It was a terrific week last week. Our parents night went off without a hitch and was a great success with almost all families visiting our room. The students were excited to show off what they have been learning about and also to demonstrate how to leave comments on our blogs. Many parents also had a go at our interactive whiteboard playing one of our favourite games – Wishball. Thanks again to all families that attended.
On Friday we had our Book Week Parade. Lots of students in the class came dressed as their favourite characters from books. It was great to see so many of our upper primary students getting involved.
Once again we also attended our social dancing with Derek. Children are learning so many wonderful dances and I can’t wait till we show off our skills for our social. Golf was on again on Thursday. The students will be able to try out their skills at Sanctuary Golf Course very soon. Next week is swimming lessons which will mean a very busy time for everyone. Don’t forget your bathers and towels for Monday.
During our literacy rotations last week the students had the opportunity to work in a great website called Telescopic Text. In small groups the students started with a small and simple sentence that they could extend with extra words to make it a larger more enjoyable sentence. The groups did this with me as a shared writing experience. They later went on to do this independently creating a sentence of their own. Click on the links below to see some of the examples.
Sophie’s Telescopic Text called “I saw a bird.”
Jonathon’s Telescopic Text called “I received presents.”
Kiana’s Telescopic Text called “I saw a boat.”
Joel’s Telescopic Text called “I made breakfast.”
If you would like to see some pictures of the team doing their social dancing on Wednesday afternoons please head to this link from In the Den with Room 10.
Social Dance Photographs Link
Thought I would put together a picture of myself incorporating the parts of different animals from the wild. Can you pick which animals parts I have? I have parts of 5 different animals so please leave a comment and let me know which animals they are. Over the next few weeks keep your eyes out for my students going wild as well on their own blogs.
Well it has been a great start to Term 3. The students are thoroughly enjoying being taught by our student teacher Mrs Y. The children have been busy learning topics about our health, Marine Rangers and electricity. Social dancing has been a great success with children enjoying learning a variety of different dances. It will be great to see the parents getting involved at the end of it all at our social.
Interschool winter carnival training is up and running. Students have been put into teams and are busy training on Tuesday afternoons and hopefully at lunch times as well. It has been great to see so many parents come in for parent interviews. I have loved having the children sitting in on these meetings so that they too can take more responsibility into their own learning.
Thanks to all those who submitted some wonderful Access Asia projects. I hope you enjoy our slide show displaying some of the childrens work.
Term 2 ended very well for the team. This week the students had Mrs Yoeman’s (student teacher) with them for most of the week so that she could get to know them and the class structure a little better before she begins in term 3. We also participated in a variety of NAIDOC week activities that included learning about and listening to dream time stories and researching famous indigenous Australians. They also participated in a poetry writing competition that had to be titled ‘Harmony’. Most students completed these using the different types of poetry formats that we have done this term.
At the end of the week the students from our class and room 10 participated in a lesson on bullying and what types of forms that it takes. The students had discussions about what is appropriate and respectful behavior to each other and what is not. We also looked at the bullying triangle and the importance of a bystander. After the discussion we decided that it was a chance for us to recognise classmates who were friendly, helpful, kind and respectful. Two were chosen from each class by their classmates. In term 3 we hope to continue to recognise all the positive contributions these types of people make at our school and acknowledge them on our blog and at assemblies.
From room 13 I would like to announce that Isabella and Arri have been chosen this week as our students who make others feel ‘Warm and Fuzzy’ and treat people with respect and kindness. Well done girls.
Well on Tuesday we had our spaghetti bridge testing. Everyone was able to finish their bridges in time though some did not quite meet the original criteria set. There were many different designs. Some very attractive and carefully planned while others were not so attractive but held out in the testing well.
Josh and Bao’s bridge was planned and designed very effectively whilst Jake (Room 10) and Jaymon spent a lot of time mathematically planning to also create an excellent bridge. All in all the students from Room 10 and 13 built some pretty amazing bridges that they should be very proud of. During the testing students took notes and kept track of the weight that each bridge could take. From their notes they began to put together a science report back in class.