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 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!
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.
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!
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!
Recently we brought in some special items from home that represent different stages of our history. These items ranged from something that was from before we were born all the way up until now! We shared our special history items with our friends and then had to put them in order. Then we created our very own story about our history on the app ‘My Story’. We published them in i books! We can’t wait to share them with our families.
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We have been bringing in lots of different items from the past and exploring what they are and how they were used. We have been curious about the black and white photos of families. We looked at charcoal portraits and had a go at creating our very own charcoal portraits. We watched a you tube video that showed us different ways to smudge the charcoal to make it have shadows. They really look like they are from the past. It was tricky drawing with the charcoal but when we wanted to change something it was so easy to smudge it and have another go! Our portraits look beautiful. We also created gold frames out of doilies.
We have been looking at some of the different games and items that children and adults would have used in the past. We think it would have been fun living in the past. We have noticed that some things are the same and different. Here are some pictures of us having a go at skipping with a skipping rope, playing dominos, using an old fashioned phone and being curious about some old photos.
Please continue to bring in any items from the past that we can explore!!
Terrific Tennis in Year One Blue!
We have been very lucky to participate in a Hand Eye Clinic each Friday. Coach Phil has been teaching us some movements used when playing tennis to help us with our coordination and eye tracking. Eye tracking is an important skill because it helps us to ‘track’ words across a page when we are reading and writing.
We have learnt three tennis shots – backhand, forehand and volley and have discovered some future tennis players among us!
We have had a terrific time learning new skills, having fun and enjoying the fresh air!
You might even see some of us at a future Australian Open…in a few years of course!
Happy 100 Days of School
We were so excited to be celebrating 100 days of school! We all dressed up as 100 year olds. It was really hard to recognise everyone behind all the hairy moustaches, big eye brows, grey hair and hair rollers!
To start off the day, we had a little parade for the rest of the school so they could see how we were dressed. They were impressed!
Everything to do with the Number 100!
In Literacy time we were given a $100 note and had to think about what we would do if we were given $100. It was interesting sharing our ideas!
We danced and sung by 1′s, 2′s, 5′s and 10′s all the way to 100. We filled out all about the Number Chart and moved the star on our number line to the number 100. We had lots of different stations that had different things to do with the number 100. We worked as a team to make a paper chain with 100 rings, we wrote the number from one to one hundred with chalk on the pavement, we played 100 bingo, we played a ‘Race to 100′ board game, we represented the number 100 using dots of paint and could count by 1, 2′s, 5′s or 10′s, we ordered numbers from one to one hundred.
At the end of the day we were exhausted from all the fun and we were ready for a Nanna nap!
We will continue counting the days of school until the end of the year! I wonder what number we will reach?
Here in Year One this week we had a fantastic celebration …
our 100th Day of School!
We have been eagerly awaiting this big day and when it finally arrived we had a really wonderful time, completing activities all about the number 100!
We also dressed up as some very cool and groovy 100 year olds!
We have become really confident with working with numbers to 100 – we can now count to 100 in different ways and we are getting very good at writing these numbers correctly.
We can also use objects to model numbers to 100 too – hmmnnn, we’re so awesome!
Some of the other activities we participated in involved thinking about what we might do with $100. We made a tower with 100 plastic cups, we ordered 100 objects in a way that’s easy to count and we discovered what we could build with 100 pieces of Lego!
We had a really fun day…but we were just a teensy weeny bit tired by the end of it! 🙂
Bye for now!