Once a week, as part of our Literacy block, we learn about handwriting and how to correctly form our letters.
Have a look at some of the activities that we do.
tracing over the alphabet
Using a colouring marker, we write over the letters on the sheet. At the bottom of the sheet, we try writing words from our spelling or that we can see in our room.
writing words from around the room
We have two different ways to write words from around our room.
We can use a colouring marker and a laminated sheet with writing lines or we can use one of our special pencils and a dotted thirds paper sheet.
Laminated writing sheets
Writing is formed from top to bottom. To help us learn how to form our letters, we use laminated sheets that have pictures with writing lines on them. The lines have to be drawn from top to bottom.
What is your favourite handwriting activity?
Everyday Monday we learn about the maths concept of space. At present we are studying 3D shapes.
We have learnt the names of the common 3D shapes such as sphere, cube, cylinder and triangular prism.
As an extension to our learning, we have been using an iPad app called Geoboards.
Mrs W taught Ned and Michael how to play the game boxes or paddocks. Many of our parents and grandparents would remember playing boxes with pen and paper. They had to use a new skill in Geoboards so they could colour the squares that they made.
We have had a lot of fun creating shapes with the Geoboard app.
For our science studies, we have been learning about
Many of us knew that ice, icypoles and icecream will all melt if left out in the sun or heat.
Nick suggested that plastic will also melt.
So we decided to see if we could melt some plastic cups and what would happen to them if they did melt.
Each of us decorated three plastic cups with permanent markers. We wanted our cups to be individualised and not just plain, clear cups. We also named our cups. Mrs W. then took our cups home to melt them.
The cups were set upside down onto oven trays that had been lined with baking paper.
Mrs W. turned the oven to its maximum temperature.
The cups were put into the hot oven to hopefully melt.
Within 15 seconds, the cups had started melting.
It took less than 30 seconds for the cups to melt.
After the cups had cooled, Mrs W. took them off the baking paper.
Wow, the cups really did melt.
Welcome back to our class at Harston Primary School for 2013.
This year we have students in years Prep, one and two in our room. There will be 15 of us together with Mrs W. (our teacher). We also have the lovely Mrs H and Mrs B helping in our classroom.
We are really forward to tomorrow when our 5 new preps will join us here at school.
Many schools now have sessions of Developmental Curriculum especially for the junior students.
Developmental Curriculum is a time when students are able to interact and socialise with other students while experiencing the world around them.
Experiences this week included:
- creating handmade cards,
- acting out what happens when you visit the doctors
- solving jigsaw puzzles
- co-operating and sharing together
- seeing how far different cars travelled from the slide
- learning about personal space
Have a look at our session.
As part of our classroom display, today we made small and large jellyfish.
You have to watch where you walk so that you don’t get stung by the long tentacles hanging down!!
Today we are at Dhurringile Primary School to visit Harold the Giraffe and Justin in the Life Ed truck.
We haven’t been to visit our friends at Dhurringile for some time now. They are a small school like us.
These are some of our thoughts about today:
Sophie: I like the playground because it has fun stuff.
Kasey: I like Harold especially when he slipped on his banana peel.
Georgia: I liked it when we saw Harold and he slipped on the banana peel. I liked learning about our body.
Ned: the best thing has been seeing Harold.
Erick: the best thing was playing at recess.
Nick: Harold was the best.
Nadia: we got to share some of our ipad games with the Dhurringile kids.
Victoria: Dhurringile school has pictures on the walls.
Abbi: I liked that Dhurringile school is different to our school.
Ethan: I got to pat Harold when I collected the stickers from him.
Last term as part of our Welfare class each week we made a patch for our friendship quilt.
Each of the students has designed, drawn and sewn their patch. Mrs H took the patches home to sew together for us.
Our quilt is now hanging in the entrance to the main school buildings. We think it looks fabulous!
As part of our current theme “Under the Water’, we have been decorating our classroom.
Have a look at our room now!
Do you have any suggestions of how else we could decorate our classroom?
Today Nick brought in two yabbies that he caught with his Dad last night.
They are going to be living in our fishtank.
Yabbies are an Australian crustacean that live in freshwater. They can be found in rivers, creeks, channels and dams. Yabbies are able to burrow into the mud to live if the water dries up.
You can find out more information about yabbies here.
Have you ever been yabbying?
Were you able to catch any yabbies?
As part of our ‘Under the Water’ theme, we have been decorating our classroom with our art work.
We have made jellyfish with paper plates which are hanging in our doorway.
Our fishing net has caught our paper plate ‘Rainbow Fish’.
And we have added ‘fishtanks’ to our windows.
I wonder what we will add next?
We have a new class blog for our new integrated studies theme of ‘Under the Water’.
The blog is a place where we can find out about our theme as well as share our learning with our families and friends.
Click on the photo to go to our ‘Under the Water’ blog.
Today is national Footy Colours Day in Australia.
Businesses and schools are invited to wear their favourite football team’s colours and make a donation to support the Fight Cancer Foundation.
Yesterday we held Footy Colours Day at school. Many of the students and staff wore their favourite footy team’s colours instead of school uniform.
Have a look at what some of us had to say about our team.
Friday for maths we have problem solving.
Today our question was:
How many LEGO bricks can we stack before it falls over?
Have a look at us working it out.
Our answer was 35.
Our literacy program every morning follows a teaching program called Daily 5.
As the name suggests, there are 5 activities that the students can choose:
* read to someone
* listen to reading
* word work
Have a look at us during our daily 5 time.
This afternoon we had an explore of our LEGO technic.
Some of our sets have motors while others don’t. It was interesting to see our creations as many of us were unsure about using such little and such a variety of LEGO pieces.
Today we revisited the topic of symmetry.
Symmetry is like looking in a mirror…both sides have to be exactly the same. We made designs with our LEGO. We used a ruler or pointer down the middle so each side could be a mirror image of the other.
Have a look at our designs.
This term we have LEGO as our theme.
We are learning about LEGO as well as learning with LEGO. Again this term we have made a new blog to share our learning. Click on the picture of the LEGO bricks below or on the link in the left sidebar to see our blog.