Literacy – Novel Study
Continuing with our novel study Wonder by R.J. Palacio we have been exploring the many themes the book portrays. The book shares the themes of friendship, family, tolerance and appearance and many more. However the main theme that stands out against the others is the theme of KINDNESS. Kindness features prominently in this novel, as many of Auggie’s struggles in life are linked to the unkind responses of others. The students along with Auggie and his fellow students have learned important lessons about how essential kindness truly is. There are quite a few different book covers for the book on the shelf already but take a look at the new and improved covers made by some of us in class.
Numeracy – Multiplication strategies
In numeracy the we are learning about the inverse relationship between multiplication and division. We have been practising our multiplication skills by playing card games and completing mental maths activities in the hope to improve our speed and accuracy of our times tables and other maths facts. Working out sums and equations mentally is much faster! Here our some examples on the 3 strategies we are focusing on: doubling and halving, the split and compensation.
Religion – Choices and Consequences
In Religion we have been looking at all the choices we make every single day and how these choices can have consequences. Some of our choices have positive consequences and some have some negative consequences. Hear some of the choices students could make and the consequences that might follow.
Choose to sleep in – be late for school.
Choose to have a pet – feed and take care of it.
Choose to ride a bike/scooter with no helmet – injure ourselves.
Choose to play a game that has been banned at school – miss out on recess and lunch altogether.
We have learnt that the older we get the harder our choices become. Some of the challenging choices we might have to make in the future are…
Daisy – ‘Deciding what job to do and deciding how to spend your money.’
Nina – ‘What to study and which university to go to.’
Taylah – ‘Where I’d like to travel.’
Mya – ‘Who to marry and when to start a family.’
Ethan – ‘Where to live and what house buy.’
Nicholas – ‘To be your own boss and have your own business or work for someone else.’
ANZAC DAY – Story reflection
During World War I in France, a young Kiwi soldier who misses his family strikes up a friendship with a little bantam hen (Bertha), a friendship which brings comfort to him and his fellow soldiers. We read the story of The Bantam and the Soldier and responded to some questions based on the story. Afterwards we wrote a ‘feel good’ news article story about this story of hope in times of war.
Similar to what we are going through now… one day soon we will all be back together we just have to have HOPE! Until then look after yourselves, have a go at the learning opportunities and give your best effort to all that you do!
Wherever you are, keep working hard and doing your best work! We miss the faces of our friends who are working from home and we hope to see you soon. In the meantime make the most of this opportunity to take responsibility for your learning and look forward to the day when we can be working back together as a complete Year Six team.