Our Grade 5 Blog

July 30, 2014
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News from Grade 5!

It has been a relatively quiet week in the Grade 5 area. This means the teachers have been able to focus heavily on Teaching and Learning. The students have begun attempting their second explanation piece either focussing on The lifecycle of a Butterfly, How to Run an Assembly and even some personal choices such as How to play Chess and How to bake a Nutella Mud Cake. They have been experimenting with sequencing words and exploring lengthening defining macro statements.

Classes have been having many circle time activities about being a good friend to others. Discussions have centred around including others, showing respect and offering suggestions on how to deal with feelings of unease and nervousness. It was great to see the wonderful suggestions of what to do when feeling isolated in the yard.

The JSC members have been surveying the classes to seek suggestions on improvement in the yard. As well as the oval being a concern; suggestions such as soccer net, improved seating on shelter sheds and improved toilets rang out true. We can’t wait to see what the JSC come up with.

Thank you to all the families who have returned their permission notes for PG movies and the House Athletics. If you have not yet returned these, we would appreciate your efforts to do so as soon as possible. If you need a replacement copy they can be found on this blog. Another date to pencil in your diaries is Wednesday the 27th of August- Our Passport into your child’s life at Laburnum.  See the newsletter for more information on this fabulous event.

Regards the Grade 5 Team.

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
by georginacauchi
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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 17, 2014
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SCHOOL LEVY UPDATE

LEVY UPDATE: Please note that the date given for the Laburnum House Athletics was Thursday 31st. This is INCORRECT. The new revised date is Thursday 14th August as stated in the newsletter last week. If you are selecting ‘Option 2’ on the Levy Notice the new date for payment will be Thursday 7th August 2014. Sorry for any inconvenience.

May 16, 2014
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What a week

Hello to our Grade 5 Blog Readers,

It’s been an exhausting week at LPS for the Grade 5s.

NAPLAN

The entire group of Grade 5 Teachers are extremely proud of the students this week as they completed four separate NAPLAN sessions.  Across the rooms you could hear the soft noise of pages being turned, erasers on paper, sharpeners scraping on wood and lead. During the Writing session it was fantastic to see students writing some amazing expositions on the topic of Rules or Laws that need changing. From less homework to no smoking and even an exposition about immigration, our students are an informed and persuasive bunch.

 MURAL

Some of the students have started work on the LPS 50th Birthday Celebration Mural.  We have a visiting artist to the school who will work on the mural with students over the coming weeks. The students will be creating mosaic tile pictures based on their sketches of the native flora and fauna in Blacks Walk.

 CAMP

A massive thank you to the parents that have been returning the medical and amended consent forms early.  Although they weren’t due until today, sending back these forms early help us sort through the massive amount of information and safety issues that arise when taking over 120 students away for a week. Thank you again for your consideration

Please find a ‘Camp-What to bring list’ on the Grade 5 Notices Page (link above).

Stay tuned next week for some final camp reminders and our visits to the Life Ed Van.

We hope you enjoy some of this lovely Autumn weather.

Warm Regards

The Grade Five Team

 

 

May 2, 2014
by georginacauchi
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Three weeks to go!

We have had another busy week in Grade 5!Cross country was an absolute success with all participants running exceptionally well in the chilly conditions. Students should be very proud of their efforts! A big thank you to all Grade 5 parents who volunteered and supported on the day.  The Wantirna District Cross Country will be held next Wednesday at Ruffey Lake Park. We wish those who will be competing all the best!With only three weeks to go, the countdown to Camp Rumbug is now on. It is safe to say that there is a mixture of excitement and nerves surrounding camp. However, after the Grade Sixes, Camp Survival Expo on Wednesday, Grade Five students were given some helpful hints on how to survive camp.

Many of the expo presentations included a survival kit or information about what students need to bring to get the most out of camp. Examples of things that the Grade Sixes suggested to bring included; a positive attitude, courage to try something outside of your comfort zone and an open mind to make new friends and strengthen old friendships. Other material things that will need to be packed include multiple changes of warm clothes, a photo of your family and ear plugs to ensure that you get as much sleep as possible so that you can enjoy the next day’s activities. The best advice given by the Grade Sixes was to have fun as you will be able to reflect on Camp Rumbug for many years to come!

Just a reminder that camp notices need to be returned ASAP and the balance is due by the 16th of May.

Have a great weekend!

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Year 6 Camp Expo

Year 6 Camp Expo

Cross Country

Cross Country

Cross Country

Cross Country

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