Gibbs 1End of Term 3 Newsletter.
Parents and Caregivers, And so it is that another term materialized, grabbed me by the collar with urgent hands, and retreated just as I
was learning to pronounce it’s name. Term 3 was full to
the brim of successful learning experiences, both insideand outside the classroom. The students of Gibbs 1 explored their subjects, their world and themselves
admirably. I’ve noted some specifics below.
With the truest sincerity I want to warmly express my heartfelt gratitude to parents and caregivers for thesupport they give to the students, the class and the school.
As I’ve mentioned
, the kids in this class come toschool happy and excited to learn because they feel empowered, safe and energized by you at home. This term will see the final report handed out for students in all classes. Many have made strides in their learning when
compared to the opening term, so I trust it’ll be a positive experience. If you have any questions or comments r
reports or anything else really, I’m always available for a chat if you’d like one, after or before school.
I’m certain term 4 will see off a successful year in style,
This term has seen students explore the information reports, procedure andthe basic tenements of response. We explored the procedures and informationreports we see in real life (Masterchef and Wikipedia, for example) identifiedthe main elements and
produced our own. We’ve also explored prefixes and
suffixes that repeat themselves
for a reason
in spelling. One of our weekly tasks sees students read a real life article or short story, explore the starts orends of the words (as well as other things) and see how they fit in with the
context of the text. I’ve been pleased with the response and questioning
students have developed using this strategy.
Students have looked a broad range of mathematical topics as well as refining and regularly revisiting the basic tenements of functional mathematics. In
particular, we’ve explored problem solving and development of the skills
needed to find answers for extended questions (and to answer our ownquestions in a variety of ways), analyse data and represent it in a number of forms, and recently we have created our own budget plans for a fictional
nature park. In between that busy topic schedule, we’ve revised ou
r(oftentimes lucid) perception of percentage, fractions and decimals. That willcontinue into next term.
An intensive look this term was given to electricity, light and circuitry, with outclass lucky enough to have a hands-on experience with the materials needed to
create light. We’ve examined and compared the benefits of parallel and series
circuits, looked at the structure of a light bulb and the importance of filament,and looked at the important terms
surrounding the topic. I’ve been impress
edby how the students have listened, applied and analyzed in every science lessonthis term.