Across our school on a fortnightly basis we all join in together for Circle Time. It is organised in cross age groups from Prep to Year 6. Each collaborative group begins in a circle where we share things about ourselves, discuss positive behaviours and play games.
Today we played the balloon game. Students worked in pairs to try and keep their balloon off the ground. We added a twist whereby the pairs had to hold hands and still keep the balloon in the air.
The feedback from the game was that it built teamwork. The skills required were to take turns and only do small taps in the air. Some pairs found it difficult but in the end they all worked together and managed the task. It certainly was a fun, interactive game, which was evident from the smiles and laughter. It all added to the positive attitudes we are trying to instill in our Circle Time sessions.
At the beginning of Inquiry Learning this term we used Hexagonal Thinking to explain what we already knew about Science and Physics concepts. Things we didn’t know about were put into the parking lot and other topics and concepts were linked to show what the students already knew.
As we are now half way through this term, it was time to revisit the Hexagons and see if our thinking and understandings had changed.
It was awesome to see the groups rearranging, questioning and clarifying their ideas.
Many were surprised by what they had learnt and could now explain their new understandings.
LISTEN to the reflections on their learning!
Physics Investigations on PhotoPeach
I really enjoyed learning about gears and pulleys and how they work. It was great working with my partner Gemma. I liked how we presented our work and the style of the mini expo.
I learnt how lightning is formed and the different types of lightning. I enjoyed making a model and learning from other students.
I really enjoyed learning about water turbines and how they work. I enjoyed working with a partner also.
I found it interesting learning about light and batteries. I discovered how to create an electrical circuit. Our topic was interesting and it was great working with a partner. She had a very creative mind.
I think I did well and I liked working with Tully to learn about how solar panels work. He was a great partner to work with and we shared the information and research together. I also learnt about lighthouses and what’s inside them from Adam.
I learnt a lot of information about batteries and circuits. I enjoyed making a model also.
Physics Investigations on PhotoPeach
Today we had fun experimenting with compasses. With a partner we planned a route outside on the oval area. We wrote compass directions and gave the number of steps for distance. We then left a note at the end so the pair would know where they were headed.
Hailey and Sam
I thought that this activity was really fun and a great way to work together. We learnt alot about compasses and how they work to tell directions. The needle inside a compass is made from lodestone. The magnetic force around the world makes the compass needle turn and face north.
Hannah and Braden
We thought this maths activity definitely helped us to learn how a compass works. It was great to write and set out directions for others to use. It helped us work as a team co-operate better as well.
Chloe and Mark
Using compasses taught me a lot about directions and magnetism. It was fun giving directions to another group to locate our treasure. It certainly helped me to understand North, South, East and West.
Holly and Jon
We learnt about compasses are made and what makes them point north. The lodestone needle in the compass is drawn to the magnetic north pole of the earth.
Siobhon and Georgia
Today’s lesson was challenging. We had to learn how to use the compass and make sure we knew where north was. It was great planning a treasure hunt leaving notes along the way for another group to follow.
Tim and Imogen
It was great having our maths lesson outside today. It was a great way to learn and collaborate in pairs.
Vanessa and Riley
Gemma and Madeleine
James and Corinne
On Friday was National Tree Day. We planted lots of trees with our prep buddies. We cleaned up all the leaves and we mulched all the garden beds. It made me feel excited that I was making a contribution to helping our environment.
During Friday we began planting some new trees around the oval next to the sandpit. We dug holes and filled them with new soil before placing in the new trees. We watered and mulched them to finish off. I felt happy because I was doing a good deed to help nature and to make our school more environmentally friendly.
Today our environment Team organised a scarecrow making day. It was a magnificent Spring day in Melbourne. As the sun shone through the budding oak trees, in our school garden, we worked together to create three scarecrows. We used recycled materials. The frame was nailed together and the hammering continued as we attached bottle tops to empty pots, to create the heads. The bodies were dressed in a variety of pre loved clothes. Carefully they were dug into position and are now proudly overlooking the vegie patch.
What a fabulous day of collaborating and helping each other in the garden. For some students it was their first time using a hammer and nails. It was a great learning experience.
We owe a BIG thanks to Ms Scott and The Environment Team for their wonderful organisation and assistance.
As part of our inquiry unit this term on Cultural diversity, each student chose one olympic country that they would like to know more about.
It was a fantastic way to learn from our friends.
Everyone did such a great job with their presentations.
I enjoyed the variety of slideshows, prezis, powerpoints and posters.
I didn’t know that countries could be so different.
On Tuesday night our parents came to school for a Family Maths night. We all gathered in the Discovery Centre. It was a fantastic opportunity to show our parents what we do at school in maths.
It is very hands on, with lots of concrete materials and problem solving to help us learn.
We discovered many new things together and it was great to collaborate with other families to enhance our learning.