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24
September
2019

Update from Upper 1st

This week Upper 1st (Year 1) has enjoyed writing their own persuasive texts. Each child has chosen their own topic which they felt passionate about. They then each formed a point of view and supported that view with reasons or arguments. Finally, they created a ‘conclusion’, which formed their last paragraph of writing. Their writing has been available to view in the classroom all week.

In Maths Upper 1st has explored the language of ‘position’ and revised ‘time’ – hour, half hour and a quarter past the hour. In Science they created column graphs to show the information they had gathered about Nude Food Day. On Monday they presented their data to the school at Assembly. Upper 1st class Nude Food wrap results were –
Tuesday – 13 non-recyclable wraps; Thursday – reduced to 5 non-recyclable wraps. Upper 1st discovered the whole school total count of plastic on both days and the difference between the totals: 147 less pieces of plastic on Nude Food Day!
Also this week a parent took the class for a special craft activity making miniature ‘Angry Birds’. This supported the children’s learning of how to follow a procedure and develop fine motor skills for little fingers.

Lea-Ann Connell
Teacher

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19
September
2019

How big is this bedroom?

This week in Maths 6S were calculating the area of composite rectangles and challenging each other with different shapes and giving the fewest possible measurements for a partner to calculate area from.

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13
September
2019

Upper 1st are our data collectors

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This week, Upper 1st has been collecting data on the amount of single use wrapping children bring in with their recess snacks, culminating in Nude Food day on Thursday.  They collected tallies of how many wrappers came in on Tuesday - our baseline, the Tuesday tally for 6S is pictured below - compared with Nude Food Thursday.  They will graph the results and come up with recommendations about further reducing school waste.  Pictured above are the students who had just collected the Thursday tallies from each classroom.

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13
September
2019

This week in 6th class

Year 6's week began with a brilliant incursion about the moon, celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission when man took his first steps on the moon.  The experiments were very bold involving fire and rainbow explosions.  It was an exciting hour!

Year 6 children were introduced to a new Science assignment where they can choose between designing a sustainable watering system for plants or a water trough for animals.  They will present their ideas on a poster.

The children have demonstrated their usual resilience working through any confusion about their Geography project and for the most part are now enthusiastically producing some excellent work. Their inquiry question 'How do places, people and cultures differ?' requires the children to produce a gap-year itinerary for a student wishing to explore the diversity of Asia. They have been researching their allotted countries this week, and collecting a variety of geographical data to help decide where to send the gap student, what she should visit and when. They will then focus on a chosen city, and later choose another region of Asia.

The children are loving their Shakespeare rehearsals and we are nearing the end of the plays with Miss Emanuel - once the plays are blocked we refine and practise. 6K students are having lots of fun with their play as we have a number of natural born comedians in the class, and the costumes are stunning. 

Today we began our new English unit and listened to Malala’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech.  It’s a 26 minute speech to which the children easily listened.  Almost the whole class was very inspired by her words and one of the boys stated that it gave him a whole different perspective on education as he’d suddenly realised that it was something to be valued!  A wonderful moment in the classroom.

And finally this week our French language students have been practising talking about pets and animals.

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- 6th class teachers

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04
September
2019

Learning about Facts and Opinions

In Upper 1st (Year 1) recently, the children continued to discuss the difference between ‘Fact and Opinion’ in preparation to write their own ‘Persuasive / Exposition’ texts. In Science, they looked at how water is precious in our homes and viewed several ‘artefacts’ in History, which are now on display.  And in Philosophy, they shared their understanding about ‘Not Stealing’ objects or more subtle things such as taking another’s turn or share of something. The children and teachers discussed scriptural references across cultures for this concept.

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30
August
2019

Upper 1st investigations

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Upper 1st (Year 1) have been engaged in exploring the length of objects using informal units.  They have been measuring objects around the classroom with things like paddle pop sticks, and considering 'what things are about the same length as a little finger'.

In History they have been researching family artifacts.  Above right is Audrey with a picture of her Belgian Grandfather’s medals.

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23
August
2019

Planning their overseas trips

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6S were recently working on a maths investigation planning a world trip and calculating distances, recording locations using longitude and latitude and navigating international time zones.

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02
August
2019

Looking up in Upper 1st

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On Wednesday, both Upper 1st classes enjoyed a Science Excursion to the Sydney Observatory. The class spent the morning with Educators Alfred and Harriet discovering facts and sharing hands-on tools to explore concepts regarding ‘Astronomy: Changes in the Sky’.
Our students used real astronomy tools to uncover changes in the sky. They had the opportunity to use a projection telescope and to work out the length of the day with the Educator’s help. Our students explored the short-term changes in the sky, the appearance and movement of the stars, and phases of the Moon in the digital planetarium. An in-house augmented reality app was used to investigate cycles of day and night in spectacular detail. All in all it was a spectacular venue and with views of the harbour at lunch time.

Lea-Ann Connell and Elizabeth McDermott, Teachers

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26
July
2019

Not frustrating at all!

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6th class students have been using Micro-bits to learn how to code. They completed a project linked to their Science unit on electricity. A game called ‘Frustration!’ (Think old school ‘Operation’!). 
 
We have been so impressed watching the students improve their skills in problem solving, apply their mathematical skills to coding and their efforts in persistence during these digital technology lessons. 
 
Mrs Slaven
Teacher

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21
June
2019

3D happenings

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This week 3D rolled out their geo-metropolis, complete with futuristic buildings made from 3D shapes.  They also investigated the traditional methods of creating ice cream (before freezers and fridges) by cooling the mixture over a salty ice-bed or brine.  We learnt that the salt lowers the temperature and freezes the ice cream mixture more rapidly than just ice or a freezer.

Cynthia Dalgleish
Teacher

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21
June
2019

Maths entrepreneurs

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In a 6th class Maths investigation, students had to be educational entrepreneurs and design a board game about fractions targeting Year 6 students.

 

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10
May
2019

Money maths in Upper First

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Upper First M loved exploring the concept of money in Maths this week. They worked out how to make various amounts using coin values.

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04
April
2019

Little smarties in Maths

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This week Upper 1st has been learning about equal groups, sharing and division.  Today we asked the inquiry question: How many ways can you equally share 24 smarties?
The students were given 8 cupcake cases, 24 smarties, a whiteboard and a marker. We discussed how they could record their results and introduced the division symbol.
Students spent time exploring the concept and seeing which amount of cupcake cases would give equal groups.
We joined together on the mat to discuss our results. We wrote our number sentences on the board. We then discussed that if we read our division number sentence backwards it was the same as our times tables!
We then went off to explore how we could share 20 equally into groups.
Once we were done we got to gobble up our smarties and we wrote a reflection on our learning.  Upper 1st loves learning!!

Ms Bell, Teacher

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22
March
2019

Spaghetti bridges

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4th classes made bridges out of spaghetti in Science today.  The bridges had to be strong enough to bear weight, and different versions had to be made with less and less spaghetti.

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22
March
2019

Learning about earth sciences

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In Upper 1st M we have been learning about the Earth. This week we focussed on continents and oceans. We played a game using hula hoops as the continents to strengthen our understanding. Students then labelled the continents and oceans on a world map. In the next lesson we discussed how the continents looked like they fit together a bit like a jigsaw puzzle. We looked at images and videos of the supercontinent Pangaea from 200 million years ago. We read a fact sheet about Pangaea and used this information to help us answer some questions.

Sara Bell
Teacher

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