At the moment students in the 3/4 area are learning about hardware and software as well as input and output devices. Here is a link that provides students with something to to think about.
The students in the 1/2 area have been getting very creative and having a wonderful time during our Investigations sessions. They have been exploring design with a range of different materials. They were encouraged to be curious learners and supported to develop a question about an area of interest. Our Investigations involve hands on activities that encompasses creative thinking, maths skills, hand eye coordination, researching, problem solving, team work, and much more. Our four classrooms have been exploring different areas of design.
Mrs Whitechurch’s group have been investigating plants and what they need to grow. They have discussed with Ms McIntosh about designing and planting a lovely garden bed in the school grounds, and received expert advice from Denis. The student’s discussed what types of plants grow best at this time of year and how to look after them. They planted seedlings in their group and were amazed at how quickly they have grown. The veggie garden is beginning to take shape.
In Mrs Rowell and Mrs Smith’s group, the students have been exploring Woodwork. They are developing skills to make and repair with different types of wood. They have been designing and experimenting with these materials. They wrote letters to Mr Jackson, Bunnings and an expert, inviting them to come and share their knowledge and skills with us. We are looking forward to making our own birdhouse creation on the 10th of June.
In Miss Lange’s group, the students have been developing the understanding of how garments are made. They have been designing and experimenting with patterns and learning how to hand sew which has been great for their fine motor abilities and hand-eye coordination. They have been eager to design a pattern to make a garment for their favourite toy or teddy. They are going to catch the train to Heidelberg to Darn Cheap Fabrics to purchase all the materials they need to create a fashion statement.
In Mrs Weston and Ms Adams’ group, the students have been exploring their cake decorating skills using icing, cake fondant and piping. They have enjoyed experimenting and developing design techniques using these materials. They are also further developing their ICT skills, researching cake designs. They are looking forward to designing and creating a cake for a particular celebration. On Friday, 10th June, the students are walking to Rosanna shops to purchase all the ingredients needed to create a cake fit for MasterChef!
Our Investigations are rich in many areas of learning and development and the students have been so engaged and motivated during these sessions.
On Wednesday 4th May, all of the 1/2 classes were visited by a special four-legged friend. This beautiful dog was called Marli, and was accompanied by her owner, Eva. Eva and Marli came to Rosanna Primary School to teach the 1/2 students about responsible pet ownership and safety around dogs.
Firstly the students were shown a series of pictures where they had to identify how a family was being safe with their pets. After that they looked at dogs in different scenarios. Some were happy, some were angry and some were scared. A few students were chosen to perform a role play demonstrating what a person should do in each situation. Students were then introduced to different ways of identifying a dangerous dog, including a warning collar. Following this activity, students were engaged in a song and dance where they learnt about how to approach someone else’s dog. The final part of the session was very exciting and some students were invited to come up the front and meet Marli.
Overall, the experience was enjoyed by everyone!
On Tuesday 26th April, 1/2K had a magical learning experience in the Life Education van. We learnt about healthy and unhealthy foods, keeping medicines safe from babies and little kids, and how to stay safe in an emergency.
Some people got to dress up as superheroes. We looked at good qualities that superheroes have, like being nice. These superheroes had to choose things that could help in an emergency, like a phone or a no smoking sign. We learnt that it is important to put a lock on boxes that have medicines in them.
We sorted pictures of different foods into healthy and unhealthy foods and also foods that we call 'sometimes' foods - foods that are okay to eat every now and then.
The Life Ed van is really magical because we can turn the lights off just by rubbing our hands on the carpet and then twinkling our fingers in the air!
It was so cool to see Harold again this year. He didn't speak to us, but he whispered in Kate's ear and he understood what we say. He told us that he fell down the stairs and bumped his head - we heard some thumps that might have been him falling! Harold gave us all a sticker to remind us of our visit. Sumeya went to collect them but he wouldn't give them to her - so she had to dance with him!
We can't wait to visit again next year!
During ICT this term the 1/2 students have been engaged in the use of computers and iPads for various tasks and activities. They have been demonstrating their varied capabilities in using ICT. The students have also taken part in discussions around the safe and appropriate use of these technologies.
This year students have been provided with their very own logins for the computers and have been learning how to log in to their own accounts. This requires them to learn the layout of the keyboard, use lowercase and uppercase letters and distinguish between similar characters such as the number 0 and the letter O. They have also been creating folders within their own accounts for the work that they create.
Students have also been introduced to Microsoft Word, where they are developing their ability to type, change the size, font and colour of their words, decorate their pages with borders and centre their writing. One tricky task was adding a photo to a Word Document.
Students have also been using the iPads for Maths and Literacy activities. We are currently using Mathletics to further develop the students’ maths skills and Literacy Planet for various spelling and literacy exercises. The students have been really engaged during their time using ICT this term and there will be plenty more opportunities for them to explore ICT and advance their skills in the terms to come.
Greetings all those reading our wonderful bits and pieces here in the 1/2 area. Below you will find the latest area news and lots more information about Term 1.
There was a wide range of investigations students participated in on Friday. Students and staff had shaped opportunities for questions to be raised and explorations to be had. The learning was rich as evidenced in some of the student comments below.
There are lots of activities that we like doing and there are new things to discover.
At the Tinkering Spot you get to take things apart. You get to see inside things.
Cooking is fun. We make biscuits but we are not allowed to eat them at school.
I love the Lego and the Woodwork Table. I like making aeroplanes. I'm learning that using PVA glue and nails is hard because they stick together and then they just slip.
Sewing is really hard because the string gets all caught up. It's good to sew stuff. I'm making a blindfold and a top.
I've made an aeroplane by making two paper planes and stapling them together. The heavier it is the further it goes. It also depends how the winds are blowing. It goes a little bit fast.
sStudents in the 1/2 area are in the midst of their Daily 5 training, a new experience to most students in the area. The Daily 5 is a Literacy structure that promotes student independence while developing a love of reading and writing. It consists of five activities: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Work on Writing, Word Work and Listen to Reading.
Students have been discussing the best way to do each of the activities, including staying focused and working quietly. Then, it's time to practise and build reading and writing stamina. They have also been learning about how to choose 'Good Fit Books,' books that are suited to their interests and reading ability. It has been fantastic to see students spending their library sessions searching for the perfect book!
Here's a few thoughts from students in 1/2K...
I like Work on Writing because you can write letters - Jacob A
I like Work on Writing because I can improve my writing and it's fun - Poppy
I like Read to Self because I like reading the pictures - Jorja
I like Work on Writing because I love writing whatever I want - Finn
I like Work on Writing because we can write about funny pictures and I like Read to Someone because it's fun - Cooper
I like Read to Someone because you get to choose your partner - Eliza
I like Read to Self because we get to choose any book we want - Zak
I like Read to Self because I get to learn harder words - Sophie
I like Read to Someone because it's an opportunity to do something new - Ruby
I like Read to Someone because I like seeing the books my partner has chosen - Joanna
I like Work on Writing because I can practise writing properly - Jacob W
I like Read to Someone because my partner can help me with my reading - Maymunah
Once the training is complete, Daily 5 will form the structure for our Literacy sessions for the rest of the year, with the teacher supporting individual or small groups of students to improve their reading and writing skills.
On Tuesday the 20th of October the 4/5/6 area and 1/2W had the fantastic opportunity to meet a real life Scientist.
Lynda, who is a scientist for a company that makes flu vaccines and antivemons, came in and completed an experiment and presented a PowerPoint about the work she does.
The experiment involved extracting (taking out) DNA (the building blocks of all the cells in our body) from strawberries, using, water, salt, methylated spirits, detergent, and filter paper. If successfully extracted, the DNA looks like a thread-like cloud at the top of the mixture.
Lynda was very impressed with the questions the students asked and loved answering them the best she could.
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