Michelle Chaplin, Head of Junior School
We are excited to begin the return to campus with the ELC and Foundation students this week.
Each morning as a greet our ELC and Foundation students I am excited to see their smiles, to hear their chatter and to see the joy they get from being here at AISM. Term 4 is a wonderful term where we can truly see the growth in our students - in their academics, their confidence and their independence. Our ELC students in particular inspire the biggest of smiles as we watch them confidently race into class, call their friends names and tell their teachers the best stories from home!
Our Year 3 to Year 5 students have competently participated in the ISA testing this week - a first for us all as we enter the world of online assessment in all areas. My thanks to Katrina Reece and Leigh Janett for facilitating this very smooth process. I look forward to our excellent results - well done to our Students.
Year 4 in particular has a big term in progress as they commence their leadership training and preparation to be student leaders in 2022. We will be discussing the traits of positive leaders and what makes a great leader - that a leader - never gives up, helps without being bossy, listens, is courageous and brave, is a role model, conducts the team but considers all team members….. Year 4 will continue to learn more about leadership in the school as they hear from our school captains, Mr King our Principal and prepare their portfolio in applying for leadership roles in 2022.
I look forward to continuing our academic growth in the Junior school in the coming weeks - a combination of on campus and online learning - but as always - better together!
“Children want the same things we want -to laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted”
Year 4 Inquiry: Looking Back, Looking Forward
It is hard to believe that we have started Term 4. It seems only a moment ago we began Term 3 with this remarkable group. Before we take a look at the exciting term ahead, let us take a moment to reflect on the amazing time we had in Term 3.
Writing took us to the world of persuasive text. Throughout the term students learnt the skills of persuasion. Students initially analysed and then created their own TV commercials, using a variety of persuasive devices to convince viewers to buy their products. Their next completed work explored the environmental crisis the world faces. Plastic was exposed as the main culprit, along with fishing sharks for their fins and much more. In the final weeks the students presented a persuasive letter to their parents and carers. Just how many puppies and kittens were the result, no one knows!
Inquiry saw Year 4 take a similar path to Writing, with a focus on the environment and the way people interact with it. Food chains, biomes, ecosystems and the impact humans have on these systems were the focus. The unit culminated in the creation of Minecraft Biome. If you get the chance, take the tour, these Biomes are brilliant.
Adventure Week, Book Week, R U OK, Term 3 had it all.
What about Term 4?
Buckle up Year 4, it is going to be a fun ride.
We look at Matter in Inquiry! We will explore creativity in narrative and dip our toe into the brilliance of poetry. In Mathematics we will grapple with chance and wrestle with probability. In reading we will tackle summarising, figurative language and author purpose. Art throws us into the amazing world of ceramics and sculpture.
Hang on tight Year 4, if you thought Term 3 had it all, Term 4 is next level!