5H Weekly News
5th September 2015
The week ahead might be even more exciting, as we head off on our retreat on Thursday! Please remember to let me know if you have any questions before we leave. I understand that it will be a great adventure for the children, and probably a little nerve-wracking for parents, too. I am sure that we will all return happy, tired, and wishing that it didn't have to end so soon!
Willow Prize Winner!
Well done to Jack, our Willow Prize winner for this week! Jack has worked really hard to improve his English and take part in class since joining just a few weeks ago.
Daniel gave a fascinating presentation about a water experiment in space, and a mission to Mars. Everyone was so interested, and asked lots of questions. It actually turned into a 20-Minute Teach!
Lindsey shared her experience visiting beautiful Niagara Falls. She showed a video that made everybody want to visit. We couldn't decide which season would be best for a visit though!
Willow Prize Winner!
The Week Ahead
We will be dividing 2, 3, and 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers. We will also be examining the order of operations in a calculation with mixed operations.
Students will learn about adding scenes from the past and future to their personal narratives this week. We will begin to look at powerful endings, and putting the final touches on narrative writing. Clear checklists will help the children to self-assess their work so far.
In addition to independent reading, we will be doing some focused reading in pairs and groups, related to our current Social Studies unit on Colonial Boston. Fountas and Pinnell reading assessments will also begin this week.
All students will have the opportunity to prepare an introduction to their character in Colonial Boston. They will present their character to the rest of the class.
Language Use - Tuesday 8th September
Math - Monday 14th September
Please make sure that your child gets a good sleep and healthy breakfast before these tests. There is nothing else they can do to prepare, and they should be encouraged not to worry about the tests. As it is the beginning of the year, this round of testing gives us important data that will be used for tracking progress, but we acknowledge that a long summer break and transition to a new class may have an impact on test scores. I will be able to analyze scores to make sure that teaching is focused on areas of need for students in 5H.