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!
This term we are working with fractions, decimals and percentages. To begin the week we have learned a little more about equivalent fractions by playing the game, ‘Property Developer’. To play the game you need two players, two dice and some counters. The aim of the game is to occupy the most apartments by rolling the dice and making a fraction. If you roll a 2 and a 3 then you can make the fraction 2/3 therefore you can occupy two windows on a three bedroom apartment. If your partner has already occupied this apartment then you could make an equivalent fraction such s 4/6 or 8/12 and occupy those apartments instead. This game is great for getting us to recognise that different fractions actually represent the same amount.
During Inquiry, we participated in a lesson called, ‘Exercising Our Funny Bones’. We spoke about the Habit of Mind, ‘Finding Humour’ which provided us with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the importance of humour in our lives. People with a sense of humour are more likely to develop resilience as well as creative and lateral problem solving abilities. Having a sense of humour will also help us cope when our needs or wants are not being met. The Habit of Mind, ‘Finding Humour’ encourages people to laugh a little as laughing increases your oxygen intake and is good for you. It asks us to appreciate other’s humour and to try and laugh at ourselves.
As part of this lesson we were given a question or an answer to a joke. We had to move around the room and find someone who completed out joke. Some of the jokes were terrible and some of them were quite funny, we have shared a few below.
Why are basketball players never asked for dinner? Because they’re always dribbling!
Why do we put candles on top of a birthday cake? Because it’s too hard to put them on the bottom!
What game do ants play with elephants? Squash!
Why don’t bananas like getting sun burnt? They peel.
Click on the link below to see what we have been up to 🙂
WEEK 8 POST PDF
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!