Year 2G has been practising their persuasive writing skills with the topic, ‘Is it better to grow your own vegetables or buy them from the shop?’
We have come up with some excellent arguments for both points of view. Are you able to be convinced?
If you go shopping you would wait in line. One time I had to stay there for a very long time. (Ashley)
You should grow your own vegetables because if you do they will be fresher and it’s fun. For example, when I was planting I saw one of my broccoli and I picked it, washed it, then ate it. It was yummy. (Francheska)
When you plant your own vegetables, your getting fresh air and your getting fit. (Daniel)
If you are in a hurry you can just go to the shop. Once Mum needed vegetables so she went to the garden but the plants were not finished growing so she just went to the shop. (Taylah)
We would also like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the wonderful parents who gave up their time this morning to assist with making props and costume items for our upcoming Edudance concert. We can’t wait to see the kids all dressed up in their awesome outfits!
We have really enjoyed raising silkworms. We have asked lots of questions, wondered about many things, looked carefully at their lifecycle and learnt lots of different and interesting silkworm facts.
Did you know that silkworms are not really worms? They are a type of caterpillar!
Also, the male silk moths are very different to the female silk moths. The males are a lot smaller and they like to jump around and flutter their wings. The female silk moths like to be very still and quiet.
Another interesting thing to know is that silk moths cannot fly!
It has been very interesting to learn how ‘Raw’ silk worms make ‘Ready’ silk for us to wear as clothes. We have loved seeing them grow from little baby silk worms, to watch them spin their silk cocoons and now fluttering around as adult silk moths.
In mathematics, we have been using informal units of measurement to compare and order the length of different objects.
How many popsticks do you think you will need to measure your desk?
We discovered that we could make use of our knowledge of fractions and decided that our desks are 5 and 1/4 popsticks wide!
We then thought about whether we would need more or less unifix cubes to measure the same distance.
I wonder how long our rulers are?
We have also measured the length of our feet!
Next we will be learning how to measure the mass of objects, using balance scales. Measurement is a lot of fun!
This term we are learning about the concept of NECESSITY.
Through our investigations, we hope to answer the following questions:
- What is the difference between needing something and wanting it?
- Why are some communities more likely to produce food than others?
- Who and what are involved in items getting into a shop?
Here are some of our ideas about needs and wants…
“Need is something important, want is something you would enjoy.” (Misha)
“If you need something, it means like food, you always need food. If you want something you can only get it if you’re lucky.” (Ethan)
“Needs are stuff that you really need, like you can’t survive without it and want is something that you don’t really need. For an example, you don’t really need chocolate or chocolate milk in your life.” (Sanyo)
“You might need something and you get it. But you might want something and you don’t get it. So it is important that you get what you need, not just what you want.” (Taylah)
During our excursion to Woolworths and the Markets we searched for items we ‘need’ and ‘want’, as well as things that are ‘raw’ and ‘ready’.
It was lots of fun hunting for different shopping items and then comparing them to the cheaper or more expensive options! We saw plenty of interesting things and have had much to talk about back at school.
Thank you so much to our wonderful parent helpers who made our shopping excursion a great success!
This terms Integrated Studies unit explores the concept of Necessity and we have been talking about things the students ‘need’ as opposed to things they ‘want’. Our discussions so far have been very interesting! We have also been exploring the concept of ‘Raw to Ready”. To accompany this topic the Year 2 classes headed off to the local Woolworths and to the Gosnells Railway Markets for a ‘raw to ready’ experience. It was interesting to see and explore the differences between these two places and why people choose to go to Woolworths, to the Markets or to both. We cannot wait to explore this concept further. Soon we will bring in items from home. We wonder what countries they were made in and if they will be ‘Raw’ or ‘Ready’?
This terms Integrated Studies unit has involved looking at the past and how things have changed over time. The students have really enjoyed this inquiry unit and have explored how the past continues to shape the present and the future they live in.
On the 8th of September the Year 1 and 2 students hosted a Grandparent Day. It was a fantastic event where grandparents where invited to bring in items from the past and ran their own “Show and Tell” morning. Some of the interesting items we saw were old school photographs, old toys, typewriters, wind-up telephones and photo negatives.
We loved looking at items from the past and listened to lots of funny and interesting stories about our grandparents childhood.
After the “Show and Tell” morning we lead our special guests over to the school junior oval and enjoyed a lovely morning tea picnic. We showed our grandparents and special guests lots of games from the past and had lots of fun playing these games with them. We built lots of happy memories on Grandparent Day!
The year 2 and 3 students have been learning about Perth’s water supply – including our dams and catchments. I’ve suggested to the students that they go on a family outing to one of the dams in the outer metro area. So why not get out there and enjoy spring in our beautiful state. Here are some dams not far from Canning Vale.
Wungong Dam – near Armadale
Bickley Reservoir – so close just at the back of Maddington.
Mundaring Weir – you can have lunch at the pub!! Buy the kids a bowl of chips.
Looking forward to hearing from the students about their family outing.
PS: Here is a movie of the catchments we made in the sandpit this week and last week.
click here: catchmentMOV
For our final Term this year, we are studying Indonesia!
Its very exciting for many of our students as anyone who has been to Bali has visited Indonesia and many of our families here at St Emilie’s have found Bali to be a great place for a family break.
Indonesia is one of our closest Asian neighbours and important as one of Australia’s trade partners. In turn we are just as influential to Indonesia’s tourism industry.
Here are some highlights of our fortnights learning:
Learning greetings and speaking indonesian to one another.We practised the words”Halo”- which means Hello, and “Sampai Jumpa” which means See you later.
It was a great discovery to the year 1 and 2 classes that Indonesia is made up of many different islands and we found out where Bali is in Indonesia, and that the capital city is Jakarta.
Here we are learning the numbers 1-10 is Indonesian. Our clever year 4-6 classes could read out their phone numbers to partners by the end of the lesson!