In our Reader’s Workshops, we are focusing on increasing our comprehension skills. To assist with this, we are using a variety of strategies including identifying the author’s purpose and main idea, making connections and inferences, and summarising texts. We are also exploring the impact of literary devices such as how language features and vocabulary choices are used for different effects. Our mentor text this term is the Big Friendly Giant by Roald Dahl and we are using this as an opportunity to delve deeply into descriptive phrasing while enhancing our understanding of how an author details specific character traits.
In our Writer’s Workshops, we are focussing on narratives, exploring various features including punctuation – specifically the use of quotation marks to symbolise dialogue, and supporting students to create exciting plotlines in their stories through teaching concepts such as ‘Tightening Tension’. We are also exploring a range of grammatical features to enhance their writing such as exploring contractions, homophones and compound sentences. We are using our Reader’s Workshop mentor text to look at descriptive writing, and increasing our understanding of these techniques through writing a variety of poems. Students are continuing to develop their phonological awareness through the use of the SMART spelling and Let’s Spell programs.
In our Numeracy unit, we are focusing on using mental and written strategies to solve multiplication and division problems. Students are practising applying various strategies such as patterns of numbers, repeated addition and arrays, as well as looking at fact families to explore the relationship between multiplication and division. We are developing our understanding of area and perimeter including measuring and comparing regular and irregular shapes. Students are exploring probability and graphing which includes exposing students to the language of chance, conducting various chance experiments and using graphs and tables to record the data of these results.
In our Inquiry unit, Frame by Frame, we are focusing on creativity and the different ways that people can be creative in their day-to-day lives. The unit will allow students to learn about the history of storytelling and how this has changed over time, the use of storyboards to create scenes and the creativity required to design and build characters, settings and props. Students will develop characters and a setting for a story and build objects using a range of materials and techniques. They will then use technology to enhance their creativity and produce a stop motion movie.