What a short-long Week 11!

What a short-long Week 11!

This week we spent our first three days together completing our teaching and learning challenges from last week.  The students had to complete their explorations of triangles, reflect on their experiences of the Jewish Settlers’ Museum and complete finding out more about their parents’ or grandparents’ migration stories.  The students also planned for the week ahead.

In the new school week, the students will work collaboratively with the other homeroom classes to complete their final inquiry into WWAIPT:  The Grade 5 Collaborative Inquiry.

During this week, we also visited our friends in the Grade 3 classes.  They have been inquiring into systems.  The grade 3 students proudly talked to us about what is a system and how they help us achieve our goals more efficiently.  It was great to hear these students talk and demonstrate to us how their chosen systems worked.

5GA were very proud of their new grade 3 friends and their learning achievements.

The Book Worm within Me! Week 10

The Book Worm within Me! Week 10

The 5GA Reading Program

In class this week I have been reading ‘Run, Pip, Run,’ to the students.  This is an interesting storyline, which presents to the students a different perspective on life.  The students are enjoying listening to this novel read to them during our Shared Reading sessions.  These sessions take place after lunch on three days of our week.  Shared Reading is a great opportunity for them to practise their Mindfulness, whilst enjoying being read to.

Guided Reading groups resumed this week for many of the students.  We have five Guided Reading groups in our class.  Each group is reading a different novel, which is pitched at their ‘challenge’ level.  Some of the novels the children are sharing to each other are classics, and others are new stories that have recently been published.  The students are enjoying their novels and helping each other with their reading process and comprehension.

Reading is an important process in helping us learn.  Reading is also a pleasurable activity to do also.  We should all make reading a part of our lives.  What a great excuse to escape and enjoy the lives of other characters.  We have had a great week of reading.

I wonder what you are reading?

Book Week, ending Week 9

Book Week, ending Week 9

This week we visited the Shanghai Jewish Refugees’ Museum.  I left wondering what an incredible story and miracle it was for the Jewish people.  As I walked around the museum, I felt very emotional and at the same time, interested in the incredible story of the Jewish people.  We were lucky enough to speak to some of their visiting family members when we were at the museum.  They were very happy to see us and share their family histories with us.

Carl Gough, from Wales, visited us.  He was very exciting to listen to.  Carl told us many stories from Wales.  These stories were romantic, humorous and sometimes, very scary.  Within every story he told us there was a surprise.  I really enjoyed listening to Carl.  He put on a great presentation for our class.

Book Week has come and gone.  I will remember walking through the high school in my costume and the older students clapping and cheering us.  I will remember our book parade in the gym.  Our youngest students looked amazing in their costumes and the teachers were funny when they did the Chicken Dance.  We ended our Book Week celebrations with a Character Hunt.  This was fun!  Around everyone corner of our school, hid a teacher dressed in costume.

Thinking About Week 8 and beyond.

Thinking About Week 8 and beyond.

Mindfulness is about being in the moment.  It is important for us to stop, think, relax and reflect at moments throughout our day.  Our lives are so busy and sometimes we forget to take the opportunity to think about what it is we are trying to achieve.  Mindfulness is an approach to help us achieve a focussed state of thinking.  Ms Anu has been helping us inquire into how we can be more mindful individuals.

Practising being Mindful in our homeroom class

Working with Ms Flutey’s class as we inquire further into Where We Are in Place and Time

A push, pull and a twist connects us to our thinking in Where We Are in Place and Time.  In class, we are currently inquiring into migration and the effects it has on individuals, groups of people and whole communities.  A push is when we have no choice, but to move from one place to another.  A pull is when we have a choice about moving.  Usually we are pushed to new places to live because of good job opportunities, family connections and or changes in our lifestyle.  A twist happens when we begin processing our thinking about a place when we have lived there for an extended period of time.

We are excited!  Book Week is just around the corner.

Book Week is coming!  Stay tuned…we have a lot planned to celebrate the beauty and enjoyment of Literacy.

Week 7 Reflection…The Week It Was!

Week 7 Reflection…The Week It Was!

This week the students worked hard to create their Sways.  Sway is a program that the students have been using to create a digital album of their memories of Yangcheng Camp.  Most of the students when they have finished their Sways will provide you with a link from their Blogfolios to share with you.

Learning to be an agent is key to the students success in 5GA.  The students need to work independently, with enthusiasm and manage their timetables to achieve success in completing the weekly learning challenges:  literacy, numeracy and unit of inquiry.  The students are getting better at regulating their behavior, thinking and controlling their emotions, including impulses.

Did you know that next week our series of assemblies will begin, ‘The Greatest Show on Earth.’  All grade 5 students will be involved in the planning, creating and executing this process.  It will be a wonderful success.  I know all grade 5 students will be excited to learn more about this in the new school week.

Have a fabulous weekend- you all deserve it!

Week 6…What an awesome week to have a camp!

Week 6…What an awesome week to have a camp!

Yangcheng Lake, Suzhou

This week we went to Yangcheng Lake, Suzhou, for our Grade 5 camp.  We were very excited on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  On Wednesday we departed for Yangcheng Lake.  We stayed on the glorious grounds of the Fairmont Hotel, choosing to sleep in our 5 star created tents.  Check out Mr Alksne’s Sway presentation to enjoy our photographs from our camp using the link below:


We arrived back to school on Friday afternoon, very tired, but thankful for the many new and wonderful memories we made together on camp.  We had a great time together on camp and this will be one of many highlights of our year together.  Thank you to our grade 5 teachers for making our camp such an amazing adventure!

The Week It Was! Week 5

The Week It Was! Week 5

Being Reflective!

For our reflections this week, I asked the students to complete the following four open-ended statements:

  1. Grade 5 has been awesome so far because…
  2. I had a great week learning about…
  3. Camp is here!  I need to remember…
  4. The month of September is nearly over.  In October I will…

To view how the students responded to these statements, please look at their individual Blogfolios.

However, I wonder how Mr Alksne would respond to these questions?

Grade 5 has been awesome so far because I have really enjoyed getting to know my new students.  I have been surprised by their talents, skills and ways of thinking about their world.  Some of my students ask some amazing questions.  I am already learning so much from my students too.  This week I learnt how to use RAZ-Kids.

I had a great week learning about how I can get my students to ask better questions.  This week I asked my students to complete an activity about where you can find large numbers in measurements.  I discovered that we need to spend more time together as a class learning how to ask more meaningful questions to get better responses.

Yes, Camp is here!  I need to remember to bring enough pairs of socks.  I love going camping and enjoying our great outdoors.  I like exploring.  Having a good pair of shoes is important.  Having lots of socks are important too.  You never know when you may get wet!

In October I will not make the same mistakes as I made in September.  However, in October I am sure I will make just as many mistakes.  Mistake making is fine.  What is important is that I always learn from the mistakes I make.  I will always back up my computer’s hard drive…


It’s A New Beginning!

It’s A New Beginning!

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