Little Athletics Visit

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Today we had a fantastic session with Daniel from Little Athletics. He taught us how to do the high jump and many of the warm up activities that lead to each of us being able to jump safely onto the mat. We did lots of running and stretching to warm up our leg muscles. Then Daniel explained how to run up to the mat and then jump over the elastic rope used in high jump. We gave us lots of turns at jumping over the rope and we loved every minute of it.  We were lucky enough to receive a wristband, a certificate and and information pamphlet explaining times that Little athletics starts in Term 4.

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Structures Inquiry

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This week we’ve had an exciting challenge for Sharing Time.

Our topics for the week was:  Create a structure that helps our community.

This was a great chance for every student to create their own structure, based upon the information we’ve already learnt during our inquiry. Structures needed to be stable, could use a bird’s eye view, could be a 3D model and be made of any materials that we had – we had a strong focus on recycling materials.

We have a huge array of buildings presented to the class. They were:

  • Cafe on Wheels – it drives to people in the community who need good, healthy meals
  • Minecraft House – for the homeless
  • a homeless shelter
  • a food bank – which can help people who can’t afford food
  • a hospital
  • a house
  • a CAFE – people can afford to pay for their meal or you’re given food if you can’t afford to pay this time or pay it forwards
  • a hospital to look after sick people
  • an apartment for the homeless
  • Tower -The Harley Kalifa – series any food you’d like and has rooms available for the homeless
  • a hotel – to attract tourists to your town and then they spend money which is good for the town
  • Rainbow House for the homeless
  • a hotel for the homeless- anyone can stay if they need shelter for the night
  • a train station – public transport is important for lots of people in the community to move around the city easily and it takes more cars off the roads so there’s less pollution
  • a pyramid- shelter on a hot day in the desert
  • a pet hospital – takes care of sick or injured animals and also gives them a holiday area when their families are on a break
  • the Extreme Hotel – it’s an extremely small hotel used for people who need shelter for a night
  • a group of pyramids – good for beauty and tourism and encourages people to visit your community
  • a carpark and vet centre for animals – lots of people can park their car in 1 building and drop their pets off at a centre to be exercised and looked after
  • a tower – great for tourism
  • a wine centre – great for tourism
  • a shopping tunnel – an underground tunnel to collect shopping that you’ve bought online
  • a vet/ shopping centre and hotel – great for tourism.
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Genius Hour

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On Friday our class had the first full session of self directed Genius Hour time.

We’ve watched lots of different YouTube clips relating to Genius Hour, looked for ideas on Pinterest, used Google to search about different topics and had some specific challenges, like the what’s in the paper bag, newspaper and cardboard challenges.

We listed what we’re passionate about and areas we’d like to investigate.

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We planned our ideas and worked out if we’re working by ourselves or with a partner/ small group. We had a real mixture of ideas: making a Minecraft movie, creating straw constructions, gardening, making cardboard arcade games (like Caine’s Arcade), pottery, pop stick models – just to name a few!

Our class planner:

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We sent notes home to our families explaining Genius Hour and asked for recycled materials that we could use during our sessions. Here’s just some of the materials that arrived on Friday morning.

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Here’s some photos of our busy busy busy making time.

 

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Here are many of our finished creations.

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National Reconciliation Week

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It is National Reconciliation Week from 27th May – 3rd June.

This is a very important time in Australia, when we  celebrate indigenous history and culture in Australia and foster reconciliation discussion and activities. We’ve had a wonderful week of learning about Reconciliation Week activities. We’ve loved listening to a huge variety of Dreaming Stories, creating postcards about reconciliation with our Big Buddies and creating Art works for our room.

There will be a very special assembly next Friday at school to look at a dot painting donated to our school and to hear about the different reconciliation activities done by all of the classes in our school.

We looked at the traditional structures used by Aboriginals and related it to our current inquiry unit about Structures. We went outdoors to collect sticks, twigs, branches, leaves, grasses and gum nuts to create different structures. We had a fantastic time working together outdoors – we think our structures look pretty good too! What do you think?

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What was one of your favourite things from our Reconciliation Week tasks?


National Simultaneous Storytime Day

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Today is the National Simultaneous Storytime. Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. The story chosen for this years event is the The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabley.

Here is the author Aaron Blabey reading his story.

What did you think of the story?


Digital Microscopes

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During Science investigations with Mrs Nelson our class used digital microscopes to continue our research about looking at materials and objects very closely.

Mrs Nelson had a set of digital microscopes that clip onto our iPads. We’ve been using them each week that she worked in our classroom. We really loved the predictions, investigations and checking of our results – we needed to think and work like Scientists. We investigated man made objects and materials and then ventured outside to look at nature.

Here we are learning outdoors – investigating nature.

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Then we came back inside the classroom and shared our best nature images via the IWB.

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The next learning task was to examine fabric and then test how waterproof specific materials were. We set up our material strips on plastic containers and then used syringes of water to test their ‘waterproofness’.

 

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We continued our testing and started to record our findings.

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Our final stage was to record our findings and we discussed what we’d discovered. We also need to explain our findings, giving reasons for our answers.

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We LOVED using the digital microscopes and hope to use them again in the future.

Can you tell us why you liked using the microscopes?


Mother’s Day

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Today is a very special day for all of the Mums in our class and around the world! It’s Mother’s Day.

We would like to wish each of our Mums and Grandmas a very Happy Mother’s Day.

We hope you enjoyed our cards and presents that we made and that you get spoilt today!

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