Nature Play was a huge success with students engaging in problem solving, exploring and observing. A group of students from our class built a shelter which they added to each day.
This week we started our inquiry with a focus on Jeannie Baker’s books. Thank you to everyone who has organised a photo of a grandparent as a child and now.
Our science lab is now up and running ready for playful learning next week. Thank you for the prompt response to our mortar and pestle request.
This week in maths we have been practising skip counting by 2s,5s & 10s. We counted all the pairs of shoes in Room 14 by 2’s and all our hands by 5’s. Next week we will use a number line to skip count.
Your child has written their spelling words in their diary. The children are tested on these words once a fortnight.
This week we used our Rainbow Facts to problem solve.
We focused on the double ‘ss’ and double ‘zz’. The children made a buzzing bee puzzle in computer. We learnt about the pronouns you, me, I, he, she, it, we and they.
Next week we begin our History, Science and Geography inquiry. We would like a photo of one of your child’s Grandparent, a photo of now and as a child. I am happy to print the photos if you would like to email them to me.
Next week we have Nature Play, please see note in your child’s diary. Due to Nature Play I will not be listening to reading or sight words.
I wish you a very special Mother’s Day with your cherubs.
Welcome to Term 2, I hope you had a relaxing holiday break. Thank you to all the families who washed our babies and dress ups.
This week we have been learning about words with double ‘ll’ eg bell, Ella, ball. We have practised plural words by adding an ‘s’ to the end.
Children were super engaged during partner reading and showed their partners respect by listening.
In Maths we have been revisiting Rainbow Facts, this is different amounts that add up to 10. The idea is that these facts become automatic without having to use counting on or touch counting.
When I told the children we are doing Nature Play in week 3 there was a big cheer ! more details next week.
This term we are working with the Year 1 team and Simone our librarian on a Geography topic, more details to follow.
On Thursdays this term we have 2 first year teaching students in our classroom.
We would appreciate any baby clothes for our activity set, triple 0 size fits our big babies.
Due to a technical glitch I can’t post my favourite photos of the week so I will upload some to see-saw.
Have a good weekend.
Today your child brought home information about Enterprise Day which is on Wednesday 12th April. Please keep in mind that I will return the children’s money that we have been using in maths to them on Wednesday morning (if you would like them to use it for spending). The year 1 classes are selling popcorn and need some parents to help do the ‘popping’ on Wednesday morning. It is helpful for parents to take a small group of children from 12:30pm – 2pm from our class to support them with their purchases. Please let me know if you will be available for the day.
We now have 3 books circulating for home sharing – a book about subitising, our vet clinic and characters for our ‘vet’ stories.
Thursday next week is casual day and end of term dismissal will be 2:10pm.
This week we did a science investigation using ice cubes. We put ice cubes all over the school both inside and out to see which one melted first. We talked about the varying conditions in the places we put the ice cubes. The children concluded that the best spot to melt something is outside in the hot sun.
This week in Jolly Grammar we found ‘ar’ in words and learnt about common nouns.
In playful learning our vet clinic is extremely popular and the children have brought in many of their own animals.
filling in details about the pet – problem and treatment
checking an x-ray
In maths we have continued to learn about number strategies such as ‘counting on’ .
The see-saw app is now being utilised and the star of the day has been our reporter sending photos to families. See-saw is a tool to help share what your child is learning about and also to help you prompt them in a discussion about the photo.
This week in health we looked at how we are independent and 2 awards for this were given out at assembly. During Harmony Day we discussed our similarities and differences.
Next week we have parent/teacher interviews, children are not required to be present. I will not be listening to reading or testing sight words next week. I will be utilising this time to engage in conversation with the children during playful learning.
Thank you to our families who have been listening to reading.
A note came home today about parent class reps. On Tuesday next week, 21st March it is harmony day. This is not a casual day however children are encouraged to wear orange and give a gold coin donation. Parent interviews are happening in week 9 so book a time in as soon as possible.
Enjoy our school picnic this evening.
Today in science we had the challenge of making a tower with spaghetti and marshmallows. Before we started there was plenty of discussion about towers.
Today your child will have instructions how to join See-Saw. This is an app we use to share your child’s learning. Please see me if you have any questions.
This week we looked at the sound blend ‘th’ and continued to think about what a sentence should look like.
If it is your child’s reading day it is also their playful learning sharing day. We starting sharing this week and could quickly see that we all learn from each other’s ideas.
We have a wonder wall with questions for our science topic this term. This week we looked at the way an apple changes when the inside is exposed to oxygen. The children did scientific illustrations so we could compare the apples from morning to afternoon.
We recently started our Premier’s Reading Challenge as a class. If you would like your child to do this at home please email me for the record sheet.
We would love some boxes for our construction and design activities.
Maths in weeks 5 & 6 are about strengthening our subitisation skills (instant recognition of a small group of objects), number recognition and counting on.
This week we have continued to make more complex patterns.
Our expert learner quality we practised this week was ‘Communicators. Children practised their skills with a partner by being the speaker for 1 minute and then the listener for 1 minute.
Mr Pluck has requested that the children bring a 3d object from home to draw for Tuesday’s Art lesson.
Each week I give out a hand writing award which is proudly displayed in the classroom. Ask your child to show you.
‘Ch’ has been our sound focus for the week. We have also been developing our understanding of sentences. Particular attention has been given to capital letters at the beginning, a full stop at the end and finger spaces between words.
We have dictation on a Friday which tests children specifically on the sounds we focused on during that week. Below is an example of this week’s dictation.