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Year 5,6,7 News

What a start to the year!!!!!! As for all students, reaching the final year of their primary schooling, there is both excitement and trepidation as to the year that lies ahead and this has been the case for the Year 6 and 7 students in our classroom for 2014. They are now the student leaders of the school and with that come responsibilities as well as privileges.  All school leaders have now been elected, with the badge presentation having been held for both Leadership and monitor positions.  It has been our intention for the last few years to help all students in their final year to develop leadership skills that will assist them to become worthwhile citizens for the future. All our Year 6 and 7 students, along with many other school leaders from the district, attended a GRIP Leadership Conference held at the Highfields Cultural Centre. 
In English, students have studied biographies and then researched and written their own on a famous Australian who has exhibited bravery.
A wide range of Australians were selected from war heroes to politicians and those in the medical professions. Students then began trying their hand at writing short narratives leading to the creation of their own memoir. Spelling, language features, reading comprehension and vocabulary are as always a focus of all English lessons.
During Maths, all students through the proficiency strands of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning, have had opportunities to develop the understandings of:
·         Number and place value,
·          Chance,
·         Fractions and decimals,
·          Data representation and interpretation and
·         Using units of measurement  (Yr 5)
·         Number and place value,
·          Fractions and decimals ,
·          Data representation and interpretation ,
·         Chance,
·         Using units of measurement,
·          Money and financial mathematics (Yr 6) and
·          Number and place value ,
·         Real numbers ,
·         Geometric reasoning ,
·          Shape  and
·         Using units of measurement (Yr 7)
Year 5
In Science, students have investigated “Surviving in the Australian Environment”. They have really enjoyed this unit and it’s been great to see all students engaged and enthusiastic during our investigations
of structural and behavioural adaptations. Everyone especially enjoyed having our “Crazy Creature” pets arrive from Amaroo, which has made us all very keen to create our own.
The Year 5 students have been exploring the establishment of British colonies in Australia during history lessons. This has given students the opportunity to study colonial Australia in the 1800s. Students looked at the founding of British colonies and the development of Moreton Bay as a penal colony, then as a free settlement. They have learnt about what life was like for different groups of people in the colonial period and examined significant events and people, political and economic developments, and social structures. It was wonderful to have feedback from parents saying their children have been enthusiastic in discussing their findings at home.
Year 6
The students recognised key figures and events in the development of Australia as a nation as part of their history studies. Students examined Australia’s path to Federation from the 1800’s to 1901. They also examined British and American influences on Australia’s system of law and government.  Students described the experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, migrants and children. Students investigated the changing status and rights of these groups throughout the 20th century.
In the first Science unit, students investigated changes that can be made to materials and how these changes were classified as reversible or irreversible. They planned investigation methods using fair testing to answer questions. Students identified and assessed risks, made observations and accurately recorded data and developed explanations. They suggested improvements which could be made to their
method to improve the investigation. Students
explored the effects of reversible and irreversible changes in everyday materials and how this could be used to solve problems that directly affect peoples' lives.
Year 7
Science and Geography have gone hand in hand this term with both featuring the water of the world. Not only    
 have students learnt about the water cycle and separation techniques but also the variable rainfall patterns that occur in both Australia and across Asia. Students also considered the cultural, spiritual, economic, aesthetic and recreational values placed on this resource by a range of people across the world.
All students have worked hard swimming and training for both the Cross Country and Swimming Carnivals with the Sports Captains   eager to see the respective teams do well.  The friendly rivalry is always good to see with both sport houses trying to outdo each other with various war cries.
Both Year 5 and Year 7 students have already attended Amaroo this term. The Year 7s made their way into Toowoomba to test water quality for salinity, turbidity, temperature and PH levels and also learnt about the local catchment whilst the Year 5 students visited Peace Haven Park to further investigate plant adaptations.
Thank you to all parents for the support you have given your child this term, it has been a busy start to the year.
Debbie, Andrew and Kat.