What’s been happening in Enrichment during Term 4?
Preps created a book about farm animals using Book Creator on the ipads.
Year 1 looked at “the world of the text” – identifying the layout of writing on a page and how the different uses of font, colour, style and size convey meaning. We studied the big book “Monkey Buys Trouble”, a variety of different kinds of texts about monkeys and coconuts and read the novel “Pink Fluffy Slippers”.
Year 2 learnt how to solve word problems using the See – Plan – Do – Check method. They practised identifying the operation needed to solve the problem and doing the inverse operation to check their answer.
Year 3 had a Writers’ Workshop with a focus on improving skills in the areas of sizzling starts, character description, powerful vocabulary, varied sentence structure, paragraphing and punctuation for writing dialogue. Lots of writing and giving feedback to each other!
Every child in Year 3 also had an opportunity to participate in Journalism club and most had at least one article published in the Cairns Post Inspire.
Year 4 chose a Numeracy focus with students being extended on the same topics being covered in class. Solving numberless word problems proved quite a challenge – trying to explain how to solve a problem without using numbers isn’t as easy as you think!
Year 5 trialled a “Reading Circle” where a small group of students met once a week to discuss the next few chapters in the novel “Minnie and the Superguys”. Set in Melbourne and Bendigo with references to the Chinese during the goldrush, it was an adventure story with a mystery to solve. The students were exposed to some new vocabulary and engaged in some great discussion as they shared their “wonderings” and made connections to their own experiences.
Over the year, approximately 200 students from across all grade levels have participated in at least one classroom Enrichment opportunity with the focus on Reading, Writing or Numeracy.