On Friday we became Scientists and used our thinking skills to answer a question using these materials: string, rocket on a straw, balloon, and tape. The question was: “How can the balloon move up the string?” We came up with an hypotheses before we carried out our experiment to test our thinking. In our groups we worked together to test our hypotheses – we needed to repeat our experiment over and over and try new ideas as we observed what was happening. We decided the balloon needed to be in a place where the ‘air’ could escape and cause the balloon to move.
What a wonderful first term we have had getting to know each other and learning together. Congratulations to all students for taking action with their learning and for sharing your knowledge and skills with others. I look forward to seeing you all next term. Happy holidays…
Maths this Week
We used our whiteboards to record equations that represented the counters inside the circle. The equations included ‘addition’ and ‘subtraction’. We talked about how we could solve these math problems best. Ishan used his knowledge of doubling numbers and adding on or taking off the number. So for 5 counters + 7 counters, Ishan’s strategy looks like: 5 + 5 make 10 + 2 = 12.
We also practiced the strategy we learnt when we played Tower Races – ‘Counting on from the biggest number’. So, 5 and 7 becomes 7 + 5 and we count from 7… 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12.
Measurement – How do these measuring tools FUNCTION?
We looked at various measuring tools that measure different things in different ways. The measuring tools we looked at were: Metre rulers, Tape Measure, clock, tiles, eraser, feet, hands, cups. We worked with a partner and chose a measuring tool to draw and explain its’ function. Then we used our measuring tool to measure things in the classroom.
This week we talked about our ‘tall stick’ letters. We need to start our ‘tall stick’ letters at the top line.
Our focus this week in writing has been on Procedural Writing. We use procedural writing to record ‘Science’ experiments.
A big thank you to the Year 11 students who organised with Ms. Nicky a fabulous Olympics Day on Tuesday. We spent the day spread across different teams and year groups.
This week we went to 6.3s room for our buddy time where we spent time listening to picture books with our buddies. Our buddy had prepared questions to ask us throughout the story.
We used the whiteboards to practice the letters that go in the same direction. The letters we practiced today were: a, c, d, e, g, o, q. We talked about the ‘drop’ letters g and q.
This week we learnt a new game called Tower Races. To play Tower Races you need two dice, a tower template and unifex cubes. You roll the dice and add the two numbers together – we talked about ‘counting on from the biggest number’ to find the sum quickly.
Ms Josefina has been doing some work in groups on ‘number recognition’. We have also been exploring the Math Apps on the iPads and using play dough to make numbers and equations.
Ms. Lisa has been impressed with the writing in 2.2 this week. She uses her ‘gold’ highlighter to highlight the ‘good writer’ skills in our writing and the ‘pink’ highlighter for the things in my writing I need to ‘think’ about. “Gold for Glory” and “Pink for Think”.
The writers in 2.2 are learning to extend their ideas in writing and to try our best at recording the sounds in a word we do not know. Ms. Lisa and Ms. Josefina have been setting our personal writing goals with us too.
To conclude our unit of inquiry on How We Organise Ourselves we came up with a list of ideas for the Year 1 and 2 playground area and voted to get our Top 5. We then chose which idea we wanted to work in a group with to discuss our needs to make this goal happen. (see attached audio files)
Dei – Swing (8)
Marco – tennis balls and rackets and tennis court (4)
Cristian – Soccer field and ball and goal posts (9)
The students got very excited today when we started to talk about next Tuesday’s Olympics Day which is being run by the Year 12 students. Here is a list of students and their house colours. The Year 12s have chosen a SUPERHERO theme this year. Your child can either come to school in their team colour or their Superhero theme.
Please remember a drink bottle, sneakers, and sunhats and sunblocks.
We missed our Library time this week due to the long weekend. Ms. Josefina takes us to the library on Tuesdays. It was great to hear the Library Assistants appreciate 2.2 and their enthusiasm and respectful manner in which they behave in the library.
Using our ‘thinking skills’ during Literacy Stations…
Peace Day Appreciation and Celebrations…
We created a tiled mosaic with our 6.3 Buddies to commemorate Peace Day.