A very sincere thank you to all of the parents who were able to come out and support our year 5/6 learners on Wednesday afternoon. The students were thrilled to have such a large and attentive audience. I am very proud of your children – they communicated their understanding so well, and everyone did a super job!
Our new unit of inquiry will be launched this week. The central idea of this unit is “Rituals, traditions and artefacts provide a window into the beliefs and values of cultures.” Throughout the unit we will be inquiring into what constitutes a culture, the significance of rituals and traditions and how artefacts symbolize beliefs and values of cultures. A cultural artefact is an item that, when found, reveals valuable information about the society that made or used it. An artefact tells a story. I encourage you to talk with your child/ren about these inquiries into and help them develop a sense of urgency to know more about their own culture or beliefs and values of other cultures. If you have a particular tradition or ritual from your culture that you would like to share, please be in touch with me. It would be fabulous to have you in our class to share with the children.
We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. That’s why our class is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. For more information about how you can participate in Hour of Code with your child, please visit https://hourofcode.com/ma/gb.
Please remember that student-led conferences are this Wednesday. Only less than half of the parent have signed up for conferences at this time (Sunday). This is such an important conversation about your child’s learning, that I hope you can book an appointment. If the times are not convenient, please email me to set up an alternate conference time. Your child’s language and specialist teachers are also available for you to book times with. Don’t forget that your child is leading the conversation, so don’t forget to bring them with you!
This weeks’ 6 Trait’s writing focus is on Voice. Voice is the personal tone and flavour of the author's message. Audience and purpose determine voice. As a writer, we choose the appropriate tone to convey a message or emotion. This is difficult for many writers therefore, it is a trait that we will visit often. We will also be focused on writing paragraphs – introductory sentence, supporting details and concluding sentence.
In maths, we will continue our unit in pre-algebra; the part of mathematics in which letters and other general symbols are used to represent numbers and quantities in formulae and equations.
Remember to donate gently worn clothing to the donation boxes. We will be collecting until the Winter Show, then all clothing will be donated to local charities.