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Term 3 - Week 6 - Assembly Item
Phoenix Primary School 2019 B1 'Talk 4 Writing' Assembly Item from Phoenix Primary School on Vimeo.
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
Term 1 - Week 7 - Buddy Class
Term 1 - Week 6 - Harmony Day
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
Term 1 - Week 3 - Morning Fun
Term 1 - Week 2 - Maths
B1 Office Display - Term 1
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