Our recent excursion to watch the Canberra Theatre Centre’s showing of ERTH’s Prehistoric Aquarium and to visit the National Dinosaur Museum, was an exciting adventure. Everyone enjoyed the performance and enjoyed searching for fossils!
This term in English, the class has been exploring the structure and features of information reports through a study on animals. The activities that students have been working on are aimed at developing their skills in writing information reports. The class are greatly enjoying reading factual texts about animals, and completing tasks aimed at developing their reading skills and strategies. They are also working to improve their speaking and listening skills by listening to and providing oral information reports. The students are continuing to publish their own books, with some of the upcoming titles being ‘All About Horses’, ‘How to Make a Robot’ and ‘Ice Road Trucks’.
In Mathematics, both Kindergarten and Year One have been learning about ‘equal groups’ and ‘sharing’. The Kindergarten students have been grouping and sharing materials to solve problems and explaining and demonstrating how an answer was obtained. They have also been recording grouping and sharing informally using pictures, words and numerals. The Year One students have been using and recording strategies for addition problems, using doubles and near doubles, rhythmic and skip counting, and using materials to model multiplication as equal ‘groups’ or as an array of equal ‘rows’. They have also been modelling division by sharing a collection of objects into equal groups or as equal rows in an array and describing the part left over when a collection cannot be distributed equally. One of the activities involved sharing ‘treats’ between students in the class. This was a very rewarding activity as we got to eat our ‘treats’ after completing our work.
This term, Science has seen the students learning about the changes happening all around us. The students have been predicting the changes that can happen to everyday materials and how this is important in understanding the best way to manage things, such as food handling, cooking, construction and packaging.
By observing change, the students have been learning about the diversity of materials in our world. They will also explore change through the context of food, including spaghetti, chocolate and popcorn.
Recently, the students enjoyed exploring the properties of uncooked spaghetti by creating towers. The students will also learn how heating or cooling a food can change its properties and whether the change can be reversed or not.