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Why do we need evidence and examples to support our opinions?  What are the hallmarks of effective persuasive arguments? 4th Class considered this closely this week.   In Grammar we learnt about intensifiers and how these boost the feelings or opinions being expressed and add strength to the description; and in comprehension we looked at understanding texts containing direct and reported speech such as discussions and transcripts.

  • In my Maths class we have focused on revision before taking part in the Australian Maths Competition which we all agreed was rather challenging.
  • In History, we began to look at post-First Fleet Australia and read some real letters from Australian colonists describing the difficulties of life in the first years of the colony for both convicts and free settlers.
  • In Geography, we investigated how different people’s ideas about the environment influence how we look after the environment and sustainability.  We specifically looked at the Boabs in the Kimberley and their importance to indigenous Australians.
  • In Science, we began to investigate different materials and how these can be organised into natural and processed materials according to their characteristics.

Students are practising touch typing as part of their homework each week.  I have attached a link to some child-friendly games which help to teach students – https://www.todaysparent.com/family/fun-typing-games-for-kids/

Cynthia Dalgleish