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.
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!
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!
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!
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