Monday, July 24, 2017

Week 1 Term 3

Welcome back to term three. I hope you all had a fantastic break. It was lovely to see all the happy smiley faces of T4 this morning!

We are now half way through our year and it is really exciting to look back and see the amazing progress that each and every one of the students have made.

On Tuesday we will be celebrating 100 days at school. Stayed tuned for photos of the the activities we will do to mark this occasion.

Our inquiry this term will be based on the concept of movement. We will be looking into how and why people move from place to place around the world.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Week 8

It is hard to believe that in 3 weeks time most of us will have completed half a year at school! As I am in the midst of writing reports at the moment I am reflecting on the progress made this year and it is exciting to see how far each and every one of us has come. It is great to see the children really thinking about their learning goals and how motivated they are to reach them.

This week we are learning about taking ownership. We are thinking about what we need to do to get ourselves ready for school, how we can help our grown-ups at home especially in the mornings and how we can better look after our belongings and learning environment at school.

To help us build up our writing stamina and high frequency word banks we have started Word Power. We have 5 minutes to write as many words as we can before the timer goes off! This week's Word Power champ was Indy-Rose with 23 words - Well done!! Each week we will challenge ourselves to beat our previous score. This could be a fun thing to challenge your family to at home.

A good way to get the word count up is to think about rhyming words (if we can write 'at' we can write cat, hat, mat, sat...) and adding ing, s, or ed to words (look - looks - looking - looked)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Week 7

This week as part of our social coaching we are talking about the difference between reporting important issues and telling tales. We are learning to find ways to solve minor disputes and problems together.

In reading we are looking at speech marks, question marks and exclamation marks and practicing changing our voice when we read these to make it sound like someone is talking or asking a question.

In maths we are learning to solve addition problems by holding the largest number in our head and counting on.

In writing we are working on writing at least two sentences, making sure we have a capital letter at the start and a fullstop at the end of each.

Here are some photos of our bread making experience last week. We really enjoyed the bread and are writing stories about it this week.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Term 2 Week 6

I hope everyone had a great Queen's Birthday weekend.

It has been great to see the progress the children are making in reading. On Thursday and Friday last week I completed assessments of all the children in reading and have re-grouped everyone. Please remember to keep practicing those sight words and make sure that known words are read fluently when they appear in the reading books - No robot voices!

This week we are learning about addition and subtraction basic facts to and with 5
Try this song out at home:

We had lots of fun erupting our volcanoes on Friday using baking soda, vinegar and some red colouring for effect. We were hoping to be able to take our volcanoes home at the end of the day but made an interesting discovery when we picked them up off the plate - The baking soda and vinegar had begun eating into the clay and we had a big muddy mess!!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Term 2 Week 5

Thank you to all the Parents and Grandparents who came to celebrate our learning with us. The children were very proud of their achievements and really enjoyed sharing what they get up to during the day at school.

In writing this week we are focusing on:
* leaving spaces between our words
* s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g out our words and writing down the sounds we can hear
* making sure our short letters are short and our tall letters are tall

This week in maths we will be continuing to work on our number knowledge and practicing writing numbers correctly. We will also be talking about the concepts of 'heavier than' and 'lighter than'

Inquiry - Our alkaline/acid experiment with the cabbage water went well. We loved sharing this with you and used up the last of it today making lots of different shades of pink and blue. Our clay volcanoes are finally dry so this week we will be painting them before using them to test fizzing and foaming reactions.

 * With the changeable weather we are experiencing at the moment we seem to be accumulating jumpers and raincoats. Please make sure these items are clearly named so we can reunite them with their owners.
* Poem books - Please help your child remember to pack their poem book to return to school each Monday
* Library books - Our library day is Thursday. Please ensure your child brings their book back each week so they are able to choose a new one to bring home.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Term 2 Week 4

For the first half of this week we will be busy preparing for our celebration of learning. We are looking forward to sharing some of the things we do at school and our current learning goals. Please remember school finishes at 12.30pm tomorrow.

On Friday we found out what happens when we make butter without salt. It didn't become slime or poisonous like we thought it might, it just tasted different. Most of us liked the butter without salt the best. This week we are making volcanoes and finding out how popcorn pops.

We have also been finding out about states of matter and can tell you all about solids, liquids and gases

Here is the butter we made. It turned out really well and our arm muscles got a good workout with all the shaking.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Term 2 Week 3

We had great fun last week with our inquiry launch and really enjoyed the opportunity to work with the other teachers in our team.

We watched Coke and Mentos react to make a spectacular geyser
Miss Bell showed us how to make delicious butter
 Mrs Gilmour made gooey slime
 Mrs Stilwell showed us what happens when you heat up crayons
 Mr Collins made some cool fizzing and foaming potions
 Ms Grech helped us make some crazy oobleck

Now that the "Tuning In" faze of our inquiry is finished we are moving into "Finding Out." We have decided that the experiment most of us would like to know more about first is Making Butter.
We have listed some questions and wonderings we have and will begin investigating the answers this week.

Some of our questions are:
Why did we add salt?
What is the runny stuff left over?
How is icecream made?
Can we make butter with milk?

Learning Celebrations
The children are continuing to prepare for our celebration of learning day/evening next week. Remember to follow the link from last week's blog to book a time.

Week 1 Term 3

Welcome back to term three. I hope you all had a fantastic break. It was lovely to see all the happy smiley faces of T4 this morning! We a...