The 5/6 students have produced magnificent work about our topic this term, Sustainability. All of the 5/6 classes have been creating ‘Genius Hour’ projects where they can research, experiment, present and teach others about something they wanted to learn about. They could work in groups or independently.
Genius Hour sessions are full of questions, ideas, occasional road blocks and problem solving.
Beatriz Panlilio has kindly agreed to share her presentation that she made about ‘Climate Change’.
Well done to all 5/6s!
This week in our Lego Engineering lessons the 3/4 students learnt to build four chair carousels. They learnt about some of the different forces used to get the machines functioning such as centrifugal force, momentum and centripetal force. Once the groups had finished building their original design they were encouraged to experiment with adding extra speed, weight, length of arms and some even decided to add extra chairs to the model. Here are some of the groups in action…..
This semester the 5/6’s have been creating their own Digital Portfolios. This is a good way to show our learning particularly since the 5/6 students do so much of their work on the Chromebooks. We also have been able to show our parents these at our Parent / Teacher interviews. In 5/6R we included our reader’s theatre videos, a writing piece and we even put in genius hour slides. We enjoyed completing our digital portfolios and we are looking forward to putting even more of our learning into our portfolios in semester 2.
In the 1/2 Level they have been learning about using adjectives in their writing and the way they make sentences sound interesting and sometimes funny. Adjectives also help make a boring noun sound much more exciting. Here are 1/2 R hard at work learning about adjectives.
Today in Prep we had Discovery Centres! It is a relaxed environment where the students can experiment with their learning.
We had a variety of activities that students could choose from. Some of the activities included making and continuing patterns, practising sight words, recognising and making numbers and writing sentences. At the end, students got to share what they’d been learning about with the other Preps.
Discovery Centres is so much fun!
We are very excited to have Adrian Beck visit our school in July to talk to students in years 1-6.
Adrian Beck writes funny, action-packed adventure stories for kids. Adrian is the author of the Alien Zoo series and the co-author of the best-selling kids’ series Kick it to Nick, with AFL Hall of Fame inductee Shane Crawford. He has also written Stuff Happens – Dale. All of Adrian’s stories are fun to read – even for kids who struggle to get interested in books.
His latest series of books – Champion Charlies ‘The Mix-Up’ and ‘Boot It’ have been developed in partnership with the Football Federation Australia to coincide with the 2018 Soccer World Cup.
Adrian can be found interviewing fellow authors on YouTube in his Adrian Becks Author Hangout series – follow the links on his website http://adrianbeck.com.au to see him interview Felice Arena, Sally Rippin, Tristan Bancks, Tim Harris and others.
Besides being an author Adrian is also a part-time TV producer having worked on The Footy Show, The Logie Awards, Prank Patrol and Kids’ WB. He uses the skills from both parts of his busy life to deliver entertaining school visits with lively, humorous and interactive sessions on writing, working in television and sport.
Our book supplier, Lamont Books, is offering our students the chance to pre-purchase Champion Charlies and Alien Zoo books so that Adrian can autograph them when he visits. Order forms are being sent home today and need to be returned by 9am Tuesday 26 June at the latest to ensure delivery to school in time for Adrian’s visit.
This week all our 3/4 students built a sailboat as part of our Lego Engineering unit in Digitech. The students learnt that there are forces working both above and below the boat to help it to move. We also learnt that sailboats can still sail forward even when there is a headwind. Here are some of our students in action …..
In 1/2R this term we have been learning about information reports. We have had lots of fun researching and learning lots of new facts about new animals. When we write our information reports we first put our information into a fact file which helps us to organise our information into the correct headings. We can then start putting our facts into sentences to write our report.
In Digitech, the 1/2 students are developing their touch typing skills using a program called Typing Tournament. In this program the students complete a series of skills and activities practising different letters and symbols on the keyboard. They start with the ‘home row keys’ where the students learn about where to place their fingers and then as they become more efficient the activities become more challenging. At the end of each level the students complete a test on the keys they have been practising and if they reach a certain level of words per minute they can progress through to the next level. The students get very excited when they reach the goal and progress through to the next level of the program. The students have their Typing Tournament details on their computer cards. This program can be found at https://www.typingtournament.com/
Here are some of our 1/2’s in action …..
Exciting Yarn Bombing Project
We are about to begin an exciting art project for the Vege Garden. Mrs McLean found a fabulous vintage style bike on the council throw out and has bought it to school. As a way of brightening it up we are going to cover it in yarn.
In term three we will begin a Crochet/Knitting club on Tuesdays at lunchtime in the Great Space and would love any students who can knit or crochet to join us. Of course students keen to learn to knit or crochet can also join us. I will limit it to Grade 5 and 6 students to begin with and once we know how many keen students we have we can invite the Grade Three and Four students to join us.
We would welcome any donations of scraps of wool and old crochet or knitting needles.
Looking forward to warm Tuesday lunchtimes creating colourful yarn bombing beauties.
Visual Art Teacher