October 23, 2014
Just Dance! “Hip Hop-meets-Grade 6” began with a bang at assembly on Tuesday morning where the entire school performed the ‘Cha Cha Slide’, stomping their feet and wiggling their hips with enormous smiles on their faces. The dancing didn’t end there. All six classes joined together for a special hip hop session during the day in the hall, busting their moves to different tunes. It certainly was a lot of fun.
Poetry has begun in Grade 6 with ballads, limericks and free verse the order of the day. Rhyme battles have broken out across the classes as we learn more about different types of poems and their features.
How many kids can uncomfortably fit in one meter cube? Plenty is what our classes have found out. After we have worked tirelessly to find the area and perimeter of shapes (some odd shapes too!) we turned our attention to volume. Making 1m3 out of rolled up newspaper gave us a great insight into how big 1m3 actually is. How many times could this 1m3 fit in Mr. Quilty’s class? About 145 is the answer. So if we could fit a max of 5 students from a class in cube we could almost pile the entire school in one classroom stacked on top of each other!
September 19, 2014
What a week we have had in Grade 6!
It began on Monday with our visit from Boori Monty Pryor, an Indigenous Australian writer who is best known as a story teller. And boy did he tell us some great stories! We learnt about his life growing up in Queensland with multiple brothers and sisters and the hilarious shenanigans they got up to. He also gave us fantastic tips on how to write great stories such as taking pictures to base your story on, audio recording your stories before writing them and editing, editing and more editing!
On Tuesday we had footy day at Laburnum Primary School. A highlight was the assembly where we all were able to walk the ‘catwalk’ with our footy team mates! We had delicious footy day lunch and, of course, the traditional Grade 5 verses Grade 6 girls football game. We were only able to play three-quarters of the match as we were rained out, but everyone was such a fantastic sport. The Grade 6 girls won the match and Lara won the prized Hopcroft medal. Well done to everyone!
That afternoon we had our DEA Assembly and were presented with our gold web design badges after creating informative and engaging websites about the different types of government. A big thankyou to all the parents that attended too!
Today we are off to the Nunawading Basketball stadium for a fun day of teamwork activities involving basketball. We are looking forward to another great day and a brilliant way to end our busy term.
A final note about the Noo Bear notice that went home last week. This is optional and there will be a notice coming home next term to purchase a cheaper bear for your child to sign if you wish.
With the best term of Grade Six to come we hope everyone has an amazing break and we look forward to seeing you all in Term 4!
September 17, 2014
A blowfly up a nose, squashed mosquitoes on the wall, kung foo frogs and a snake in pyjamas….
The library was full of laughter on Monday afternoon when they Grade sixes had an inspiring and hilarious incursion with the Indigenous Australian author Boori Monty Prior. Sharing some wonderful engaging stories based on his childhood experiences combined with his great talent for storytelling and humour, he shared some tips on writing and gave great ideas about how to successfully put pen to paper and express your own ideas. Telling tales of his seven sisters and three brothers, Boori had the audience in stiches with the pranks that he and his siblings pulled on one another growing up.
He also shared a traditional Indigenous tale with a wonderful moral of persistence and self-belief that is over 30,000 years old. The grade sixes helped him tell this story with ‘call and response’ and hand movements, showing their “sooky-lala”, “sucking lemons” and “lemonade” faces. Finally Boori showed his amazing didgeridoo skills.
Boori also told us that for each book he writes there is probably 500 edits made and one of the hardest things for a writer to do is get started! It was a really powerful and engaging incursion that will be remember during our writing session next term. Make sure you ask your children what they thought and their favourite story from the incursion.
August 22, 2014
Lock down your privacy settings, be aware of geo tagging and steer clear of some apps… ‘Net-Nasties’ will be no match for our Grade 6 students after our cyber safety incursion with Tracey this week and everyone involved- students, parents and teachers- left with some really valuable tips and reminders to being safe on the internet.
Those ‘randoms’ that follow, request and contact us aren’t always who their profile says they are. Whilst boosting your numbers might make you appear popular you need to think “Is that the sort of person I want to be friends with?” and “Why do they want to be friends with me?”
You should only be ‘friends’ with people that you have actually met.
There are age restrictions on apps and we need to be using them safely. Make sure when you download an app it is age appropriate.
What you post lasts forever! Think of the ‘Nanna Rule’ and would she be happy with what you are about to post. Always STOP and THINK before you CLICK and SEND.
Most apps automatically set the privacy settings to public so each time you download a new app you need to be going in and changing the access from public to private to make sure you are only sharing things with people you know.
You need to make sure that you turn off your location services to be as safe as possible especially when sending messages, images or videos on social media.
Tracey also shared ‘S.T.A.R.S‘ with the students as a buzz word for when they need to talk about something important that is worrying them especially in relation to social media and cyber safety. It stands for Someone to Talk to and Always Remain Safe. Hopefully you have been able to talk to your child about all of the valuable information that was shared but, if not, take a moment to talk to them and see what they took away from the session.
July 25, 2014
On Monday this week we had our first incursion for the term. The Grade 5 and 6 students saw a performance from the Tony Bones Theatre Group of the shortlisted Younger Readers book titled “My Life as an Alphabet” written by Barry Jonsberg. The incursion is a part of our Book Week celebrations along with the upcoming Book Fair.
“My Life as an Alphabet” is a story about a young girl named Candice…
Introducing Candice Phee: twelve years old, hilariously honest and a little … odd. But she has a big heart, the very best of intentions and an unwavering determination to ensure everyone is happy. So she sets about trying to ‘fix’ all the problems of all the people [and pets] in her life.
Laugh-out-loud funny and wonderfully touching, My Life as an Alphabet is a delightful novel about an unusual girl who goes to great lengths to bring love and laughter into the lives of everyone she cares about.
On Wednesday this week we had two teams competing in the Zone finals, the girls Tee-ball team and the AFL team. The Tee-ball team were really positive and encouraging of each other and displayed some excellent game strategies. Unfortunately they lost in two very close matches, 22-21 and 21-17. Similarly, the AFL team demonstrated wonderful teamwork and worked brilliantly together. With some excellent performances across the board and an amazing tackle from Taylor, the AFL team were victorious in an 85 point win over their opponent.
July 18, 2014
Welcome to Term 3! We have enjoyed hearing about the exciting events that occurred over the holidays with some common activities including visits to Bounce, the cinema to enjoy Rio 2 and the good old sleepover- or should we call it a ‘stay over’ as it seems there wasn’t a lot of sleeping happening!
Some highlights to look forward to this term include the Library Incursion ‘My Life is an Alphabet’, Year 3-6 House Athletics, web design as part of the DEA program, confirmation of secondary school placements as well as Grade 6 Hooptime. With only 9 weeks to go in the term we have already jumped into our Inquiry Unit ‘Who Put You In Charge?’. This unit includes investigations into the establishment of the Australian parliamentary system, preferential voting, referendums, freedoms, rights, responsibilities and debates. It’s wonderful to see the students already starting to get their head around challenging concepts such as democracy through classroom discussions and research. Feel free to have a listen to some student created Vokis which summarise this challenging concept.
In Mathematics we have started our unit in Measurement and Geometry in order to develop our geometric reasoning skills. It’s great to see the students applying their knowledge of angle size to find unknown angles in triangles and quadrilaterals. We are looking forward to exploring the construction of triangles and finding out what congruency is in the coming weeks. Why not check out the classroom hit song ‘Come On Angles, Don’t You Tango With Me’ to brush up on your own skills! Be warned, you might be singing about perpendicular lines for the next few days!
June 17, 2014
Many of you will have received an excursion levy notice for the Term 3 excursions and incursions in which your child will participate. Unfortunately there were some errors in this notice so an new one will be sent home for you today. It is important that only the second ‘black and white’ copy is returned to the school asap. Sorry for any inconvenience.
The Grade 6 Team.
February 26, 2014
Yesterday at lunchtime the Sixes had a motivational session with Dustin Martin and Dylan Grimes, two players from the Richmond Football Club. The students heard about all that is involved with pursuing a career in sports and reaching your goals as well as learning about the work that the AFL clubs do with communities and charities so that they can give back to the community.
With some really poignant thoughts and connection to the habits of mind discussed during question time the students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet these players… as well as get an autograph or two!