Wow! What a busy term we have had!
Learning something new each day, is what makes life in Year One really great!
We celebrated Book Week by dressing as our favourite book character. We had a huge array of wonderful characters and we were treated to an incursion called Shine a Light, which celebrated some of this years shortlisted books in a fun and educational way!
So many creative book characters!
Our second assembly of the year celebrated our Fantastic Fathers! We shared a special poem celebrating why we love our Dads and Grandfathers so much. We even came dressed as our Dad…it was very hard to tell the difference between us!! We created a special portrait of our dad using black ink and wrote many interesting things about our special Dads!
We washed our background with two colours then used special black ink to create our Dad portrait.
It was a little tricky painting Dad as the ink absorbed quickly into the paper.
First Aid Incursion
Lia from St John Ambulance visited us recently to share some very important information about what to do in an emergency. We spent time discussing what the word ‘emergency’ actually meant and what we can do if we find ourselves in this type of situation. We learnt that it is very important for us to know our full name, phone number and address in case we have to ring 000 in an emergency. Lia showed us what uniform and equipment a Paramedic carries as well as showing us pictures of the emergency services (Ambulance, Police and Fire Brigade) that are here to help us.
Soreti practiced calling OOO to report an emergency. It is very important to know your name, phone number and address so help can get to you.
We had a closer look at the uniform worn by a Paramedic and some of the important things found in an ambulance.
Hand Eye Clinics
For the last few weeks we have taken part in a Hand Eye Clinic with Coach Phil. Each Friday we have learnt a new tennis skill and have had a lot of fun in the process! These skills not only help us when playing sport but also help us in our reading and writing when we have to track words across a page. We have also learnt that Tennis is not really a winter sport and we have practiced being ‘flexible’ when the rain came! Rain, rain go away please don’t come back on Tennis day!
We have to make sure we hold the racquet correctly.
We have learnt the correct position when hitting the ball for a forehand and backhand shot.
We enjoyed reading the Aboriginal Dreamtime story ‘How the Birds Got Their Colours’.
The story got us thinking about some of the colourful birds we see near us. We have all noticed some very colourful birds, that we later discovered are called Rainbow Lorikeets, that like to hang out in the trees near our classroom. We watched a clip about Rainbow Lorikeets and have used this information to create a report of these colourful birds. Writing a report is a long process! We have learnt that a report contains real information, a title, a classification, description and a conclusion. We have each written our own reports as well as creating our own Rainbow Lorikeet. We used black glue to outline our design and bright dye to add colour…all our birds look amazing! We have taken many weeks to create these two pieces of work and can’t wait to share them with you soon!
We read many examples of reports before planning our own. We underlined interesting words and practiced reading with our partner.
We had to match each part of a report to it’s correct paragraph.
Putting together our finished reports ready to share with you!
Our Rainbow Lorikeets took a little while to create but they look amazing!
We have learnt some interesting things about different cultures as part of our Guided Inquiry unit. After reading some Aboriginal Dreamtime stories we had a look at some Aboriginal art and compared it to the Indigenous Gondi tribe of India. We compared both types of art and realised they are very similar. Both styles of art celebrate the world around us using natural colours and shapes such as dots, dashes and lines. We had a go at creating our own Gond Art that will be on display as part of our India Expo during our Open Night. We incorporated our love of Australian animals with our newfound knowledge of Indian art and were amazing with our results! We can’t wait to show them off!
We used water paint to create dashes and double lines on our artwork.
We enjoyed using bright colours and seeing our ideas come to life!
We have had a very busy term and are looking forward to showing off some of our hard work on Wednesday 16th September during our Open Night! We hope to see you there!