Good morning everyone,
The students in R/1AM and R/1MS explored and worked through the numerous investigations set out for the week. Students were challenged through each investigation testing their stamina, resilience, team work and creativity. Due to the wet weather we have experienced today, multiple students chose to create their own paper boats and test them outside in some of the remaining puddles we had around the Piazza. Ayden spoke about how he changed his design, “the first time I just made it out of paper then that didnt work so I made one again and covered it with sticky so the water wouldn’t ruin the paper”. Other activities included created their own family tree, making play dough, creating the colour of the sky outside, making play dough food for the hungry caterpillar, pretend play and box play.
I was so pleased to see how well the students cooperated with one another and were able to reach a common goal with persistence and perseverance. The mood within the the classroom was electric as all students were immersed in the activities which was evident through their engagement and discussions with one another.
Mia J – I learnt that my mum, dad, sister and grandad were on my family tree
Amelia – I was learning how to make play dough
Meklet – I was doing the caterpillar and made some food for it to eat
Jasmine – I tried to make a paper boat and I tried to see if it would float
Anna – I learnt to make play dough, I used flour, sugar, oil and food colouring
Ayden – I made a boat float by making it out of paper
Vi – I leant how to mix paint colours to try and create the grey sky outside
Niesha – I made cats out of a box and then made a car for them
This afternoon we viewed an ebook called Snow Troll . Jevan reflected on the story and said “Tromso made a letter box but he was sad cause he didn’t get any letters”. The students decided they wanted to spend their writer’s workshop completing stories about the main character Tromso! We took this as an opportunity to create a story together using active inspire before students went to create their own writer’s workshop!
Ayden created a story on the laptop about Police, Holly created a story about puppies and Mia J used the laptop to create another story about Tromso.
Great engagement by all 🙂
We begun our week by participating in Fitness where we continued to build our stamina by counting the laps we could do on the obstacle course. We then enjoyed our healthy brain break and completed our weekend reflections!
We returned after recess to engage a mindfulness breathing exercise before entering investigative play. Stay tuned for our photos during investigations. Happy Monday!!
Friday afternoon we took the opportunity to visit the Atelier, allowing students to explore their creativity and immerse themselves in painting experiences.
The Atelier backs on to Log Park, another new development at Holy Family Catholic School. With the doors open, the students were happily floating between the Atelier and Log Park- letting their imaginations run wild while building and exploring. Some of the students decided to take their painting outside.
This opportunity enables the students to take their learning further and outside the classroom. It was a great end to the first week of Term 3! And we look forward to many more opportunities!!
Stay tuned 🙂
This afternoon students engaged in our weekly inquiry session. With the STEAM Center taking shape, the students explored a piece of timber. That is right a piece of timber! I placed the timber in the middle of our classroom, didn’t tell students it was a piece of timber and posed a couple of questions to them to see what they thought.
Where was this thing born?
After identifying that it was not created in a ‘Toy Shop’ and that it is made from a tree, I asked the student what this piece of timber could be used for:
Daksh – Build stuff with
Tcross – Can make what ever you like with it such as a house
Darcy – Can use lots of them
Holly – You can make a fence with it
Students then had the opportunity to use their imagination to create what ever they thought they could use this piece of timber for. Students created houses, towers, cities, clothes draws and then went on to identify numerous objects in the classroom that are made out of wood.
Have a look through our photo gallery! 🙂
During numeracy we worked in pairs and groups to create our own games and strategies to gain more knowledge about tens frames. Students used their creativity to explore, challenge each other and assist each other. I was impressed to observe the year 1 students guide the receptions and lead the learning.
“It was funny, I told Meklet how many I had then I turned the frame around and took two away and she had to count” – Lara
“That was fun. I challenged my partner and he had to guess how many I added to the frame” – Jevan