Primary School News
The Primary School was buzzing with excitement this week as many parents participated in learning alongside their daughters during Open Classrooms. Year 5 were building their knowledge of rhyme and how this can be applied in poetry. Year 6 were looking at the etymology of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter spells by making connections to Latin origins. The Primary School was alive with learning.
Research indicates that when parents participate in their children’s education, the result is an increase in student achievement and an improvement of students’ attitudes. Productive partnerships between schools, family and the community also provide a strong network of connections that can help protect young people. The most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is not income or social status but the extent to which that student’s family is able to:
- Create a home environment that encourages learning.
- Express high (but not unrealistic) expectations for their children’s personal potential.
- Become involved in their children’s education at school and in the community.
Concrete Learning in Year 5 Mathematics
In Year 5 we have been focusing on identifying volume and capacity of different objects and containers. Hands on mathematics is important for student learning as the foundations of mathematical thinking and reasoning can be seen through using concrete materials and further to abstract learning.
During this week’s Mathematics lessons students engaged in using a concrete approach to gain a deeper and greater understanding of capacity. We moved from the concrete to the abstract thinking as we built knowledge from concrete experiences, enabling the transfer of our new knowledge to the abstract concept. Concrete engagement can benefit all students involved in the learning experience.
Students engaged with solving a measuring problem where an informal measuring utensil was available to them at first and then they needed to calculate the final capacity using a formal measuring utensil from their predictions, results and observations. We asked the students to reflect on their learning and discuss why using informal measuring utensils only was different as well as why being able to physically remove water assisted their understanding in the difference between capacity and volume.
During our capacity maths task there were many ups and downs. One of the challenges included when there wasn’t enough water in the bucket to make a full cup so we had to turn it into a half cup or quarter cup. We enjoyed conducting our own experiment and watering the plants with the water after we finished. We learnt a lot about capacity during this task and it has helped us remember the difference between volume and capacity!
Amelia Korkor, Evangeline Byrne-Fister, Carina Wen, Stephanie Drummond and Sidney Dixon
We enjoyed working with capacity and volume because it was a hands on experience. We also liked sharing our knowledge with each other to solve our questions and find answers together. Some of our difficulties during the lesson were trying to calculate an accurate estimation of the capacity in the tub. It was definitely a great experience sharing our knowledge and working as a team.
Milly Stone, Hannah Kent, Leah Kebblewhite, Eliana Savvides and Ainsley Benbow
In maths we did an experiment on capacity to see how much water we could fit in a tub. We used a bottle as our informal measuring tool. We enjoyed how we got to embrace our knowledge by doing a fun activity. We did face some challenges, like trying to fill the bottle up each time so that it was even every time. We also kept spilling the water everywhere so we had to estimate how much we spilt. Next time we will try not to spill all the water and get a different container with a wider brim.
Zoe Kha, Sammy Zahra, Anna Cubuil, Tayla and Sophia Singh
Tayla Moore represented at both the PSSA State Softball Championships in Manly (where she was selected into the State PSSA Team) and the State PSSA Athletics at the Australian All Schools Track and Field in Darwin. Tayla will be competing in the Australian All Schools Softball Championships at Blacktown from 10-15 November. Good luck Tayla!
Charlotte Barnett from Year 5 recently competed at the National Clubs Carnival in Rhythmic Gymnastics on the Gold Coast. Charlotte received a Bronze medal for ribbon, 4th for performance group, 6th for her trio and 6th for her ball group and 6th overall for her individual competition (level 5 junior) out of 41 competitors. She also led the level 5 girls to a silver medal for the team competition. An outstanding achievement!
Happy Birthday to the following girls. We hope you had a wonderful day!
|22 October||Grace Drake|
|23 October||Sofia Palermo|
|25 October||Georgia Lee|
|Tuesday 29 October||Year 6 – Evening of Eminence||7.00-8.30pm|
|Wednesday 30 October||Year 5 ‘Amazing Me’ Incursion||–|
|Friday 1 November||Year 5 ‘Amazing Me’ Incursion||–|
|Sunday 3 November||Spring Fair||10.00 – 4.00pm|
|Tuesday 5 November||Year 6 visits the Uniform Shop to purchase House Shirts & Year 7 Transition Kits||–|
|Wednesday 30 October||Primary Loreto’s Got Talent Auditions||12.55 – 1.40pm|
|Friday 8 November||Year 5 2020 & New Year 6 2020 Orientation Day||–|
Mrs Maryanne Dwyer
Head of Primary