Open Night was a huge success with many parents and families coming along to see the results of the students’ hard work throughout the term. It was really lovely to see families spending quality time together. Thanks so much Mums and Dads for making the time to come along – it really means a lot to your children!
Last week we had the pleasure of inviting Mr Greg Mitchell into our school and into our classroom. Greg gave us some really effective and interesting strategies that we can now apply and use in our classroom. It was a really insightful and educational visit for both students and teachers and we were reminded about these important social skills:
No put downs
Be your best self
A terrific day for all!
We have had a very productive start to the term and the students have shown themselves to be hardworking and enthusiastic learners.
Here are some of the things we have discovered as well as what we like about being in Year Four Blue:
- We have enjoyed learning about what life was like for early Aboriginal people and the ways they used the land so effectively.
- We are looking forward to building our own Aboriginal shelters.
- We have tested our mental maths skills in games of ‘Addition Bingo.’
- We are thrilled to have our new iPads! We have spent time exploring some great maths applications and sharpening our numeracy skills.
We are looking forward to a great term ahead!
This term, as part of our ‘Necessity’ unit of work, the students have been learning about the difference between a ‘need’ and a ‘want’. To begin, everyone in the class was asked to fill out a ‘Christmas Wishlist’. The class then debated about and brainstormed different needs and wants. Here are some of our ideas:
We then came up with our own definition of what a ‘need’ and a ‘want’ are. Our definitions were:
- A need is something that you can’t live without and it helps you to survive.
- A want is something that is enjoyable to have but you don’t need it to survive.
Each person was then required to review the items on their ‘Christmas Wishlist’ and classify them as a ‘need’ or a ‘want’.
The students have also been learning about the necessity of budgeting. They have learned what the word ‘budget’ means in the context of our daily lives.
The students were then provided with the opportunity to plan and manage their own classroom budget to help them consolidate and apply their understanding of wants, needs and budgeting. Everyone enjoyed this task, however, some of us found out about the harsh realities of life such as the infringements you are forced to pay when you break the rules. On the flip side, many of us were able to enjoy some special treats! 🙂
This term we have had some special “no frills” pets in our classroom. They are grey, soft and smooth – you guessed it – they are silkworms! Four Blue have been fascinated as we have observed the silkworms making their way through their two month life cycle of eating, sleeping, spinning their cocoons and finally emerging as moths, ready to lay eggs and begin the cycle all over again. They really are amazing creatures!
This week in Four Blue we have begun learning more about the wonderful world of measurement. The students will have multiple opportunities to use scaled instruments to compare objects and use familiar metric units to measure and compare lengths. We have already measured and compared parts of our bodies with a lot more measuring ahead!
On Wednesday 10th September we attended an Agrifoods Incursion in our school hall. This incursion is part of a national education programme that aims to raise the awareness of the Australian agriculture industry with teachers and students – in particular, the food supply chain.
Adrienne Richardson presented a range of agrifood topics linked directly to the Australian Curriculum. The presentation was an interactive workshop where the students had the opportunity to create food and share their experiences at the the end. Some of the foods the students created were; turning cream into butter, crushing grains to make flour, making fresh orange juice, looking at types of sugar and working out if an egg is fresh or rotten. Overall it was an interactive and engaging way to see how different foods are produced and then arrive on our plates!
Year Four celebrated National Science Week with a visit to Scitech. We began our learning adventure with a visit to the Planetarium. While there we viewed ‘To Space and Back’ which helped us to discover the huge impact that space exploration, our greatest adventure, is having on our daily lives. We learned how it is affecting us every day through technology such as satellites, mobile phones, and even saving lives.
Our next stop was ‘Carnival of Science’. Here we uncovered the science behind our favourite sideshow attractions and investigated the physics, psychology and mathematics of this weird and wacky world.
The highlight of our excursion was when we saw the show ‘Ignite Your Curiosity’. We discovered the wonders of chemistry in the world around us through bubbling beakers, exciting explosions and fantastic fireballs.
Finally, our afternoon was spent exploring the different exhibitions that Scitech has to offer. Overall it was an action packed enjoyable day that left us wanting to learn more about scientific curiosities in our world!
On Wednesday 13th August 2014 the Year Fours were lucky enough to visit the Amherst Village Library to meet local author, Raewyn Caisley.
Raewyn is a children’s author who lives close by in Fremantle. She has worked as a primary school teacher and has always had a lot of fun with her class during writing time! Raewyn has met a lot of great characters in her life, some of whom are the inspiration for her books.
During our visit, Raewyn explained that she uses her ‘real life’ experiences and feelings to create stories and this helps her to bring her stories to life! She shared with us some personal stories that meant a lot to her, as well as some of the inspiration she has used from her personal life for ideas to write her stories.
During our visit Raewyn gave us some fantastic ideas and tips to help us make our writing “sparkle”. Some of her tips were:
• You need to “hug a fat secret”
• Keep it simple
• Use your own words
• Choose the right details
• Keep it real
• Show, don’t tell
• Include real feelings
The Year Fours are now looking forward to applying Raewyn’s advice to their own narrative writing. We hope to share some of our creative stories with you soon.