NEWS FROM YEARS 5/6 ROOM 10

This term, Room 10 have been working on a group Maths project. All of the groups had a 5-hectare piece of land for a zoo design. They had to fit stores, kiosks, animal enclosures and other buildings in the area. Some students found it easy while the others found it quite challenging. We also had to design a poster so it would be appealing to the eye with colours, pictures and drawings. We had to work in groups of up to four and all of us were committed and worked really well together. All the students seemed to enjoy the activity and all the posters turned out amazing! We are looking forward to presenting our Zoo designs next week.

Later on in that term, Room 10 participated in an incursion from Renata and Charmaine. We were told all about how the Indigenous Australians were treated throughout history. They did a blanket activity which taught us how many aboriginals died and what happened over time. All of Room 10 listened carefully and learned at least one thing about Aboriginal Culture and their history. Another exciting event was the Crepe Reward Day in French. As you can see they were a big hit! Thank you to Mrs Marinucci. Room 10 have been great this term!

NEWS FROM YEARS 4 & 5 ROOM 6

Room 6 have been extremely busy making 3D Beast Shapes using 3D nets to design and build their Beasts. They have been exploring and connecting three-dimensional objects with their nets and other two-dimensional representations. Students have also been comparing and describing two dimensional shapes that result from combining and splitting common shapes.

Whilst we’ve been busy with Mathematics, we’ve have also been busy studying Biological Science, studying our Living Eggs, that are now rather lively and cute! Thanks to Living Eggs, WA, room 6, along with room 5 have been looking at the life cycle of chickens and how they develop. On October, 22nd, 2020, we hatched 3 rather cute chicks and have been observing them grow and learning just how dependent they are on us. Students in room 6 have completed their Information reports on Living Eggs and will be completing a Procedure document on how to look after poultry from fertilised eggs through to adult chickens. We are having so much fun looking after our 3 little characters, affectionately called, Fluff Butt, Nugget and Schnitzel. They have become a large part of the Room 6 North Perth Primary School Family.

Still on the egg theme, we have been enjoying our STEM project, The Great Egg Drop. The students in room 6 had to design and build a vessel that would hold an egg securely and protect it from breaking. Once their vessels had been built, the students then tested their design by dropping them from 1 metre, then 2 metres and finally from the veranda on the oval, approximately 3.5 metres. Nearly all the vessels worked from 3.5 metres and all vessels protected their eggs from the lower heights. This activity also gave the students the opportunity to work collaboratively with partners or in small groups.

This has been a very busy term in room 6 and the students have worked extremely hard, so now we busy getting ready for NPPS Night of Celebration!

NEWS FROM THE FANTASTIC 4/5s – ROOM 6

English – Poetry
Over the past two weeks we have been learning about different types of poetry. So far we have learnt about haikus, limericks, cinquains and odes. Check out our display of poetry in the hall.
Leah & Lucia

Mathematics – Measurement
In Maths the Year 4s have been learning about area. Ms Covban gave us a task where we had to find all the different shapes you could make with 14 square metres. We used grid paper and one centimetre blocks. We learnt that to find an area you multiply the width by the length.
Maggie & Saskia

Science – Desert Survivors
In Science we have been learning about desert survivors and how animals and plants adapt to their environment. We have been researching different animals and how they have evolved to this day.
Mary & Sofia

Visual Art – Desert Survivors
In Visual Art with Mrs Hart we are painting Australian North West desert survivor animals. We are using a warm coloured background with some white and black blended into it. Some of the animals we have chosen are the spinifex hopping mouse, dingoes, emu, thorny devil and frilled neck lizard.
Ruby & Pablo

Physical Education – Rugby Skills
This term Ms Covban has been our sports teacher because Mr Naumovski has been away. We have been practicing rugby skills like passing, kicking and running. It has been physically awesome!
Jozi & Jordy

Open Classroom
On Tuesday the 28th of May our parents came to visit our open classroom. We learnt about reconciliation and completed a word search and designed a poster. When we finished, we read a chapter of our class novel (Two Weeks with the Queen) to our parents and class mates. It was super fun and we hope we can do it again!
Chemia & Olivia

NEWS FROM YEARS 4/5 ROOM 12

Our Flawless 4/5 class has had a very busy start to Term 4 and we are working hard. Over the last week we have managed to fit in some fun as well. We hope you enjoy reading about what we get up to in Room 12!

Debating:
For debating we used a program called GoZone debating. They provided us with a script, but we had to make our own points. First, Miss Armstrong told us the structure of debating. She explained how we have to define the topic and how to rebut. We had to think up of 6 main points and two pieces of evidence to support these points. When we finished our draft we had to type it out on our laptop. After that Ms Covban supplied us with palm cards and a ring to write our script on. I usually practised with my group, but sometimes I presented my debate to my friends to get a new perspective. I asked them to time me so that my debate is less than 3 minutes. I find debating fun and I am definitely going to miss it when we have finished.
Olivia

English/Reading:
This term in Room 12 we have been studying the novel, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Hatchet is about a boy called Brain who knows a secret about his parents, but they are unaware that he knows about it. Brian is on his way to see his father when on the flight, the pilot has a heart attack. He tries to fly the plane, but ends up crashing it! Suddenly, he finds himself right in the middle of the Canadian wilderness with nothing apart from his clothing, a tattered windbreaker and a Hatchet his mother gave him. Luckily, he survived the crash however, he is left very injured, alone and desperate to find shelter and food for survival! The dreadful secret about his parents divorcing is tearing him apart every day, but Brian has no time to stress or be angry. All he has to do is hope that he will survive!
Jazmin

Digital Technology:
In digital tech this term we’ve been learning how to code for a grocery store checkout. We go on Scratch and try completing the progress of coding. We pick ten items and make it a list and/or a variable. It is really fun and easy when Miss Armstrong is teaching us.
Harriet

Melbourne Cup:
On the day before the Melbourne Cup (Monday) in the afternoon, we were all allowed to make fascinators for the next day. It was not just out of plain paper and textas, we had pipe cleaners, cupcake patty pans, tissue paper, glitter and more! There were a lot of creative designs too like Eloise’s very fancy top hat, Luca’s pipe cleaner bow tie and of course Cloe’s rabbit fascinator! On the actual Melbourne Cup day we were all given a horse and watched the race with Room 13.
Laura

NEWS FROM YEARS 5 & 6 IN ROOM 14

Cracking Coding – The black shape moved closer to the corner. What was this mysterious figure? Why it was Dash!! The robot with three wheels and a head, under the command of the coding blocks on the iPad. In tech we have been doing coding on www.code.org. Dash is a step up from code.org as it allows us to apply code in real time and watch it in action as Dash runs our code sequence. We have  started using Dash this term and challenges have included getting our robot to go round cups and to push cups into a square, using coding blocks on the IPad to control Dash. It has been really helpful for preparing us if we want to be coders in the future.

Sparking Science – In Room 14 the Year Sixes have been learning about simple and parallel circuits for our Science Unit. Now we are able to conquer many ways of making circuits with copper tape, aluminium foil wires and even our own bodies. The Year Fives have been studying concepts about Light. For a fun task we made shadow puppets and tried them out in a shadow theatre. We had to make the puppet on black paper and make a skit. They were all funny and fun to make.

By Adam, Charlie, Cooper and Alex

Eagles Cup – In Term 1 the senior classes started training for Eagles Cup (which is an interschool sport competition including Soccer, Football and Netball). The schools that are participating include Dianella Heights Primary, Kyilla Primary, Sutherland Dianella and Westminster Primary. The first round matches against Sutherland Dianella were cancelled due to bad weather conditions. This week we will be hosting and playing against Dianella Heights Primary School. Soccer will be played at Woodville Reserve, Football will be played at Charles Veryard Reserve and our two Netball teams will play on our school oval.

If you are free come see us play! Go N.P.P.S.!

By Tully, Kalan ,Rosie and Zoe

Don’t Keep History a Mystery – As we studied the history of Reconciliation Week this past fortnight we reflected on this year’s theme- Don’t keep history a Mystery. Our main learning focus was to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation. This has also been a overall focus of our studies in our Term 1 and 2 HASS History units of work- Colonization of Australia and Federation, Levels of Government in Australia and the role of Government.

Reconciliation Week goes from May 27th to June 3rd. It is important to reflect and learn about past government policies and laws related to the limited rights and recognition of traditional ways of life of Australian Aboriginal peoples.

It’s good for kids to learn about the history of Australia and initiatives like “Closing the Gap”. I think it’s good for kids to learn about this stuff because it will only build a stronger more together nation.

By Harper, Aaki, Catherine and Giuseppe

MAD MATH – During the past fortnight in Mathematics, the Year 5’s have been learning about financial planning and budgets and the Year 6s have been focusing on financial plans and working out percentages related to money such as discounts and sale price increases and decreases. Some of the other concepts we have been learning about are the correct order of operations to be used when solving mixed operations and variables equations- BODMAS. BODMAS helps with remembering the order of operations; brackets, others (indices and integers), division, multiplication, addition, subtraction. We have also been reviewing our weekly learning playing a fun game called jeopardy; it is an online game that you play on the smartboard. Jeopardy is challenging and fun and can also be very frustrating.

https://jeopardylabs.com/play/year-6-maths-jeopardy

By Benji, Grace, Georgia & Pero

Room 11 Makerspace Project-Transforming soon – In Room 14 we have been working on transforming Room 11 into a stunning Makerspace. The Makerspace is somewhere where you can come in find materials and make something creative or complete STEM/engineering projects. We are hoping to have sewing and cooking project areas along with areas to use tools and plan.

Tasks in our Makerspace project have included making ads to promote the makerspace using Microsoft Publisher and taking detailed and specific measurements for all of the interior building structures including the walls and windows which we then converted using scale/ratio

Also all of the class had to design a logo for the Makerspace. We had to choose our own catchy name and artistic design, when completed our teacher will choose the best logo to go on Room 11’s door.

The class went to look in the store room on the oval to see if there is any good furniture that would go into the Room 11 makerspace.

Our class hopes to see the makerspace in action soon!

By Tyson, Sofia, Haadi, Lucas

NEWS FROM YEAR 5 ROOM 13

Our theme for the Term in Year 5 Room 13 is ‘Go for Gold’. Across all our subjects, students have been striving for gold in their learning.

We are enjoying learning about the Gold Rush through our class novel ‘New Gold Mountain’ by Christopher W Cheng. The book is a series of diary entries written from the perspective of a Chinese boy, Shu Cheong, mining on the Australian goldfields in 1860. We have learnt about different mining techniques, groups of people on the goldfields and the cultural tensions between these groups at the time.

As we read we learn new vocabulary words, such as province, commissioner, fortuitous, prosperous, and the list goes on! Last week, we performed skits using 18 of our new vocabulary words to practice our pronunciation and use of the words in context. It’s been great to see students already applying these words to their writing pieces.

 

YEARS 5 & 6 ROOM 14 UPDATE

In Room 14 this Term we have been investigating technology and using new programs such as IXL Math and English to widen our knowledge in multiple areas of Math. We have also been having lots of fun learning how to code with a program called code.org. We can choose various games to code and create our own video games.

The new laptops are an incredible resource to have in our classroom, helping with history research and projects.

It was an amazing experience to have the actual 65 year old Rugby League World Cup right next to us in room 4. It was a beautiful 18 kilogram trophy that had had seen its fair share of tournaments. This is it’s last year to be awarded before it is retired to a museum and a new trophy is made.

This term has been full of amazing experiences. We have had a brilliant time. We look forward to more exciting times next term.

Olivia and Tom, Room 14 Year 5/6

BACKCARE INCURSION

Last Friday 24 March, four students from Curtin University talked to us about our backs and how important it is to take care of them. They taught us that exercise is good for your back and that you shouldn’t sit down for long periods of time. This can lead to chronic back pain. They also told us that it is OK to carry school bags that are not too heavy and that we should have correct posture if we want to avoid chronic back pain.

Written by Maya D

 

Year 5 Room 13 Update

Room 13 has had a positive start to the new year, diving head first into our learning. Some of our students share their highlights below.

This year in English we have been learning reading strategies like how to visualise what we are reading. A highlight has been our narrative writing of adventure stories. We have learnt about sizzling starts and including them in our stories. A sizzling start is when in the first paragraph of the book grabs the reader’s attention by throwing them into the action! (Harper)

This term in Math we have been learning place value with numbers into the millions. We are also working on how to read 12 hour and 24 hour times, and the differences between these systems. One difficult thing we’ve worked on is factors and how to create factor trees. Even though it was difficult at first it is easy when you get the hang of it and most importantly it was fun to learn. (Chezlina)

In Health we have been doing the 4 school values. They are respect, responsibility, resilience and inclusivity. We’ve created cartoons, responsibility circles, posters and acrostic poems. My favourite was resilience as it was fun learning about famous people who have shown resilience. (Adam)

So far in History we have been researching the First Settlers of Australia. We are also learning about Captain Stirling, Major Lockyer and what it was like at the start of the Swan River Colony. One task we did was to pretend we were Captain Stirling and use his map of the area to decide where the best place for a settlement would be. We have researched convict records.com and searched up our last names to see if we were related to any convicts. (Hannah)

In Science we are learning about solids, liquids and gases. Solids, liquids and gases are made out of atoms. The atoms in solids are packed tightly in rows. Liquids have atoms that are moving around each other and gases are bouncy and floaty. If you heat water up in a pan the atoms bounce and turn into gases. If you take a glass of water and put it in the freezer it will turn into a solid. Our featured image is a picture of some of us showing what the atoms in a solid look like. (Cooper)  

Eagles Cup Results

Our Eagles Cup teams have had a fantastic start to the series, representing our school to the highest standard with excellent sportsmanship, and great skill and effort in all codes.

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