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Term 3 - Week 6 - Assembly Item

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Term 3 - Week 4 - Stick Insects
We are being Biologists in Science this term and learning about the external features of small creatures in our environment, their habitat and also about life-cycles. We have looked closely at our stick insects and were lucky enough to see an egg at the end of one stick insect's abdomen. We watched it drop out onto the floor below. It was very exciting.

Term 3 - Week 4 - Musica Viva
This morning we had the Music Viva incursion. It was a Torres Straight Islander group called 'Wyniss', they performed some beautiful songs to traditional instruments and played a couple of fun games with string and spinning tops. The whole school was encouraged to participate in the moves, which were harder than they looked to keep the beat too! It was a lovely experience for us all.

Term 2 - Week 9 - Machine Makers
To end Science for the term we were challenged to make the beginnings of a machine using found objects and our knowledge of how to move things using "pushes" and "pulls". We had lots of fun working together today.

Term 2 - Week 9 - Classroom Activities
We have been busy doing our normal day to day activities. Students are getting really efficient at spelling and guided reading.   It''s great to see them recognising that their hard work pays off as they reflect on the progress they have made.  We always discuss 'practice makes progress' and 'you don''t have to be the best you just have to try your best' and students are seeing that if they work hard trying their best every day that is how they improve. They are also working well collaboratively. We have been doing a bit of group art and group story creating and I'm really noticing a shift in their understanding of how to work together fairly and successfully :)

Term 2 - Week 9 - Ballet Incursion

The ballet last week was amazing! I don't know who enjoyed it more, me or the students! There were three performers and a DJ and they performed a variety of dances including ballet, hip hop, acro, contemporary, tap and more. The incursion was sponsored by Act, Belong, Commit and the message was shared in child friendly language that basically you find something you like and Act on it by asking parents, teachers, friends etc to help you know more. Then you find like minded people to join in with (a club or a group) so that you find a place you feel you Belong. Then you Commit to giving it all you have by turning up, doing practice etc. they did not push for students to do dancing, it was suggested they find any sport, any art, any skill you are passionate about.

Term 2 - Week 8 - Science Incursion
Today's forensic science incursion was a lot of fun! There was a make believe scenario in which a boy was missing that needed to be solved. They used fingerprints, animal poo (scat), USB microscopics, animal foot prints, I've rays and chemical test results to put it all together. It was very interesting and fun to see how science is needed in a different setting.

Term 2 - Week 2 - Nature Play!
One of beautiful big trees didn't handle the weekend weather too well and lost a huge branch. Today during the breaks Mrs Pretty supervised the kids have a fantastic time climbing, hiding and building with it. True nature play! Unfortunately there were a couple of scratches and rips in clothes but the kids quickly learnt their limits and made the most of the opportunity. 

Term 1 - Week 9 - Update
Monday's are always busy and today was no different! We started with our recount writing, being week 9 the students are getting very familiar with the structure and most are confident in getting pen to paper so we started working on editing. I wrote a couple of lines on the board with common errors that students often make which they edited for me. We don't like to push fixing mistakes until we are confident in making them, mainly to avoid damaging students self esteem in their writing but I think we are getting there.

Next we had buddy class where we continued with our ANZAC day artwork and made pancakes.

We then did our spelling, guided reading and computer. In computer we are practicing typing into word documents, which is a hard task learning how to use the enter button, capital letters and delete etc. 

Later in the day we moved from 3D shapes into capacity for maths. The students had fun with lots of containers of varying size and shape and a big tub of water to help predict and compare the capacity of the containers. We will also be looking at partitioning, where they break numbers down to hundreds, tens and ones ie 528 is 500 and 20 and 8 over the next 2 weeks.

In whole school news, Friday is Purple Haze day where students can wear purple and bring a gold coin donation for the Star Light Foundation.

That same Friday the 5th, the staff will host a cake stall to help with the ongoing fundraising to have the old undercover area resurfaced. Students can bring some money and buy themselves a treat.

That is all for now, I will provide more information about week 10 soon! 

Term 1 - Week 8 - Update
It is week 8 of term 1 already! 
This week we had buddy class and made banana cupcakes with lemon icing. It is a super simple, no electric beaters recipe which I will put on the pin up board. We are also trying to create a group ANZAC day artwork. Each student has a tiny square of a picture to recreate on a larger scale which if all goes to plan with make a mural... time will tell if we can pull it off! 

In literacy we are wrapping up our talk4writing story Elmer. We will rewrite the text as a group and individually. Most students are swapping their home readers regularly, it's really important they are reading at home, if you are having any difficulties please let me know and we can see if we can make things easier somehow. 

In numeracy we have been looking more at 3D shapes this week and identifying the faces, edges and vertices. We are also working on symmetry and transformation using shapes still.

For History we have been looking at life in the past and have watched a dinner and looked at classrooms and family units of the past. Some students completed their own questions for an older person in computer on Monday, others didn't or they didn't quite get the questioning going the direction we were after. We came up with a set of questions as a whole class today. If they have time it would be great for the students to try and have discussions with an older person about the past, if you are super efficient and did one already that is fine! We will do a share session during our History lesson day in week 10. 

Mrs luke has set up some new play provocations and swapped some things around to keep it all interesting and create some creative play situations for the kids. The students and I are loving it! 

Term 1 - Week 8 - Science
Last Friday I brought a variety of household mixtures  to school. We sorted the mixtures into groups according to their uses - this sparked energetic conversations about personal experiences of mixtures and also about scientists roles in creating mixtures for particular purposes. The children then organised themselves into groups of 4 and were challenged to follow a recipe to make a mixture that they could use for fun - playdough. This activity involved co-operation, problem-solving, communication, reading and having fun. Every single person did a wonderful job!!

Term 1 - Week 7 - Update

The students are playing so beautifully before the siren in the mornings, they work together so well. Lego has been a big hit lately! We will do a room change up soon and swap some toys in and out to keep them interested.

Last week we did our spelling test on the first 4 weeks worth of spelling words, I have written students out a personal list of the words students need to work on. I will send home a copy tomorrow, if your child doesn't bring one home then they have got all the words correct! The words Phoenix use are the Oxford Word list. They are high frequency words and progressively get harder. At this stage year 1's are doing 5 words a week and most year 2's are doing 10 words a week.

We did some History at the end of the day and were looking at life pre electricity! Somehow we ended up talking about the luxury of flushing toilets... but when we got back on track it was very interesting seeing their faces when considering life without electricity.

In literacy we worked on verbs and how swapping out our go to verbs to more interesting verbs can add meaning to stories and make our work more exciting. They did a good job of this.

Maths was a quick session where we went on a shape hunt looking for 3D shapes in regular items around the room.

Term 1 - Week 7 - Buddy Class

We made savoury scones using herbs from the garden in buddy class. I think they went down pretty well. If you would like any of the herbs for home you welcome to help yourself. The sage is amazing at the moment. 

We were also busy doing some great recounts of the weekend. Students are really implementing the required structure we have been focusing on.

In numeracy we have been looking at halves (year 1s) and quarters (year 2) of shapes, collections and numbers. We also started 2D and 3D shapes today.

Term 1 - Week 6 - Harmony Day

On Wednesday we had a lovely day celebrating cultural diversity through Harmony.

We had an assembly where B5 recited Mem Fox's "I'm Australian too," we had previously read the book in class so the students had a good understanding of the item. We then had our parade, giving us the opportunity to see many different cultural attires and lots of orange in celebration of Harmony Day. Following the parade we headed back to our classes for Harmony Day activities with the families that could join us before having a community picnic with family and friends. Thank you to those families who were able to make it, I know how busy everyone is and the turn out was truly impressive and appreciated.
After the picnic we said goodbye to family and students participated in a whole school rotation of activities. For these activities the students are placed into 9 groups of year 1 to year 6 and move around 3 stations. The activities were learning about flags and making a flag biscuits, creating collaboration fish artworks to suit the statement 'We may be all different but in our school we swim together' and finally playing some sporting games from different countries.
After second break, we were all exhausted... but we finished the day off with some art and more stories.
It is a wonderful and unique day. Phoenix is such a culturally diverse school where inclusivity comes quiet naturally, it is very special to be able to celebrate it with a day of fun for the students and our families.

Term 1 - Week 6 - National Day of Action against Bullying
In order to demonstrate the impact that mean words and actions can have on a person, I challenged the class to participate in a game that was extremely challenging for our caring class of children. We passed an apple around and had to say something mean and unkind to it. This was really, really, really hard to do and there were lots of nervous giggles and even some children who couldn't bring themselves to say mean things, even in a game situation. Once the apple had gone around the circle, we cut it open and were shocked to see that although the apple looked the same on the outside, it was bruised, soft and damaged on the inside. The children immediately said sorry and wanted to "make things okay for the apple". We talked about how we feel on the inside when others are unkind or mean to us. When we passed a second apple around it made us all much happier to make positive comments. We are so lucky to have a kind and caring class!!

Term 1 - Week 4 - Class Update
We have been working hard this week! Our programs are all in full swing now. We have started our Talk4Writing book 'Elmer', we have mapped our story and have been looking at adjectives using Elmer as our inspiration so far. Maths has been looking at number place value and still consolidating skip counting. In history we watched a 1950s dinner at home clip and compared the events of an evening in the past to our present. 

Term 1 - Week 3 - Friday Science

We started off our Friday using our hands to feel a mysterious bowl of sticky, gooey, stretchy, long, hot (the children's words) spaghetti..... we are learning about how substances can be changed by heating them or freezing them.
I am so proud of how collaboratively these students worked together today to follow instructions and make 3 different mixtures during our Science investigations. We are finding out what happens to substances if we combine or mix them together.

Term 1 - Week 3 - Morning Fun

We had a pretty busy day today! We started our Letters and Sounds program where students have an intense 30mins session in small groups at 9am. We then started our spelling program followed by numeracy rotations which had a focus on skip counting. At the end of the day we did History where students looked at their own past, present and future. It was very funny watching them all act out being teenagers and adults.
I'm glad they had a good play this morning before the siren.

Term 1 - Week 2 - Maths

Today we had a bit of fun in maths, to warm up with measurement the students were challenged to put themselves in order of height without talking to each other... it might have taken a bit of time and a few giggles but they did a good job in the end. 
We have also been looking at skip counting as a concept and understanding the purpose behind it. Some students may come home and want to count all the shoes in the house by skip counting in 2s!

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