Our Grade 5 Blog

November 21, 2014
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Transition in Space

Year 5 to 6 Transition

This week the Year Fives gathered in the staffroom for the first Year 5 to 6 Transition Session. The Year Sixes shared some detailed information and many of the highlights coming up for the Year 5s in 2015. They previewed Government Projects completed using Weebly (software to make a website), viewed movies about ‘acceptance’ and listened to Podcasts that kept the Year Fives in fits of laughter. We are sure the Year Fives are looking forward to the next transition session on Friday 5th December.

Inquiry

Students had the opportunity to start their Space Jigsaws.  Working in groups of 5 they have been researching solar systems, famous scientists, comparing planets, studying the Sun, stars & constellations along with mastering light- absorption, refractions and reflection. They will be starting their personal inquiry projects over the next few weeks, we are sure there will be a plethora of topics researched and investigated.

Inquiry-Space Jigsaw

Inquiry-Space Jigsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practise for 2015 Buddies

Next week the current Preps will be visiting the Year 5 classrooms for a whole afternoon of fun activities, guided by the older students- great practise for ‘Buddies’ next year!

October 31, 2014
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What an amazing week!

Leadership Opportunities

Yet another eventful week has taken place in Grade 5 with a number of the formal processes for 2015 well and truly underway. This week the Grade 5 teachers got to meet with all the successful applicants who applied for School Captain, to interview for the final stage. All of these students conducted themselves in a sensational manner and answered the questions truthfully. Each of these individuals should be congratulated on putting themselves out there and applying.

Is it a solid, a liquid or a gas?

Our Science Unit continues to make a ‘bang’ with many new discoveries being made in the classroom and over at the Science Room. The differentiations which students have made between solids, liquids and gases have been evident in their hypothesis and findings during a number of exciting experiments. I’ll put my hand up and say that I thought the tissue was going to get wet!

Let me paint you a song…

On Thursday, the school was abuzz with all students and staff partaking in the ‘Count us In’ music initiative. All of L.P.S and copious other schools all sang together ‘Paint you a Song’, in unison, across Australia. The rehearsals and organisation prior to the event certainly paid off with everyone in full voice and showing off the choreographed moves.

Digital Excellence

News in relation to the Term 4, DEA Badge- Wikispaces, all students across the year level will have their school email addresses activated. This will allow students to access and create their own blogs and Wikispaces as we progress through the term. They are certainly exciting tools that will be used in many subject areas at school. Students are to be reminded of the Cyber Safety expectations when having a functional email address.

Get on those dancing shoes!

Today (Friday 31st of October) is the last day to hand in forms for the JSC Disco, which for the Grade 5s and 6s will be at 7pm until 8pm on the 7th of November. The cost is $5, spare (blue) forms are available at the office.

Disco time!

Disco time!

The Grade 5 Team would like to wish everyone a safe and happy long weekend and look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday the 5th of November. Mr. Mac’s tip is Fawkner!

 

 

September 19, 2014
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Year Fives on the hunt for convicts…

Hi everyone,

It’s hard to believe it is the last week of term, it has gone so quickly. Before we know it we will be getting ready for Christmas.

The final week of term has been an extremely busy one jam packed full of excitement. On Thursday afternoon last week and Monday afternoon this week the Grade Five students were involved in some fun, but challenging activities based on Habits of the Minds; ‘Striving for Accuracy’- vortex throw, ‘Persisting’- Rice Bubble Bucket Challenge, ‘Thinking Independently’- building a house of cards and ‘Communicating with Clarity’- Heads Up, were some of the activities. It was great to see everyone involved and ‘having a go’!

Working Interdependently and Striving for Accuracy

Working Interdependently and Striving for Accuracy

Footy Day

Tuesday was LPS Footy Day. After a fantastic start to the day with a whole school assembly our fearless Grade Five girls ran through their banner to take on the Grade Six girls in the footy match of the season!! Unfortunately the game was brought to a sudden end when the clouds burst and heavy rain drenched everyone. The girls showed great spirit under the guidance of their talented coach Mr Macaulay. Our newly trained Grade Five umpires expertly umpired the game. Thanks Mr Hazlett for your exciting call of the game and Mr Panou for a great Footy Day celebration.

Year 5 v Year 6 Footy Day

Year 5 v Year 6 Footy Day

 

Our amazing Year 5 AFL umpires.

Our amazing Year 5 AFL umpires.

 DEA Assembly

On Wednesday afternoon the Grade Five students attended the DEA Assembly for Blogging. Next term we will be looking at and creating Wikispaces. Events like these give us all the opportunity to reflect on the amazing skills of our students.

Inquiry Day

Inquiry Day proved to be a fantastic way to end the term. The costumes were terrific and it is rumoured there were even some convicts amongst the crowd. Each grade began the day with students presenting their Famous Australian. The open-minded portraits looked fantastic and will be on display in classrooms. Students were also involved in a mapping activity, practising the skills required by explorers like Bourke and Wills. The afternoon was spent playing old-fashioned games. Anyone out there remember Hookey??

As the term ends we would like to wish everyone a relaxing and safe holiday. Enjoy the break and come back ready to finish off the year with a BIG BANG!

Term 3 Inquiry- Mapping-Burke and Wills

Term 3 Inquiry- Mapping-Burke and Wills

Dates to remember:

Term 4 begins 6th October

LPS Art Show 10th and 11th October

Excursion Levy due, 13th October

Year 5 Incursion- Starlab, 16th October

Music Gala 23rd October

 

 

 

The Year 5 Team

Term 3 Inquiry Day

Term 3 Inquiry Day

 

Term 3 Inquiry Day

Term 3 Inquiry Day

 

 

Term 3 Inquiry

Term 3 Inquiry

 

 

September 12, 2014
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What a week!

Literacy

To argue for or to argue against, that is the question. After this week’s continued focus on discussions the Grade 5s can confidently do both. Our discussion writing focus has seen students working on the development and implementation of arguments and counter arguments around particular issues. The effort from so many of the students to think about both points of view and then convey these arguments has certainly added to the quality of their writing.

Maths

The Grade 5s are 100%, or 10/10, or 1.0 sure that our Fraction unit is coming to a conclusion. There has been some fantastic growth in student understanding this term with a real effort on practical use of these concepts in everyday life. An obvious highlight being 5G taking out the basketball shooting percentage title across all of the grades with a  very impressive 10/25 (Grade 5 students can you please convert that into a percentage).

Inquiry

It seems very appropriate that the Grade 5 students have taken a leaf from Burke and Wills and begun ‘discovering’ plenty about their significant Australians in history for the upcoming Inquiry Day. Thursday 18th of September will see students presenting (dressed as their significant Australian) their open minded portrait, engaging in some mapping skills and also playing some old fashion games. We encourage all students to find a costume as it will add to the activities planned throughout the day.

Sport

It was fantastic to see 23 eager Grade 5 students participating in the AFL Victorian Umpiring Training Course today. The mixture of theory and practical skills had students at the end of the day (almost) ready to bounce the ball on the final weekend of September. These students will be presented with their certificates on the LPS Footy Day at Assembly next Tuesday 16th September.  Also taking place that day will be the much anticipated Grade 5 versus Grade 6 Girls Footy Match. The Grade 5 girls have been training hard during sport and at lunch time and will certainly give the Grade 6 students a run for their money.

– A final reminder to all students who still have their athletics tops or basketball singlets used at district athletics to please bring those in as soon as they can. The P.E department needs them all back before the end of Term 3.

 DEA

Similar to this blog, the focus for Term 3 in Grade 5 for our DEA has been blogging. This has seen students participating in their own class blog and understanding features in a blog. There is an open invitation to parents to attend the Grade 5 DEA Assembly on Wednesday 17th September in the staffroom straight after lunch at 2:00pm t see each grade presented with their badges.

Incursion/Excursion Levy Notice

Everyone should have received these by now, there is a copy available on the Grade 5 Blog should you need a spare.

 

We are all looking forward to a busy and exciting final week of Term 3.

Grade 5 Team

 

July 18, 2014
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Welcome back to Term 3, 2014

Welcome back to everyone for Term 3. We hope you all had a magnificent holiday and enjoyed the break. It’s hard to believe that we are half way through the year and there are only 2 terms to go!

Term 3 brings with it some exciting events: LPS House Athletics on the 14th of August, a Library Incursion performed by the Tony Bones Theatre Group this coming Monday 21st July, Book Week celebrations and the Book Fair in the coming weeks. Later in the term on Saturday 30th August we have the LPS 50th Anniversary Celebrations- Keep your eyes out for the unveiling of the superb Black’s Walk Mosaic created through hours of hard work by the Year Fives. Oh, don’t forget Footy Day on the 16th September too.

Parliament Incursion

It’s hard to believe that the Parliament incursion is already underway linking to our inquiry topic this term. We will be learning about Early European Settlement and the Colonial Past of Australia. 5G and some members of 5C were the lucky group of students to experience the first Parliament incursion. For a few hours the staffroom was converted into the Lower House of the Victorian State Parliament. The students were presented with the opportunity to take on many different roles. The Speaker ruled the House and oversaw the roles of the Clerk, Sergeant at Arms, Opposition Leader, Premier, Ministers and Shadow Ministers. Students applied many Habits of Mind especially Questioning and Posing Problems along with Finding Humour when the opportunity for unscripted debate arose. The other Year 5 classes will experience the incursion over the coming weeks.

Inquiry Presentations

WOW, we have seen some absolutely amazing research and inventions to help create a more sustainable future for us all. From water saving and water reusing devices, to energy saving robots, along with machines to clean up our oceans and others to prevent deforestation, there are certainly some budding scientists among us.

Digital Excellence Award (DEA)
This term the focus of DEA is Blogging. We are looking forward to expressing our opinions, justifying our reasons and learning to communicate appropriately through a secure online blog. More information to come soon.

House Athletics

Permission Forms have been distributed, please return to your classroom teacher by 1st August. If there are any parents who can assist on the day, please complete the form and send it back to school. (Additional forms are available in the Year 5 Notices section of the Blog)

This term we warmly welcome Jacqui Purcell to the Year 5 Team.

Until next week,

The Year 5 Tem

The mace

The mace

Sergeant at Arms, Lower House

Sergeant at Arms, Lower House

Speaker and Clerk of the Lower House

Speaker and Clerk of the Lower House

Preventing deforestation

Preventing deforestation

Rainwater catchment for inside the house

Rainwater catchment for inside the house

Water sensor and grey water

Water sensor and grey water

 

June 27, 2014
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Happy Holidays!

It is hard to believe that we are half way through Grade 5. We have had an amazing first semester, with many highlights including Camp Rumbug, Cross Country, The Chinese Museum, just to name a few. This week was no exception. The Soccer World Cup Assembly was a grand celebration, with the colours of the world on display. From the opening drumming, to the showstopper ‘Ricky Martin,’ it was a great morning. Thank you to all the students who showed their support wearing their team colours and to those who helped with decorating the hall.

Another highlight this week were the three way conferences. It was fabulous to hear the students share their learning with their families and celebrate their achievements. The students have set terrific learning goals, so we are looking forward to working with you to support the students in their personal endeavors. The students worked extremely hard in preparing their portfolios and we are extremely proud of the standard of work. Congratulations!!

The students received their second Digital Excellence Award on Tuesday for I-Communicate. We had two students share a presentation, highlighting how they use the program Edmodo. Many other students made contributions, sharing why they enjoy using this collaboration tool for schoolwork and homework. Next term our focus is on Blogging. As always Cyber Safety is important, please look over the following website with your child and discuss safe ways to interact online. http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Kids.aspx

With one more day to go until school holidays, we wish everyone a safe and happy break. We look forward to Term 3 and seeing many smiling faces on Monday 16th of July. We welcome Jacqueline Purcell to the Grade 5 team, who will be teaching 5S.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

 

June 20, 2014
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The World Cup on our own doorstep!

Reports/Three way conferences

The yard was abuzz yesterday with the excitement of semester one reports being taken home by students. We are sure that you enjoyed celebrating your child’s achievements with them Wednesday night. These reports lead into our 3 way conferences next week. If you have not booked an interview with your child’s teacher please ring, email or a pop in and they will allocate a time for you and your child. Please remember it is a time to discuss your child’s learning with them and they should be brought along. The students have been preparing and organising themselves for this important time.

LPS World Cup

This week saw the beginning of the LPS World Cup Lunchtime Championship. The Grade Fives competed in a round robin competition in the gym. There were headers, diving and some amazing goals being scored by boys and girls alike. The teachers were impressed with the cheering, coaching and overall amazing teamwork showed by the classes. Ronaldo may have some competition waiting in the wings.

Remember to start preparing your outfit for our World Cup Assembly next Tuesday 24th June in the hall.

Mosaic

Thank you to the dedicated students who have been giving up their lunchtimes to finish our Black’s Walk mural. There has been a great amount of work put into this mosaic by students and teachers and we are most appreciative of their time. What an amazing memory it will be to walk past it in another 50 years.

DEA Assembly

Next Tuesday the 24th of June, we will be celebrating the students’ achievements in our Digital Excellence Awards with a Grade 5 assembly. Please feel free to pop up to the staffroom to join in the celebration between 2:30pm and 3:30pm.

Term 3 Levy

Last but not least the Term 3 Levy form went home on Tuesday afternoon. You have 2 choices of how you would like to pay either upfront or as you go. Just a friendly reminder that these notices are due back on July 15th. If they are not returned your child will NOT be able to participate. If you have any queries on the 3 excursions next term, don’t hesitate to drop in and ask a Grade Five teacher.

Thanks again for another great week in the land of Grade Five.

 

The Year Five Lunchtime Championship

The Year Five Lunchtime Championship

The Year Five Lunchtime Championship

The Year Five Lunchtime Championship

April 23, 2014
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Welcome back

It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces on Tuesday morning and loads of enthusiasm for the fun times ahead in Term 2. We hope you all had a restful and enjoyable Easter break.

Our Digital Excellence Award for Term 2 is I-Communicate which links in beautifully with our use of Edmodo – an educational collaboration tool. Remember homework will be posted on this website. Students have their own usernames and passwords. Please feel free to talk to your child’s teacher if you have any questions/issues.

This term is a busy one with many great learning experiences to be shared and it is extremely important that your child attends school regularly.

Please refer to the Department of Education guidelines of school attendance below for more information:

The importance of full time attendance

Schooling is compulsory for children and young people aged from 6 – 17 years unless an exemption from attendance or enrolment has been granted.

Daily school attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they don’t fall behind both socially and developmentally. Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 or an equivalent qualification have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes, and higher incomes across their lives. It is important that children develop habits of regular attendance at an early age.

School participation is important as it maximises life opportunities for children and young people by providing them with education and support networks. School helps people to develop important skills, knowledge and values which set them up for further learning and participation in their community.

Conversely, limited school participation is associated with a greater chance of dropping out of school, disruptive and delinquent behaviour and may lead to a cycle of rebellion against authority. These outcomes have later implications for employment, a range of health risk behaviours (drug and alcohol abuse), homelessness, poverty, welfare dependence, and involvement in the justice system.

April 4, 2014
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Happy Holidays

Goodbye Term 1 and ‘Hello’ to the holidays! This term has disappeared from under us and flown by at a crazy speed, where did the 10 weeks go? How is it possible that the Year Fives have already experienced their first Inquiry Expo? It certainly was a fabulous learning experience and there were some amazing presentations on Friday 4th April.

Last week students in Year 5 were again provided the opportunity to participate in Habits of the Mind Activities. Students experienced ‘Taking responsible risks,’ playing Jenga, they were introduced to ‘Gathering data through all senses,’ reading jumbled up paragraphs and blind counting money. They also learnt about ‘Communicating with clarity and precision,’ playing the Barrier Game and challenging themselves playing the Triangle Peg Game, applying the habit, ‘Thinking about metacognition.’

With great excitement our first ever Digital Excellence Award Assembly took place on Monday afternoon. All Year Fives are to be congratulated on achieving their Gold Level Badge of Cyber Safety. Students have worked hard over the term to learn some lifelong cyber safety techniques and now have a wealth of knowledge in this area.

Have a wonderful holiday and see you all in Term 2!

The Year 5 Team.

Sketchhing in Black's Walk

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