Our Grade 6 Blog

November 21, 2014
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Market Week Preparations

Our market week preparations are well underway and we are all looking forward to launching our stalls next Tuesday. We have been learning about economics and business and exploring ways that people make decisions to buy things. Additionally, we have been learning why businesses exist and what goods and services they provide. We have had intriguing discussions about needs and wants and even thought about how clever marketing can make us think we ‘need’ something, when really it is just a want. We have looked at budgeting and how keeping track of our money helps us plan for the future. Wish us the best of luck of next week!

Market Week Timetable:

Tuesday 25th November – Grade 1 and 2

Wednesday 26th Nov – Grade 3 and 4

Thursday 27th Nov – Grade 5

Friday 28th Nov – Prep

October 17, 2014
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What on Earth?

With a whirlwind Term 4 well underway, our Inquiry investigations have hit the ground running. We have made some earthshattering discoveries during our investigations into some of the significant natural processes that operate across Australia (for example, rainfall, drought, flood, earthquake, cyclones and bushfire), and how people react to them, including their preparation for, and management of, natural disasters. Earthquakes have been our main focus over the past week and it has been wonderful to see students engaged in discussions about continental drift, tectonic plate movement, the Ring of Fire and seismic activity. This unit is designed around five key focus questions;

  1. What weather conditions and geological changes can affect the Earth?
  2. What are the relationships between tectonic plate movement and earthquake activity?
  3. Are earthquakes predictable?
  4. How can changes to the Earth’s surface be measured by the effect on humans?
  5. How can changes to the Earth’s surface be measured by mathematical logs?

It would be great if families could keep an eye out for evidence relating to these key concepts in the media and bring snippets into class for discussion. In the meantime, why not refresh your understanding of the Richter Scale by watching Bill Nye the Science Guy explain earthquake magnitude and tracking earthquakes just like your kids! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qbg7orb1lc

A friendly reminder that all Grade 6 Art posters are due next Friday 24th October.

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August 29, 2014
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Debating

Our classroom debates are in full swing after countless hours of preparation. It took us all some time to get our heads around the formal debating process, including the role of each speaker, but we got there in the end and our classroom debates have been a huge enormous success.

Some debate topics covered in class:

  • Should all streets have an additional lane for trucks and emergency services?
  • Should all primary aged children receive homework regularly?
  • Should students wear school uniform?
  • Should all students receive an allowance?
  • Does society have to big a focus on sport?

It was wonderful to watch students draw on their understandings of expositions to formulate persuasive arguments. High modality verbs and adverbs, rhetorical questions and backing up statements with evidence, these debates were of a very high standard and left the audience in a pickle about who to present with the ‘best debator’ award.

August 22, 2014
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LPS Passport Night

As part of our celebration of Literacy, Numeracy and Science Week, parents are invited to attend the LPS Passport Night on Wednesday August 27th. This is a special information evening where parents undertake a ‘learning journey’ through a variety of sessions of particular interest to them.

These sessions will familiarise you with the language used to explain topics and provide you with strategies and helpful hints on how you can support your child with various aspects of school life.

The evening will begin at 7:15pm in the library where, during our introductory session, you receive a passport and map and select four sessions to attend from the options listed in the attachment below. Each session will go for 12 minutes and the evening will conclude at 8:30pm. At each session on your ‘learning journey’ your passport will be stamped and you will have the opportunity to go into the draw from some fabulous prizes.

We look forward to seeing you on the night!

Laburnum Passport Night Sessions

August 1, 2014
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LPS Passport Open Night

Laburnum Primary School will be opening up the school on the evening of Wednesday 27th August 2014 to give parents an insight into the many facets of their child’s learning. There will be a variety of educational sessions covering topics such as horizontal to vertical multiplication, homework, time management, study habits and parental support, school planning documents, team planning and AusVELS, Digital Excellence program (DEA), Cybersafety, Early Years Literacy, persuasive writing development as part of the school’s strategic plan, PE (Ball catching manipulation and connection to curriculum) Science and even how to use BPay.

These topics will give you an insight into the “what” and the “how” of many aspects of learning that your child encounters in the course of a day at Laburnum Primary School.

You will need to collect your passport and choose your four 12 minute topic sessions and then head to the first session. From there you will have your passport stamped ready to move on to your next session. Once your passport has collected four stamps you can put it into the draw for some AMAZING LPS prizes!

WOW what an incredible opportunity to take advantage of! Come along and join in, we would love to see you be a part of Literacy, Numeracy and Science Week at LPS.

July 18, 2014
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Term Three Kicks Off!

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.

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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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yptZt9hwrzU

June 27, 2014
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Hooray for Holidays

It has been an action packed final week of Term Two and a wonderful wrap up to a fabulous first semester. Last Friday the Grade Sixes attended the Winter Sports Round Robin. There was energy, excitement, goals and runs a-plenty as the netball, soccer, football and tee-ball teams played against other schools in our district throughout the day. The encouragement, teamwork and sportsmanship displayed by everyone was a real highlight for all of the teachers. A special congratulations goes to the football, boys soccer and gold boys and girls teeball teams for making it through to the next stage of competition.

The opportunity for students to celebrate their achievements and learning with their families has been a real highlight for all of the teachers. Everyone has set some superb learning goals and habits of mind to focus on over the next semester and we cannot wait to see them put into action.

This weeks “World Cup” themed assembly was a fabulous celebration and a great chance for each class to support their country with their colourful outfits and great decorations. Similarly, our DEA Badge Assembly was a wonderful opportunity for students to share their movie masterpieces with each other and receive their gold Movie Making badges. Each student put in so much time and dedication into the planning scripting, filming and editing stages of developing their wonderful creations. This hard work has resulted in some truly magical cinema and some possible future careers as actors, directors and editors.

We all hope you have safe and relaxing holidays and we look forward to seeing everyone for the start of Term 3!

June 16, 2014
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Lights, Camera, Action!

We have commenced our filming project as part of the ‘going further’ component of our inquiry investigations and ‘Side by Side’ unit. We are still in the scripting stages of this process, but teams are working well and developing their scripts with the theme ‘acceptance’ in mind. We will be working on our ICT skills next week as all students work towards their gold ‘Movies’ badge in the Laburnum Digital Excellence Awards program. It is certain to be a busy week ahead as the students prepare to film and edit their masterpieces.

In the last week of school will have our DEA Assembly to aknowledge the achievements of everyone for their co-operation, teamwork and time management to write, direct and produce some fantastic and Oscar-worthy films. The Assembly will run from 2:20pm till 3:20pm in the school hall on Wednesday 25th June. Parents are encouraged to attend and celebrate the Grade Sixes success so we hope to see you there!

May 16, 2014
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Reader’s Theatre

In preparation for the Grade 6’s writing and filming their own movies, we have been looking at different aspects that make a successful film. From writing scripts and learning lines, to discussing and practising effective acting skills and different filming techniques – we have been very busy!

We watched ‘Disco Party’, which was a fabulous example of a film completed by some Laburnum students a few years ago, and reviewed the performances and filming techniques they chose to use.

We then worked with another Grade 6 class to form groups and rehearse a role play. They were so much fun and had great titles like Cinderella Goes to the Hairdresser and Billy Goat Face Off!

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After practising, we performed our role plays in front of the class. While acting, we applied what we had learnt about voice projection, body movements and facial expressions. We are now going to watch our plays and reflect on what we did well and what we think we need to work on to make them even better!

In the upcoming weeks, we will write our own script and turn that into a film. How exciting!!

May 4, 2014
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Camp Expo

The Camp Expo was a wonderful opportunity for the year six students to offer advice to the year fives about what they will need for their upcoming school camp.

Ideas ranged from earmuffs to block out the snoring, to a time machine to slow it all down and make the most of every minute.

The hard work of the year six level blew the grade five teachers away. This show stopping spectacular looks set to be an annual event in the years to come!

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