For our final Term this year, we are studying Indonesia!
Its very exciting for many of our students as anyone who has been to Bali has visited Indonesia and many of our families here at St Emilie’s have found Bali to be a great place for a family break.
Indonesia is one of our closest Asian neighbours and important as one of Australia’s trade partners. In turn we are just as influential to Indonesia’s tourism industry.
Here are some highlights of our fortnights learning:
Learning greetings and speaking indonesian to one another.We practised the words”Halo”- which means Hello, and “Sampai Jumpa” which means See you later.
It was a great discovery to the year 1 and 2 classes that Indonesia is made up of many different islands and we found out where Bali is in Indonesia, and that the capital city is Jakarta.
Here we are learning the numbers 1-10 is Indonesian. Our clever year 4-6 classes could read out their phone numbers to partners by the end of the lesson!
One of our Mathematic topics this term is investigating Australian money. We have been learning about dollars and cents and how we can tell each coin and note apart. We have learnt that our money has lots of famous Australian people and animals on it! Our goal is to be able to place all the coins and notes in order according to their value and to use coins to show the price of items.
This terms inquiry unit is titled ‘Necessity – Raw to Ready’. We have begun our investigations into this topic by discussing needs and wants under the headings of food, shelter and clothing. We have realised that some of the things we enjoy eating, playing with and wearing aren’t really affecting our survival. Unfortunately some of the things we want are things we don’t always need!
To link our learning to real life we have created a class market. We voted on the name of the market and decided on ‘Year One Blue Fresh Food Market’. We worked in pairs to create posters advertising what we have on offer!
We are having a fabulous time shopping and are putting our knowledge of money to good use!
We worked in pairs to create a poster advertising an item from our market. We had to make sure we wrote the $ in the correct position.
Some of our finished posters advertising our market items!
Our market is open for business and awaiting it’s first customers!
Working out the cost of our items and the change we need to give back.
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!!
This term we have been curious about life in the past. We recently put together a History of Me bag and used the iPads to create a story about our short life using the items we brought in. We had a great time sharing and chatting about objects and photos that are special to us.
We placed our special items in the correct sequence.
We used an app called My Story to create a mini story book about the History of Me!
We had a lovely morning with our Grandparents earlier this week. We listened to some Grandparents share information about their life when they were young and even got to have a look at some old items like telephones, cameras with film, typewriters and old toys. More Grandparents joined us for morning tea and old fashioned games. We all had a wonderful morning and loved spending time with our Groovy Grandparents!
So many Grandparents and special friends came for a lovely morning together!
Our telephones look a bit different today!
We all enjoyed playing some games from the past!
We are in the process of creating a mini story about our Grandparents. We are using the information we gathered in our interviews to write about our Grandparents. We enjoyed sharing our information and have learnt some funny stories about our Grandparents!
We are enjoying our reading!
We had a wonderful time on our excursion to the Fremantle Literacy Centre. In class we have been looking very closely at the illustrations in the stories we read, paying particular attention to the techniques used in creating these illustrations. We had a look at how the illustrations were created in two stories.
We explored the story The Swap written by Jan Ormerod and illustrated by Andrew Joyner. We learnt that the illustrator used a computer to create his images and because this process takes a long time he only used a few colours in his illustrations.
Would you swap your little brother or sister? Caroline Crocodile tried to in this story!
We enjoyed looking at the original illustrations!
We walked around looking carefully at the illustration boards!
We also had a great time reading and admiring the beautiful illustrations in the story Hunting for Dragons written by Bruce Whatley. We looked very closely at the illustrations and discovered a dragon hidden on every page!
Do you believe in dragons?
We hunted for dragons on each page!
We had a lovely time in Fremantle and made sure that no dragons followed us back to school! A big thank you to Mrs Hunt and Mr McKie for joining us on our excursion!
We have also been busy reading stories and sharing information about our amazing dads in preparation for Father’s Day. We have read many stories about dads and have created portraits of our own dad.
We are looking forward to our showing our portraits very soon!
Bari’s Amazing Dad!
Indiana’s Groovy Day!
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