Grade 6 Accelerated Newsletter

Monday

Dates for your Diary

Home Learning for this Week

Language Arts

Next week the students will be publishing their Flashback Narratives.

As per usual, home learning for Language Arts will be:

A) Set on Tuesday, due on Wednesday.

B) Set on Thursday, due on Friday.

Students are also expected to practice their spelling words briefly each night, and read for 30 minutes most days.


Unit of Work

Next week the children will receive a "mission impossible" type letter at school. Within their letter they will be given information about a certain period of time. Over the holidays, the children can collect pictures, information or books about the period of time they have been given. The children will then bring their information to school the first week back as it will be used in our entry point.

Unit of Work

The focus throughout this unit has been to investigate and understand how forces influence everyday life. Last week the Grade 6 Accelerated children took part in a field trip to Universal Studios.


At the theme park the children had the opportunity to experience the relevant forces that exist within the park - paying particular attention to the scientific processes that cannot be seen or heard, but which are experienced on rides.



Throughout the rest of the week, the children have been busy completing their fairground models. This week the children focused on adding a theme to their fairground rides. The children had to not only think about how to add a theme to their ride, but also how to finish their model to a high standard.


In the later part of the week, the children have also been busy working on their design journal. Within their design journal, the children have been documenting what they have been doing, recording designing ideas and reflecting on the creative process they have gone through throughout this unit. At the end of the unit, the children will also evaluate their models and think of ways to improve them.

Language Arts - BOOK WEEK!!

This week in Language Arts, the students had a marvellous time participating in the various Book Week Activities. They had the opportunity to hear Adeline Foo talk about the writing process she goes through for The Diary of Amos Lee books; they participated in the 'Where in the school are you reading?' challenge, and, of course, dressed up for the Book Parade in the Indoor Sports Hall, using the theme of Magic, Mystery and Mayhem!


The students also began planning and drafting their Flashback Narratives this week, focusing on effectively including a flashback during a piece of narrative writing. As a part of this, they planned the events in their narratives, both in chronological order and in story order. This is an important part of the planning process for this type of writing piece as it helps the students to make sure their writing is logical and well structured, whilst still incorporating a flashback effectively. The students will continue to work on their Flashback Narratives next week.


After much hard work, the students presented their Goodnight Mister Tom Motif Projects this week. The students really enjoyed finding out how other students interpreted aspects of the novel, and the motifs that they chose. Parents will be able to see the completed slides from their child's project during the Celebration of Learning on Tuesday.


This week, the students have been closely reading a number of short texts, which they will continue to work with next week. They are working on their comprehension skills, and identifying the literary features that authors include.

Flashback Narratives


L.T. (S) To write a short narrative that includes a flashback.


Task: Plan and write a narrative that includes at least one flashback. It will need to be between 1.5 – 2 pages in length. (Around 500 words.)


PLANNING (In three parts.)

1) Ideas (mind map, story board, list).

2) Events listed in story order and chronological order. Labelled as either past or present.

3) Literary Features/Figures of Speech Planning


WRITING

1) Draft a narrative that includes at least one flashback.

2) Self-editing and peer-editing.

3) Publishing.


Success Criteria:

- The spelling and punctuation are accurate.

- My narrative is well structured, with a beginning, middle and end.

- My narrative includes a problem or challenge that is resolved.

- My writing effectively incorporates at least one flashback that is relevant to the story.

- The writing is logical and makes sense.

- I have included an appropriate range of literary features and sense impressions. (Alliteration, metaphors, similes, etc.)

Mathematics

The students ended their unit on Algebra with a test on Thursday. Their folder, together with their assessment piece and work done, will be sent home next week. Please acknowledge on the test paper and remind them to return it by next Friday, 26th September.


On Friday, we started our new topic on Number Properties. They were introduced to mathematical terms such as index, power and exponent notation. They have learnt that exponent notations is useful when writing large numbers. As this chapter introduces several new mathematical terms, which will be frequently used in high school, students are encouraged to learn the meanings of the terms and these key words are found on pg. 104 in their text book.


On Tuesday, a group of 20 enthusiastic mathematicians went over to the high school for their first enrichment programme, conducted by Mr. Patrick Denousse and Grade 9 seniors. They worked through advanced algebraic questions with a lot of zest and determination. Many of them felt accomplished although the questions were challenging. Over the next few sessions, they will be woking on advanced mathmatical concepts before they have a go at the Waterloo University challenge and the Gauss Contest. The programme put up by Mr. Denousse is certainly challenging but it really helps to extend our students' mathematical thinking. Way to go, Grade 6 Acc!

Celebration of Learning

Tuesday, Oct. 7th 2014 at 8:15am

490 Thomson Rd

This Celebration of Learning will take place in the G6 Accelerated Classrooms.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Virtue of the Week: Unity!


Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.

Mattie Stepanek



There is more power in unity than division.

Emanuel Cleaver



We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.

J. K. Rowling, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire "