Term Three Begins!

We are back for term three!

After a two week break, it was great to see all of the 3/4C students again.

To reflect on their school holidays, students had to think of one specific activity or experience they enjoyed during the holidays. Students were required to write at least three interesting clues that described or explained the activity without using really obvious words. It was quite challenging! Students then drew a picture of their holiday memory to go alongside their clues.

Read each student’s holiday clues below. After each page of clues you will see the drawn picture with the answer!

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We are all looking forward to another fantastic term of learning and fun!

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What did you think of the holiday clues?

What writing skills were required for this task?

Describe your holiday highlights.

What are you looking forward to this term?

What are your learning goals for term three?

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?

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?

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?

Fantastic Fractions!

We have been learning about fractions in maths.

We know that a fraction is an equal part of a whole.

Our learning this week has focussed on:

  • Understanding numerators and denominators
  • Identifying and naming a variety of fractions
  • Using and understanding a fraction wall
  • Recognising equivalent fractions
  • Using fractions in problem solving.

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To introduce our fractions unit, students used play dough to make and label a variety of fractions.

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Today, students enjoyed making paper “fraction pizzas” to demonstrate their learning. Students could choose to make a pizza in quarters, eighths or sixteenths. They then added a variety of toppings and labelled the fraction of each ingredient on the pizza.

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We are looking forward to continuing our fractions knowledge next week. We will be focussing on:

  • Putting fractions on a number line
  • Comparing fractions and identifying fractions that are greater than/less than other fractions
  • Identifying fractions in a collection of objects
  • Understanding mixed fractions and improper fractions.

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What have you learnt about fractions during our maths lessons this week?

How has your fractions knowledge improved?

Do you have a fractions tip for other students?

 

Delightful Division!

This week we have been improving our division skills.

Specifically, our learning focus has been: To apply appropriate strategies to solve division equations mentally.

In order to improve our mental division strategies, we completed a variety of lessons practising several helpful strategies.

Some of these strategies are:

  • Skip counting
  • Counting on from a known fact
  • Using inverse operations (this is the relationship between multiplication and division).

We discussed that all division problems can be solved using your knowledge of multiplication. This is a very helpful method to solve division problems!

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Of course, sometimes the number you start with (the dividend) isn’t evenly divisible by the number of groups (divisor). In this case, you have remainders. During the week, students used their times tables and skip counting skills to solve a variety of remainder problems.

During the week, students could challenge themselves by using larger dividends and divisors to extend their knowledge.

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The slideshow below has images of dominoes. Try to say or write the multiplication and division fact family using the number of dots on each domino to create inverse operations.

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Division can be a tricky process but it has been excellent to see the 3/4C students show a lot of persistence and determination to succeed with this mathematical concept.

It is important to keep practising multiplication and division facts as we use them regularly in everyday life!

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What have you learnt about division this week?

How have your mental strategies improved?

Do you have any division tips?

When do you use division in real life?

We Are Back For Term Two!

After a two week break, we are back at school and ready and raring to go!

Today was the first day of term two and it promises to be another fun and busy time in 3/4C. Everyone enjoyed their holidays and it was great to hear the adventures the students had over the past fortnight.

Miss Jordan had a great break. Over the Easter weekend, she volunteered at the Good Friday Appeal, assisted at the Sheepwash Classic Fun Run and spent time with her family (including her beautiful baby niece, Estelle) on Easter Sunday. She also went to Mount Martha for a few days with friends and visited her parents and brother in Pomonal.

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Miss Jordan with her three month old niece, Estelle

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The 3/4C students also enjoyed a variety of holiday experiences. Read their highlights below!

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What was your holiday highlight?

Which holiday reflections did you enjoy reading?

What would be your dream holiday?

Pastel Portraits!

This week, the students in 3/4C showed off their artistic skills by creating pastel portraits of themselves.

Pastels are a great medium to use and the students experimented with different techniques in their portraits. The rich colours that pastels produce can make your artwork vibrant and really eye-catching.

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The aim of the task was for students to completely cover their piece of paper in colour and to create a portrait that represented themselves.

All students demonstrated persistence and confidence when creating their masterpieces. It was not an easy task, but the results are fantastic! They are now displayed in our classroom and they really brighten up our learning space!

Here are 3/4C’s pastel portraits!

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What do you think of our pastel portraits?

What art activities do you enjoy?

Letters To Miss Jordan’s 2016 Students

Today, all students participated in a two hour transition session with their new class and teacher for 2016.

Next year, Miss Jordan is teaching grade three and four. The current 4B students wrote letters to Miss Jordan’s class of 2016, sharing some of their highlights from the year. The letters are below for Miss Jordan’s new students to read!

Miss Jordan would love to receive some blog comments from her new students!

What were your school highlights in 2015?

What are you looking forward to in 2016?

Do you have a learning goal for next year?

Our Poetry Study

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

Students have participated in “poetry immersion” 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
  • Similes
  • Metaphors
  • “Show me, don’t tell me”
  • A message or moral
  • A twist

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

  • Alliteration
  • Metaphor
  • Similie
  • 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!

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Today, students used the knowledge they have gained about the art of poetry to write their own poems. First, we went outside and observed the environment around us. Students took notes of the things they could see, hear, smell and feel.

We then used these observations as inspiration for our poetry. Everyone did an amazing job! You can read all of the poems in the slideshow below. Click the full screen icon to view the poems properly. Enjoy!

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What do you think of the poems?

Can you find any examples of figurative language in the poems?

What have you learnt about poetry so far?