Middle School

Semester 2 with the Middles

 

Welcome to Semester Two in the Middles, we are very excited to be back at school and learning about so many new and interesting things. This term we will be doing swimming during Weeks 4 and 5 and in term 4 we are looking forward to Middles Camp on Phillip Island, which will be at the end of the 2nd week of Term 4. Notes for these upcoming events should have come home already (if they haven't please come in and see us). 


For our guided inquiry unit this term we are looking at all forms of Art in our 'Art Mania' unit, which incorporates visual art, dance, drama digital art and movement, all building up to the Art Show in Week 9.  In Term 4 we will be looking at Geography where we will be focussing on places, spaces and the interconnections between places. We will also touch on diversity and the importance of the natural environment to all living things. 


In Literacy, we will build knowledge and skills about our workshops including Reading and Writing, building students stamina in both areas and deepening their understanding. In Writing, we will continue with the VCOP writing program including a fortnightly Big Write surrounding our texts types for this semester of Narrative, Persuasive, Transactional and Descriptive. In Reading, we will incorporate parts of the Daily 5 and CAFÉ programs into our readers’ workshops with major focuses on comprehension and vocabulary.


In Numeracy Workshops this semester we will continue to developing students’ skills in place value, multiplication, addition, subtraction, division, money, time, perimeter, area and symmetry. Students will be involved in daily number talks to improve their ability to verbalise strategies that they are using, the language used in numeracy and their problem solving skills.


We will continue to develop students’ Indonesian language skills in the classroom as well as their Digital Technology capacity through a variety of plugged and unplugged activities. They will regularly update their individual blog as well as add a range of work to their online portfolio on DB Primary. If you do not have a parent log on, please see your child’s teacher and they can assist you in this.


Please feel free to speak to any of the middle teachers in regards to learning that is taking place in each classroom. Enjoy Semester 2, we can’t wait to see what this semester has to offer!


From the Middle Team,


Veronica Butterfield, Katrina Holland, Adriana Grant, Chris Mahony and Mursel Haidary


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