SAVING OUR PLANET IS THE THING TO DO!
On Friday 26th May the Year One’s celebrated their first Assembly by sharing their knowledge about ‘sustainability’.
I think sustainability means to keep our world healthy, clean and smelling nice. Maxwell
I think sustainability means to keep the world healthy and the air clean. Jermaine
I think sustainability means to plant more trees so the air can be clean and fresh. Thomas M
I think sustainability means to take care of the world and to always keep it clean so we can be happy. Mitchell
We were inspired by the children’s book ‘George Saves the World by Lunchtime’ by Jo Readman. The main character is a little boy called George who, with the help of his sister Flora and Grandpa, tries to think of all the things he can do to help save the world. We had fun acting out some of the story as well as sharing helpful tips on how we can help save the world.
Here are some of our ideas…
Don’t just chuck all your rubbish around -use the right bins. Mia
If we don’t save our water we won’t have any to drink. Oliver
If you walk places your car won’t make fumes and the air will be very good. Evan
Turn off the switches in your room when you are not in it. Trent
Take your own bag to the shops so you don’t have to get a plastic bag. Landen
Turn off the lights when you leave the room. Ivy
Always turn the tap off when you brush your teeth. Conor
Try and have a short shower and not a bath because that can waste water. Ella
We have learnt that there are four R’s that can help us in our quest to save the world!
Reduce – Use less of everything.
Re-use – Clean it up and use it again.
Repair – Fix it and use it again.
Recycle – Turn it into something useful.
The power is yours!
We would like to thank all our families for helping us learn our ‘talking parts’ and find costumes!
We couldn’t have done it without you!
Worms are very good recyclers!
We have been learning about ‘sustainability’ and the things we can do to look after our world.
On Tuesday 23rd May we had a visit from Kevin and Sam who work at The Worm Shed. Not only did we learn many interesting facts about Red Tiger Worms we also learnt why worms are the best recyclers!
Sam shared some information with us then it was time to have a look a real worms! We enjoyed hunting for the worms and the touch of them wiggling on our skin!
What we have learnt…
Worms have no legs but they can wriggle. Landen
They have five hearts but we have only one. Abby
Worms don’t have eyes. They feel and see by moving their body. Oliver
They breathe through their body and they can’t swim. Jermaine
They have a lump called a saddle on their back. Alexia
They eat things that aren’t growing anymore. Ava
Their saddle is closest to their head. Maxwell
Grown up worms only have a saddle. Trent
They can eat through boxes. Abby
They slurp in the food. Alexia
They don’t like the sun. Kara
Their food has to be mushy. Ava
Their poo doesn’t smell! Laura
Kevin showed us how to make our own mini worm farm that we have now taken home and hopefully have transferred into our gardens!
We had a great time learning about the importance of these little creatures!
Thanks Kevin and Sam!
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Term Two – Week 5
WOW! The Kindy children have certainly been busy and productive during the past five weeks! Check out what we have been up to!
Mother’s Day Pamper Morning
What fun we all had when our mother’s and grandmothers attended our Kindy “Pamper” Session! The children loved pampering their loved ones, who were treated to hand scrubs, massages, nail painting and make overs and more! We hope you enjoyed your day and the hand made gifts the children took so much time and care in producing.
We met our Year 3 Buddies early in the Term. This was exciting, as we walked through the “big” school to the Year 3 classroom. We had a chat and took some time to get to know one another. Together we discussed the meaning of our Fruit of The Holy Spirit “GENTLENESS” and gave examples of scenarios in which we may use gentleness in our daily lives. The children and their buddies then drew pictures of a time when they showed gentleness – the Year Threes assisted their Kindy buddies to scribe what their drawing represented. We had a lot of fun with our Buddies and are looking forward to our next visit!
Our Library sessions have begun this term. Our Library borrowing day is Fridays. The Kindy children look forward to our Library sessions and have already learnt so many positive behaviours whilst attending the Library.
The children have learnt:
* That the Library is a quiet and shared space.
* To be respectful of other teachers and students who may be working in the Library.
* What a shelf marker is and how to use it correctly to assist in book borrowing.
* Where to borrow their books from.
* Procedures for borrowing a book.
* What a bar code is and why our Librarian needs to scan this code.
* How to care for their books and look after their Library bags.
* About conventions of print and early literacy skills.
* To appreciate and develop a love of literature.
Reading books helps children to ignite their imaginations and takes us all on NEW adventures!
Our “Morning Work” – Finger Gym
This term, our important “Morning Work” consists of a number of various Fine Motor Skill activities that target finger and hand muscle strength. These vital skills are essential pre-requisites for formal learning which is to proceed in the next few years to come. Upon entering Kindy, the children are encouraged to unpack their bags, complete their “jobs” and then proceed to their designated group to commence their “morning work.” The children are enjoying the challenges presented so far and are making good progress.
Literacy – Peggy Lego
After learning and practicing our Peggy Lego rhymes along with the gross motor movements, we have now begun to write and paint our patterns. We are working on our pencil grip, concentration, brush strokes and movements, as well as accuracy with our lines and patterns.
Maths – Positional Language
The language of maths! We have been learning about positional words, what they mean and what they look like in real life scenarios. The children played with and moved “Humpty” to various places around the environment to demonstrate the meaning of the words. We have also been listening to and joining in with the youtube songs, “Where’s the Monkey?” and “Where is it?” to enhance our learning of positional words:
We have been learning about Creation. We have been appreciating and discussing all the wonderful and amazing things that God created in our world. We have been thinking about how AWESOME God must be, to have thought of and created such a beautiful world for us to live in and look after! We have planted our veggie garden – thinking about sustainable living… and are caring for God’s world by watering and monitoring our plants. The children have been engaged in our “Godly Play” table, representing the world that God created.
Father Giovanni made a guest appearance in Kindy Gold! Father talked to us about our mothers, (following Mother’s day) and his. He also spoke to us about what God means to us. Father made us think about God the Creator...God who gave us all the gift of intelligence…so that we ourselves, can create and use our gifts in different ways to help one another.
We sang our Mother’s Day songs for Father Giovanni and tried to convince Father to bring his guitar along to our next visit together, to teach us a song or two!
We are looking forward to the next five weeks of Term!
Over the last fortnight the Year 4, 5 and 6 students have had incursions run by Belinda Bloxsome from CSIRO Sustainable Futures. Our whole school Mappen focus this term has been a study on Sustainability. The Year 4 and 5 classes have been learning more about the fragile biodiversity of St Emilie’s Bushland and the Year 6 students having been studying the CSIRO Carbon Concerns unit. These resources are available to schools through the Sustainable Futures program. Sustainable Futures is an education program that combines the latest in climate science with education in sustainability.
Over the two week period Belinda presented a variety of interesting activities to designed to challenge the students ideas about such topics as global warming, greenhouse gases, climate change, fossil fuels and the carbon cycle.
Week one for the gold classes focused on the Biodiversity Hotspot of South West WA. The students visited our school bushland to investigate in detail native flora. We then returned to class and Belinda showed the students how to upload the details on to the Living ATLAS of Australia. This is a citizen science initiative and anyone can do it. Here is an image of the students at work in the bushland.
Week two for the Blue classes was about carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and how the increase in carbon dioxide is affecting our climate and contributing to ocean acidification. The students conducted a most interesting investigation. They worked in their collaborative teams of three. Our investigation question – is there more carbon dioxide in our breath or in the air around us?
The students used red cabbage juice as a pH indicator. They squirted the liquid into each beaker using pippettes.
The students blew up two balloons. One balloon they filled with air from their lungs. The other balloon was filled with air from the atmosphere using a pump to collect it.
Once the students had trapped the air, they slowly ‘bubbled it’ into the beaker.
The students had to observe if there was change of colour in the liquid in each beaker and compare the colour to the pH indicator strip.
The students recorded their findings on a table for ‘before’ and ‘after’. As a class we worked out the average.
We concluded that the beaker with the gas from the air we breathed out became slightly more acidic (with a lower number). The carbon dioxide from our breath reacts with the water in the cabbage solution to form carbonic acid which changes the pH of the cabbage solution.
We compared these findings to ocean environments and concluded that the average pH of seawater at the ocean’s surface is 8.1, slightly alkaline but more acidic than the average pH before the industrial era began. When carbon dioxide from the atmosphere reacts with water it forms carbonic acid. The result is a lowering of the pH and a decrease in carbonate ion concentration in the water. Less carbonate ions in the water makes it difficult for marine organisms such as coral to build calcium carbonate shells and skeletons.
Dear Year Four Families,
Please click the link to view a letter regarding your child’s Online FreshGrade Portfolio and our Three Way Interview in week six.
We are looking forward to meeting with you and your child to discuss your child’s learning and reflect on their experiences throughout term two.
Ruby Carroll & Louise Corkhill
Year Four Teachers