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.
This term our grade 1/2 students will be learning about Weather, Water and how it affects us. But firstly, we wanted to start the term off with a fun and exciting incursion to draw our students in and get them curious about Water and Weather.
The team at Hands on Science came to Rosanna Primary School on Tuesday and Wednesday to work with all our students, and we all had a wonderful time!
Firstly, we brainstormed words we knew about Weather and then broke them up into 3 categories- Sun/Earth, Air and Water. We learnt about the southern and northern hemisphere, the equator and how we have different seasons, especially in different countries. We discussed these different places using a world globe.
Secondly, we started by learning about the Water Cycle. We sang songs, learnt about the words evaporation, condensation and precipitation. They were tricky scientific words, so we sang them to help us to remember them. We joined a group to participate in many experiments to help us understand the water cycle.
Thirdly, we learnt about how leaves and plants transpire as well and we participated in an experiment where we put leaves in different places, like the fridge, classroom, outside in the sun and found out what happened. We also learnt about hot air, cold water, ice, wind-tornadoes and what happens to all these things.
We had a great time learning about the Weather and the Water Cycle. We made lots of predictions and experiments to find answers! It was great.
Thanks to Angela from Hands on Science for teaching us all in the 1/2 area about these exciting science concepts.
Our Favourite Animals in the 1/2 Area
This term our students have been working hard, discussing many questions about our favourite animals in the 1/2 area.
First we had to work out what animals to choose and how many to choose.
After that, we had to decide how we would survey our friends and classmates in the 1/2 Area. We spoke about how we would go up to them, what to say and how to draw or write it in our books, for example using tally marks.
Then we discussed as a grade what to do with this information and we talked about different graphs we could make with our information.
Most importantly, then we looked at our graphs and talked about what we could see, such as, which was the most or least popular animal in our area and how could tell this.
We are now looking forward to continuing our investigation, working out answers for ourselves and choosing our own learning path!
There were lots of excited Prep/1/2s at Rosanna Primary on Friday morning ready for their big day at the zoo!
At the zoo we all became Wild Explorers – looking up, down and all around for lots of different animals. The day included a session in the Education Centre where we got to do lots of different activities including making habitats for different animals, feeling animal coverings and reading books about animals. Some classes even got to touch a real snake!
We walked and walked and walked all day and got to see lots of amazing animals. We really liked seeing the giant elephants and baby elephant, the sleeping lion and the pacing tiger. One of the best things was the butterfly house. We had to stand really still so a butterfly would land on us! Thank you to all the teachers and parents who came to the zoo with us.