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20
March
2020

Talking about COVID-19 in Health

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This week in Health in 3B we discussed Covid-19. What it is, why we are taking precautions and how we can keep ourselves safe and healthy. We did an experiment to show how soap effects germs. We put ground pepper (representing the germs) into a bowl of water. A student stuck their finger in and the pepper stuck to their finger. Next a child dipped their finger into soap and then placed their finger into the bowl and the soap repelled all the 'germs' away. Next the children asked what would happen if we tried hand sanitizer. We tried it again and the same thing happened!

With so much change and difficulty in the community our focus is on providing a calm and normal environment at school where the children can work and play happily. In our Philosophy lessons we have been discussing Sat Chit Ananda – Truth, Consciousness and Bliss, and practising falling still and being at peace in the Pause.

Wishing you all a peaceful weekend,
Ms Bell
Teacher

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20
March
2020

Making sense of Mass

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Mass was the Maths topic for the week in 2nd Class – the children created a Language of Mass word bank and worked practically using balance scales to discover what Mass can tell us.  In Health, the topic  is ‘Protecting Me‘  - the children have been exploring what to do to keep themselves safe  - going to a trusted adult, knowing parents' mobile number and their address, ringing 000 in an emergency etc. In Science they have looked at the Constellations in relation to their topic Changes on Land and in the Sky. It sparked much enthusiasm.
And in Philosophy we are discussing and reading on Easter. The children doing this as their 'Celebration' topic are very keen to offer their knowledge – lovely to see.

Elizabeth McDermott
Teacher

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06
March
2020

The week that was in 4th class

In Maths class we have been reviewing multi-step multiplication word problems and taking part in multiplication Boot Camp. We have quite a few Specialists, Corporals, Sergeants, Staff Sergeants and Lieutenants already, and I’m sure we will see some students promoted to Captain, Major, Colonel and 4-star General over the coming week! 

In History, we have learnt about the Portuguese explorers Dias and Magellan and their contributions to the discovery of a trade route to India.

In Science, we constructed our own whirligigs and tested their effectiveness against gravity when we made minor alterations.
In Literacy, we have begun to look at characterisation in narratives. In Grammar we looked at plurals and pronouns and in comprehension we practised our ability to follow a procedural text by constructing our own whirligigs (which also linked with our study of forces and resistance in science).

Cynthia Dalgleish
Teacher

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06
March
2020

Making maths interesting

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Last week Second Class began to explore measuring length using formal units of measure, centimetres and metres. They began by comparing lengths then finding objects to measure. 

This week they have been creating 'arrays' using counters to develop a deeper understanding of multiplication.
They then went on a 'Gallery Walk' to view and record each other's arrays. Finally they related these arrays to their timetables facts.

In the classroom we have exlored the structure and language of writing a report, planning headings for a report; writing simple  and complex sentences and incorporating formal units of measurement into reports.

Show and Tell continues to showcase the chidren's holidays.  They have been creating short presentations using props, posters, photos, holiday journals and PowerPoints. 

Lea-Ann Connell, Teacher

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27
February
2020

Mastering those tricky timepieces!

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3rd Class has been learning about time this week. Students were given the challenge to match the time phrase with an analogue and digital clock face. This wasn’t an easy task but the children showed excellent collaboration and problem solving to match them up.

Ms Bell
Teacher

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21
February
2020

Grok rocks!

6th Class are into Grok Learning! The new Technology curriculum requires all students from Years 3-8 to learn coding. Grok Learning guides the children to develop practical computational thinking skills. Each week, there are problems to solve with online solutions and step by step walkthroughs for each task. If you would like to have a look yourself, please follow the link: https://groklearning.com/

The class is studying The Burnt Stick as part of of our History unit on the Stolen Generation.  During writing sessions, the children have written an imaginative response about the main character, John Jagamarra.  Their writing is quite impressive and the students are going to type their work up for a classroom display.

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

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19
February
2020

Maths, plusses and minuses

In classrooms in recent weeks, our many different Maths lessons have been exploring the world of numbers.

Second classes explored addition and subtraction using dice to double and then add of take away numbers.  Everyone ejoyed this 'pair and share' work together. More work with number lines and lots of strategies were developed for completing number sentences.

Lower 1st (Kindergarten) students are moving on along the number line, working with the numbers 3,4,5,6, and 7, also with number songs, and counting forwards and backwards. The children are excited to take home their Oral Counting Booklet so they can show their parents their developing mathmatical skills throughout the year. 

3rd classes have been looking at a range of different strategies for addition and subtraction, while in 4th classes addition and subtraction strategies are being reviewed and applied to multi-step word problems. 

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Lower 1st making tricky numbers in playdoh.

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Mathmatical concepts made fun and tactile with playdoh in Lower 1st.

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14
February
2020

We all make mistakes

We all make mistakes, even the teacher!  I have told the children in 2C this week that our greatest learning comes when we are actually challenged, making mistakes and facing them in order to move to the next level of learning.  In educational terms, this is where we 'modify our thinking or schema to a more accurate understanding'.  We celebrate healthy challenges in our classroom!  This is balanced with the acknowledgement of both the process of learning and every effort made along the way.

Lea-Ann Connell
Teacher

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31
January
2020

Maths snapshot:6th Class

This week 6T explored a new thinking routine in Maths using The Frayer Diagram. The Frayer model is a graphic organizer for building vocabulary. This technique requires the children to define target vocabulary and apply their knowledge by generating examples, non-examples and characteristics. We have been looking at Prime, Composite, Square and Cube numbers, with one student proposing a new theory; “If you add the digits of any cube number, they always add up to either 8, 9, or 10!” So far, 6T are yet to disprove the suggestion!"

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

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18
October
2019

Coding with Microbits

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This week 5th class have been working through online tutorials and modules to program MicroBits  - mini computer chips displaying LEDs that they can code in limitless different ways.

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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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