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Ms Hionis’ Stage 1 ESL group have been learning about how Living and Non-Living things move. In this week’s lesson we experimented with some of our favourite toys by examining the way they moved. Sarika had to push and pull a toy car for the wheels to rotate thus enabling it to move. Kyhana had to pull a lever on “The Hulk’s” back for his arms to move and smash his fists together. Irfaan had to pull down on a lever for the dinosaur to open and close it’s mouth. Finally, Lana pulled the string from ‘Captain America’s’ shield for the round disk to propel and take off!
At the end of the lesson, the children discussed their findings and then wrote about it in their writing books.
K Gumnut has been learning about living things. We have read books about Australian animals including:
Possum in the House
We created hanging possums using torn newspaper and crayon techniques to make fur. We had a lot of fun and we are proud of our artworks. You can see our possums hanging around outside the K Gumnut classroom.
By K Gumnut & Mrs Stevens
S3 Olive have been reading the book “The Tale Of Despereaux” by Kate DiCamillo. Despereaux, the mouse is a non-conformist and he finds himself in a predicament – he has fallen in love with a human, Princess Pea. In doing so, Despereaux has broken the number one mouse rule of talking to humans. The entire mouse community and the Mouse Council have decided that he must be punished. As the ancient castle-mouse law decrees he is sent to the dungeon of darkness, the dungeon of rats.
S3 Olive wrote letters of advice and encouragement to Despereaux, from another character’s perspective.
This week, stage 1 have been attending excursions to the George’s River Environmental Education Centre, with a side-trip to Simmo’s Beach. Bamboo and Wattle went today (Monday), while Jacaranda and Violet go tomorrow (Tuesday).
We got to see, touch, and learn more animals (alive and once-living) and plants, build hides and attracted bird-life to view through our binoculars using bird-calls, and used nets to skim the river surface for lifeforms to inspect with our magnifying glasses. We even got to see a real live koala sleeping high in a tree near our lunch area!
Thank you to our amazing parents, community, and teachers for putting this fantastic event together – what a great way to celebrate!
K Bluebell have been using the book “COUNT AND QUACK” during maths lessons to find new friends of different numbers. Firstly, we roll a dice. Then we build a tower of that number. We “crack” it and using the two parts of the tower, we write a number sentence.
The children in Ms Hionis’ stage 1 ESL group have been learning about ‘Living & Non-Living Things’. The children went on a nature walk around the school. They had to draw pictures of ‘Living Things’ that they saw in the playground. The children enjoyed this activity as they were able to find and draw lots of ‘Living Things’ in their school environment.
Today we read ‘Little Bat’ by Tania Cox & Andrew McLean and we learnt to move like different animals. The book is about a little bat that is learning to fly. He has a lot of good friends who want to help him. We watched some videos to help us think about how different Australian animals from the book might move. Then we had a turn- it was so much fun! We flew like bats and birds and we slithered like snakes. Here are a few action shots.
K Bluebell & Mrs Stevens