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?

Last Day Of Term Three

Today is the last day of term three.

It has been an action packed 10 weeks in 4B. All of the students have worked very hard and learnt a lot this term.

We have had a number of highlights this term, including:

To celebrate the end of term and to raise money for our two fundraising organisations, Red Cross and River’s Gift, today was Footy Colours Day. Students and teachers dressed up in their footy gear or footy colours for a gold coin donation.

Check out the slideshow below to see the 4B students supporting their favourite sporting team!

We will return to school for our final term on Monday 5th October.

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What did you enjoy about term three?

What are you looking forward to next term?

Do you have any learning goals for term four?

Who is your favourite football or sporting team?

What’s The Word?

This week, our reading strategy was visualising.

We practised our visualising skills by explaining the pictures in our mind as we listened to stories and sketching images while reading to show what we were imagining.

We also completed a fun iPad task which required us to visualise the meanings of words. Students created puzzles containing four images that had something in common. The goal is for others to guess what that word is.

Homonyms are useful for this word game. These are words that are spelt the same and sound the same, but have different meanings.

For example, the word bat is a homonym. This can be an animal (noun), a thing used for hitting in sport (noun), or a verb (eg. it was his turn to bat next in the cricket match).

Here are some of the “what’s the word?” puzzles made by the 4B students.

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Leave a comment with an answer to a couple of the puzzles. Don’t forget to say which number puzzle you are solving!

Can you think of any homonyms?

What word games or puzzles do you like to do?

We’re Back For Term Three!

Today was the first day of term three.

After two weeks of holidays, we returned to school today. We have a great term three ahead of us, with plenty of learning and fun to be had!

Some of our learning will focus on:

  • The four processes (using larger numbers)
  • Length, perimeter and area
  • Chance
  • Mapping
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Shape
  • Persuasive writing
  • Writing picture story books
  • A variety of reading strategies
  • Expanding our vocabularies
  • Sustainability

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To reflect on their holidays, students wrote a brief recount explaining one of their holiday memories. They focussed on using interesting language so the readers could make a picture in their mind.

You can read the students’ holiday recounts below. You may need to view in full screen to read properly. Enjoy!

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What did you think of our writing?

What was your favourite holiday experience?

What are you looking forward to in term three?

What do you want to improve on in term three?

Last Week Of Term Two

We have had an action packed last week of term.

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 4B 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
  • Friendships.

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 4B students for their outstanding efforts during the interviews!

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Genius Hour

In our writing sessions this week, students worked on a Genius Hour project. 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 “big 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.

Today, students presented their Genius Hour projects to the class. Initially, students were going to share in small groups but, by popular demand, everyone shared their work in front of the whole grade. It was great to listen to the presentations and the students clearly enjoyed learning from each other!

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

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

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Book Reports

This week, students created book reports with a twist. Instead of a traditional book report, students made “books on a box”. We used a variety of the reading strategies we have covered this term to:

  • Design a new front cover for the book
  • Summarise the novel
  • Write character profiles
  • Record interesting vocabulary
  • Rate the book out of five stars.

The students work was stuck to cereal boxes so we now have a colourful collection of three dimensional book reports!

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Board Game Bonanza

To celebrate a fantastic eleven weeks of learning in 4B, we enjoyed a Board Game Bonanza today. Students played a variety of board games or card games in pairs or small groups. It was great to see the students enjoying the games…amidst some friendly competitiveness!

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After a busy term full of fun and learning, we are looking forward to a two week break. We’ll be back at school on Monday 13th July.

Happy holidays!

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What has been your term two highlight?

Explain your Genuis Hour project.

What did you enjoy about the “book on a box” task?

Do you have a favourite board game?

What are you looking forward to on the holidays?

4B Newspaper Articles

The 4B students transformed into print journalists last week, with everyone writing their own newspaper article.

Prior to writing our own, we investigated newspaper articles to discover what information is included and analyse how they are written.

Each student chose a local topic, from BHPS or the community, to report on.

Students were encouraged to include:

  • A catchy headline
  • An interesting “lead” to capture the reader’s attention
  • Informative details
  • Background information
  • Formal language
  • Quotes from relevant people
  • An image.

Everyone did a fantastic job and really got into the spirit of writing like a journalist. You can read all of the newspaper articles below. Press the full screen button to view. Enjoy!

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What do you think of our news articles?

What kinds of articles do you like to read?

What writing skills did you improve on whilst writing your article?

Investigating Newspaper Articles

In 4B, we have been studying newspaper articles in our recent writing sessions.

We have read a variety of articles together as a whole class and individually. A news article discusses current or recent news of either general interest (found in daily newspapers) or of a specific topic (which can be found in daily newspapers or specialty newspapers such as finance or political papers).

Students analysed each article by identifying the following elements:

  • Who the article is about
  • What the article is about
  • Where the news is taking place
  • When the news happened
  • Why it is news
  • Who is quoted
  • What background information is included.

We have also looked at the structure of the articles and the language that journalists use.

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Students were asked to bring in articles from home to study. One of our lessons involved students doing a newspaper investigation by reading these articles that were spread around the classroom. Everyone created a Google Sheet on their iPad and recorded the key elements of each article to immerse themselves in the writing genre.

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Students are now writing their own news articles. We look forward to sharing them in a future blog post!

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What have your learnt about newspaper articles?

What types of news articles do you enjoy reading?

We’re Back – Term Two Begins!

Today is the first day of term two.

After a two week Easter break, we are back to start term two at Barwon Heads Primary School. Some 4B students participated in our major school fundraiser fun run, the Sheepwash Classic, on Easter Saturday. The school Easter Fair was also a popular event and some students were lucky enough to go on holidays in different parts of Australia. And of course, everyone enjoyed some yummy chocolate easter eggs over the break too!

Sunrise Sheepwash Classic

Conditions were perfect for running at our Sheepwash Classic event and there was a spectacular sunrise for us to view before the run! Photo courtesy of our principal, Mr Roskosch

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This week we will focus on:

  • Reading – inferential comprehension
  • Writing – learning how to construct a good fictional narrative story
  • Maths – mental strategies to solve division problems.

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We have a lot to look forward to during our busy eleven week term, including:

  • A new history-based inquiry topic
  • Fictional narratives and information reports in writing
  • Focussing on important reading strategies, including inferring, evaluating, reorganising text and questioning
  • Improving our mathematical knowledge in division, fractions, decimals, money and more
  • An exciting excursion to Melbourne
  • The district Cross Country for selected students
  • Student/Parent/Teacher interviews at the end of the term.

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What did you enjoy about your holidays?

What are you looking forward to in term two?

Have you set yourself a learning goal for the term?

Our Pastel Portraits

Recently, the students in 4A and 4B 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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photo credit: Cat Sidh via photopin cc

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.

Here are 4B’s pastel portraits!

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What do you think of our pastel portraits?

What art activities do you enjoy?