Last week the students in year 3 and 5 participated in Naplan beginning on the 11th of May and ending on 13th of May. Naplan stands for National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy is a combination of four tests ranging from language conventions to mathematics. Tuesday is the day when everyone did two tests (writing and language conventions which is testing our understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammar). On Wednesday the students participated in a reading test and on Thursday we did a numeracy test. The aim of Naplan is to help students to understand where they are up to with their learning and and where they need help. Sometimes students can get a bit ‘stressed out’ about Naplan but my advice to all people who are doing Naplan now or in the future is to not to get worried by the whole Naplan business. You can just remind yourself that Naplan is just like any other normal test we do in class. I also highly recommend that you don’t talk to your classmates during the tests as this may look like you are talking about the test questions.
After Naplan was completed we all felt much better and look forward to doing lots of other fun learning in class.
Since we have all come back from online schooling the Year 5’s have been participating in DFL (which stands for Dice Football League). At the start we were all randomly given our own football team but it was not the football team that we barrack for. To play the game were each given two different coloured die and we had to choose one dice to be the goals and one to be the behinds. At the moment the Demons (me) are on top after we defeated the Swans in a classic. We are looking forward to continuing the DFL next term.
Here is the current ladder positions in our class.
This term the students in Prep have been learning lots of new skills both during home learning and since they have been back at school.
Some of the areas that the Preps have been learning about since returning to school include …..
Literacy – writing recounts. The Preps were using bubbles when they were writing recounts and it looked like a lot of fun. They have also been learning how to write their work on dotted lines. Here are some pictures of the Preps hard at work …..
In Maths, Prep Yellow have been learning how to order numbers both from smallest to largest and largest to smallest. One of the activities they did for Maths included looking through LEGO catalogs and ordering the items from the ones they wanted the most through to the one they wanted the least.
Here are some pictures of this activity …..
Overall, I think the Preps have had a great job with their learning and have earned a nice long break over the school holidays.
We look forward to hearing about what the Preps will learn about next term.
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
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?
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 ……
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.
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.
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 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 ….
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 ……