Yesterday, the 1/2’s went on their second excursion to CERES to learn about our local environment and how to keep it healthy. They rotated through four different activities.
A River’s Tale
The students explored the life of a river and discovered why it is so important to keep our water clean. The students became a character in the river’s tale and learned how you can look after or hurt the health of the creek. The students learned about the water cycle and discuss strategies to improve the health of waterways.
Netting for Water Bugs
The students learned about fresh water habitats. They enjoyed netting and identifying the creatures living in our waterways.
The students were introduced to a variety of indigenous plants and about their uses for food, drink, medicine, tools and building materials.
The students were asked to search for different types of plants in the garden, such as silverbeet, mint and spring onions. They then took turns searching for pollinators (using magnifying glasses) and mini beasts (using spades) in the garden beds.
On Monday, 23rd April the 1/2 Learning Area set off for the long walk to Merri Creek. We were met by Angela from the organisation, “The Friends of Merri Creek”. She ran some sessions with the students and talked about the bird and animal life at the creek. We also learned that the Merri Creek is over 75 kilometres long. She showed us a map that showed other creeks that run into Merri Creek and how Merri Creek then flows into the Yarra River, which then flows into the sea. We also did some very detailed drawings of the plants in the area. It was a great day and the students coped with the walk in fine spirits. Below are some photos of our walk and some thank you letters written by the students to Angela.
Today, all of the Grade 1 & 2 students made ANZAC biscuits to help commemorate ANZAC day. Baking is always an easy way to explore mathematical concepts with kids and specifically making ANZAC biscuits is a great way to also start a conversation with them about what they think ANZAC means and to discuss the history behind these delicious biscuits (more information here: http://encyclopedia.kids.net.au/page/an/Anzac_biscuits).
Welcome back to Term 2!
We are ready for a busy term and would love some parent helpers to start coming into the classrooms in the morning to read with our students and complete other odd jobs.
If you can attend regularly, have a working with children check and would enjoy listening to our students read then we would love to hear from you. Please contact your child’s home group teacher to organise a regular time slot. Most mornings are fine.
Lastly, we would like to share this terms specialist timetable with you. It is more than likely to change along the way due to planning week and other events, however it will mostly remain unchanged.
|1/2 A||Physical Education||Japanese & Science
|Japanese & Visual Arts|
|1/2 B||Physical Education||Japanese & Science
|Japanese & Visual Arts
|1/2 C||Japanese & Science
Japanese & Visual Arts
|1/2 D||Physical Education
Japanese & Science
|Japanese & Visual Arts
This week, Miss Jennah’s & Kellie’s maths groups are working on identify patterns in numbers so they can recreate a number puzzle in the right order. Some of the number jigsaws included ordering two or three digit numbers and others involved skip counting. The students loved the challenge and enjoyed sharing their strategies. Next lesson, the students will be making their own number puzzles and will be sharing these with their peers.
This term, our group of gardeners have worked hard weeding, water and planting seeds in our 1/2 courtyard. As a reward, we chopped up some of the apples from our tree and had a snack. The students thought the apples were “delicious, juicy, nice, healthy and scrumptious”.
The students have also put up posters on the doors to the 1/2 area asking for donations. If you are able to donate items like soil, seeds, gloves, straw and watering pots, they would be very grateful!
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