This term, all students in grade 1-2 have been participating in the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. The goal is for each student to read or experience at least 30 different books. We have had so much fun completing this challenge. The best books we have read so far include:
- Pig the Pug – Aaron Blabey
- Puffling – Margaret Wild
- The Very Cranky Bear – Nick Bland
- The Brothers Quibble – Aaron Blabey
- Our Granny – Margaret Wild
- Queenie the Bantam – Bob Graham
On Monday the 28th and Tuesday the 29th of May, our grade 1-2 students visited the Werribee Mansion. The aim of this excursion was to support our Inquiry learning around the past and the present. Students participated in a range of activities including a tour of the mansion, dress ups and a visit to some old farm buildings. Read some of their thoughts below:
Zuhair: My favourite part of Werribee Mansion was washing the clothes. I learnt you needed wood in the past to get the dirt off clothes.
Lien: I was grating the soap like they did in the olden days. The soap was used to wash clothes. It smelled a bit bad like rotten butter!
Brandon: We went to the wet room where we learnt about washing clothes. We had a tour of the Werribee Mansion with the butler.
This term, students in the Grade 1/2 area were introduced to a new text type; procedural texts. As it can be rather tricky to understand all of the structural features of this text type, students spent some time in class identifying the different features and reconstructing procedural texts into the correct format.
To further expose students to procedural texts and their structure, we decided to make a pirate hat. Students were very helpful throughout the session, informing the teachers of exactly what was needed to make a pirate hat (a piece of rectangular paper and textas). The students seemed to thoroughly enjoy the session – especially when they were able to fold, decorate and wear their pirate hats.
The best part was when the students shouted out, ‘Arrrrrrrr’… This was so much fun!
We have already made a huge start to 2018.
Students have talked about their families and came up with fantastic work banks. We have also been talking about what is healthy and what are healthy foods.
Classes have been building a sense of community by making different displays and showing different ways to present information. Room 13 used cupcake wrappers to show the different birthdays of students in the classroom.
Guess what? On Thursday the 9th of November, the grade 1-2 classes participated in the Aboriginal for a Day incursion. Big Al, Pancakes and Azza led us in many fun activities including dancing, face painting, storytelling and art. We all had a great day and learnt lots about Aboriginal culture. Read some of our thoughts below.
* Thursday was the best day ever! We heard people play the didgeridoo and it was awesome!! We saw traditional dancing and I danced in front of everyone. Pancakes had a kangaroo skin on his back. I liked it.
* On Thursday I drew a map with Azza. I was so excited because I love drawing. I drew home, boys, girls, emus, water holes, kangaroos and snakes. I had my face painted with brown stripes and white dots. The teachers put the paint onto the end of the paint brush to make the dots.
* On Thursday some visitors came to the hall. They were funny. We did face painting, drawing, dancing and Big Al told us a story about how the echidna got its spikes. We jumped like kangaroos, walked like echidnas and flowed like eagles. I had fun.
Thursday 24th August
On Thursday the 24th of August, our school celebrated Book Week by organising a Book Character Parade. It was a GREAT way to come together as a whole school community. It seemed that many of the characters that we have grown to love and cherish had stepped out of their books and into our assembly area. Students from Prep to Year 6 dressed up as their favourite story book character and paraded in the school hall to much applause and appreciation from the audience.
As usual, parents and students alike are to be congratulated on their imaginative and inspired costumes. The playground was awash with colour and drama!
The Book Character Parade was amazing! I saw people having a parade. They dressed as Harry Potter, Spider Man and Batgirl and Batman. By Marline
I felt so amazed that everyone looked so good. People said nice things to each other. My costume was Spiderman. By Sam
Our Book Character Parade was colourful and exciting, as reflected in the photos below
Wow! I felt good at the parade because I like all the costumes. I dressed like Thorman. By Ryan
Guess what? Today I was feeling proud because I dressed up as a cow girl from Toy Story. My favourite book character was Mary Poppins. When the principal announced the winner, it was tin man. By Delta
The grade 1/2’s had a great day dressing up as their favourite character.
The students particiapted in the book week parade in the hall where they showed off their costumes to the rest of the school community.
It was fantastic to celebrate the books that won the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards.
I thought I was the only lucky person but when I opened my eyes, all I saw as lots of lucky people roaming around like CRAZY! We could not wait until Nitty Gritty City. My absolutely favourite part was the music room because my friends and I made some cool songs altogether. Devine
I thought it was fun because it was like doing team work when we were in Nitty Gritty City. I learnt about different chemicals and what happens when we put food dye into water, vinegar, detergent and washing powder. Jahzay
I felt so excited because it was my first time at Scienceworks. My favourite area was the playground because I got to pretend to make some food in the Café and I got to create music with a team. We used different materials such as sticks and pipes to make sounds. Azaria
My favourite part of Scienceworks was the Technology Exhibition because we could create our own movies. Sam
I felt so happy because there were many fun things to do and we DID IT ALL! I saw never-ending mirrors and I didn’t know where I was going..I heard everyone chitter chatting about Scienceworks and how amazing everything was. Kenzie
Sometimes when we are all by ourselves we can feel lonely. If we feel like this at recess or lunchtimes, we can go to the Buddy Bus Stops. There are three of these in our school yard. If we see somebody at a Buddy Bus Stop, we can stop by and ask them to play 🙂