Monday, 7 November 2016

Middle School Term 4 Week 5

Middle School Newsletter: Term 4 Week 5


WOW... The end of week 5 already. How time flies!!!

Learning and Teaching

We Are Learning To....

 ask questions before we read, while we are reading and after we read. Asking questions helps us to further understand the text.

WRITING/V.C.O.P.: plan, draft and edit a creative story in about how a particular Australian animal came to be, based on our knowledge of Dreamtime stories.

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 being encouraged to include the words in their writing and oral language. 

MATHStell the time on digital and analogue clocks, convert between units of time, use am and pm and solve time problems.

UNIT OF STUDY: (We are One, We are Many/History): learn about the history of Australia. We are starting our inquiry unit by developing an understanding of Indigenous culture and lifestyles.

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

Friday 4th November - PFA Free Dress Day (Gold Coin Donation)
8th, 15th, 22nd, 28th and 29th November - STOMP Dance
Wednesday 16th November - Whole School A-Thon
Wednesday 16th November - PFA Disco
Friday 25th November - Twilight Working Bee
Friday 2nd December - Carols Night
Friday 10th December - Whole School Sports Day

Current notices

 Satellite Club

The Satellite Club is a program offered to extend and enrich selected students. Our aim is to present new and exciting challenges for the Satellite Club team. This year they have been working on logical thinking and reasoning skills.

In Term Four students will be developing business plans and creating their own businesses using ICT skills.

The students will work with our new CSIRO ICT in Schools partner, Ms Vikki Morris, Regional Manager, Cisco Systems Australia and Mrs Grisdale.

More information about our new program will be in the newsletter over the coming weeks. Both parents and students have been asking about the program - it's good to hear you are as excited about the program as we are!!

If you have any questions, please see Mrs Grisdale.

Grade 3 and 4 Sport
In term 4 will be running Middle School sport on Fridays at 12:00.  The students will be participating in mixed grade groups practising and playing games offered for Interschool sport. The sports include rounders, cricket, tennis and newcombe. Don't forget your runners!

Sun Smart
As we are a Sun Smart school we request that students wear hats when outside in Term 4.  Those students without hats are asked to be in the shaded eating area.

Making News
Achievement Awards for Weeks 3 and 4 of Term 4
Angelo- for applying himself fully in maths and having a growth mindset when tackling multiplication problems. Great work!
Ben- for his brilliant Dreamtime story about how the rainbow lorikeet became colourful. Great work Ben!


Josh - for sharing insightful comments related to early settlement and the inhabitants of Australia.  Well done.


Faye- writing an interesting Haiku poem about Doritoes.
Tyler- always using his Growth Mindset and giving everything a go.


Andjelka - for developing her ability to solve complicated division problems in maths lessons.
Dylan - enthusiastically learning how to tell the time by using an analogue clock.

In the Middle School we have been writing different types of poetry, including Limericks, Haikus and Found Poems...

There once was a very old man,
Who loved to play in his band,
He fell off the stage,
And broke his rib cage,
The man was unable to stand.

There once was a girl called Faye,
She liked to eat pate,
She ate it lots and lots,
While driving her yachts,
She did it every day.

There once was a boy called Luke,
He liked to eat all the fruit,
The oranges at half time,
He ate his and ate mine,
If I got one it was a fluke.
Witches are ready,
Scary skeletons are here,
It is Halloween.

Lovely soft icing,
On light fluffy cupcakes,
Better eat them up.

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