Guided Inquiry – Celebrating Differences (Social Justice)
We are enjoying celebrating our cultural differences in Year One and Year Two!
Our recent Cultural Fair allowed our students to…
- Develop an appreciation of multicultural Australia, embracing different foods, games, music, and traditions from different cultures.
- Show respect for those who sound, look and act differently to themselves.
- Understand that although we are all different, we all hold similar values, and we all have the right to be treated fairly.
We had a wonderful time at our Cultural Fair!
A huge thank you to the wonderful Mums, Dads and family friends who volunteered their time, prepared presentations, played games with us, prepared yummy food for us to taste and passionately shared their culture…with a smile and a huge amount of patience!
We loved our morning together!
We are off and racing in Term 3!
These are some of the activities that have been keeping us busy…
Our Mathematics discussions and activities have focused on fractions and the concept that fractions are equal parts of a whole. We cut fruit into the fractions that we are most familiar with…half, quarters and thirds then discovered the fraction of tenths when we peeled open a mandarin! Fractions are everywhere! We mixed up our fruity fractions and each had a turn at sorting the fruit onto the correct fraction plate along with the symbols used to represent these fractions.
Our writing genre this term is a little challenging! We have started to look at information reports and the structure this type of writing follows. Firstly, we looked at two reports that had been cut up and then worked with a partner to sort out the information under the correct headings – title, classification, description and conclusion. We are now in the process of writing our first information report on Potatoes. We have completed our planning page and are now ready to turn our ideas into sentences! After learning more about the stages of the potato plant we decided we needed to head out and check on our potato plants…they are as big as our head now!!
Growing and Changing
In Religion we have been talking about growing and changing and discovered that Jesus grew and changed just like us! We read the story Jesus in the Temple – a special story about Jesus when He was 12 years old. We also read The Last Supper and discussed how Jesus used His body as an adult to show love to others. We spent time talking about the very special part of the Mass called the Eucharist where we see the symbols of Jesus’ body and blood through the bread and wine.
We have been rather busy in our literacy centres. Each centre gives us another opportunity to practice a particular skill. So far this term we have practiced compound words, taken it in turns to read out sentences while our partner tries hard to write the sentence correctly, used the iPads for Lexia Core 5 (a program that helps with our reading comprehension), used magnetic letters to practise spelling tricky words, used tiny message boards to spell sight words and enjoyed reading in the beautiful sunshine!
Our class reading corner has been a big hit this term with many of us bringing in our favourite books from home to read in class!
Life is good in Year One!
This term, our guided inquiry topic is Social Justice – Celebrating Cultures. As a part of our exploration into the concept of Social Justice, we are focusing on multiculturalism and the development of empathy, understanding and interest in those from different cultures.
In order to explore and celebrate the cultures that already exist in our school, we are organising a ‘Cultural Fair’ for the Year One and Two classes on
Tuesday 13th August. We are inviting all parents, grandparents and friends to be presenters at our fair. Presenters will be asked to share their knowledge and experiences of a particular culture to small groups of children. During the fair, the children will be rotating around to the various ‘stalls’ to learn as much as they can about the various cultural backgrounds that exist in our school community.
Examples of what you may present are;
● cooking demonstration / foods from other cultures
● traditional dance, instruments or music
● traditional games
● items of cultural significance
● traditional clothing or costumes
● photographs of significant buildings / places
● books or songs in another language
Please return the attached form by Wednesday 31st July (we have extended the return date) if you or anyone you know will be available to present on the day…or team up with another parent?
Further details are attached. A hard copy of this note was sent home to families during the last week of Term two.
We had huge success with our Community Fair earlier in the year and are looking forward to making our Cultural Fair even better!
Year One and Year Two Teachers
We sure have been rather busy in our last two weeks of Term 2!
We have enjoyed learning how to write procedures and thought it would be fun to follow a procedure with the hope of creating something that we could take home! We are a little ‘owl obsessed’ in 1B, especially after baby owls were born right here in our school bushland! What better way for us to learn than combine our love of procedures and owls!
After making our clay owls we wrote our procedure making sure to remember each step. We had heaps of fun using clay and clay tools…just like a real artist! It was a hoot!
In Religious Education we have been talking about the importance of friends…what makes our friends so special, how to make new friends, as well as exploring the ideas of sharing friends. We listened to the Bible story ‘Zacchaeus –the man who had no friends and learnt that Jesus showed love and forgiveness to Zacchaeus. We can learn from Jesus and do the same with our friends.
We read the story ‘Friends’ by Eric Carle and made our own painted paper similar to what Eric uses to create his illustrations. We had fun making portraits of our friends! We explored the art element of texture and enjoyed running our fingers through our painted creations. Some of our portraits are very life like!
We have been busy learning about some aspects of the Aboriginal culture in celebration of NAIDOC Week. We have listened to stories, looked at Aboriginal symbols and created a wonderful portrait of an Emu after reading the story ‘Karana –the story of Father Emu’. We even got to see the Wadumbah Aboriginal Dance Group perform an Emu dance when they visited our school on Wednesday! We had fun using chalk pastels and experimented with the art elements of line, space, colour and the technique of smudging to create our emu art work.
We have had another great term but are now ready for the holidays!
See you in Term 3!