Science & Maths

Making maths interesting

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 …

Mastering those tricky timepieces!

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 BellTeacher …

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 TomickiTeacher …

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 …

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 ConnellTeacher …

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 TomickiTeacher …