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!
The Year One students planted their potatoes on Friday 24th May. Every week they visited the garden beds along with Mrs Cogger and Mrs Roberto to see how many potatoes had come up.
Every week more and more potatoes popped up! This week we counted 39 potatoes. Here are a few photos of our students examining their potato seedlings.
Thanks to Seed Potatoes for Schools WA for supporting us with this project. We are all thoroughly enjoying it.
We celebrated St Emilie’s Day by learning more about the special Saint our school is named after. We learnt lots of interesting facts about her life and discovered she was a lot like us…she had a mum and dad, two younger brothers and was lucky enough to go to school. It was amazing to learn about all the wonderful things she did to help those in need.
We created portraits of St Emilie thinking about adding appropriate detail, filling the space and experimenting with shades of colour. We also thought about how we can be more like St Emilie in our everyday words and actions.
“I can be like St Emilie by helping people who are hurt” – Aisha
“I can be like St Emilie by being a good person and donating things I don’t need anymore and give them to charity” -Alicia
“I can be like St Emilie by sharing, listening and being grateful” -Rhys
“I can be like St Emilie by sharing my toys with people” -Thomas
We were so proud of our finished portraits! They look stunning!
Procedures – Writing
We have been busy learning how to write procedures using the correct structure – title, goal, materials and steps. We wrote procedures on how to make our favourite sandwiches and picked a few to test out. Mrs Roberto listened carefully to some of our procedures and followed them very carefully…but ended up making some funny looking sandwiches! This fun activity showed us the importance of having very clear steps and writing them in sequential order!
Feelings – Keeping Safe Curriculum
We have been talking about our feelings and the warning signs are body gives us when we are feeling a particular emotion. We used collage materials to build faces showing different emotions as well as using the iPad to take photos of each other showing different feelings. We were very creative in our photos and managed to sneak in a selfie or two!
The Pencil – Vocabulary
We enjoyed studying the story The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg and used our focus vocabulary words – shiver, hesitate and ridiculous – to write some very clever sentences! We have been working hard to ensure our sentences are ‘super sentences’….they start with a capital letter, have spaces between words, end in a full stop and they have to make sense! Lots of things to remember!
“In Japan I shivered because I was playing in the snow then I went back inside” – Charlene.
“I hesitated when I was going to a new school because I had never gone there before” -Rhys.
“I hesitated when I went to the monkey bars because I didn’t know how to use the monkey bars” -Nicholas.
“Your shoes look ridiculous because they have ping pong balls and pipe cleaners on them!” -Armyne
We also thought about what it would be like to take the place of main character in the story…if you were the pencil, what would you have draw? We came up with some creative ideas and did an amazing job at adding so much detail to our drawings…using just a pencil of course!
We are always so busy in Year One!
Book of Love – Life Link 2019
In Religion we have been talking about the many ways that we can use our bodies to show love to others just like Jesus.
Our learning tied in beautifully to this years LifeLink’s Big Book of Love & Hope project for Catholic Schools.
Archbishop Tim and Bishop Don hoped that all our Archdiocesan primary schools would enthusiastically participate in and support a new and exciting project.
The St Emilie’s Big Book of Love & Hope contains messages of support and care to people in need created by all our classes.
In 1B we learnt more about Identity WA and created our posters celebrating their vision – to build a community in which “All people live with a sense of purpose, a sense of belonging and a sense of wellbeing”.
As a class we brainstormed a list of ideas… things that we felt were important to everyone… and worked in pairs to create our artwork. We had so much fun using shaving and food dye to create our marbled backgrounds! We loved the texture of the shaving cream plus it made our room smell so clean!
We worked very hard on our posters and were so proud of how they turned out. We enjoyed looking at everyones ideas and colourful backgrounds! Here are some of our posters…
We have been very busy in Year One and can’t wait to show you some of our learning in our upcoming Three Way Interviews next week!
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