Week 9-13th

Week 9th-13th September

Grade 5 have had another busy week researching the reasons for migration in order to understand why people would leave their homes for an unknown and in some cases very uncertain future.  Mr Tri’s visit on, Wednesday, to share his experiences as a child refugee encouraged the students to think about the learning they had been doing in a real life context and to empathise with the situations they had been studying and brought about lots more questions to inquire into. We thank him for his time and bravery in sharing his story!

The film the students watched on Friday gave further insights into the lives of refugees and helped them to understand the realities of life in a new and unknown place. As can be seen our first two lines of inquiry ‘Migration Journeys’ and ‘Reasons for migration’ are well and truly being developed, shortly we will move onto our last line of inquiry ‘Impacts of migration’ and investigate not only the impact on the migrant but also the societies they enter into.

We are continuing our work on diary writing and encouraging the students to think from another’s perspective putting themselves  into another persons life to help them understand the choices which people make, linking this to our migration unit.

In Maths the focus has been place value and the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using both practical strategies and learning written methods. Shortly we will be moving onto a unit on time.

We have again been discussing the great need to read consistently both inside and out of school. It would be really helpful if you could spare some time to talk to your children about what they are reading. If you are unsure of how to start here are a few questions.

  • What is the main idea? What happened at the end of the story?
  • What do you know about the main character that you were not told?
  • What does this book remind you off?
  • What books have you read which have a similar theme or message?
  • What background knowledge do you have which relates to this text?
  • Did you reread sections which were difficult?
  • What message does the author want the reader to know?
  • Why did the author write this piece?
  • What background knowledge do you have which relates to this text?
  • Did you reread sections which were difficult?
  • What questions do you have about what you read?
  • What else would you like to know?
  • what do you think was the most important part?
  • Would you read a similar book again? Why?

Upcoming Events

  • Dot day. Please allow students to wear dotty clothes and bring in plastic bottle tops. September 16th 
  • Professional Development Day (School Closed): September 19th
  • September break (School Closed): September 20th
  • G3-G5 Map Testing: September 30th-October 11th



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