This week the Year 5 students commenced a project for their Open Night display. It’s called a ‘farm in a glove’. This activity is linked to the National Science Week theme of Food different by Design. The students will observe how a seed sprouts and investigate the conditions necessary for germination to occur by planting five different seeds in a clear plastic glove.
The students had to carefully place 2 cotton balls in each finger of the glove.
The student labelled each finger before inserting their seeds.
Then the students used a pipette to dispense the same amount of water onto each cotton ball. We wanted to ensure that we are making this investigation a ‘fair test’.
The gloves will be on displaying MPR (Science) on Open Night. Come and visit to see if the seeds have germinate and whether the Year 5 students have provided the right conditions.
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Inter-School Athletics will take place in Week 3 next term.
Students will be notified of their selection at the beginning of Term 4.
This term, our whole school integrated focus is Social Justice.
The text Dreams of Freedom is a text that we have explored as a year level. This text was published by Amnesty International and features poems and illustrations from various authors.
We chose to focus on one of the poems in the text by Harriet Tubman, with an amazing illustration by Mordicai Gerstein, that explored the juxtaposition of slavery and freedom.
We discussed how thoughts and emotions were conveyed by the illustrator through careful choice of images, colours and symbols.
We were all inspired to create our own artwork that tackled one of the social justice topics we have covered this term, freedom to have peace, freedom to have a home and freedom to express yourself.
Check out some of our masterpieces below. You can see the rest of them at Open Night in Week Nine. We definitely recommend you read this book!
Mrs Armistead, Mr Naden and the Year Fives.
This term we have been learning about fractions in our Number and Algebra sessions.
One of the warm up games we play is called ‘Bump it Up’. This game uses a large dice with fractions on it. Players need to find fractions on the playing board which are greater than, less than or equal to fraction on the die. We will have this one out for Open Night!
We are beginning to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and then we will see if we can add fractions with different denominators!
Speaking of different denominators, we have found it challenging to place fractions on a number line when the denominators are not the same. We are becoming more confident when simplifying fractions to an easier form to work with.
Some of us are working through some differentiated challenges which require us to problem solve in teams.
Many of us had said that fractions and decimals were our biggest challenge in maths, before we started this unit. We have still got a lot to learn, but we are feeling more confident with our skills than ever before!
This post was written by Ninkea, Nate and Mrs Armistead.
Thursday 29th July saw the St.Emilie’s Cross Country team take part in the 2021 Interschool event at Tomato Lake.
St.Emilie’s have historically performed extremely well in Cross Country events, and this year was no exception.
With a number of outstanding individual performances, but most importantly a really consistent team effort, St.Emilie’s won its Fourth Interschool event in a row!
1) St Emilie’s – 330 points
2) Sacred Heart – 293 points
3) Notre Dame – 250 points
4) St Joseph’s – 218 points
5) Salvado – 208 points
6) St Munchin’s – 191 points
7) Xavier – 161 points
8) SMG – 150 points
Individual awards went to the following students:
Year 6 Champion Girl – Sophie
Runner Up – Isla
3rd Position – Abbey
Year 5 Champion Boy – Tommy
Runner Up – Zane
4th Position – Rafael
Year 5 Runner Up Champion Girl – Abby
Year 4 Girls
4th position – Charli
As always, the effort and attitude shown by our students were second to none.
A huge thank you to all the parents who gave support and even held the tent down during wind and rain!
Our next Interschool event will be held at the beginning of Term 4, with the Year 6 Basketball tournament.
This term in Year Five, our novel study focus is Boy Overboard. This text was written by Morris Gleitzman in 2002. We are only a few chapters in so far, but so far we have had some interesting discussions about the difference between life for a child in Australia compared to Afghanistan, where the main character Jamal is from.
This text ties in nicely with our whole school focus of Social Justice, where in Year Five we are exploring the rights of children and what equality really means. Many of us have shared stories and facts in our conversations about social justice, which helps us to link this topic to real life and the real world around us. We are excited to learn more about this important topic! Can you believe that this ties in with our poetry unit too? Stay tuned for some awesome social justice themed poems that will feature in our Open Night display in Week Nine!
Each week we will read a number of chapters from Boy Overboard and then answer comprehension questions to check our understanding. In the front office we have displayed some of our work, showcasing what we know from this text so far.
As you can probably tell, we have hit the ground running in Year Five this term. Mrs Armistead, Mr Naden and our 5G prac teacher Mrs Martinez have a lot of interesting tasks in store for us and we can’t wait to share them with you throughout the term.
Year Five 🙂