Our Grade 5 Blog

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!

 

 

October 17, 2014
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Space Jump

Art Show

What an amazing display of all the talented students at LPS, especially the ceramic masks created by the Year Fives. Here is a sneak peak below in case you missed out! Thanks Mrs Wheelton for all your AWESOME work!

Masks

 

 

 

 

 

Leaderships Opportunities

Week two started off with some very excited students hearing all about the role of a Laburnum School Captain. The current School Captains, Steph, Grace, Brock and Josh put together a fabulous PowerPoint Presentation explaining the role of a School Captain. They delivered some excellent information to the Year Fives about what an important role a Captain plays at LPS. Next week students will be given the opportunity to write their Letter of Application at school. In the coming weeks the House Captain selection process will begin. Please see the attached ‘Advertisement’ for LPS School Captains.

LPS School Captain Advertisement

Planetarium Incursion

Wow! Who got ‘Spaced Out’ on Thursday? All the Year Fives were ‘out of this world’ when they ‘spaced jumped’ into the planetarium! Each class was ‘blasted off into space’ as they experienced the blow up planetarium in the school hall. The fabulously informative ‘astronaut’, Nick from Starlab ‘landed’ at LPS and his presentations went off with a ‘big bang’. He had our minds ‘spinning’ with new information as we ducked and dodged exploding moons, space junk and ice. We all dove for cover as the Sun came closer and closer at a balmy 5,500⁰C.  I think everyone ‘moon walked’ away with a ‘spaceship’ full of knowledge and many ‘shuttle loads’ of questions!

Check out this fabulous link- the October Night Sky: http://www.skymaps.com/

Neil Armstrong on the Moon

Neil Armstrong on the Moon

Inside the planetarium

Inside the planetarium

The Dome

The Dome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maths Afternoon

Friday afternoon was the first of our maths afternoons. Everyone headed outside to learn about measurement and in particular, time.

  • Who could beat Usain Bolt on the athletics track?
  • How far did you pilot your paper plane?
  • What time was it in London, Tokyo or New York when we were eating lunch?
  • Do your parents know just how old they are in seconds?
  • Did you get to a whole kilometre in ‘Point of Launch’?

Next Week:

We will be ‘Hip Hopping’ through Tuesday as part of Health and PE week.

LPS Music Gala, Thursday 23rd October 7:00pm

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

 

 

July 24, 2014
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Incursions, sport and more

It has been another very busy week in Grade 5! With incursions, Grade 5 sport as well as the usual literacy and numeracy. In reading and writing we are learning about the structure and grammar specific to an explanation text, while in Maths we have been continuing to learn about division and multiplication.

Parliament incursion

As discussed in last week’s blog, the Parliamentary Incursion was a wonderful introduction into our inquiry topic learning about Early European Settlement and the Colonial Past of Australia. This week it was 5W and 5M’s turn to take on the roles of the Lower House of the Victorian State Parliament. It was fantastic to see all students enthusiastically taking part in the proceedings learning a lot along the way.

Grade 5 sport

For Grade 5 sport this term, we are preparing for the House Athletics on the 14th of August. In preparation both Grade Fives and Sixes are completing a round robin of athletics activities. We had our first session on Wednesday with great success. Students were given the opportunity to participate in 11 different activities including high jump, shot put and hurdles.

Library Incursion

On Monday the 21st July Grade Fives and Sixes were very lucky to have a visit from Tony Bones Entertainment theatre group to perform the book My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg. This was about a twelve year old girl, Candice McPhee, who was determined to bring happiness to those around her. Although humorous, the performance also touched on some serious issues. This book is well worth a read and can be found in the LPS library.

SRI / Values

A reminder that the SRI forms need to be returned by Monday at the latest so that we can start our Special Religious Instruction or Values sessions on Tuesday.  Those who do not bring back permission forms will take part in values lessons.

House Athletics

All house athletic permission forms need to be returned to your classroom teacher by the 1st of August. It would be fantastic to receive parent support on the day.

Congratulations Grade 5 on a fantastic start to Term 3.

 

 

 

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 5, 2014
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Back into the swing of it!

Both children and teachers are still on a high after our week at Camp Rumbug. The positive attitude that students showed towards leaping out of their comfort zone and trying many new things was impressive. Greeted by exhausted, yet happy children, we are sure that parents and friends have heard all about the highlights of camp including the giant swing, abseiling, archery and of course Mr Mac and Mrs Trend’s duet in the Red Faces competition.

No doubt many clothes would have been put straight into the bin over the weekend due to the mud stains. However, there are still some clothes that have not been claimed after camp. If you have noticed any clothes missing, today is the final chance for them to be collected. They are located next to the basketball court outside the Grade 5 portable classrooms.

There seems to be a post camp cold floating around the Grade 5s. We wish all those unwell a speedy recovery and if they are coming to school, they are to be reminded to drink plenty of water and regularly wash their hands to prevent others from becoming sick.

The post camp cold has not stopped us from getting straight back into work. Students have written some very impressive information reports, we have started our Maths- ‘Multiplication and Division Unit’ and we are exploring sustainability as an inquiry into ‘How can we make a difference?’

A reminder that Life Education will be running for 5G, 5C and 5M this coming Tuesday 10th June. We have heard some great reports from 5W and 5S about Life Education and we are especially looking forward to a visit from Harold.

From the Grade 5 Team, have a safe and relaxing long weekend!

Row, row, row your boat.

Row, row, row your boat.

 

Race through the cold, muddy water

Race through the cold, muddy water

Camp Rumbug, abseiling tower

Camp Rumbug, abseiling tower

One raft, to the other, don't fall!

One raft, to the other, don’t fall!

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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March 28, 2014
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Time does fly!

Amazing to think we are about to enter the last week of Term 1. The old saying must be true, ‘Time does fly when you are having fun, learning and making new friends’. This week in Grade 5 we have added to the growing list of experiences which have occupied the first 9 weeks of the school year. On Wednesday all of Grade 5 donned their sunhats and made the very enjoyable walk to Box Hill Central. This proved a very rewarding adventure giving students the opportunities to try different Asian cuisines linked directly to our Inquiry unit of ‘Why should we know our Neighbours?’ A huge congratulations needs to go to all Grade 5 students while on this excursion. Each student was respectful, well-mannered and responsible the entire time and represented themselves and Laburnum Primary School brilliantly.

With Camp information and notices going out this week, the reality has set in that we are 59 days away from what will be an exceptional, exciting and potentially muddy week away at Camp Rumbug. If parents could please return those notices as soon as possible it would be an enormous help.

 The final week of Term 1 proves to again be another busy one. With the Grade 6s away on camp the capable Grade 5s are left as the sole leaders and role models of the school in the final week. We are positive the Grade 5s will set a wonderful example leading into Term 2. Also, the Grade 5 Inquiry Expo will be taking place later in the week and is a terrific event where students display the demonstrations and presentations they have been working hard on to represent their Personal Inquiry. Finally, a friendly reminder that homework and the Inquiry Mindmap are due on Wednesday April 2nd.

Have a sensational weekend Legends.

The Grade 5 Team.

March 21, 2014
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Great times ahead!

This week the Grade 5 students have been excitedly preparing themselves to begin their first personal inquiry for the year. Based on our Term 1 Inquiry Unit- ‘Why should we know our neighbours?’ students have had to create their own ‘NonGoogleable’ question to research and answer. For the rest of the term students will be busy researching and creating their mind maps as well as beginning a presentation piece for the Grade 5 Expo! The date for this expo is yet to be decided.

To help them with their management of time, students have been given a rubric and checklist to use along the way. PLEASE NOTE: At this stage students are only working on their personal inquiry in class time.

You would have also noticed a large amount of Year 5 Camp notices sent home with students today. Could you please ensure they are returned as soon as possible to classroom teachers.

http://rumbug.com.au/

Have a great weekend!

From the Grade 5 team.

March 11, 2014
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Habits of the mind and a trip to the city!

It’s been another eventful week in Year 5, we started the week learning all about Art Costa’s Habits of Mind. All 130 students and teachers worked together and applied the habit of ‘Working Interdependently’ to silently get into a large circle, in order of the birthdays in Year 5 from January to December. This was certainly a fun but challenging activity. Students then headed off in groups and participated in various activities to engage their minds in various habits of the mind.

On Thursday 6th March we embarked on a journey into the CBD to the Chinese DSC_6598Museum. Students experienced a great Kung Fu demonstration, walked the length of the Millennium Chinese Dragon, (all 63 metres of coloured beauty) and wandered through a Chinese Supermarket. They learnt all about traditional Chinese musical instruments, smelt the pungent Chinese medicinal herbs and wandered the streets of Chinatown soaking up the atmosphere and observing noodle and dumpling making.

We are all looking forward to learning more about ‘Our closest neighbours’ the countries of Asia and sampling Asian cuisine at Box Hill Central on the 26th of March.DSC_6539

 

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