End of Term Two – Happy Holidays!

Today is the last day of term two. What a busy eleven weeks we have had!

Highlights from our last week of term two include…

Student/Parent/Teacher Interviews

During the week, BHPS held our annual student/parent/teacher interviews. Students led the interviews by sharing their learning achievements with their parents. The  students created presentations on their iPads to reflect on their semester and shared work samples that demonstrated their learning. Students spoke about:

  • Semester highlights
  • Areas of success
  • Areas for future improvement
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Maths
  • Inquiry
  • Specialists
  • iPad Program
  • Character Strengths

Everyone spoke clearly and confidently, elaborated on their key points, made eye contact and articulated their learning extremely well. Miss Jordan is very proud of all of the 3/4C students for their outstanding efforts during the interviews!

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Genius Hour

Students worked on a Genius Hour project on Thursday and Friday. Genius Hour allows students to explore their own passions and promotes creativity in the classroom. Students are encouraged to think about topics they want to learn more about. The three main components of Genius Hour are:

  • Students think of a “driving question” they want to find the answer to
  • Students research their chosen question and create a presentation (making a movie, slideshow, poster etc)
  • Students share their work with others.

There was a very broad range of topics covered, including specific topics in the following categories:

  • Historical events
  • Different countries
  • How things work
  • Animals
  • Sports
  • Technology

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Reading Reflections

Students read novels and annotated their thinking by recording reflections. Reflections they recorded included:

  • Predictions
  • Questions
  • Reactions
  • Inferences
  • Text connections
  • Character descriptions
  • Setting descriptions

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School Building Project

A new school building is currently under construction at BHPS. Students completed a real life maths project this week, which involved the following:

  • Designing a floor plan of the building
  • Calculating the perimeter and area of each space in the building
  • ‘Purchasing’ furniture for the classrooms
  • ‘Purchasing’ equipment for student learning

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Shape

We explored shape with some fun mathematical investigations this week. Specifically, we focussed on

  • Tangrams
  • Tessellations

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What a busy, fun-filled week of learning we have had in 3/4C! Here are some photos of our last week of term.

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Today was also the last day for Mrs Cross, our amazing Assistant Principal. Mrs Cross is retiring from education. We will all miss her very much!

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What was your term two highlight?

What did you enjoy this week?

What are you looking forward to next term?

“First Australians” Incursion

Today the grade four students enjoyed a fantastic incursion!

This term, the grade four students have studied Australian history for our inquiry unit. We have specificially foccused on the indigenous Australians, the First Fleet and European settlement during our First Contacts topic.

To conclude a great term of inquiry learning, Cynda and Barry from The History Box visited to expand our learning even more. To start the session, we learnt about and discussed a variety of topics relating to the first Australians, including:

  • Aboriginal history
  • Clans
  • Languages
  • Clothing
  • Art
  • Toys
  • Games
  • Symbols
  • Artefacts

Students then participated in three fun rotational activities. They were:

  • Learning and playing the ngaka ngaka game. It’s similar to the popular game noughts and crosses, but it has a twist!
  • Designing and creating jewellery using shells.
  • Sculpting an animal using clay and native materials.

Here are some photos that show the fun we had!

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What was your highlight from the First Australians incursion?

What did you learn?

We Love Poetry!

The students in 3/4C are thoroughly enjoying our poetry unit.

Earlier in the term, we investigated poems and learnt about figurative language in poetry. Now, all students have started their own poetry anthology.

Students have written several poems for their anthology, including:

  • Observations in our environment
  • Colours
  • Environmental issues
  • Family
  • Free choice

The poems written by the students for most of our unit have not been of a particular structure, so they have had a lot of freedom with the style, organisation and layout of their poems. However, earlier this week, we did investigate five types of popular poem structures. They are:

  • Cinquain poems
  • Haiku poems
  • Concrete poems
  • Limericks
  • Diamante poems

Each of these styles of poems have specific features and a set structure. They are described below.

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The enthusiasm of the 3/4C students during our poetry unit has been absolutely fantastic! Miss Jordan is very proud of all their work!

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What is your favourite structured poem?

What do you like to write poems about?

***Please choose one of the structured poems and write a poem in your comment!***

World Environment Day

Sunday 5th May is World Environment Day!

World Enviro Day

To celebrate, today all students and teachers at BHPS were asked to wear green. Here are the 3/4C students in all of their green glory!

Green Enviro Day

Our school Enviro Team, led my Mr Burdess and Mr Harris, work very hard to promote environmental messages to the students at BHPS.

They also undertake a variety of projects for our school. The latest project the Enviro Team has announced is a a Landcare initiative, where they plan to plant native grasses, shrubs and trees along the fence line from the bike shed. This project will continue the great work the Enviro Team have been doing with our butterfly garden and creating habitats for our local animals, insects and birds.

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What do you do to help the environment?

How has the Enviro Team developed your awareness of environmental issues?

Do you have a favourite shade of green?

Inquiry Update

This term, we are studying two inquiry topics.

  • Grade three students have been learning all about the history and geography of our beautiful town, Barwon Heads.
  • Grade four students have been focussing on the indigenous Australians, life in Britain in the eighteenth century and European settlement in our country.

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Last week, students delivered class presentations related to our inquiry topics. Students prepared their information and slideshows as a homework task and Miss Jordan was impressed and proud of all students. Everyone did a fantastic job sharing their knowledge with the class!

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How did you find the experience of delivering a class presentation?

What are your presentation strengths? What would you like to work on?

What did you learn while preparing your presentation?

What did you learn from your classmates’ presentations?

Education Week

Last week was Education Week!

On Friday, we participated in three fun Education Week experiences:

  • The Life Education Program
  • The Estimation Exhibition
  • Open Classroom for parents

Life Education Program

We visited the Life Education van and our module was titled, “All Systems Go”. Instructor Gaye, and her helper Harold, led us through some discussions and activities about the functions of various parts of our body. We focussed on the circulatory system, respiratory system, digestive system and the nervous system.

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Estimation Exhibition

For the past few weeks, classes have been preparing “estimation jars” for our first school-wide Estimation Exhibition. On Friday, all classes spent some time at the Estimation Exhibition in our gym, recording their estimations of the collections. It was fun and challenging!

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Open Classroom

To celebrate Education Week, parents and family members were invited into our classrooms to participate in some interactive activities with the students. The activities in our classroom included a variety of mathematical card games focussing on improving ‘mental strategies’, Scattergories and blogging.

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Here are some photos from our Fun Friday!

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What was your highlight from our special day last Friday?

What did you learn in the Life Education van?

What strategies did you use during the Estimation Exhibition?

What game did you teach your mum or dad at our Open Classroom session?

Figurative Language in Poetry

This week, we started a poetry study in our writing lessons.

Students have participated in “poetry investigation” all week. This means we read lots of poems and analysed how they are written. Students observed the mood of different poems and the writing craft that is used.

We discussed what we sometimes see in poems. Here are some of our thoughts:

  • Humour
  • Emotions or feelings
  • Rhyming
  • Rhythm
  • Repeated words or phrases
  • Descriptive language
  • Inferences
  • A message or moral
  • A twist

We also focussed on how figurative language is used in poetry. Today, we investigated six different kinds of figurative language:

  • Alliteration
  • Metaphor
  • Simile
  • Hyperbole (hy-per-bol-ee)
  • Personification
  • Onomatopoeia (on-o-mat-o-pia)

Figurative Language

Some of these types of figurative language were new to the students and they enjoyed learning the new vocabulary. Learning how to say hyperbole and onomatopoeia was a challenge!

For their main task today, students worked in pairs to read a variety of poems. Their challenge was to identify which types of figurative language were present in each poem. Everyone did a fantastic job and it was great to listen to the conversations as they investigated the figurative language.

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Write some examples of figurative language in your comment!

What have you learnt about poetry so far?

Do you have a favourite poem?

Lobster Pot Excursion

As part of our inquiry topic, the grade three students visited the Barwon Heads Estuary Heritage Centre, commonly known as the “Lobster Pot”.

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Maddie, who works at Barwon Coast, met us at the Lobster Pot and shared lots of interesting information about the history of Barwon Heads and how we can help to look after our coastline.

The students were keen to learn and participated enthusiastically in the informative session. After listening to Maddie, students were free to explore the array of educational materials, displays and tanks. It was great to see the students asking questions, reading facts and interacting with each other as they learnt about our amazing town.

Here are some photos from our time at the Lobster Pot.

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What did you learn at the Lobster Pot?

Share a historical fact about Barwon Heads that you found interesting.

What can we do to help to look after our town?

What was your highlight?

 

The 24 Character Strengths

Today, we started learning about the 24 character strength traits.

The VIA Classification of Character Strengths is made up of 24 character strengths that are categorised into six different areas:

  • Wisdom
  • Courage
  • Humanity
  • Justice
  • Temperance
  • Transcendence

As individuals, we each possess all of the 24 identified character strengths to varying degrees. Some strengths feature prominently in our characters (these are our ‘top traits’ or ‘signature traits’), but they can all be developed over time.

The 24 character strengths are described below.

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In class, we researched and discussed the meaning of each character strength. Once we know more about them, we will be able to identify which “signature traits” feature in our personalities.

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What did you learn about character strengths?

Which character strengths were new to you?

What strengths do you think might be your “top traits” or “signature traits”?

Are there any strengths you would like to develop?