TERM 4 IN THE SENIOR SCHOOL
Welcome back to term 4 in the Senior Module in this crazy year that we have had so far!! We are very impressed with the maturity and work ethic that our students have shown during remote learning. This term we have lots of things planned for our senior students to look forward to.
- Our grade 5 students need to start thinking about writing their Leadership applications for House & School captains as well as assisting with our 2021 Prep transition and meeting next year’s new students.
- Grade 6’s will be attending high school transition workshops, as well as looking forward to their Graduation and Activities Day, although these may look quite different than years gone by. Your senior teachers have been working hard in the background to ensure that these are special events regardless of the circumstances that we may face.
- We will be introducing a new student led Fete that the Grade 6 students will organise and run for the school during the last couple of weeks.
Please note that there will be no ‘topic’ for term 4, all of our efforts will be focused on our ‘core’ learning areas in:
- Speaking & Listening
- Number & Algebra
- Measurement & Geometry
- Statistics & Probability
- And of course, Student Wellbeing and Connectedness.
The senior module has been looking at the data and we will be focusing on the key areas needed for student improvement in preparation for end of year reports. These are reflected in the ‘I Can’ statements listed below:
In Term 4, senior students will be exposed to persuasive texts and poetry which are planned for when students are back onsite. A significant amount of time has been spent on Information texts in remote learning. Teachers will be providing revision lessons for topics covered in Terms 2 and 3 to help students consolidate their learning in these areas. During remote learning and when students are back onsite, students will work within reading and writing focus groups with targeted instruction specific to student needs and abilities.
Our keyLearning Intentions in English this term are:
I can show how ideas and points of view in texts are conveyed through the use of vocabulary, including idiomatic expressions, objective and subjective language, and that these can change according to context.
I can describe the effects of ideas, text structures and language features on different audiences.
I can analyse strategies authors use to influence readers.
I can Identify the relationship between words, sounds, imagery and language patterns in narratives and poetry such as ballads, limericks and free verse.
I can plan, draft and publish (including digital technologies) persuasive texts that demonstrate an understanding of my purpose and audience.
I can identify structures and features that authors use and include them in my own writing, for example figurative language.
Speaking & Listening
I can understand how to express a point of view and take different perspectives into account.
I can participate in formal and informal debates.
I can plan, rehearse and deliver presentations for different audiences and purposes with and without the use of digital technology.
In Term 4, senior students will be exposed to three new topics; Number Patterns, Angles and the Order of Operations. They will also revise other topics to consolidate their learning (refer to the revision topics listed below). During remote learning and when back onsite, students will work within maths groups with their teacher to provide targeted instruction specific to their needs and abilities.
Our key Learning Intentions in Mathematics this term are:
Number & Algebra
Patterns and Algebra
I can use addition and subtraction to describe, continue and create patterns with fractions, decimals and whole numbers.
I can continue, create and describe the rule in sequences involving whole numbers, fractions and decimals.
I can use equivalent number sentences, involving multiplication and division to find unknown quantities.
Fractions and Decimals
I can investigate different ways to solve problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions with the same and related denominators.
I can make connections between equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages.
I compare, order and represent decimals.
I can multiply and divide decimals by powers of 10.
I can investigate and calculate percentage discounts of 10%, 25% and 50% on sale items with and without digital technology.
Measurement & Geometry
Using Units of Measurement
I can choose and convert between appropriate units of measurement for length, mass and capacity.
I can connect volume and capacity and their units of measurement.
I can estimate, measure and compare angles using degrees and draw angles using a protractor.
I can investigate angles on a straight line, angles at a point and vertically opposite angles and use the results to find unknown angles.
Statistics & Probability
I can recognise that probabilities range from 0 to 1 and show them as decimals and fractions.
I can describe probabilities using fractions, decimals and percentages.
We look forward to an exciting Term 4 with our senior students and we hope to have them back on site as soon as possible.
The Senior Teaching Team.