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What are the students learning about in Year 3?

What are the students learning about in Year 3?

In Year 3 the students at the moment the students are learning how to round numbers to tens and hundreds in Maths. Rounding is a very good skill because it can help you when you are paying for items at the shops (e.g if you were to buy one item for 95c and another item for $1.80 you might wish to round up the value of each item to the next dollar so that you made sure you had to pay for these items).

Also, in R.E. the year 3’s are learning about Parables in the Bible and how to find the meaning in the story. Stories is also what the year 3’s are learning about in writing as they are learning about how to write interesting narratives that grab the attention of the reading. In addition, the students are learning about healthy food and exercise in their Inquiry unit.

Overall, it sounds like the year 3 students are working really hard at the moment.

Here are the year 3’s in action …….

What’s Happening in our Prep Classes?

What’s Happening in our Prep Classes?

Last week was an important week for our new Preps because it was their first full week at school (including coming to school on Wednesdays). Not only are our Prep students getting used to what happens each day at school but they are also learning lots of new skills and knowledge.

In the Prep classes the students have been working on learning the letters of the alphabet and recently they were learning all about the letter P. One of the Preps favourite things to do during this week was bringing items into class that start with P for Show and Tell.

In addition, in Maths the Prep students have been learning all about the numbers from 1 to 20. This will help them with their learning in Maths throughout their lives.

Overall, the Preps have been very busy with their learning and it sounds like they are doing really well with settling into Holy Trinity and St. Mary’s.

Here are Prep Yellow busy at learning today ……..

Prep Learning

Prep Learning

It is amazing how our Prep students have been at HT and St. Mary’s for nearly the whole year. Recently, I was lucky enough to visit them to see how they were going.

In Prep Yellow they have been learning about “friends of ten” facts. Some told me about how fun and easy it was to learn about these facts in Maths. Others told me that even though these facts were a little hard that they had improved a lot in their numbers since learning about friends of ten facts.

In Prep Blue the students were learning were also learning about ten facts that connected on a rainbow  8+2 =10. The students really enjoyed completing these colourful maths activities such as cutting out the worms and colouring in the rainbow. All the preps have grown so much that they are are nearly ready for year one.

For all those kinder kids out there that will be coming to HT and St. Mary’s in the coming years I would like to let you know to try not to be scared because we have lots of teachers and students that can help you out as you learn. The first day may be scary but you will make friends and when you know it you will be swinging on the monkey bars, running on the oval, putting on your thinking cap and so much more. Holy Trinity and St. Mary’s is a place where you can shine bright like a star.

Times Tables in Year 4

Times Tables in Year 4

In Year 4 this term we have been learning our times tables. One really fun way of helping us remember these facts is with with our class’s Tilly’s Tables Cards. What you do is you pick out a random card from the box and then you think of a rhyming word for the question eg.11 x 9 =99 so a rhyming word for this is “mighty whine.”  The rhyming words are really helpful because if you don’t know the times tables answer you can look at the rhyming words to work out the answer. On some of the cards there are jokes that can be pretty funny as well ….. (sometimes!).

Overall, the Year 4’s are really enjoying learning our tables with these cards and also love playing the games on them.

by Abbey and Ty

Year 5 Maths

Year 5 Maths

In Year 5 we have been learning about how we find the area of rectangles and squares. We even learnt how to find the area of an irregular shape! Mr.B came in to challenge and get us thinking a bit more. We discovered that there are different ways to find the area of a shape with some involving adding and subtracting and others involving multiplication (and sometimes division).

In the below activity we found out the area of our names (as well as demonstrating our artistic skills).

How do you think we went?

5/6 Chance and Data Day

5/6 Chance and Data Day

On Friday November 9, the 5/6 students participated in Chance and Data day. It was an opportunity for each of us to dress up like we were going to the races and lots of us really got into the theme of the day. The students participated in a series of mathematical activities to get a better understanding of chance and data including probability with a die, percentages with the hmmmmmm game and odds with picking cards. They also learned a little bit of the history of the Melbourne Cup and watched a couple horse races. We all seemed to have lots of fun as well as learning a thing or two.

Here are the 5/6s in action ……

 

1/2 Level Maths

1/2 Level Maths

On Monday all 1/2 classes contributed in level maths.

Miss McGing’s  group was learning how do an array by using dice and playing array bingo.

Miss Rooney and Mrs. Rodrigo’s maths  groups were learning how to complete repeated addition by showing them how many smiley faces are in the bag .eg. 4+4+4+4+4=20

Mrs. O’Brien group was learning how to solve worded problems .eg. John had 8 cookies  and gave 5 two Eliza how many does he have left?

Overall, it sounds like all the 1/2 students learnt a lot of new Maths skills whilst having lots of fun.

Level Maths in 5/6

Level Maths in 5/6

In the 5/6 classrooms we are starting a new way of learning maths. Every Monday after recess for about 45 minutes the 5/6 students split up into groups based on our level of learning in Maths. We may have a different teacher to our normal classroom teacher and our groups can change depending on the topic we are learning about.

Here is some of our good fraction work from this week’s Level Maths session.

1/2 O learning 3D shapes!

1/2 O learning 3D shapes!

1/2O have started to learn the features of 3D shapes. They used geometry kits and ‘clixi’ to explore and create different 3D shapes. Students created such shapes as cubes, triangle based pyramids, rectangle prisms and triangular prisms.

4 In A Row [Maths Game]

4 In A Row [Maths Game]

In 5/6B we have been playing games in maths like this one called 4 in a row. The aim of this game is to try and get 4 numbers between 100 and 999 in a row on a numberline. It is a good game because it teaches you how to find numbers on a number line without having every other numbers there. Lots of the students were really competitive when we played it. Here is a few examples of this game in action ……

   

 

Essential Assessment (Online Maths)

Essential Assessment (Online Maths)

Essential Assessment is online maths program where you can complete tests and work on your skills at answering  different types of maths questions. It is really good because it is not too hard or too easy, it is perfect for your level once the teacher gets the results of your first test. After you have done some learning you get to sit the test again to see how you have improved with your Maths skills. It also has another feature called My Numeracy which is based on improving on things that you have got wrong in your pretest that you have completed. The 5/6’s use this program regularly in class. Here are a few questions set for me to complete ….

1/2 Maths Groups

1/2 Maths Groups

Today some students in the 1/2 Level played a game called ‘Reversi’ during Maths Groups today. It involves trying to block the other player’s counters so that you could capture them as your own. It was a bit of a combination between connect four and chess. Our brains were really working throughout the session.

Here is some of us at work ……

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