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Year 2/3 excursion

Today the Year 2/3 class went on an excursion. We had two different areas of focus. The first was a HASS focus where we gathered as much information as we could about who (and what) uses the Blue Lake, and for what purposes. We will also be using what we’ve seen today as a catalyst for studying how the Blue Lake area has changed over time.   The second focus was a Science/Geography focus where we learned about groundwater – how water gets underground, the flow of groundwater int...
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Preservice Teacher- Mrs Cameron

This week we welcomed Mrs Cameron to our class. Mrs Cameron is a 3rd Year Pre-service teacher who will be with our class for 5 weeks. Throughout her 5 weeks Mrs Cameron will gradually increase her teaching load to gain as much teaching experience as she can. Please make Mrs Cameron feel welcome and feel free to have a chat with her next time you are in our class.  
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Team Work in The F/1 class

So far this term we have had a focus on working together and getting along. We have participated in hands on learning experiences to practise working as a team and develop our problem solving skills. The children are enjoying these STEM based challenges and are using critical and creative thinking and developing problem solving skills as well as learning ways to communicate and work as a team. Challenge 1- Create a bridge using cups and pop-sticks to hold 20 teddies. We had 3 different challenge...
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Mothers Day Buddy Activity

Last week the 4/5 students worked their F/1 buddy to create a card for Mothers Day. Siblings were able to buddy up and spend their time creating one card for mum. The 4/5 students were great buddies and helped the F/1’s with writing in their cards. They all turned out fantastic!
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Beach Clean Up Mission Is A Success

On Monday this week, our excursion to Brown’s Bay was back on! The 5/6/7s enjoyed a tremendous day at the beach. The students all had a lot of fun whilst doing their bit for the environment and consolidating their Science learning. Since the start of the year, we have been focusing on the ocean and its importance to humans. We’ve explored the mechanisms of ocean currents, the impact that the ocean has on climate, and the impact that Climate Change is having and will likely have on t...
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Autumn Art in the 5/6/7

Lovely Autumn Art produced by the students last week. A three-step project, including white paint impressions of dried leaves, cool colour background and soft & oil pastels in warm colours over the white leaf prints. Some artworks burst with loud and joyful colours, others are more subtle – all are a delight to look at. Come in to our classroom to admire them – they look so much nicer in real life!
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Les Marrons De l’Automne: French Craft

Oh, it felt very nostalgic for me today in the 5/6/7 class! I introduced the students to the art of making creatures with conkers. Conkers – “marrons” in French – are the seed of the Conker or Horse-Chesnut tree. These trees are extremely common in France – indeed, just about every French schoolyard boasts at least one Conker tree. French kids love creating creatures out of conkers and matchsticks – I spent many hours as a child making small toys out of conker...
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Mixtures in Science

This morning was a busy morning in the Year 2/3 class. We watched a YouTube video about oil spills in the ocean and the impact that they have on birds and other wildlife. Then we set to work to discover how oil spills could be cleaned up from the ocean, and from bird’s feathers. We tested three liquids to see which one mixed with oil the best. We worked out that detergent mixed with oil the best. We also worked out that paper towels were the most absorbent type of cloth that we had. So we went ...
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Easter Maths

On Thursday, the 4/5 class worked on an Easter themed problem solving activity. A container filled with 15 hollow Easter eggs, was emptied and then re filled with solid mini eggs. Students were asked to find a way of working out how many eggs would be in the container. Students did a great job working out what information was important and coming up with different strategies to solve the problem. Towards the end of the lesson we counted the eggs, then worked out how many eggs each student would ...
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Shaylah’s Lesson: Easter Baskets Weaving

On Thursday last week, Shaylah taught the 5/6/7 class how to weave Easter baskets. She’d had the idea to make them, so she was asked to research the method, trial it and organise supplies with the help of Mrs Jones, prior to teaching the class how to make the baskets. Shaylah did a fantastic job, explaining the method clearly and helping everyone through a task that tested all children’s motor skills and persistence. It was interesting to hear Shaylah’s peers comment on how ve...
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Maths: observing patterns to solve problems

In Maths, we love using problems from the Nrich website: they’re designed to make you think, use visualisation and be resilient… it’s not about speed, it’s about making connections and developing our enjoyment of problem-solving. “Which Script?” is the title of a problem tackled by some students, in which they were presented with a table containing 6 numbers written in 5 different scripts… Here it is below: Students had to sort out the different scripts...
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Science

For Science this term we have been exploring mixtures – who uses mixtures, for what, where they are found etc. Over the last couple of days we have been seeing how a range of substances mix with other substances. We have combined cocoa powder, icing sugar, and puffed rice in different combinations. Also, we have been testing what happens when cornflour and water are combined, and how the mixture changes when different amounts of water are added. This afternoon we were mixing water, oil, an...
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Mil Lel 5/6/7 Students’ Writing Showcased In Writing Challenge!

Most weeks, our class participates in the “100 Word Challenge” global writing competition, using our blogs as a platform. Last week the students brainstormed in small groups how to “tighten the tension” in their writing, especially through the use of descriptions focusing on the five senses. The writing was published on their blogs, and the feedback we received this week was really exciting! Mrs McKenzie, a 100 Word Challenge commentator from New Zealand said this about ...
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Pizza Fractions

In the 4/5 class we have been working on equivalent fractions and placing them on number lines. Today in small groups students made a Hawaiian pizza and used an app on the iPad called Explain Everything to show different fractions on their pizza. Students worked excitedly in anticipation of eating the final product.
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Mystery Class Video

The 5/6/7 class is about to buddy with another class… somewhere in the world! Part of our getting to know each other is playing the “mystery class” game. Both classes make short videos which are shared privately with each other and in which they drop hints about where they are located. Following the videos, we will ask each other yes/no questions and race to be the first class to guess where the other is located! We will be watching our buddies’ video on Tuesday. Here is ...
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Buddy Cricket

On Friday, the 4/5 students assisted their F/1 buddy with cricket skills in preparation for our Pink Stumps Day.  Students first participated in throwing and batting stations, then ended by playing a buddy cricket match. The 4/5’s demonstrated great patience and were very supportive while helping their buddy to bat and bowl.
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Clean Up Australia Day

Since Clean Up Australia Day is this weekend, the Year 2/3 class did a rubbish pick-up in the school grounds today. Below is a photo of the children’s reactions when I suggested the rubbish pick-up (there may have been just a touch of acting!) We had a spare 5 minutes after we finished so we wrote some sizzling starts together. The names listed below each one is the name of the person who came up with the idea, but we worked on each one as a class to refine them… “AARGH!! Help, a s...
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