In Week 4, Year 2 Blue practised their knowledge of ‘position, location and transformation’ by creating a set of instructions to give other students to follow.
Working with a partner, the students took into consideration the position of where they would stand, the directions in which they would travel (some even using compass directions as a point of reference), the distance they would travel in each step, and the way they would travel (walking, skipping, hopping).
We then had a lot of fun reading and following another group’s directions!
All of our directions were unique and creative, and showed our growing understanding of position, location and transformation!
This week in our Guided Inquiry Unit – Creativity, we learnt about the one of the Habits of Mind called – STRIVING FOR ACCURACY.
One of the activities to enhance this skill involved drawing a picture of a vase of flowers as accurately as possible. After looking carefully and translating our observations as accurately as possible, we used water colours to produce our final product.
National Water Week is held in October each year to help us understand and take action to protect and conserve our precious water resources and habitats. As a registered Waterwise School, St Emilie’s always celebrates this week by educating our students about the value and conservative use of water.
The theme for National Water Week this year is ‘Water – the Heart of our Culture’ which encourages young people to explore how water shapes our everyday lives through recreational activities, the natural world and our community values. The focus here at St Emilie’s was the value of water to the Western Australian lifestyle.
The week was a call to action, challenging us all to make changes to our day-to-day lives to protect this essential resource which shapes almost everything we do. It also gives us a huge opportunity to start conversations and encourage people to learn more about the technologies and the people that keep our taps running and ensure Australia has a sustainable water future to support our economy and our communities.
Below are a few of the Waterwise learning experiences that were offered in Science this week.
The Year One students investigated ‘dripping taps’ around the school. And they found one in Year 5!! We predicted how much water would be collected from the drip and marked this on bucket.
Then we left the bucket under the drip to collect the water while we went back to class to do our work. Here are our findings.
We had a discussion about what we can do if we see a dripping tap. ‘Turn it off!’ were the replies. However, Olivia in 1G informed us all that if the drip won’t stop then, ‘call a plumber!’
We didn’t wish to waste our collected water so Mrs O’Donnell carefully poured the water onto the lawn.
Our Year 2 students did some work on their potato crops. It was time to ‘mound up’ the soil around the potatoes. Mr Cogger assists us by managing the sprinklers and turning them on, only on our designated watering days here at St Emilie’s.
Our Year 5 and 6 students learned about our big blue planet and how much ‘fresh water’ is actually available for drinking, growing food and keeping plants and animals alive. It works out that there is about 2%. This helps us to understand the importance of water conservation and why in our drying climate in WA we need to look after our most precious resource.
In Year 2B we have been learning about the Habit of Mind – Striving for Accuracy and Precision.
We thought about what the word ‘accurate’ means and discussed why this Habit of Mind is so important.
We can strive for accuracy by always checking our work for errors, constantly finding ways to improve and doing our very best!
We practised this Habit of Mind while completing an observational drawing of an object in our classroom. We needed to take our time and carefully draw the lines, shapes and details we could see… always remembering to check and re-check again!
We are very proud of our drawings and are looking forward to using this Habit of Mind in all areas of our learning!
It is World Teacher’s Day today and we take a moment to celebrate our own teachers and Education Assistants and those across the world who dedicate themselves to sharing the gift of learning!
Every day, our staff are making a difference educating and inspiring your children in our school!
World Teachers’ Day is an opportunity to acknowledge our teachers, EA’s and all our staff – to say thank you for the significant contribution they make in our classrooms, playgrounds and communities.
World Teachers’ Day is held internationally on 5 October. As the day usually falls during school holidays, Australia celebrates it on the last Friday of October each year.
Have you thanked your child’s teacher lately?
St Emilie’s staff love what they do, and they work very hard! Sometimes a little email, card or note of thanks can really make the day of a teacher or EA in the midst of a sea of planning, paperwork and teaching!
If you have a minute, why don’t you think of a way that you might be able to let them know how much you appreciate their efforts? 🙂
Below is a poster showing some really positive and powerful ways that you can support and work well our teaching staff … please try to make some time to read it, thank you!
Have a great day everyone!