Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Middle School Week 7 Term 4

Middle School Newsletter: Term 4 Week 7


Learning and Teaching

We Are Learning To....

 make predictions and inferences about the books that we are reading, using clues and the information for the different texts.

WRITING/V.C.O.P.: write a sequenced set of instructions focusing on the vocabulary that we are using. We are aiming to create clear instructions that readers will be able to follow with ease.

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. 

MATHSsolve financial maths problems involving purchases and the giving / receiving of change.

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

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

 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 5 and 6 of Term 4
Carla - for her interesting Dreamtime story about how the cockatoo got it's feathers. Well done Carla!  
Amy - for using her growth mindset when tacking challenging money problems in class this week. Well done!

Sarah - for writing an interesting haiku about lizards
Olivia - for writing an interesting Dreamtime story which included a glossary

Anna - for the images she created in readers minds when writing her Dreamtime Story "Uju the Peacock".
John - for using his knowledge of shopping to help him solve money related problems.

Billy - for his well written and entertaining Dreamtime story, 'How the Echidna Was Created'
Darcy - for successfully writing about the settlement of Melbourne from the perspectives of both the Europeans and Indigenous Australians.

STOMP Dance Program

The year 3 and 4 students are loving the new Stomp Dance Program each Tuesday! For the next three weeks the students will be learning new dances in preparation for the Christmas Concert on December 2nd. Ask them to rehearse one of them for you!

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