Friday, 22 September 2017

Term 3 reflection by Middle S and photos from our class party

What did you like the most about term 3, what did you learn that you didn’t know before, what helped your learning? What are you looking forward to in  term 4?

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This term was a very good term because we went on an excursion and I loved the Expo. My favorite part of this term was the Expo that we did not long ago that we did on My Family's Immigration story. I did it on my dad’s side of the family, in other words my nonno and nonna (that means Grandpa and Grandma in Italian.)
hat I am looking forward to next term is the knitting and board games with the senior citizens
This term was probably the best term ever because we had an expo on our family or someone’s immigration story to Australia. Most people did their family some people didn’t, I did my Grandma’s immigration story.
This week all the middles did a expo and a lot of people came to see me. Today we are having a class party and we had to bring our own country that we came from and the food that there was is Dutch, Italian and Canadian. A lot of food was there and this is the last day of school and then it is the school holidays. On Monday and Tuesday we did measuring and we went outside and we used measuring tools and it was really fun.
This term we did Australian History. I did my Immigration story but other people did Cuc Lam and similar people. We saw what Cuc Lam brought she brought a mini bag, with money and photos of her family. I did not know what immigration was but now I know lots of information. We did an expo and it went very well. We went to ACMI as well it was very fun acmi stands for Australian Center of the Moving Image.
This Term the middles had an expo on the last week of term. I was so happy about Australian History because Australian history is about people who have migrated to Australia and why they moved to Australia.
This term middles was learning about history of Australia. We went on an excursion to the Immigration Museum to learn about old stuff.
We learnt about Australian history and the middies did a  expo on people's immigration story.
This term we were learning about immigration and history. We had a lot of learning to history for example the first fleet came to Australia in the 26th of January 1788. When I was sick the rest of the middles went to the immigration museum. The thing I learnt the most was my family immigration story. First I hardly knew about my family immigration story but now I really know about it. It was fun presenting my family immigration story. Next term I am looking forward to learning about environment and how to help the environment.
This term we had an expo of our grandparents or anyone is our family. So we had to work on it for a couple of weeks some people got to present because they were finished. When it was time at school  we got our stuff ready in the library after lunch we would come back and present our presentation and some people made it on posters. After when the lunch bell went, the one that meant that lunch is over, we went to the library and we got ready for the school and parents to come in. Then Ms Scott gave made reports to take home at the next 2 or 3 days then it was home time.
This term we had our expo and we had to do another person's immigration story. Mine was about my family's immigration story it was so fun. Also we are having a multicultural class party today. Also we had a excursion earlier this term we went to Acmi and the immigration museum It was awesome!
This has been the best term ever !
This team we have been learning about immigration and we did an expo on immigration also. At the end of the term we get a class party.
This term in middle.s we were learning about immigration and why people immigrate
to Australia. Our immigration excursion was to ACMI and then to the immigration museum.    
In this term we learnt about subtraction and  next term i want to learn about the other stuff i love this year.
This week has been the best week. We have been practising for the production because we have school holidays and then the production. On Tuesday we had our expo on our Immigration of coming somewhere else to coming to Australia. I did my family on my dad's side and I got 41 people coming to my station including adults. I got a picture taking with my mum. Now today it’s the last day of the term and we are going to have a party!
Madeleine K
This week have been doing practicing our school production. We also have been doing our family immigration story and 25 people came to my presentation.
Maddie w
This week in inquiry we have been learning immigration and made a slideshow.  Mine was about Eva Warhurst and she left with one sister and three brother and got sent to Australia.
This term we have had lots of fun with our inquiry topic “Immigration stories.” I found it really fun. I can’t wait until term 4 because our topic is Environment and sustainability. Also next term on the first Thursday of term we are doing our school play. Me and scarlett  are writing a story together and it's called A Pip For Ellie. I am having SO much fun writing it.      
This term we learnt about Australian history and we had an expo on it, because we learnt about Australian history we went to the Australian immigration museum. It’s the last day of term and we're only here for half a day, the last day of term is always the best because we normally have a end of term party but this term we’re having a multicultural food festival but it’s only the middles. For the last couple of weeks our class has been doing partner narratives. My partner is Eve and our story is about a pug called Ellie and a numbat called Pip that travel all around Australia to find their owner Sidney Lewis Smith. I can’t wait till next term which is term 4 because the topic is Environment & sustainability! I personally can’t wait because I love the natural environment and nature.
This term was AMAZING I have learnt so much and had so much fun. Our inquiry unit was immigration to Australia, the Middles went to the Melbourne History Museum and ACMI ( Australian Centre for the Moving Image ) for our expo I chose to do Anh Do’s Immigration story. We had our multi cultural food party I bought scones for England. I can't wait for next term!           
This term we have had lots of fun because today we are having a class party and I was the one thought of the idea of doing a multi cultural party. I brought neenish tarts from England.
This term we have been learning about Australian history and immigration and we did a P.L.T on either your family’s immigration story or a famous immigrant. I did Caroline Chisholm.
This term we have also practiced our concert. I think the concert will be really good and my sister has one of the main part because the concert is called the legend of the three trees and my sister is the olive tree. Personally I think this was the BEST TERM EVER!!!        
This term has been fun learning about Australian history! I already knew a bit about the first fleet and things like that but this year we flipped it around and saw it from the Aboriginals’ point of view. We also learnt a lot about immigration from other countries. I learnt that my family came from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Some of our food from the Multi-cultural party:

Friday, 15 September 2017

What is Reciprocal Reading?

Our Week 9 blog post on Reciprocal Reading
Last week the Middles began learning about and doing Reciprocal Reading in class. At the moment we are doing it with our teacher but eventually we hope to run our groups independently. Below are our thoughts on what reciprocal reading is and how it help us to be better readers...
What is it? How does it help me?
We all know how to read…. But do we all know how to make it super easy.
Reciprocal reading is a form of reading that makes it really easy to predict with a group or solo (by yourself). It shows how to predict, read, clarify ask and discuss also sum up. Doing it in a group first helps then when you get the hang of it you can eventually do it solo. It helped me because I stopped making as many mistakes and it also helped me understand the book, the concept and the content and you can get into groups and not buffer as much (more fluent). It also helps with reading faster and understanding words or phrases. With predicting, you predict what the subtitle/heading might be about before reading it read when you read you read the book or a few pages and then with clarify you clarify any tricky words phrases or sentences in the text with ask and discuss you discuss what the text is about  and things you realised and with sum up you briefly explain what the text is about.
Reciprocal reading is to read a story and to predict, read, clarify and to ask a question and discuss and sum up. It helps me by reading and knowing more words.
I am talking about reciprocal reading. Reciprocal reading is about how we can read a easy book then a harder book or a longer book. First is Predicting, Reading, Clarifying, Asking Questions and Summing up. It had helped me a lot me because now I can read harder book.
This week we did reciprocal reading and it was fun. Reciprocal  reading is when you have a group and you have all of these five questions. The first two are Let’s read and predict. The second two are: Clarify and Ask any questions to discuss and the last one is sum up.we took turns and the first to we used were Predicted and Read. Then this week and next week we do clarify,ask question and discuss and last but not least sum up. Then  It helps me to learn new words and I can help other kids to learn.   
This week we were learning how to make reading fun and easier so we are all learning how to make it easier to read and fun to read. So the class and our teacher made groups of four and there is four cards so the cards that we have we read out and mine was in my group predict and read so I need to say for an example:  I think that ( chapter )  is gonna be about  that is alone would anyone like to add  then i'll pick someone and they will add then the clarifier would ask if anyone has a ord they don't understand and if someone does not understand a word the clarifier would write it down on a whiteboard and then get the teacher's Ipad and search the word up and then they would find out what the word is. After the Ask Questions and discuss person would say What have we learnt then they will pick people to say what they have learnt after at the end the Sum Up will say what was (Name) About also they would pick what it was about After the group would Give the cards to the teacher and pack up and that's all.
This week in Middle S we did reciprocal reading, reciprocal reading is when there are 5 roles that people take part in. The first role is to predict, you predict about what the book might be about and if anyone would like to add to your prediction. The second role is to read, you tell everyone to read to check if the prediction was correct. The third role is to clarify, you ask if anyone needs to clarify any words or phrases. The fourth role is to ask questions and discuss, you ask everyone about what they learnt  and what they’re wondering about. The last role is to sum up, you tell everyone what the book was about and if they would like to add to your summary. After all the roles are finished you swap over and the rotation starts again.

Today  our literacy groups did  Reciprocal Reading where we had 5 jobs  predict,read,clarify,  questions and sum up. We did history books like moving from  home,migration and immigration. E.g Clarify you say is there any tricky words, ideas or phrases that you need to clarify if they say … you type it up then and share what it means e.g voyage    voyage means someone on a long journey.
Reciprocal Reading is when there are 5 people that have a job each that are predicting, read, clarify, discuss, sum up. It is an independent job with usually no teacher. This week was with a teacher because we were starting. I think
Reciprocal Reading is fun for people that like to read with other people
This Week for literacy we did reciprocal reading. Reciprocal reading is a way of learning to read.  We had four people in each group. The first person predicts it means you try to guess what you think the story is about.  Then you have to read to find out about your predictions. After you clarify and tell the words that you do not know if one person does not know what the word means and everyone else knows it you still need to search up the word. The last thing you do is summing up you need to check out the predictions from the start. Reciprocal reading helped me with my comprehension  and to learn new words that I do not know and to do stuff with a group.
When I did Reciprocal Reading was really good because we got to calibrate, What you do in reciprocal reading is when you each get a card and you have to follow what it says on the card, one of them ses what can you predict so then you predict what the story is about, then there is one that says “Now let’s read and find out if any of the predictions are right” so we read and find out. Then we clarify any words or phrases that we don’t know about. Then we ask questions and discuss stuff about the story or book. Then we sum up and try and tell the story in a shorter version. Reciprocal reading helps me READ, PREDICT, CLARIFY, DISCUS AND SUM UP.
This week middle s did reciprocal reading. reciprocal reading is when you have 4 or 5 people and you get a card and whoever is the first one to read they get two cards .everyone else gets one card and the first person reads a card out and says I predict … and other people say some other things.  it helps me because I do not know what it is about and then I predict that … and then I guess what it is about and that is what you.     
This week the class has been learning about reciprocal reading. Reciprocal reading is when the class is put in a group. One group is with ms scott and the other groups are doing their literacy task. The group dose 5 thing. The 1st thing they do is to predict the story. The 2nd thing is to read the story. 3rd is clarify the words. 4th is asking questions. 5th  is summing up.
This week we have been learning about reciprocal Reading. Reciprocal reading is when you sit in a circle and you read a book and there are 5 things you have to do. The 1st thing you have to do is predict what the story is about. The 2nd thing you have to do is read it. The 3rd thing is clarify which is when you ask what some words mean. The 4th thing is asking questions and discuss. The 5th is summing up which means clear everything up so you don’t keep wondering about something. Reciprocal reading helps me to pay more attention when I am reading because if someone asks me what the story is about and it also helps me to understand words. I have only done it once. The people in my group are Georgie, Scarlett, Sophie and I (Celia). The book that we read was leaving home which is about Immigrating to Australia and how they got here, what they brought and how hard it was to leave your family, friend and country.      
Madeleine K
This week we have been doing  reciprocal reading. Reciprocal reading is when you get into a group and have four five or six people and you get a card each. What you have on your card you have to do and we all get a card and we read the book and after we read the book we have to say what it was about. Before you read the book you have to look at the picture and say what you think it might be about and the whole group and you have to discuss what they think it might be about.
This week in middle.s we are learning about Reciprocal reading. It is when you are in a group and you discuss about a book. It will really help you and you also know lots more about it.
This week in middle S we practiced our Reciprocal Reading.  Reciprocal Reading
is when there is a group and then there is a predictor , reader (you need to know how to read), a clarifier and then they will sum it up and ask questions.
In my group we read “Leaving Home”. I predicted that it would be about families in bad situations that means that they have to leave home.

I think  Reciprocal Reading helps us to understand what we are reading.      
This week our class did reciprocal reading. Reciprocal reading is a form of reading, it’s when you get into a group of 4 and each person has a job.
  • Leader is in charge of predicting and reading
  • Clarifying
  • question asker
  • summing up
The leader (predicting and reading) says “Ipredict… about this book, does anyone like to add to my prediction or ask any questions?” then once the leaders done that the leader says “let’s read to check our prediction and find out more” after that the group reads to themself (you need to know how to read). Once they’ve read the page the clarifier says “is there anything you need to clarify such as tricky words or perhaps even ideas?” Eventually at the end after the question asker has said “what did we learn? What else are you wondering about?” the person summing up says “i think the book was about… would anyone like to add to my summary?”
Do you know what reciprocal reading is? Reciprocal Reading is a five part step that goes Predict, Read, Clarify, Question / Discuss and Sum Up. There are four people in the group the first person predicts what the book will be about then asks if anyone else wants to add to the prediction and then says let's read to see if we were correct. The second says does anyone want to clarify any tricky words, phrases or ideas. The third person says what did we learn and what else are we wondering about? The fourth person sums up what the book was about and asks if anyone wants to add to the summary.

I think Reciprocal Reading helps because you can discuss what you’ve read, so you understand more about what you are reading.       
This week we have been doing small reciprocal reading groups. Each group had about 4 people in it and some groups had Ms. Scott working with them. Each person had a different role out of Predict and read, Clarify, ask questions and discus or sum up. Sum up was probably the hardest one because you have to really understand the book and be able to sum it up in a few sentences. Reciprocal reading helped me understand the book more and made reading an information book really fun!
Madeleine W.
This week Middle S have been doing reciprocal reading with Ms Scott. What is reciprocal reading? reciprocal reading is reading a book and there are positions like clarify, predict, ask Question and sub up. It’s lots of fun to work  in a group. It helped me read better and I Learnt some words.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Our Excursion to learn about Immigration and History

Photos only at this stage. Read our twitter feed on the right hand side of the blog for more info on the day...

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Australian Art: Sherbrooke Forest by Fred Williams

Over the last 2 weeks the Middles have been working on an art piece inspired by the Australian Artist Fred Williams. Mrs Yore shared a beautiful slide show with us of her class' paintings from a few years ago. These were a great inspiration to us as well as seeing Fred Williams original pieces.

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Friday, 28 July 2017

Learning about Australian Celebrations

After watching an ABC Splash video about Australia Day and how Australians celebrate it, we reflected on this and our other learning about Australian History so far this term...
  • What celebrations have we been learning about?
  • How do people celebrate them?
  • Do people know WHY we have Australia Day?
  • How do you celebrate it?
  • Do you understand why the Aborigines feel a certain way about it?

Grade 4's:
This week we have been looking at Australia celebrations like NAIDOC week and Australia day. Australia day people think lucky for us we get a day of work let's celebrate but if you are a Aborigine they don’t say they want to celebrate because Australia day is the day the Aborigines got invaded by the English people. The Aborigines call Australia day invasion day. Last week we learned about NAIDOC week I learnt a lots about NAIDOC week as our languages matter. We watched a video about Australia day. People celebrate celebration by having lunch or dinner together or getting together for the day.
Some people don’t know why we have Australia day
This week we have been learning about binary code. We learnt that 1 is low and 0 is high. We are sending letters to people in our family or a friend I was sending one to my aunty Monica because she is going to America in two days but I forgot to send it so it won’t get to her so I have to write a new letter and send it to America. We have also learnt about Australian history.
Last week I went on ABC ME !!! we did news to me and we did a jumping competition and I won against Sam and Siana A by about one toe it was so close!!! I brought in some barefoot sandles that my mum crochet they look really cool.
This morning we watched a video about Australia day
We also said the places where people from our family come from
These are some of them:
There are a lot of countries where people are from but I think the most common is England and Ireland.
I have a grandpa from england.
A lot of people don’t know why we have Australia day the reason is to celebrate the first fleet.
For art this week we are doing the bush I’ve kind of messed it up but I know how to fix it we are doing some of Mrs Yores art from when she was teaching middles about 4 or 5 years ago the art pieces are really cool so far.
For maths we have been doing algorithms and angles but personally my favourite has been algorithms.
I think term 3 2017 is the best time ever!!!          
This week the middles are have being doing different celebration in Australia and aboriginals it is a lot of fun so first of all I did slides of aboriginals and one of my ones was where did aboriginals get there languages from?  and l did about 7 or 8 slides and it was a lot of fun after I did that l and this week we have being learning celebrations this week and today we have done what do we do on Australia day? And we also said where do people come from, such as Irish, welsh, English and a lot of  other ones.
Do people know why we have Australia day? It was the first fleet of aboriginals came to Australia.
How do you celebrate it? I celebrate it when i go to the city and have a bbq.
Madeleine K
This week we have been writing letters to someone in our family some people are doing it overseas and some people are not and I am writing it to my Mum and we have been doing different celebration in Australia and aboriginals.Today we watched an Australian day video and we have also learnt about Australian history and every country in our class. When we celebrate Australia day some people make a BBQ on Australia day and we went around the tables and we had to say what languages we are and I am Italian and English.
Last week I went on ABC me and it was so fun. We did a hula hoop competition and I won and we had to say that's new to me.
This week the middles have be learning about aboriginals and aboriginal history the middels watched a video about aboriginals and in the video these people came over on boats
They were people from England and when they saw it they said go away we do not want you here.
And then today we're learning about Australia day. Australia day is on January 26th. And then the middles watched a video about Australia day and it told us how special it is.
This week we are learning about Australian History and Celebrations and how they celebrated in the past. Some people talk in different languages in my class like: Indian and English. I celebrate with my family and family friends for Australia day and we have an BBQ.    
This week we were learning about Australia day and the aboriginals call it sorry day. Every country celebrates Australia day some people make a BBQ on Australia day. We also did letter writing and we did addition and angles for maths. People come to Australia  because it's a free country and  they think it's the best country to come to.
This week is the 2nd week of the term. This term was fun so far throughout this year. For writing this week we did letter writing and I sent it to my Grandma. For maths we did place value, addition and angles. For religion we did holy communion. And for inquiry we did Australian celebrations. The celebration we were learning about was Australia day. The reason we celebrate Australia day is that the English colonized Australia. The reason we have australia day is that we know that the first fleet came in 1788 on January 26. I celebrate Australia day by having a BBQ and spending time with my friends and family. I think that the aboriginals felt upset when the first fleet brought animals and stuff from England.
This term we are learning Australian history and we are also learning about aboriginals and their flag. The yellow on their flag means the sun and the red means the land and the black means the people. We are learning also about celebrations like Australia day and NAIDOC Week.
Maddie w
This term we learning  about Australian history and some of the ancestors of the people in my class are:

We are also learning about the special reason about Australia day. It is celebrating the first fleet sailed into Sydney and claimed Australia for the English.   
This week we have seen things about Australian celebrations and this morning we looked at some of our different cultures in our backgrounds! That part was so fun when i found out how many I've got! Here they are.
I am :
  • Scottish
  • Irish
  • English
  • danish
One cool story I learnt about Australia was that Australia day is also called invasion day and sorry day! This is also because they kind-of invaded the aborigines.
To say about all of this week was quite fun and very interesting!!!
So this week the class was learning about our background. Here are some of our backgrounds:
  • Spanish
  • Greek
  • Indian
  • Chinese
  • Italian
And other languages
And we are learning about Australia day which is about when the first fleet came to Australia. Well I celebrated it  with a BBQ and it’s amazing.
I feel very sad for the aborigines because the English took their land.
This week in middle s Ms Scott has been teaching the class celebrations, like Australia day.
This week in middle s we have been learning about celebrations that all cultures celebrate.
The most popular celebrations was Australia day. I think people celebrate Australia by going to the beach and having a BBQ. I think people don’t know why we have austraila day. I celebrate Australia by having a BBQ. I think aboriginals don’t like Australia day.

Did you know that we have different countries in middle s. Here are some of them:
  • Irish
  • Indian                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • African
  • Chinese
  • Danish
  • German
  • Welsh
  • English
My ones are African and English.
This week we’ve been looking at Australian celebrations  and Australia day. On Australia day people think ‘hey it’s a day off work lets celebrate’. But for aboriginals its different. Australia day is celebrated on the same day the English came to Australia and invaded the aboriginals. The aboriginals call it invasion day. Australia day really celebrates  when the English colonised Australia.
Australia is one of the most multicultural countries - Our class has:
  • Lebanese
  • English
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Scottish
  • Maltese
  • Polish
And even Kenyan people. I could go on forever but there are at least 24 people in our class and we found about 30 different places in the world that we all came  from including those ones i just listed! Today we also watched a video on Australia day it told us about what people do and how they celebrate Australia day as well.