Food, Glorious Food

We have launched our Health lessons this term with a yummy unit on....FOOD!

As a Fresh Taste School, we are committed to making healthy food and drinks a bigger part of everyday life for all our students.  This includes teaching them about healthy foods, offering healthy choices in our canteen and growing healthy food in our school garden.

Our 'Food and Me' unit included learning about:

  • the five food groups and the nutrients that they provide
  • how the nutrients benefit our bodies
  • how much of each food group we should be eating
  • the 'traffic light system' that help us to make better choices about what to eat
We learnt a lot and were quite surprised about how much of each food group counts as a serve and how many serves of each food we should be eating each day.

Did you know that just one half of a sausage equals 1 serve of meat and we should be eating just 2.5 serves per day?  Or that water helps to carry nutrients through our body, eliminate wastes and manage out body temperature?

Be warned that you child may start monitoring your food intake and suggesting some changes to the family diet!  We are all for healthy bodies and healthy minds...



Showing what we know...

More great work!

Beware of the red foods!



Chrlotte's and Mayah's winning entry for the Fresh Taste healthy lunch pack contained a great mix of nutrients!

We are half way there...

I know that it is hard to believe, but we are now over half way through the school year.  Time certainly is flying and we are having fun while learning.

This week's post is an overview of what we have in store this term.  Again, it will be a busy time, and doubly so as many of our students and teachers are deeply involved with the school musical.  As rehearsals start to ramp up, our usual schedule will change to accommodate the extra practice time for performers.  The up side is that we will have additional time to inject more art and PE into our learning program for students who are not involved with the musical.


Learning overview for Term 3

Reading
Students will use non-fiction books to practise taking notes and summarising important information. They will also continue to learn a range of different reading strategies to help them work on their individual reading goals during our Readers' Workshop.

Writing
In writing, we will focus on the structure and features of  information reports, linking with our reading work on note-taking and summarising. We will also be targeting sentence structure, including simple, compound and complex sentences, and proofreading and re-crafting skills.

Maths
Important Mathematical concepts that will be covered this term include fractions, decimals and percentages. Spatial concepts will also be taught, including 2D shapes, 3D objects, angles and symmetry. Please support your children to continue practising their number facts at home, as this will assist them when working with fractions, decimals and percentages.

Word Work
  • Mrs Layton: spelling patterns for phonemes such as ‘k’ (as in kite, duck, school, bouquet)  
  • Miss Hall: Building letter sound knowledge such as igh, y and f, ff, ph.
  • Miss Vanderfield: Origins and meanings of complex words, including derivational suffixes, such as -ary (imaginary), -ness (friendliness), -ious (rebellious)
  • Mr Nicholls & Miss Rossiter: Alternative spellings for each phonemes for example: j sounds as in jump and gouge and judge
  • Mrs Harding: Complex consonants in multi-syllable words, e.g. silent letters, hard and soft g and c

Science
Electrical energy is a part of our everyday lives at home, work and school. We use it for refrigeration, machines and lighting. Portable devices, such as mobile phones, watches and many toys, rely on batteries for electrical energy. Electric circuits allow energy to be transferred from battery to light bulbs, motors and buzzers, where it is changed into light, movement or sound.
'It’s Electrifying' will develop student's understanding through hands-on activities that explore the role of electrons in transferring energy in electric circuits. Using batteries, light bulbs, switches, conductors and insulators, students will investigate how battery-operated devices, such as a torch, work.

History and Social Sciences (HaSS)
'Who’s the Boss?' - our civics and citizenship Inquiry this term will focus on democracy and the Australian system of government.  We will look at a number of forms of government throughout the world and the benefits and responsibilities of living in a democratic state. We will then investigate how our government operates, who represents us in the decision making process and how we can get involved in decisions that affect us.

Health and PE
Healthy Food for Life: We will investigate each of the food groups and how many serves should be eaten a day, as well as how much water we should be drinking. Students will find out how much one serve equals for a variety of food types and see what a balanced food intake is for the day.

PE: This term the Year 5/6 students have begun participating in minor games focusing on teamwork and cooperation, with games such as Kaboom and Jungle Trouble proving to be favourites. Over the coming weeks, students will focus on developing  a range of specific skills through a games sense approach. The skills covered in Term 3 will include overarm and underarm throwing, as well as catching and dodging.

Technologies
Students will participate in the design, make and appraise process in Design and Technology. This learning will link with the Healthy Food for Life learning as students will use the knowledge they have gained about the food groups to design a new food product to meet a set of criteria, make its packaging and reflect on their product.

Japanese
5/6 students will be planning an imaginary trip around Japan, then creating an illustrated diary in Japanese about the trip. They will continue working on hiragana and katakana belts.


Key Dates


Oz Tag Gala Day Wk 3 - Thursday 9 August
5/6 Assembly Wk 3 - Friday 10 August
Musical Wk 5 - Tuesday 21 , Thursday 23 , Friday 24 August
Book Week Wk 5
Dress up Day Wk 5 - Wednesday 22 August
Father’s Day Breakfast Wk 6 - Friday 31 August
Student Led Conference Wk 7 - Monday 3 to Friday 7 September
Grandfriends morning Wk 7 - Monday 3 September

As part of Fresh Tastes, an integral component of Health at Fraser all students in 5/6 participated in an enjoyable cooking experience today, Fraserchef! They made some delicious mini pizzas with their choice of toppings. Students were keen to try some herbs as part of their toppings and chose from basil, thyme and rosemary which came from the school garden. All students had jobs such as slicing the muffins, cutting toppings and of course washing and drying.  It was a lovely way to end the term and warming in the cold weather. We wish everyone a safe and relaxing holiday and look forward to seeing all students and their families next term. Happy Holidays from all of us in 5/6!!!!













Welcome to the Fraser Cup!


Footy fever is here...


While many adults are busy following their favourite teams in the real World Cup, we have been competing in our own Fraser Cup.

The aim of the game was fun and friendship - any goals that were kicked were a bonus.  

We played a round robin tournament which culminated in a Grand Final between France and Argentina.  Both sides had a little bit of adult help from Bailey and Ms Rossiter but the ultimate winner was.....

FRANCE!

Congratulations to both teams and a big 'thank you' to Mr Nicholls for organising the competition anf taking on the role of chief referee.





In the thick of the Grand Final

No foul play allowed!
A French frenzy




More French followers

"We'll cheer for anyone!"

Go France GO!

A reflective Ms V

Cheerful chums

Victorious!

Argentinan athletes


"It was all fabulous fair play", said our Ref.

Art Attack!


Unit 3 have been having great fun with art this week! 

5/6 BH/BL got right into the chilly weather with an autumn themed artwork. These terrific trees will soon be adorning our classroom.





Meanwhile, in 5/6 GN/SR/CV, students were busy creating beautiful bubbles.  These looked fabulous, particularly once they were hung en masse  in the classroom.






If you get a chance, please pop into our rooms and checkout your child's work.

Hooray for History!

Our History inquiry about Australian federation came to a conclusion this week, as students wrapped up their independent research inquiries.  They were able to choose from a range of topics - The Plague, Sir Donald Bradman, Galipolli, Pharlap or Jandemarra and they had to investigate what contribution their person/horse/event made to the development of our young nation.  Students also had to come up with some additional questions of their own, after they had done some preliminary reading about their topic.  Another requirement was that they had to communicate their findings to their peers and we challenged them to make their presentation interactive in some way.  This resulted in a variety of presentations including interactive posters, a script for a quiz show, some interviews and even a Scratch project

Today students spent time sharing their work with a peer and using a checklist to provide their partner with some feedback.  The buzz in the classroom was fantastic, with everyone enjoying the opportunity to share their hard work and learn about other topics from their peers. 

Check out their great work...