In Inquiry this term the students in 5 Blue have been learning about budgeting and keeping a greater control of our money. At the beginning of the topic everyone in our class had to pull out a job from a list in a hat. On our first week everyone started off with $2000 dollars.
Each week we get to choose a chance card from a hat with some events being good where you getting extra money whilst other events mean that you need to pay money back (a bit like the game of Monopoly). After you get your chance card you have to write down what happened for the week in your book. We are also keeping a table of our expenses such as for mortgage, electricity, water and transportin Google Sheets (like the picture below).
We are looking forward to our next payday so that we have enough money for all of our bills.
Overall, I am finding this unit fun because it is getting you ready for when you are an adult and need to earn money for real.
This term the Year One students have been learning about the City Of Knox in their Inquiry unit. As part of this topic they were learning about all the suburbs in the City Of Knox and all the roads within this area. The students found it interesting to learn about which suburbs each of them lived in. They then created a poster about Knox and placed a photo of where they live.
Here is a few photos of the Year 1’s learning during this topic.
This year in year 4 we have been doing Topic Talks (a lot like show and tell). At the beginning of each term we are given a list of topics to prepare and research so we have enough information to tell the class about the topic. Some of the topics we have presented this term include researching and presenting a poem that we enjoy (limerick, haiku or Australian), researching an African country and telling the class about a time in our life where we were filled with multiple feelings.
I really enjoyed when we got to tell the class about an African country particularly when other students presented their African country research.
Overall, topic talks are really helpful for learning about different topics as well as learning to speak in front of an audience. I always look forward to seeing these what other students are going to talk about.
Here is a couple of our topic talk presentations about an African country …..
Currently in 6 Blue we have been learning about different countries from around the world. We have been doing this so we can get a better understanding of different cultures as well as what their climate, landscapes and food is like. For my project I chose Germany because that was where my Pop was born. In addition we had a choice to pick any other country and I chose Germany because even though I knew a bit I really wanted to find out more.
Here is a few pictures of our draft and published copy of our writing.
This term in 5 Blue we are learning about other countries in our Inquiry topic where we are focussing on Geography. We are drawing maps of some different countries around our world using a group of key points which help us to remember what we need to include called BOLTSS (border, orientation, legend, scale and source). We are placing these maps into a slide show that we are creating about a chosen country in Europe.
These are some of our hand drawn maps.…..
In the 5/6 level this term we have been learning about the different forms of energy including light, magnetic, kinetic, elastic and chemical energy. As part of our learning we all wrote an information report and made a model. Students used all sorts of materials with building their models including cardboard, tin foil, straws, old wires and lego pieces. Yesterday (Thursday 27 June) the year five students got to present their models and I think everyone was amazed about how much knowledge we had learnt during our topic. The models were very impressive particularly how much detail each student went to build their models. We were also lucky enough to show our models to the 1 Yellow students.
Here are a few pics of the day …..