We looked at some Christmas words and the students chose some to create their own or shared acrostic Poem.
The students coloured in 1 – 100 squares. They had to concentrate and identify the different numbers and read the colours that matched with the number. Once completed correctly, students revealed different Christmas items such as a snow man, reindeer, stocking, a bauble etc.
The students created a story map to reinforce the structure of the shared reading text, Rapunzel. They focussed on the characters and supporting characters. They also focussed on the events at the beginning, middle and end of the story, problems to be solved and solution to the problem. Some students used words from a word bank and words that we brainstormed to write simple sentences, to describe Rapunzel. This is still a work in progress where the students will continue.
To build on the students number understandings, they engaged in a number of different number based activities which included:
counting to 100 with a partial filled chart
100 number chart puzzle
Design and Technology
We continued testing out the bridges we made to determine which design could hold the most weight. So far, the most weight a bridge could hold in our class was 2 kg. After we continued to test out the bridges we made, we watched the following to explore what shapes of strength and what makes bridges so strong.
We also discussed the concept of a chain reaction after watching some Rude Goldberg inspired creations.
For some of the students we used the focus page of ‘I” to practise our handwriting from the book Animalia by Graeme Base.
Other students revised the letter and the sounds and they had the opportunity to also write some ‘I’ words.
Play Investigations (Photos courtesy of Rachel)
For mindfulness today the students had a chance to do some mindful colouring. The students were given the colouring competition sheet for the Book Fair. They were taking their time and using this time to be mindful and to settle, whilst listening to some calming music.
After our shared reading text, the students brainstormed and discussed the main characters. The students drew and created their own Pinocchio puppets and puppets of the other main characters. These puppets will be used later in the week to engage in several literacy tasks.
Today in numeracy we engaged in some STEM work where the students created catapults out of pop sticks. Today they got to practise launching a flip tile.
Design and Technology
We continued to explore the strength of shapes and transfer what we have learnt from the previous lessons. Students were set the task of building a bridge that can hold at least 1kg. They could only use newspaper and masking tape. The students then explored different types of bridges and that a triangular shape was common in most and the reasons why this is so. They began today planning in their groups.
The students are also able to wear their sports uniform tomorrow as out Little Athletics Clinics continue.
We thought as a treat in light of our fairy tale this week that we would decorate some biscuits to resemble the gingerbread man’s face. Once the students made their cookies they wrote a procedure to describe how to make a biscuit cookie face.
The students continued to use informal units to measure a variety of shapes and items in the classroom. They experimented with different materials, however, the students understanding was made clear that if a comparison was to be made the same material was to be used. Some students continued measuring the height of their peers with their footprints.
After reading the story, students reflected on what their favourite part of the story was.
The year 5/6’s have been learning different dance routines with UNISA Lab school students. Today was their final presentation where they showcased their hard work. We got the opportunity to go and watch the performances in the hall.
Today is an important day to remember and think about all of the soldiers who have fought and still fight today in the wars. The students learnt and listened to the Last post. They looked at what happens on this day and explored why the poppy flower is a significant symbol on this day. The students also got to make their own poppy to wear.
After recess, the school gathered together for a remembrance day service. We had a beautiful ceremony with a catapult party of cadets.
The students have started Little Athletics Clinic and this will continue for the next 3 weeks. Students are able to wear their sports uniform tomorrow to participate.
After having now read and hearing 3 different versions of Jack and the Beanstalk, we focussed on the character of the Giant in the story. The students brainstormed and recorded different describing words and compared them to the character of Jack.
A great time to learn, explore, spark curiosity, develop social skills and/or independency.
In light of National Kindness Day today.
The students continued to work through some water activities today: volume, capacity, water play, water sources and the water cycle.