Room 4

A Great Place to Learn, Explore and Succeed

END OF TERM 2

July6

The first semester is over. It has flown by with a multitude of wonderful learning tasks and experiences taking place.

 

L.E.D. CARDS

During the last week we have concluded our work on electrical circuits by making L.E.D. light birthday cards. I was so impressed with everyone’s efforts and their perseverance to try to get their circuits functional and the lights lit up. There were varying degrees of success, but an amazing amount of discovery learning was evident.

 

 

 

HATS

As we have been re-accredited as a Sun Smart school, the Council Cancer now require hats to be back on from the beginning of term 3. Please get organised with this over the holidays. 

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. I look forward to an equally productive second semester of  learning.

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LUTA

June25

Congratulations to all the students who participated in LUTA last Thursday night and performed so capably. I hope you agree that it was a wonderful spectacle.

Our class act of Viva La Vida was wonderful, with many tricky choreographed moves to remember. Our instrumental piece was of high quality. Many people commented about how enthusiastic, tuneful and in time everyone was with their playing. I was very impressed by all the students in Room 4 and I’m sure you were all very proud.

Well done to Mary and Renee for their terrific duet of Over the Rainbow.

A special thanks to Marian Woodlands for all her efforts to provide the students with such a special opportunity to perform so confidently at Adelaide Town Hall. Thanks also to Michelle for the great choreography.

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June6

LAB ON LEGS

Last week the students attended a session of Lab on Legs. This program was a valuable addition on to our Physical Science topic of It’s Electrifying.

The session was very hands on, as Frank brought in a number of interesting experiments for the students  to discover information about electricity.

Some of the activities included:

  • attempting to light a globe in a series and in parallel
  • transferring and transforming energy using electric motors and magnetic fields
  • solar energy
  • wind turbines
  • making a Voltaic stack (the first basic type of battery)

Everyone was very attentive and actively involved with each task. Lots of discussion, questioning and trial and error took place. Mistakes were made and adjustments attended to, resulting in great learning outcomes.

 

STUDENT TEACHERS

We currently have 2 first year student teachers, Ellie Dart and Melissa Pisano who are observing and taking small groups in our classroom. They will be here on Thursdays and then for a 7 day block from the 14th to the 22nd of June. We welcome them to our class and will do everything possible to make their time with us a valuable learning experience.

LUTA

Lighting Up the Arts is fast approaching and we are all busy rehearsing for the night which should be spectacular. I hope you have all bought your tickets for the night at the Adelaide Town Hall on Thursday June 21st.

 

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Assembly and Term Overview

May21

ASSEMBLY

This week our class are hosting the primary assembly, with a focus on the expert learner quality of Active Thinker. Over the week we will be rehearsing for the event which is on Friday 25th at 12.20pm.

 

TERM 2 OVERVIEW

SCIENCE
Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources.

HISTORY

Reasons for migration. Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia since Federation. The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation

CIVICS AND CITIZENSHIP

The diverse nature of Australian society and the importance of shared values in contemporary Australian society.

BUSINESS and ECONOMICS

Why it is important to be informed when making consumer and financial decisions.

TECHNOLOGIES

Design and construct a small storage container.
Design wearable technology using circuits.
Select and use appropriate ICT tools to safely share, exchange information and collaborate with others.

HEALTH

Protective behaviours. 
Comparing product labels on food items or nutritional information panels and suggesting ways to improve the nutritional value of meals.

MATHEMATICS

Comparing fractions, locate and represent fractions on a number line, fractions of quantities, add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions, connect fractions, decimals and percentage.
Areas of rectangles, triangles and parallelograms.
3D shapes and nets.

PE

A focus on fundamental movements needed to perfect skills in various athletics disciplines. Developing fair play strategies.

ENGLISH

READING

Class novel and associated activities. Use comprehension strategies, focusing on critical literacy, to interpret and analyze information and ideas. Comparing content from a variety of sources including media and digital texts, making connections between information in print and images. Reading independently as well as in pairs and groups.

WRITING

Experiment with language features such as imagery, sentence variation, similes and metaphors to enhance writing. Understand how ideas can be expanded and sharpened through careful choices of adjectives, verbs and adverbs. Spelling will focus on rules, patterns and strategies, as well as focussing on individual spelling errors. Rereading and editing own and others’ work. Genre writing of information reports, procedural writing and poetry.

ORAL LANGUAGE

A prepared oral presentation about an author. Participation in class meetings. Sharing opinions, listening and responding to others and giving feedback. Confidently participating in assembly.

JAPANESE

Speech test, useful expressions and adjectives. Origami crafts.

PERFORMING ARTS

A focus on dance and choreography. Exploring choreographic techniques and learning a range of movement routines. Preparing for Lighting Up the Arts concert.

VISUAL ARTS

Caricatures – the part they play in pop culture and society, the news and current affairs.
Focus on artwork and interpreting meaning of famous art works.
Street Art – the messages they portray and their purpose.

 

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CAMP and READING RELATED

May13

CAMP

Our Wirraway Camp was a great success. The students had a terrific time, behaved very well and participated enthusiastically in a wide range of activities. Well done everyone! Here are a selection of photos to capture the essence of the camp.

 

Book Fair

Our Book Fair arrives in Week 4 and sales are Monday and Tuesday of Week 5 – 28th & 29th May.

DIGITAL LIBRARY

Please remember that the students in our school have free access to the digital library. See the bookmark below for more details.

SCHOOL EMAIL

The students all have access to a school email account which should be monitored at school and home.

 

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START OF TERM 2

May2

Welcome back to the start of the second term. I hope everyone had a very pleasant holiday.

CAMP

Our school camp at Wirraway is nearly upon us and the excitement is building for our Monday 7th departure date.

WHAT TO BRING

Food and drink for recess and lunch on the first day (in small back pack or plastic carry bag)

Pillow

Sleeping bag and/or blanket

Pyjamas

Torch

2 pairs of covered footwear (in case one gets wet)

Enough clothes for 2 days

Long pants for horse riding

Underwear and socks

Sunsafe hat

Change of warm clothes / jacket depending on the weather

Towel

Toiletries – soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush

Sunscreen

Plastic bags for dirty clothes

 

As stated in previous information, students need to arrive at school at the normal time on Monday for a departure around 10 am.  We should be returning between 2-2.30 pm on the Wednesday. Parents may collect their children upon arrival back at school, but please ensure you have notified the class teacher before you take your child home. Remaining children will be dismissed at the usual time of 3.10.

 

MEDICATIONS

If your child currently has medication held at the school for medical conditions, allergies etc. these medications will be taken along to camp and administered as usual. Please contact the schools Front Office and ensure that all Action Plans & Medical Authorities are current and that all medications are sufficient in quantity and within expiry date range.

REMINDER – Any medications that are usually administered at home and will need to be administered while at camp, including topical creams, Panadol etc. will need to display a pharmacist label bearing the students name, date of birth and dosage instructions. You will also require a Medical Authority to be completed for each medication, these need to be completed by a medical professional (GP or Pharmacist), NOT by a parent/guardian. This is a DECD Policy. Staff cannot administer medications should these requirements not be met.

NAPLAN

The Year 7s will be involved in NAPLAN testing from May 15th – 17th. On Tuesday 15th there are 2 tests, Language Conventions and Writing. On Wednesday 16th it is Reading and Thursday 17th it is Maths. We will be starting each day just after 9am, so it is important that all students are punctual. We wish all our Year 7s well. I’m sure they will all be putting in their best efforts.

 

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END OF TERM

April13

ENTERPRISE DAY

Despite the heat, our Enterprise Day stalls were a big hit. Each group was well organised and creative, resulting in each group making a profit. Our class total was just under $500. A fantastic effort.

Thanks to all the students for their hard work and their families who supported them with the organisation of their stalls.

 

FASHION PARADE

Last week we had our garbage bag fashion parade. It was a lot of fun and many interesting design creations were on show. Thanks to Mrs Woodlands and Simone who were our judges for the day.

END OF TERM

We have concluded a very busy and productive term of learning. I hope all students and their families have a happy and safe holiday break.

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ENTERPRISE DAY, PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS and DESIGN CHALLENGE

April3

ENTERPRISE DAY

Enterprise Day is on Wednesday 11th April starting at 12.30pm and finishing at 2.00pm. It is an opportunity to provide real world learning experiences for students. The students in our class are organising a range of activities to contribute to Enterprise Day. Our stalls include: Digital Art, Footy Handball Target, Cakes, Slices and Ping Pong Ball Game, Slime and Bath Bombs, Ten Pin Bowling, Special Biscuits and Handball Toss.

It would be great if you could talk to your child about what they are doing and discuss with them what they said they are going to organise/bring as part of their enterprise. No students are expected to spend large amounts of their own money bringing things for their enterprise activity.

Please remember that Enterprise Day is an important part of the learning program, particularly of the Australian Curriculum areas of Economics and Business, Mathematics, Health and English and that the class reflecting on their experience as stall holders and customers is essential to this learning. For this reason we will not be dismissing children early to go home with parents or grandparents. The school day finishes as normal at 3:10pm.

PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS

Thanks to everyone who came in last week for parent teacher interviews. It was a great opportunity to share information with each other to enable the best learning outcomes for each child.

FASHION PARADE

The students have been working hard on their designs for our Garbage Bag Fashion Parade which will take place on Friday afternoon. The task requires a lot of team work and creative thinking and is certainly a challenge. Below are pictures of some of the progress that has been made so far.

 

 

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ASSIGNMENTS, PARENT TEACHER MEETINGS AND ICAS

March15

GEOGRAPHY ASSIGNMENT

Over the next 3 weeks the students will be working on an assignment to choose a city or town in the world and assess the liveability of that place. We discussed a number of factors that affect the liveability of a place such as, climate, safety, affordable housing, public transport systems, schools, health care and job opportunities.

The students will have class time and homework allocated to research and present their findings as to the liveability of the place they have chosen. The assignment and assessment criteria are in each student’s HASS book. This book should come home and return to school each day to ensure homework and classwork can effectively take place.

DUE DATE: THURSDAY 29TH MARCH

Image result for liveability of a place

 

TECHNOLOGY DESIGN CHALLENGE

The students in Rooms 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be working on a challenge to design and make a creative and interesting jacket and trousers for a group member to model at our fashion parade. The catch is the outfit must be made entirely out of garbage bags! I’m sure their will be a few requests for extra garbage bags when you are next out shopping. Below are the criteria.

REQUIREMENTS:
the clothing must be made out of plastic garbage bags—you may attach ‘extras’ to the jacket and pants to add style and creativity
the trousers must be 3/4 length to full length
the jacket must be long sleeved and have a minimum of 3 buttons
as the model walks along the catwalk, the jacket buttons must be undone, the jacket taken off, put on again and buttoned
a group member must give a commentary about the clothing as the model walks along the catwalk
all group members must take part in the design and construction of the clothing and work on it together at school

ASSESSMENT:
To be judged by a panel who will award points out of 5 for each criteria.

CRITERIA:
appearance and creative style of clothing
overall fit of trousers and jacket
ease of jacket being taken on and off
commentary presentation

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Very shortly you will receive information about how to book online for the parent teacher conferences. They will take place from Monday 26th to Thursday 29th March. I look forward to meeting with you all.

ICAS TESTING

Information about ICAS tests will be in this week’s newsletter and the school blog. The form must be returned by Thursday March 22nd so that interested students can be registered.

 

 

 

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Sports Registrations, Science and Electronic Books

March2

WINTER SPORTS REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN

Parents can now register their children to play Netball, Football, Basketball or Soccer in Terms 2 and 3.


More information about each sport and the registration details can be found in the attached PDF:

https://newsletters.edublogs.org/files/2018/02/Afterschool-sports-info-WINTER-2018-1chwc5q-1ah1mbm.pdf


After school sports can’t happen without a huge amount of parent participation. Please consider if you can contribute by taking on a coaching, managing or coordinator role.


You can register online at: www.trybooking.com/TMFJ


Please be quick as registrations will close on Friday 9th March

SCIENCE

For our science topic looking at micro-organisms, the students conducted an experiment to look at what happened when yeast was mixed with various combinations of ingredients, including warm water and sugar. A balloon was placed over the neck of each bottle and we waited a few hours before recording observations.

Bottle 2 with warm water, sugar and yeast created the best inflation of the balloon. After an interesting discussion, it was determined that this combination created carbon dioxide, thus causing the balloon to inflate. This is much the same thing that happens in the bread making process, causing bread to rise.

You may like to ask your child to explain the process further.

 

 

ELECTRONIC BOOKS

To access books electronically to read, students at school are encouraged to use the following website https://clgps.wheelers.co/

Their user name is firstname.lastname in lower case

The password is Library1

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