School Photos – This morning our classes had their school photos. The children looked very smart and well presented.
Following this, we began to explore the concept of what makes up numbers. We are starting to look at TENS and UNITS. We experimented with picking a number from 1-99 and trying to make this number using unifix cubes… making groups of tens and units (left overs).
After lunch we continued our Literacy focus – making our own information texts. Last week we started with the front cover and contents page and today we started creating the content.
Then 1SA headed straight to the hall with our big buddies to practise our assembly which is this Friday (normal school uniform to be worn).
Our buddy assembly is THEMED – Past, Present and Future. A concept that we have begun to explore in 1SA / 1EN. The children worked with their older buddies to come up with ideas and learning around this theme. They worked together to produce something and are presenting this on Friday. The teachers took a back seat and the older students guided and supported the younger children. This has been a great learning opportunity for all involved. Some of our children made props, were involved in iMovies and other have speaking parts. All are involved in different ways.
After recess we continued our Information text inquiry. Today we started to create our own information texts. We chose something that we are experts about that we could teach others about.
Ruby – “Mindcraft”
Saara – “Fishfarm”
Vanessa – “babies”
Meklet – “Teachers”
We focussed on the FRONT COVER and CONTENTS page
Our front cover needed:
The author (our name)
A big coloured picture of the subject
Contents page tells us what we are going to learn about. We chose 4 main things to talk about.
What they look like
Where they live
What they eat
How they move
Science – We continued our science inquiry around things that change and what makes them change. (1EN looked at this yesterday while we were practising assembly)
Students were given a corn kernel …….. “can you tell me about what is in your hand” (Mrs Smith)
vi “it’s popcorn”
…… ok so I can eat it?
vi ” no, put it in the microwave, it will turn into popcorn”
Kaisha “it’s corn, it’s called popcorn because it pops and it’s corn”
Meklet – “popcorn seed”
Felix – “it’s popcorn because when you put it in the microwave it starts popping”
Blake – “it’s a baby seed for a corn”
Indi “its frozen corn”
Yatin “seed of popcorn, popcorn machine it will make it pop.”
Ruby “my mum and me made popcorn, you get a seed, its out of corn, put it in a popcorn machine and it pops.
Mrs Smith “What makes it change / pop in the microwave or popcorn machine?”
Rowena “the heat makes it bigger and bigger until it pops”
We put the corn kernels into the machine and turned it on, we waited and watched in great excitement. The children collected some popcorn and recorded their discoveries.
Nina: “You put the seed in the machine, it pops out as popcorn”
Alphonsa: “we made popcorn, first it starts as a seed you use a popcorn machine or microwave, after a while the heat makes the seed into popcorn.”
Gurnoor “popcorn, first you put the machine on, then it is small, medium, large. The popcorn gets bigger and bigger and hotter”
Ruby: “the popcorn be’s a seed and after it goes in the popcorn blender and after it turns to popcorn, you have it for movies and latitude. the machine makes it really steamy hot.”
Blake ” you get the seed and put it in the popcorn machine, it pop pop pop pops, in a bowl., then you can eat it.”
The children continue to learn a new phonics sound each week. They have shown great enthusiasm in discovering these new sounds, finding words that they are in and then are doing an amazing job at applying their phonological awareness when they are reading or writing. for example :
“look I found lots of ‘ai’ words in my reader”
“car, that has our ‘ar’ sound in it”
Today we looked at the ‘ie’ sound.
This is the most common way the ie sound is written, however sometimes it is written as an i_e (mice) igh (high) and y (buy)
The Grammar focus continued on past tense – adding ed
After recess we had Sport and Spanish
While 1EN was at Spanish, 1SA continued to discuss the experiment we started yesterday afternoon around ICE – and the changes that can occur.
“Why does the water freeze in the freezer?”
“Why did the ice melt once we took it back out?”
The children then worked in pairs using a laptop to record their discoveries and understandings.
Ruby and Rowena
Vanessa and Alphonsa
Felix and Yatin
Gideon and Kenneth
Blake and Nina
Vi and Van
After lunch both 1SA and 1EN caught up with our older buddy classes to continue our Assembly ideas and preparations.
Last term the children emerged themselves in discovering and manipulating 2D shapes. So today we talked about when shapes are not flat.
Why are flat shapes called 2D shapes?
Do you know any 3D shapes?
Why are they called 3D shapes?
What is the difference?
After that we had time to explore 3D shapes in a variety of ways
create with playdough
create with straws and toothpicks
matching up everyday objects according to their shapes
3D block to create things
Diljot:its a house. it has a cone and a cylinder
Jakob, Phuc, Tino and Alyssa were trying to match up shapes
Rowena: I made a cube out of straws, it was a fun but it was hard. It has 8 corners, it has 6 faces. I also made a cuboid or a rectangular prism, it has 8 corners, 6 faces and 12 edges.
Meklet: i made a pyramid using straws. it has 6 corners and 5 faces.
Gideon:I made a sphere. (we talked about whether it had any corners)
Kaisha: I made a chocolate factory using cubes, a cylinder, and a rectangular prism and a triangular prism.
Saara: i am making a toy factory using blocks to make the picture. rectangle , (cylinder) – helped by a peer.
Nina: I made a cube using straws. (we discussed what corners are and then counted them together)
Zarii: made a triangle. (We discussed the names of the shapes she had made) Rowena made this one. (we discussed what was different about them, focussing on which ones where flat and which ones were big / solid)
Vi: I made a cube out of straws and sticky tape. a cube has 6 faces and 8 corners.
We then gathered together and discussed that this week is week 10 which means this is our last week learning together before we have 2 weeks of school holidays. Some children shared that they would still be coming to the school as part of the OSHC holiday program.
We had our final recount focus:
We focussed on a Weekend Recount highlighting several aspects:
1.Who, What, Where, When
2. Sequence of events using timing words such as First and then
3. and ending with a personal comment such as “I had fun because…….”
We formed girl/boy partners to verbally share events that had happened on our weekends
Kenneth then volunteered to share his weekend in front of the class. He shared as much detail as he could and then the class suggested any other aspects that he could add.
Kenneth: “On the weekend I go to school, a different school and then on Sunday afternoon at 4 o clock, I go to the movies, the movie was a dinosaur movie called Jurassic World. The dinosaurs were fighting each other. I went with my dad and my mum. I feel happy because the movie was cool!!!”
We then wrote about our own weekends. We are really impressed with all the children’s progress in their writing abilities. Some children are now experimenting with full stops and capital letters and others are increasingly including sight words such as they, was, went, saw with accuracy.
After recess we spent time wrapping up our polygon explorations. The children were encouraged to challenge themselves and record some of their explorations.
After lunch we reflected on our first semester (half a year) of learning together as a team. The children discussed things they have learnt about, how they have felt and how they have grown. They were given the opportunity to continue any learning journey that we have covered so far or that they haven’t been able to finish.
This morning we begun our day with Come read with me.
After exploring aspects of the beach last week and how we can care for that space, we decided to incorporate the beach into our Literacy Recount for today.
We read ‘Just Grandma and Me’
The children recalled the sequence of the story and certain events that happened at the beach.
After recess we look continue our learning around Polygons
We started looking at a group of shapes last week called Polygons, what can you remember about them?
Meklet: is a same shape, same but different number of sides
Avleen : Octagon has 8 sides, looks like a stop sign
Van: A triangle has 3 sides
Oliver: it is a square
Ella: hexagon, has 6 sides, x like six so I can remember
Kaisha: nonogon, has nine sides… starts with n
Ajoh: Pentagon – 5 sides, I remembered that
Felix :Octagon – first sound is same as octopus which has 8 legs so its 8 sides.
The children had boxes of polygons to create pictures with. They were then challenged to draw this picture and explain what shapes they had used.
Joseph and Meklet:” it looks like a planet, we did it with 2 diamonds, it’s like a pattern , triangles, this one has six sides , a hexagon
Jakob: “its a magic old home, I used a diamond and a triangle, and a square”
Gurnoor: “I made a sun, hexagon and 6 triangles”
Yatin and Vanessa: Vanessa “a house and an alien man, we used polygons.” Yatin – “triangles, square and circles, we got the circle from Mia, Octagons and rectangles.” which ones are not polygons ? “rectangle is not and an arch, “and a circle.”
My: ” I made a flower using hexagons”
Mia and Naomi: “its a sun, we used a circle, and used this for lines, we used diamonds to decorate the outside. we traced the shapes and a square”
Zarii and Indi : Zarii “bird with eye and tweet and feathers and legs. shapes circle, circle circle, triangle and square and these” Indi “It was my idea to make a face but then we turned it into a bird, shapes square for a heart, a hexagon, I think its a hexagon because it has 6 sides”