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MALMSBURY PRIMARY SCHOOL

28 CAMERON STREET
MALMSBURY VIC 3446

Phone 03 5423 2284


Fax 03 5423 2044
Email malmsbury.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

Term 2 Class Bulletin 2010 – The Big Room – 4/5/6

Literacy
Students will continue to participate in a daily two-hour literacy session, consisting one hour of
reading and one hour of writing. Teaching strategies during these sessions will include: Shared
Reading, Modelled writing, Guided Reading, Reading Circles, Independent Reading and Share time.
Students will also be further developing and consolidating their skills and understanding in the
following areas:
* READING - comprehension skills: visualisation, predicting, think aloud, connecting texts to other
texts and experiences, using context clues. Students will be using a mix of digital and printed texts
during these sessions. Students will also increase their reading stamina during Independent Reading.
* WRITING – narratives, information reports (explaining about people places and things), procedures,
and scientific reports
* SPELLING – continued focus on spelling strategies: visual, sound-symbol and meaning
* GRAMMAR – text and sentence structure, parts of speech
* SPEAKING AND LISTENING – presenting to others, listening and retelling information accurately.
Numeracy
During Term Two students will be developing their skills and knowledge in the following areas:
 Extending and consolidating place value concepts, including negative and decimal numbers where
appropriate
 The four processes – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Students will be supported to
extend their knowledge working with larger numbers and decimal numbers to 2 decimal places.
 Comparing, ordering, adding and subtracting simple fractions /or decimals to two decimal places
using physical models and multiple representations
 Recognise key elements and patterns of time and to tell the time (reading the hour and reading the
half hour) on analogue and digital clocks.
 Calculate duration of events using measuring devices and working with timetables.
 Investigating 2D and 3D shapes
 Continuing to select and use a range of problem solving strategies
 Using appropriate software and online resources to support their Numeracy skills
 Maths games for fun and skills practise.
Inquiry Unit – How things change? (A science based inquiry)
Our Inquiry unit this term will be exploring how things change. During hands on experiences, students
will observe, describe and explain various scientific phenomena and make connections between
these concepts and the world around them.
Grade 5 and 6 students will be focussing their Inquiry on Matter and different ways of explaining and
modelling change. The Grade 4’s Inquiry exploring change in these areas:
* The Physical World
* Living Things
* Materials and Their Properties
* Earth and Space
All students will be encouraged to identify changes through observations, describe the changes
observed, collect, classify, interpret and present data to an audience, pose questions & make
predictions and carry out fair and objective testing in simple investigations.
Students will use ICT tools and a variety of thinking tools to demonstrate their knowledge and
understanding (e.g. Y-charts, PMI’s, brainstorms, Mindmaps). They will also be learning how to write
a scientific report to explain scientific experiments and their observations.
Extra Information:
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Grade 3/4/5/6 Camp – Forest Edge Camp, Neerim East – Tuesday 25 to Friday 28 May
Science expo – Last week in Term Two
Specialists and other Programs
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bluearth Visual Arts Fitness French Library
Grade 4/5/6 sport
Physical Education Performing Arts Assembly at 3:15