Sunday, 17 September 2017

Wicked Weather

 On the 15th and 16th of August we had a Wicked Weather in-visit. Children conducted experiments replicating different weather conditions such as making snow, clouds and whirlpools. The children had lots of fun and found the whole experience fascinating.

Wacky Wednesday

The 30th of August was certainly a Wacky Wednesday for all. The children enjoyed dressing up and participating in Dr Seuss inspired activities. Our classrooms were transformed in ten wacky ways and the children delighted in discovering them all.


Indigenous Seasons

On Wednesday 30th August the children explored different types of Indigenous bush tucker and were able to sample lemon myrtle tea.  They also learnt about the Indigenous seasons and discovered how they correspond to the seasons we are familiar with. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Term 3 - What's On

What’s On’

Our Inquiry Unit this term is ‘Wicked Weather’.  Students will be investigating day/night and the seasons, how weather changes throughout the year and around the world and the weather’s effect on our daily activities.  We will study the 24 hour cycle.  A range of science experiments will be undertaken to explain and demonstrate weather phenomena and students will record their findings.  An exciting science show, ‘Wicked Weather’ on Tuesday 15th August, will provide students with hands-on activities to reinforce their understandings about weather.  Other aspects to be covered will be investigating how Indigenous Australians measure the seasons. 
Our Mathematics program continues to develop the students’ proficiency in number, place value, addition and subtraction and the interrelationship between them. Measurement areas to be covered include time, temperature and location. 
We will continue to use the laptops for our ICT program using Word, Power Point, 2Create a Superstory and Paint.
In Literacy, the students will be reading traditional tales and narratives to analyse their structure. Through the ‘7 Steps of Writing’ program they will examine Sizzling Starts and Tightening Tension scenes which engage readers and make a narrative successful.  Recounts and poetry will further enrich the program. 
As part of the VCOP Program we will continue to use ‘Big Writes’. Prior to a ‘Big Write’ your child will bring home a note outlining the writing stimulus and discussion suggestions for you to help your child generate ideas for their writing (‘Talk Homework’).                                    
Diary Dates:
July 30 -Year One Working Bee
August 15 – ‘Wicked Weather’ In-Visit from Mad About Science
August 17 – Curriculum Day
August 21-25 Book Week: 23/8-Wacky Wednesday
August 30 – Invisit Boon Wurrung Foundation focussing on the indigenous perspective of the seasons
August 31-Whole school In-Visit Richard Scholes ‘The Magical World of Wacky Science’
September 22-Footy Fever Day
We look forward to a terrific Term 3.
Year 1 Teachers 

Term 2 Work

As part of our investigation of how all living things have a life cycle we had a visit from Sharon at Butterfly Adventures. She brought with her a pop-up enclosure that we could sit inside and interact very closely with the butterflies. We were able to observe their proboscis uncurling to take a drink and feel the tiny hooks on the end of their legs as the butterflies rested on our hands. 
One lucky person from each class got the opportunity to dress up as a butterfly and demonstrate the different physical features of butterflies.
Sharon then left a chrysalis for each class so we were able to follow the life cycle in real time and even see butterflies hatching!
Following on from this experience we visited IMAX to watch ‘The Flight of the Butterfly’. Watching the 3D movie it felt like we were flying along with the butterflies. We found out further information on the threats to the butterflies’ survival.
Have you ever seen a bee flying around your backyard? Chances are it is a bee from Gideon’s house. Tiffany and Gideon made a presentation on bee-keeping. Bees will fly up to 3 kilometres from their hive to find nectar and pollen. Not only did Tiffany show us all the equipment they use but she also brought in some samples of honey. Delicious!

We have learnt about how animals depend on each other for survival and how food chains work. It was tremendous fun acting out food chains and then making craft food chains. Sam then visited Gardenvale and brought some water samples from the Yarra River which contained different water bugs and plants and we were able to explore the different food chains.

Going further with our investigation we have all had the chance to compile our first project. This is a little booklet on our chosen animal or mini beast.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Term 2

‘What’s On’

It’s Term 2 and there is an exciting and busy program ahead! 
Our Inquiry Unit this term is ‘Animal Safari’.  The unit focuses on the central idea:
·   All living things have a cycle of growth and depend on each other and the enviroment.

The children will investigate that:
·        Every animal has a life cycle to ensure its survival.
·        We depend on the food chain to survive.
·        When habitats change some living things can no longer have their needs meet.

These investigations will be explored through the following programs, utilising the local environment and resources.

The dates for these programs are:
·        Tuesday 2nd May - Butterfly Adventures
·        Friday 19th May- Melbourne Museum/IMAX Theatre
·        Friday 26th May - Water bugs Presentation

We will utilise our unit as the basis for information reports and persuasive writing and revisit recount texts as part of our Big Write.

Reading Centres will continue with the emphasis on developing comprehension skills. In oral reading the emphasis will be on fluency and expression. Please encourage your children to continue to read daily and ask them questions about the text.

In Spelling we will be continuing with the Smart Spelling phonics program.  Please ensure that your child is orally sounding out each word as they record it in the correct column each evening. 

The Maths focus this term will be addition strategies using a variety of concrete aids. We will continue to develop their understanding of place value and counting. Measurement learning will be related to chance and data and length. Children will undertake a number of problem solving activities.

During computer sessions, students will further develop their ICT skills using Word and Power Point and using search engines for researching.

Further Dates:
·        Friday 28th April – Curriculum Day – 7 Steps of Writing
·        Week beginning 22nd May – Parent/Teacher Interviews
·        Thursday 1st June – Parent Information Evening on the Resilience Program
·        Week beginning 12th June – Anti-Bullying Week

We are looking forward to another great term.

Year 1 Teachers

Eat Right

Eat Right
Year Ones have been learning about healthy food choices, what influences these choices and which foods we should eat every day and what foods should be eaten only occasionally.
Lisa visited our school to teach us about healthy snacks. We sorted snack food into the categories of red for sometimes foods; amber for a couple of times a week foods and green for healthy snacks.
In class we have learned more about the five food groups and how many handfuls we should eat daily from each group.
We made healthy salad sandwiches assisted by a great group of parents. All the children agreed the sandwiches were delicious and many of them had a second and third serving of leftover vegetables! It was also great to see children sample vegetables that they had not eaten before and they have now pledged to try and include more vegetables in their diet.

As part of this study we have investigated how the food we eat impacts on our bodies, particularly our teeth. Students have learnt about the digestive process and the effect different foods have on their health and energy levels.