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?

End Of Term Two

Today is the last day of term two for Victorian state schools.

We have had a very busy ten weeks in 4A and 4B!

Some of our term two highlights include:

  • Learning more about fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Improving our reading comprehension by focussing on the six elements of comprehension (literal, reorganisation, inference, vocabulary, evaluation and reaction)
  • Publishing personal narratives and persuasive texts
  • Learning about the settlement of Australia in our First Contacts inquiry unit
  • Our excursion to the Melbourne Museum and IMAX
  • Delivering class presentations
  • Meeting Eucy the koala
  • Developing more addition, subtraction, multiplication and division strategies
  • Learning about the significance of the Kokoda Trail from our principal, Mr Roskosch, as he prepares to tackle the challenging trek again on the holidays
  • Starting our garden beds
  • Student-Parent-Teacher Interviews.

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Earlier in the term, 4A and 4B students formed collaborative groups and were assigned the task of looking after the garden beds outside our classroom. They have been empty for a number of years, so it was an exciting project to be part of. The groups decided what they would plant, and we now have a variety of vegetables and herbs growing rapidly.

Check out the slideshow below to see the progress our garden beds are making.

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We commence term three on Monday 14th July.

How has your learning improved this term?

What do you have growing in your garden bed?

Do you have any learning goals for term three?