Middle School

Semester 1 with the Middles

 

Welcome to 2018 with 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 a first aid incursion and in term 2 we are looking forward to swimming and NAPLAN. There will be a parent open night in week 5 of term 1 and student led conferences later in term 2, where we look forward to meeting with all our wonderful parents and discussing each students’ progress and achievements.


For our guided inquiry unit this term we are looking at Australian history in ‘Our Australia’, which incorporates the first fleet, European settlement and Australia past and present. In term 2 we will be looking at Design Technology where they will be designing, developing and applying using new skills and knowledge.


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 vocab.


In Numeracy Workshops this semester we will continue to developing students’ skills in place value, multiplication, addition, subtraction, time, length, angles, 2D and 3D shapes. 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 1, we can’t wait to see what 2018 has to offer!


From the Middle Team,


Veronica Butterfield, Lisa Tims, Adrian Grant, Chris Mahony and Mursel Haidary


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