At the beginning of this term our classroom was a blank slate! The children and Mrs Reid and I walked around our classroom and thought about where we would like t arrange everything! We first decided to have a go at designing a map of our new classroom layout. We made a list of the areas we needed to include in our design, such as the home corner, book corner, light table, mat area and so on. Then we got a clipboard and pen, like a real architect, and started designing our classroom lay out. Some of us worked on our own, others worked with a partner and some decided to work in a group of three or four. When we finished we shared our classroom designs. We had a good discussion and shared ideas and came up with a whole class design on a big map. Then we had to move everything into place! We all helped move furniture and equipment. We tried our new classroom layout during activity time and decided we were really happy with it! You can come in and see how it looks! We have also displayed our fantastic design maps too for your viewing pleasure!
Interior design is a breeze in PP – we offer very cheap rates too, if anyone is interested 🙂
Miss White and Mrs Reid
This term we are exploring the concept “Where Does Our Food Come From?” as part of our whole school Science focus. We have created our own little Farm in our classroom and a special Farmer’s Market to role play selling our produce.
In Mathematics we have been discovering more about the wonderful world of Addition. We have been drawing paddocks and creating our own number stories about the farm animals in our paddocks! In our ‘Farmer’s Market’ we are able to buy and sell a variety of produce. We are also having fun learning to recognise Australian coins and notes.
We planted a variety of seedlings in our Vegetable Garden last term – broccolini, carrots, beetroot and more! The vegetables are almost ready to harvest and we are going to enjoy cooking and tasting our produce.
Some of our year 5 Science Inquiry students spent Friday morning with Cath Cooper from Urban Bushland Council WA, learning about the different species of native plants that are growing right here in the St Emilie’s Bushland! Students were highly motivated and followed Cath’s lead as we toured our bushland, recording important details about the species we found along the way. The students will be using their findings to create an ‘eco-gram’. This eco-gram will feature in the presentation to parents later on this term. Cath is a highly valued ‘resource’ in our school, and she is teaching us all much about the importance of conserving our bushland and helping us to learn more about our local flora and fauna. Cath will be visiting on several occasions this semester to work with the year 5 science inquiry group and we feel very lucky indeed!
The Banksia is Cath’s most favourite plant. Can you work out who named the plant ‘Banksia’? (It has something to do with one of our early explorers to Australia!)
Above: We really love the enthusiasm of this little group – madly taking in everything Cath has to share!
While we were talking about the bushland one of the parents in PP observed an owl in our bushland. Yes – an OWL!! Both Mr Cogger and I have spotted the owl in the trees this week. This is very exciting news as it shows that the health of the bushland is improving, enough to encourage native fauna to return. I’ve done some research on the internet about common owls in the south west of WA and we think our owl is a Southern Boobook Owl.
Stay tuned for more info on our Wise Eyed Owl!
And finally let’s remember….
“It’s not what the world holds for you. It’s what you bring to the world”.
Here in Year One this week we had a fantastic celebration …
our 100th Day of School!
We have been eagerly awaiting this big day and when it finally arrived we had a really wonderful time, completing activities all about the number 100!
We also dressed up as some very cool and groovy 100 year olds!
We have become really confident with working with numbers to 100 – we can now count to 100 in different ways and we are getting very good at writing these numbers correctly.
We can also use objects to model numbers to 100 too – hmmnnn, we’re so awesome!
Some of the other activities we participated in involved thinking about what we might do with $100. We made a tower with 100 plastic cups, we ordered 100 objects in a way that’s easy to count and we discovered what we could build with 100 pieces of Lego!
We had a really fun day…but we were just a teensy weeny bit tired by the end of it! 🙂
Bye for now!
In weeks one and two of this term, the children have been exploring the wonderful language of China – Chinese, and ‘having a go’ at writing characters and greeting one another!
As always, the children have shown great curiosity and respect for learning about a new culture and the challenges it poses to make the links between our cultural backgrounds in Australia and that of our focus country for the term.
We look forward to a learning packed term full of discovery and creativity as we learn about the fascinating traditions, arts,history,foods, belief and cultural systems that make China so unique and fascinating.
Reading and writing Chinese numbers…we noticed the characters were written the same as Japanese numbers but they sounded differently in Chinese.
Reading in Chinese is challenging!
The year 3 classes traced Chinese letters and we had to remember the correct stroke order to get the formation of the character right!
Here we were “air writing” to help us remember the writing stroke order of the characters.
Writing Ni Hao (hello) in Chinese.
We have begun learning about the structure and features of narratives. We are currently working together to create our own story about the adventures of ‘Theodore the Thinking Dragon’ and ‘Mr Owl’! It has been so much fun planning and sharing ideas and we can’t wait to bring our story to life! Stay tuned!