Primary School for 6 years, and has been a part of the grade 5/6 team for 5 years and 1 year in grade 3/4.
Callum MacKenzie started at Broadmeadows Primary in 2009 and left for a few years to work closer to home, but returned to BPS last year. He is excited to be working with the Year 5s this year.
Our major focus this term will be on Place Value. We will be exploring whole numbers and decimal numbers. Each week, we will also be unpacking problem solving strategies and how they can be used to develop efficient and accurate thinking in math.
Reading – As we explore the concept of Questioning, we will look at a range of question types, the strategies used to help us answer comprehension questions and explore how self-questioning helps us to understand a text.
Writing – The Grade 5s have made an enthusiastic start to their narrative writing. We have focused on the genres of Horror and Fantasy and begun to build student vocabulary by discussing unfamiliar words in the stories we have read. As we move forward, we will be exploring a range of techniques a writer uses to engage their audience through choices about structure and the use of language features. Toward the end of the term, we will shift our focus to persuasive writing.
Spelling – The Grade 5s have been collecting BOB words (personal spelling errors) for use in the SMART spelling program. Each week students will be introduced to a new spelling pattern and select their own words of varying difficulty levels from a teacher provided list. Students will then add two of their BOB words that have been identified in their own writing throughout the week. New words are sent home each Friday and students are tested on Tuesdays.
To begin 2021 the students have identified a range of Essential Agreements for how we will work within our learning space. The areas the students have decided to focus on are respect, kindness, learning together, persistence, honesty, manners and safety. They have demonstrated a strong start in all of these areas.
Our next step is for each student to develop a personal Learning Behaviour goal. Once this has been done, students will be encouraged to wear a Learning Behaviour wrist band, so staff and students around the school can discuss how a student is progressing with their goal. The school’s Learning Behaviours are organisation, concentration, independence, persistence, striving for accuracy and precision, problem solving, metacognition, communication, self-regulation and seeking and using feedback.