One of the Australian Curriculum Numeracy standards in Year 1 is to develop confidence with numbers to 100. In Year 1 Gold we have been having a lot of fun practicing our number sequencing inside and outside of the classroom. We have used chalk, whiteboards, iPads and even colourful teddies to represent our counting skills. It also helps us remember the formation of our numbers too. We love learning about maths in Year 1!
Here is a 1-100 chart that might be helpful at home!
We have really enjoyed raising silkworms. We have asked lots of questions, wondered about many things, looked carefully at their lifecycle and learnt lots of different and interesting silkworm facts.
Did you know that silkworms are not really worms? They are a type of caterpillar!
Also, the male silk moths are very different to the female silk moths. The males are a lot smaller and they like to jump around and flutter their wings. The female silk moths like to be very still and quiet.
Another interesting thing to know is that silk moths cannot fly!
It has been very interesting to learn how ‘Raw’ silk worms make ‘Ready’ silk for us to wear as clothes. We have loved seeing them grow from little baby silk worms, to watch them spin their silk cocoons and now fluttering around as adult silk moths.
This terms Integrated Studies unit explores the concept of Necessity and we have been talking about things the students ‘need’ as opposed to things they ‘want’. Our discussions so far have been very interesting! We have also been exploring the concept of ‘Raw to Ready”. To accompany this topic the Year 2 classes headed off to the local Woolworths and to the Gosnells Railway Markets for a ‘raw to ready’ experience. It was interesting to see and explore the differences between these two places and why people choose to go to Woolworths, to the Markets or to both. We cannot wait to explore this concept further. Soon we will bring in items from home. We wonder what countries they were made in and if they will be ‘Raw’ or ‘Ready’?
This terms Integrated Studies unit has involved looking at the past and how things have changed over time. The students have really enjoyed this inquiry unit and have explored how the past continues to shape the present and the future they live in.
On the 8th of September the Year 1 and 2 students hosted a Grandparent Day. It was a fantastic event where grandparents where invited to bring in items from the past and ran their own “Show and Tell” morning. Some of the interesting items we saw were old school photographs, old toys, typewriters, wind-up telephones and photo negatives.
We loved looking at items from the past and listened to lots of funny and interesting stories about our grandparents childhood.
After the “Show and Tell” morning we lead our special guests over to the school junior oval and enjoyed a lovely morning tea picnic. We showed our grandparents and special guests lots of games from the past and had lots of fun playing these games with them. We built lots of happy memories on Grandparent Day!
In Year 2 we love Monday mornings! Can you guess why? Because we get to learn our new spelling sounds! YAY! Part of the Year 2 English Curriculum includes the ability to use syllabification. We practice this by chunking or breaking up words into different sounds. This year we have learnt many new strategies including looking for smaller words inside bigger words, the bossy “e” and hearing the difference between short and long vowel sounds. We love using the letter tiles and magnet letters to help us chunk and hear the different sounds. We also play lots of games that help us practice our spelling skills. Tick, Tack Toe is one of our favourite games to play with our friends.
We have a real love for writing in Year 2! We enjoy using our imagination and being able to practice our writing skills on a daily basis. This term we have been learning about narratives and the structure a narrative has. We are having fun finding the orientation, complication and resolution in the stories we read. Over the last few weeks we have been building our own main character, planning our narrative and illustrating our work. We are very proud of our original narratives and love reading them by ourselves, to each other and to our Year 6 buddies!
We are awesome authors!
In Year 2 we have been learning about the past. We have asked lots of “wonder” questions and love using our curiosity to explore how things have changed over time. We enjoy looking at old photos, books and videos and we are now bringing in our own objects from the past. It is very interesting to hear what some of the objects are and what they were used for!
We love to think about these old objects and wonder what we have replaced them with with here in the present.
Some of the objects we have seen so far are a medical handbook, a Morse Code translator, an old camera and a record player.
One of the Australian Curriculum Numeracy standards in Year 2 is to be able to identify everyday events that involve chance. To this end, the students have been using language such as ‘likely’ or ‘unlikely’ and ‘possible’ or ‘impossible’ to describe possible outcomes during a range of experiments.
This week we have been exploring the concept of chance by using everyday items such as coins and dice to help us see what the chances were of flipping ‘tails’ ten times in a minute or rolling a ‘6’ five times in a minute.
We are still very curious to find out how chance works. We wonder if we’ll ever know? 🙂