100 Languages & Who is Jesus

We believe that the child has so many different ways of showing us their learning, this poem is a nice way to capture the view that Miss Moore and Miss Valk hold about children and their learning and living. Have a read and see why we think children show us their learning in SO MANY ways! 

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We shared this poem with the children today and had a discussion about the 100 languages, here are the students thoughts about the 100 languages and what that means to them.

What do you know from this poem?

Winnie: The hundred languages

Ajoh: The child had a hundred hands

Sienna: People don’t actually have one hundred hands

Khang: There is 100 hundred peoples and their talking

Kaleb: The kid has one hundred thoughts

Henry: We don’t actually have a hundred hands you have two

Joseph: People taught each other then they moved away from each other

Shirley: Everybody is different and also everybody doesn’t have the same voice they have different voices

Kelly: People have 100 thoughts but I think they could have more than that

Nina: The children voice is very comfortable like my baby brother

Kristina: People have one hundred words

Yatin: A hundred ways of thinking

Sukhman: One hundred ways of playing

We asked the children to show us, using their own 100 languages, ‘Who is Jesus?’. Students used the time to answer this question in their very own, unique ways. 

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“Play provides a supportive environment where children can ask questions, solve problems and engage in critical thinking. Play can expand children’s thinking and enhance their desire to know and learn” 

– Early Years Learning Framework –

Just a reminder that we post all our investigations (Mon, Wed, Thurs) on the Village blog. The link to this can be found here: 

http://blogs.holyfamily.catholic.edu.au/thevillage2017/

 

Making Soup

To follow on from our discussions about vegetables last week, and our investigations about winter veg, today Miss Moore showed us a bit about making soup. We have been exploring winter soup within our play, in camping, and in our mud kitchen too!

Miss Moore held up a leek and asked if anyone knew what it was, BUT no-one had seen a leek before! We learnt that a leek is a part of the onion family, Zac thought it might make you cry like a regular onion does. 

Miss Moore showed us the inside of the onion too, Jake said ‘it is the same as the leek – it has layers too!’ 

Then we went through the rest of the vegetables we were going to use in our soup making. We are going to use zucchini, sweet potato, Jap pumpkin, butternut squash, onion and potato. So many vegetables I’m sure it will be delicious.

We learnt that onions and leeks grow in the ground, zucchini grow on a plant and they even grow flowers! Carrots also grow underneath the ground, you know that they are ready when you see a little bit of orange pop out the ground. We know that potatoes grow under the ground so you need to wash them before you cook with them.

Miss Moore added the vegetables one by one once she showed us the insides of the vegetables, we were able to record every vegetable in our black books – we drew pictures of the vegetables inside the pot and tried to label all of them too.

What will happen when we add heat to the vegetables?

They will go soft and delicious!

We have investigated the way that solids can turn into liquids when we add heat. That’s how the whole vegetables have turned into soup once Miss Moore and Miss Valk took it to the kitchen to add some heat! We have also investigated the way that different vegetables grow, we learnt that there are different families of vegetables that vegetables are categorised in. 

A lot of questions came from our exploration and some people were able to answer them already!

Zac: Why doesn’t the sweet potato have layers?

Ella: How can the vegetables be that hard?

India: How does the sweet potato grow?

We were able to tell India that the sweet potato grows in the ground and Mackie said that it starts from a seed or a root.

Llana: How does it get colour when it grows?

Eva: Why do vegetables have skin?

Jake answered that and said that the skin is to protect them.

We took the vegetables to the staffroom and cooked it away in there, then we brought it back to the classroom and blended it all together!

After it was all finished, we were able to have a taste of our yummy soup!

Literacy Investigations

Literacy Investigations 

Today in literacy investigations we focused on oral language, phonics, sight words and sentence writing. 

We had a number of different activities set up across the classroom for the children to use some of  these included, folded paper to make silly sentences, sight words writing, play dough letters and words, puppet making, make you own phonics sound picture match cards, small group sight word work.  

Please have a look at the children’s learning. The videos are of the children introducing their puppets they made as well as their secret sentences. 

Introduction to clocks and time- 1

Introduction to clocks and time

Today we started our investigations about clocks and time. 

We will be working towards the Reception and Year 1 children beginning to 

– sequencing familiar actions and events using everyday language of time 

– read digital and analogue clocks to the half quarter hour

– sequence events by months and seasons and identity a date on a calendar 

We started our learning by reading the Bad Tempered Lady bird by Eric Carle.

The bad-tempered ladybird picks fights with every animal he meets, but soon learns the importance of friends and turns into a far nicer, happier bug.

The beautifully illustrated pages of this entertaining book demonstrate the sizes of the different animals and the sun’s path across the sky as time passes.

This was a wonderful way for our conversation to begin about time and find out what we know.

What did you notice in the story?

Kristina: The bad tempered lady bird said ‘do you want to fight?’ and the whale didn’t answer.

Jake: When he said ‘hey do you want to fight?’ the lobster raised it’s claws.

Libby: He said to all the animals ‘do you want to fight?’

Winnie: There are clocks on each of the pages.

Jake: The clock means the time.

Kayla: It’s from Eric Carle.

Henry: I noticed that it was a bad one and it was a good one when it went back to the other good one.

Nina: I noticed how the lady bird was hungry.

Ella: The ladybird asked everyone but they didn’t want to.

We used our black books to show all that we know about time!

Procedure Writing

Following on from the children’s interest in soup and vegetables we explored what we know about soup.

Today we continued our learning about procedures, Miss Moore and Miss Valk wanted to know if we knew anything about how to make soup. We watched a video that showed us a bit about procedures, THEN we used our black books to show how we would make soup! Everyone had a go at writing their own procedure, take a look.

We watched a video about a girl making some soup to give us some inspiration!

We talked about what our favourite soups is, some people LOVED pumpkin, other people really thought chicken soup was the best, and some people liked potato soup most! WOW We know so much about soup.