St John's School

Scarborough

Welcome to Year 5

Solids, Liquids and Gases

The Year 5s led their Pre Primary buddies on an adventure to find as many solids, liquids and gases around St John’s. They discussed how they can use their senses to help them work out what category objects go into. The following week they worked together to use a range of different metrics e.g. spoon, coffee cup, bucket, pinch, handful to measure different objects from their exploring to make a potion!

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Solids, Liquids and Gases

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The Year 5s led their Pre Primary buddies on an adventure to find as many solids, liquids and gases around St John’s. They discussed how they can use their senses to help them work out what category objects go into. The following week they worked together to use a range of different metrics e.g. spoon, coffee cup, bucket, pinch, handful to measure different objects from their exploring to make a potion!

Winter Lightning Carnival

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An excellent day was had by the Year 5 & 6 students at the Winter Lightning Carnival. All players had a great time in the sunshine giving their best in chosen sports of Football, Netball or Soccer against six other schools. Each of the teams experienced some great learning opportunities and displayed great teamwork throughout the day with the Footballers taking home the crown in a hard fought final.

Buddies on the Bus - Off to the Library

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The Year 5 and Pre Primary classes have been creating stories in their ‘buddies time’ this term. To do some research, the classes took the local bus to visit the Stirling Library. The children had a story time session and made book marks for each other.  All the children had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed catching the local bus together!

Class Room Redesign

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The Year 5 students have measured all classroom objects to redesign the classroom. They had to consider length and width to then scale down to make their design before working out the area and perimeter of the tables and room. The final step was to create the design and labelling floor (cushions), chair and standing tables as well as where the mat area, yoga balls, cushion box and couch would be. 
The designs were all voted on before Jack, Matthew and Brayden’s layout was selected. The class worked as a team to then put together the new room.

Maths Mystery

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The Year 5 students had to use all their mental maths skills to solve the mystery of the “Super bad superhero in Mathattan”. They had to solve the maths problems to get clues, and rule out suspects, to solve the mystery!

Debating

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Our Year 5 class presented some outstanding arguments during a recent debating session. Three sets of teams debated the merits of the use of lunch wraps; involvement in compulsory after school activities and the benefits, or not, of classroom pets. They expanded their ability to persuasively argue a point, practising some debate specific phrases.  Well done to all involved.  
The Enrichment Program, run by Mrs Samantha Cherubino in conjunction with the class teachers in Years 4, 5 and 6, seeks to further all students research and investigation skills. 

Harmony Day

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Harmony Day is about coming together as a community to celebrate our differences.

The Year 5 class were discussing their individual backgrounds, different cultures and family traditions when the recent events in Christchurch were bought up. The children were moved by the kindness of the Muslim community in Christchurch and identified how they weren’t so different to our Catholic faith when Fr Grant welcomes and says goodbye to us each Wednesday morning at mass. 

As a class, they brainstormed ways to reach out to the families in Christchurch to show their support and settled on having an international food stall to donate the funds to helping the community recover. The Year 5 class made the food, advertised, ran the stall and cleaned up, alongside their families. Together, 0.45 was raised and donated to the families affected in Christchurch.

Lifecycles

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Lifecycles have been one of the focuses this term in both the PP & Year 5 classes.

The Pre Primary students have watched chicks hatch in their classroom as well as exploring, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ story, while the Year 5 students have a new Stick insect called ‘Ninja’ and ‘Joogie’ the Preying mantis. 

Some of the highlights of Buddy Time recently has seen the children working together on an iMovie video using plasticine to create stages of a life cycle from seed to plant and egg to chicken.

Their next combined adventurous project is to plan and build chicken huts. 

Gardening Buddies

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The Pre Primary students along with their Yr 5 buddies were very busy last week in attending to the school’s vegie garden.  They planted new crops of carrots, snow peas, tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuces with Mrs Harney.  Can’t wait to watch them grow!