Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Chester Awards

Yesterday we finished our Term 3 Inquiry unit on the Human Body with our presentations on the body systems.

The presentations were of a very high standard and all students should be incredibly proud of the work they have completed.

Over the past term it has been wonderful to watch the students learn and grow together. I have been very impressed with their ability to manage their learning, be organised and to work in cooperative learning groups, focussed on achieving a common goal.

Thank you to Mrs Abo-Karima, Ms Likos, Mrs Winter and Mrs Wade for being judges, they too were impressed with the quality of work presented by the students.

It was fantasic to see students finding interactive and exciting ways to present their information. The use of Glogster and Kahootz were particular stand outs.

The winners of the Chester Award for the "Best System in a Supporting Role" for the human body was the Circulatory system- Makeelly, Fatat, Ramy, Duarte and Adison.

Congratulations to all students. 

Miss Spink

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Our Skype With Madison

Today we had a Skype call with Miss Spink's little cousin Madison.

In reading we are learning to identify and use strategies that 'good readers' use when reading. To do this we need to be able to listen to other readers and ourselves to identify the things we do that make us 'good readers'. To help us do this we listened to Madison read and were able to discuss the strategies she was using. We then discussed what possible reading goals we could give Madison if we were her teachers.

Read the document below to see what we noticed and found out.

What strategies do you use well when reading?

What is your reading goal?

What strategies do you think you need to work on? 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Managing Our Own Learning

In Grade 5/6 we are trying to be organised learners who manage our time wisely. We have learnt to identify areas of our learning we do well, as well as elements we need to improve on.

This is something we will continue to work on for the rest of the year and will help us to become self managed, independent learners.

But what is managing our learning all about?

Here are some examples of different ways we are managing our own learning-

This year we will manage our own learning! 

Describe two ways you are confident when managing your own learning.

Identify and describe an area you need to improve on.

Discuss how you will achieve this.