Junior School News
MRS FIONA WAKE
HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
Welcome to Week 3
The girls have been very busy in the Junior School. Matilda the Musical is finally here and our Year 5 and 6 cast members are busy with their final preparations for the show. On behalf of PLC I would like to thank you for your support in transporting your daughters to and from rehearsals, coordinating rehearsal times around your weekend commitments and tending to the myriad of logistics relating to performance preparations. I wish the girls all the best, what a wonderful opportunity.
Our Classrooms …
What is happening in Pre K? Pre K has been busy swimming, dancing, reading, singing and preparing for plays. They will open Guild Drama 2019 with a special performance choreographed by Joanne Wysel, a dancer herself, especially for us. We can’t wait to share this with you.
In K/1 the girls have been learning about different material and their uses and designing hats that would make the Ladies at the Melbourne Cup envious. They have also been exploring rhyming with the assistance of ‘Hairy Maclary’.
Year 2 has been studying Charlotte’s Web and the concept of relationships and friendships. This classic tale never dates and the girls are as excited about this novel as I was many moons ago.
Year 3 has been investigating weight in Maths Enrichment. The girls have been exploring the kilogram and how size and mass do not always relate. The girls will soon select 12 items that students believe will collectively weigh close to 1 kilogram. They will then weigh, calculate what needs to be added or removed and then reattempt the task if they are far from their 1 kilogram target for round 1. Applying mathematical understanding is an important skill important for students to develop. Tasks such as these engage students, provide opportunity for questioning and develop deep understanding. They have also been ‘Informing with Passion’ as they study factual texts and an author’s intent.
Year 4 is studying ‘Theme’ and ‘Stylistic Features’ of the picture book Suri’s Wall. Learning such concepts allows students to understand a writer’s craft and authorial skills, later enabling them to use this skill in their own compositions.
Year 5 and 6 are as busy as bees making iMovies and explanations of, ‘How bees produce honey’. Along with this they are designing persuasive posters. I cannot wait for them to share these with their peers and our community. The Bee Motel in the playground is taking shape.
year 2 Classroom feature
Term 4 started off with excitement as the much anticipated annual Pyjama Party took place on the first Friday. Much fun was had having extra time with friends, enjoying games lead by older PLC Armidale students and dinner in the Dining Hall. We finished off by settling in with our cuddly toys to watch a movie on the big screen in the library.
Charlotte’s Web novel study has been another highlight learning area for our class. A very well known and rich literacy text where the girls are thoroughly enjoying delving deeper into the theme of friendship, which it depicts very well. Mrs Wake is focusing on the characters in her enrichment classes. Discussing what the various characters personality traits are and finding evidence in the text to support their thoughts. With only a relatively short Term, Year 2 is very very busy reading, reading and reading to make sure we finish the novel!
In Science, we are looking at how things grow and the life cycles of different animals and plants. To enrich the learning experience, we have some very little visitors in our classroom ... and there are lots and lots of them! MEALWORMS. Over the term we will be keeping a close eye on them and watching them change. They are currently in the lava phase, having hatched from tiny little eggs. The next stage is the pupa - a funny word that we have all had a laugh at - and finally they will transform into a darkling beetle.
We have set the mealworms up in three different environments to see if there is any effect on their growth. Container 1 is in the dark, container 2 is in the fridge and container 3 is in the classroom in the light and some sunshine.
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