Wattle Community has made a successful beginning to the year and we are proud to highlight our key achievements.
As part of our Literacy learning, we have begun exploring different genres such as historical narratives, mystery, science fiction and traditional literature. We have been developing our skills in reading independently and for building reading stamina, by choosing a ‘just right book’. This has complemented well with our learning around narrative writing. Students have worked on developing sizzling starts and adding detail into their writing, sustaining their writing and creating complex texts that can entertain the reader.
In Maths we have focused on developing our place value and number sense, and a focus on developing mental and written addition and subtraction skills. Students have unpacked the strategies of renaming numbers and partitioning to solve addition and subtraction problems to find answers in an efficient and effective way.
Our students have been ‘challenged’ to help improve the school, develop leadership skills, and growing and maintaining worm farms at Mernda Central College. They have also had the opportunity to show leadership within the College on other fronts; as part of our soccer and cricket teams for Interschool Sports, as candidates for SRC and House Captaincy, and a chance to become Peer Mediator.
As part of reading, students have had the opportunity to explore and understand a variety of texts through shared reading activities. The have participated in discussions about texts and implemented effective thinking strategies to predict and monitor their under-standing. They have also responded to texts through building connections with themselves, the texts they have read and the world that we live in. Students have a reading log set up on google class-room and it is essential that they read for a minimum of 30 minutes per night and record their reading as evidence of ongoing consolidation of skills and learning.
Students have also written an autobiography of their life. It’s been wonderful learning about different people and their life story. They included different topic focuses including their life events and high-lights, family origins as well as their hopes and dreams. The skills developed in writing included planning, drafting and editing their work for fluency, spelling and punctuation.
This term, students have also participated in swimming and inter-school sports. Swimming has benefited students by building confidence in the water. We are delighted that students have been representing Mernda Central College in different interschool sports. Students have been able to develop skills in working as a team to improve outcomes while building their personal confidence.
We ended the term with the Wattle camp to Lake Dewar. We were impressed with all students and their willingness to take part in out-door education activities to build their own self esteem and develop positive relationships with their peers and teachers.
To further our financial maths understanding, we have planned a valuable visit from the team at Commonwealth Bank who will be teaching us all about banking and saving for the future! In addition, before we close off the end of the term, we will be undertaking a measurement unit where students will be deepening their understanding of measurement in the areas of capacity, volume, length, area and perimeter.
During our independent reading sessions, there has been a strong focus on students developing the metacognitive skills they need to assist themselves to become autonomous in not just their reading but as learners overall. The students have been building up their book boxes with a variety of Just Right Books and have been busy developing a strong reading stamina that will serve them for years to come! Wattle students have been enjoying a fabulous new range of texts during their guided reading sessions and are demonstrating excellent growth in their reading behaviours and the ways that they now view and interact with various texts and genres.
Now to share what we have been up to in writing! This term we have been deepening our understanding of persuasive texts to gain a deeper understanding of the way in which persuasive texts are structured and the techniques that can be used to persuade. Students have learned how to; select a topic from a key interest point, frame that topic in an engaging and effective title, brainstorm, select and present strong arguments, and, have learned a variety of ways in which they can conclude their piece.
The Wattle Community has been fortunate enough to have had many exciting opportunities this term, from the many wonderful MCC Clubs on offer to the, Chocolate Science night, the 5/6/7 Sports colours day, Book Week and visits from some fabulous authors.