Sunday, 15 October 2017

Weekly Update

Term 4 Week 1

Welcome back, I can't believe that we are in the final term already. We've got so much planned for this term, I'm sure it will fly by too!

This week we are introducing our new Inquiry topic of 'Sustainability'. Our writing and reading will tie into this topic and the children will begin creating projects around an area that interests them. In maths this week we are going to spend some time looking at mental calculation methods and talking about why certain techniques are more effective than others. Will will also do some problem solving and estimating.

Hope you have a great week.

Sam Unwin

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Weekly Update

Term 3 Week 9

Can't believe it's the penultimate week of the term. We really seem to have packed a lot in already and still have the Year 6 speech competition on Wednesday and the 'Cultural Performance' next week to look forward to, please get the performer permission slips back to me as soon as you can. We also have a mufti day this Friday to support the Salvation Army who are trying to help families in our community who do not have enough money for food. To wear mufti your kids need to bring a can of food to school.


Our learning in writing this week is around narrative storytelling. In maths the children will be joining in workshops and also working collaboratively to make a maths board game that can be used to help teach their chosen mathematical area. This is a great way for the kids to show their understanding of a range of different maths concepts. Our reading revolves around the reading grid, which contains a number of different reading activities and our inquiry is focussed on the 'Cultural Performance'.

Hope you have a great week.

Sam Unwin

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Weekly Update

Term 3 Week 8

We've been working hard over the past couple of weeks, writing speeches about a wide range of topics. This has partly been in preparation for the Year 6 speech competition in week 9. On Wednesday we will be giving all the children the opportunity to share their speeches with A5 and A6. There is no pressure on the children to present and opportunities to present to smaller groups will also be provided. Unfortunately, we are only able to choose one child per VLC to enter the competition but this sharing is a way of celebrating everybody's hard work. Wednesday is also book day so we have decided to undertake a range of reading and book related activities. There will be a time during the day for the children to sit back, relax and enjoy their favourite book. If your children would like to bring in a sleeping bag, pillow or blanket to snuggle up with whilst they are reading, that would be great. Also, remind them to bring in a book.

During the rest of the week we are beginning to write a narrative. In maths we are focussing on individual workshops and a group maths investigation that requires the children to demonstrate a range of mathematical thinking. The children will be choosing reading activities from the reading grid alongside group and independent reading activities. Our inquiry is focussed around the cultural performance in week 10 however the children are also researching their own inquiry questions and working on a range of different ways to present their findings.

Hope you all have a great week

Sam Unwin

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Weekly Update

Term 3 Week 6

Great to see so many parents turning out for cross country last Friday. The kids were awesome, they really got stuck in. No major diary dates for this week, we will be using the bikes on Thursday weather permitting.

In maths this week I will be continuing to providing a range of workshops for the children to bring them up to speed on specific areas of weakness identifies earlier in the term. They will also be working on a number of investigations that requires them to use a range of their mathematical knowledge. We are beginning work on speech writing this week, working towards the speech competition that's happening in week 9. We are able to put one child forward from our VLC, so we decided to give everybody the opportunity to give it a go. Our reading will again focus on group/independent activities and comprehension tasks. In inquiry our focus is on the cultural performance at the end of term.

Hope you have a great week.

Sam Unwin

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Weekly Update

Term 3 Week 5

Firstly, thank you to all the parents who helped out on our trip to the Museum today. The kids had a great day and we couldn't do it without you!

A couple of diary dates for this week: Please remember that the kids finish at 12.30 tomorrow for the school interviews. These appointments are by no means compulsory, they are just a chance for parents who may have some questions around their children's reports to come and touch base with the teacher. Cross country is on Friday at Edith Hopper Park, the year 5/6 will be competing from 1.30pm, all children are expected to take part unless they have a letter from home. Should be a lot of fun, with a few interesting variations from previous years. Come along and cheer the kids on if you can.

Our learning this week will revolve around our inquiry focus. In writing the children are completing newspaper reports, reading will again focus on comprehension with some group and independent activities and we are continuing the organisation for our piece in the cultural performance at the end of term. In maths I will be providing a range of workshops for the children to bring them up to speed on specific areas of weakness identifies earlier in the term, they will also be working on a Maths project that requires them to use a range of their mathematical knowledge.

Hope you have a great week.

Sam Unwin  

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Weekly Update

Term 3 Week 4

Just a quick reminder as a couple of the kids seemed to have forgotten. We have school cross country practice on Mondays and Wednesdays and we may, on occasion, have a practice on a Friday as a VLC. It's fine for the children to practice in their uniform, but they may bring a change of clothes if the want to. All children are expected to participate unless they bring a note from home. Also, thanks to all the parents who have offered their help for our museum trip next Monday. I will be in contact with the people we need to help later in the week.

This week is maths week so a lot of our focus will of course be on maths. We are having daily estimation challenges and the children are working through a range of maths problems during the week in order to solve a puzzle. Our writing and reading is tied into our inquiry topic about movement of people (predominantly refugees)  and the children will be producing newspaper articles. We will also be spending time this week working on our performance for the cultural festival in week 10. The children have been given an opportunity to choose if they wish to perform or be part of the 'back stage' team.

Hope you have a great week.

Sam Unwin

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Weekly Update

Term 3 Week 2

What a wonderful day for our first cross country practice. It was great to see all the kids getting involved and giving it a go, a few weeks practice and i'm sure they'll all be flying around the cross country course. Just a reminder that cross country practice is on Monday's, Wednesday's and Fridays and, if you prefer, the children may bring a change of clothes to run in.

Our learning this week is again based around our inquiry 'Movement of People'. In writing we are producing diary entries from a refugees perspective our reading will focus on independent/group reading and comprehension and in our inquiry lessons we are looking at some refugee scenarios. In maths the children are working in groups to plan and cost their ideal party. This requires them to use a number of the strategies we have been learning about earlier in the year. Later in the week we will be revisiting multiplication and division.

Hope you have a great week.

Sam Unwin