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Week 5 Recap and Week 6 Learning Foci

on March 1, 2016

Week 5 Recap


We’ve had another fun-filled week of artistic and creative exploration within the J Pod. Our students are becoming increasingly in tune with what it means to be a collaborative and creative individual and they should be proud of their achievements within Discovery learning this term. It has been fantastic to see students continue to develop these valuable skills by acting, playing music and creating paper mache masterpieces in response to Julia Donaldson’s,  ‘Room on the Broom’. Let’s not forget the fact that these collaborative, creative learners achieved all of this with a big smile on their face.

Here are some images of their creative work:

Drama Theatre

This ‘Mud Monster’ comparison is priceless and just one example of the outstanding dramatic work the students have been producing with Mr. Ramage and Ms. Newton: see if you can tell which one is the real ‘Mud Monster’.
mud monster

Technology has enabled us to have extra copies of the text for students to act out and respond to in the outdoor setting.




Paper Mache Creation
Wow! We have been well and truly blown away by the artistic flare the students have displayed within the Paper Mache rotation activity. For each of the three Discovery groups to be responsible for one individual stage of the final collaborative product is an achievement in itself. These Gruffalo characters look absolutely fantastic!

See if you are clever enough to respond correctly to our challenge on the final photo 🙂





Can you correctly name the six Gruffalo Characters featured in the photo below in order from left to right?
e.g. 1. ________, 2. _________, etc.
Go on, have a go and leave a comment below this blog post!

Students that were interested in becoming Junior School Council Representatives for their homegroup finally had the chance to present a speech which outlined why they would make a suitable candidate. Well done to all those students that put in the hard yards over the past week and spoke clearly and confidently in front of their peers. The votes will be tallied in the coming days and our JPod Junior School Council Reps will be announced later in the week.



Week 5 Learning Foci


This week will see students further consolidate and apply their knowledge of the ‘Back Up and Re-read’ CAFÉ reading strategy. Students re beginning to self-monitor when reading and to identify those moments when the meaning of the text has become unclear.

See below for the second installment of our CAFÉ instructional videos which was also featured in last weeks blog post: this video will explain the strategy in more detail.



We couldn’t be more excited for another engaging and entertaining week of artistic exploration in Discovery. Due to the overwhelming positivity and enjoyment expressed by the students; we will continue to develop their communication and collaboration through visual, musical and dramatic activities which stimulate their creative and artistic minds.

This week we take a step back from Julia Donaldson’s works and venture into the world of emotions. Our artistic exploration of emotion will be supported by the popular children’s film, ‘Inside Out’. Using the characters within this film (each of which typify a particular emotion) we will investigate how we feel and how that affects us and the way we act in every day life.





Our writing will continue to focus on our handwriting in order to improve letter formation and placement on dotted thirds. Students will also be writing about different emotions and reflecting on when they have felt a particular way.


This week we continue to explore ‘Place Value’, a highly valuable concept which acts as a foundation for many mathematical applications.

We also revisit Mathletics, teaching students how to use their individual logins and access tasks which can be completed at home or school.

low_mathletics Mathletics-Homepage-WEG-1024x600DON’T FORGET TO CHECK IT OUT 🙂
Students login details will be recieved early this week and pasted into their school diary and Maths book so that your child can access Mathletics both at home, and at school. We encourage you to log on with your child and explore the site which is also available as an app. It is a great tool to build maths skills in a fun and engaging way.


Thankyou for taking the time to keep updated with our blog. We hope you enjoy being a part of our learning journey and following us every step of the way. Please feel free to post a response or to contribute your thoughts on our wonderful learning because you too are a pivotal part of our learning community.



One Response to “Week 5 Recap and Week 6 Learning Foci”

  1. Leanne (Joseph's Mum) says:

    Isn’t Julia Donaldson a wonderful author!
    Fantastic work on the paper mache. Acting is a great way to have fun and learn at the same time. Love the Mud Monster! Congratulations to all the students for Junior School Council nominations and to the students chosen. Look forward to reading more on the blog soon.

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