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 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?
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.
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!
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!