start of the day's learning. Thank you.

Making News
Achievement Awards for Weeks 9 and 10 of Term 3
Liam - using his growth mindset to work towards achieving his goals. Good work Liam! 

Owen - providing comprehensive answers about his reading
Lucy - answering reading questions comprehensively.

Hannah - for her excellent efforts towards completing her inquiry project.
Dylan - for creatively comparing Australia and Kenya in his inquiry project.

Billy - for the hard work he has put into completing his Inquiry project - comparing the geography of Australia with that of the United States.
Darcy - for her enthusiasm in preparing for our school production 'Alice's Adventure'


This week we are starting to explore Aboriginal history by looking at Dreamtime stories and the importance of these stories to the Aboriginal people. Our classes have looked at stories such as "The Rainbow Serpent" and "Pheasant and Kingfisher." The students created stick puppets to retell these stories.

We also focused on Aboriginal artworks and how these are important to Indigenous culture. 

Image result for aboriginal dot painting authentic 

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