We have been exploring 3D shapes and have looked closely at a sphere, cylinder, cube, square based pyramid, triangular based pyramid and a cuboid. It was tricky learning all of these new names! We searched for these shapes in the world around us and we enjoyed working with our Year 5 buddies to create our very own 3D shape mobiles. They looked GREAT!
In Mathematics we have been exploring the wonderful world of measurement! We have investigated the length of various objects and the capacity of different containers. We know that length is measuring how long something is and capacity is measuring how much something can hold.
When measuring capacity so far we have used sand and rice. We loved feeling the sand and rice fall through our fingers.
When measuring length we have used teddy counters, blocks, round counters, matchsticks, straws and pop sticks (really anything we could find!)
We have been comparing the length and capacity of two objects and have worked out that is very important to use the same things to measure with when you are comparing objects.
We can’t wait to keep investigating in the upcoming weeks…
Our guided inquiry topic in Year One this term is ‘Raw to Ready’.
We were lucky enough to attend an excursion to Woolworths and the Gosnells Railway Markets to explore this inquiry topic in a very ‘hands on’ way. Our first stop at Woolworths was where we were given an item to find in the shop. We had to choose which brand of this item we would want to buy and explain what made us choose this brand over the others. We then explored the cheaper option and discussed why we thought this option may be cheaper.
Our second stop was at the Gosnells Railway Markets. We were given this time to explore a range of products that were raw and ready, as well as items that were needs and wants.
There were many exciting and interesting things to see at the Markets. We are looking forward to creating our own products for our own mini market in the upcoming weeks.
We would really like to thank all the wonderful parent helpers who offered their time to assist us at our excursion-
This week we have been focusing on Australian coins. We watched a funny you tube clip that described each coin and we have learnt lots of new information! We ordered the coins, described them, had a go at writing the value of each coin and played coin memory. We were very excited to create our very own class shop and we brought in items from home to sell. Before we began setting up our shop we looked at some grocery shop catalogues and priced various items. It was interesting to guess how much things would sell for at the shops. We voted on a class name – it is called ‘1G Fresh Food’. We are still in the process of creating signs for our special grocery store but please feel free to buy some fresh produce anytime! We will begin to look very closely at Australian notes next week!
In the last week of Term Three we decided to have a go at making our own butter – just like real farmers! We poured a carton of cream into a glass jar with two marbles. Then we all had a turn at shaking the jar. We shook and shook and shook and shook. Our arms began to get tired! Finally the cream started to become more solid and turned yellow. There was a creamy milk left in the jar around the solid butter. We strained out the butter. Then we enjoyed some of the butter on fresh bread. It was delicious and so easy!
In Term Three we learnt all about healthy eating and food groups. We thought it would be fun to combine the two food groups of fruit and dairy into one delicious smoothie! First we designed our own smoothie. We thought about what fruit would make a yummy smoothie and drew it going into a blender. A few days later we consulted our smoothie design and gathered our ingredients. With Mrs Dobson’s help we put our ingredients into the blender, put the lid on tightly and whizzed our smoothie together! Then we tasted them and… it was a success! They were delicious!
After making our own scrumptious smoothies we had lots of food scraps left over. We thought we should make a smoothie for our worms! We chopped up the banana peels and collected the strawberry tops. Then we popped them in the blender with some water. We whizzed and whizzed the blender until we had a gooey, mushy consistency. It didn’t look very nice but we were sure our worms would love it! We poured the worm smoothie in to the worm farm. We hope our wriggly little worms enjoyed their holiday treat!
Every Wednesday morning Pre Primary Blue are joined by parent helpers for Literacy Rotations! We rotate around five different activities in our five groups playing games and activities that help us develop our literacy skills. After this our brains are ready for our Crunch and Sip break! We love having our parents in the classroom to help – thanks Mums and Dads!
To celebrate our special Dads on Father’s Day we invited our VIP’s into our classroom to join us for some fun! There were sports activities, seed planting and even fishing to do in our outdoor space! Inside we set up some of our favourite activities like block building, play dough and drawing. We made fancy sparkly crowns for our Dads to wear and they looked like royal Kings! Before the special day we carefully drew a portrait of our Dad. We thought really hard about what they looked like, their favourite clothes and what they liked to do. They looked amazing! We displayed them on the day and we will be sending them home for our Dad to keep. We absolutely loved sharing our Pre Primary activities with our Dads! We hope they had a fantastic time also!
We were very lucky to have our grandparents and special guests come and join us for a ‘show and tell’ about their past. We learnt so many new things and it was very interesting. We couldn’t believe that photos used to take up to a week to be printed and that there once was a $2 note! We even got to meet a doll that could walk along with you! Wow, what a great morning! Thank you to those special guests who shared their wonderful memories from the past!
After the ‘show and tell’ we had morning tea together and then had lots of fun playing old-fashioned games. Some of the games we enjoyed playing with our special guests were hop scotch, elastics, skipping and bocce.
Some of us even enjoyed some dancing! We taught the grandparents some new moves!
Thank you to all the grandparents for coming! This is a learning experience that we will remember for many years to come and will enjoy sharing it with others when we reflect on our own past when we grow up!!