News from the learning areas
Book Week Dress Up
Prep Learning Area
The Preps have had so much fun exploring money in play this week! Groups have finalised their shops by creating items to sell, deciding how much to sell items for and lastly, using money to buy others’ items.
The Preps have really enjoyed pretending to be shop keepers and shoppers, using the play money to buy items they like.
We have included some photos to share with you.
1/2 Learning Area
2020 Book week
The grade 1 /2 students have been really busy and engaged in various interesting activities throughout the last couple of weeks. Here are some highlights about some exceptional books we shared and enjoyed.
By: Caroline Magrel
Honour Book for the 2020 CBCA Awards Book of the Year for Picture Book
Nop won the ‘Honour Book Award for 2020.
Nop is a very lucky bear.
Nop found a treasure.
Nop found a friend.
Nop is a scruffy kind of bear. He sits on a dusty armchair in Oddmint's Dumporeum surrounded by the beaders, knitters, patchers and stitchers who are much too busy to talk to him.
Tilly found the perfect hiding place to keep her special treasures. No one knows about it, not even her big brothers and sister, who know everything. But one day, something happens that Tilly could never have imagined...
By: Sophie Blackall
A beautiful picture book about hope, change and the passing of time. Winner of the Caldecott Medal 2019. On the highest rock of a tiny island at the edge of the world stands a lighthouse. From dusk to dawn, the lighthouse beams, sending its light out to sea, guiding the ships on their way. As the seasons pass and the waves rise and fall, outside, the wind blows; inside, the lighthouse keeper writes, and the rhythms of his life unfold. But change is on the horizon...
Join one little pigeon on her mission to spread the word of peace around the world.
Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope some days you'll join us, and the world will be as one.
3/4 Learning Area
This week, students in Grade 3/4 have begun investigating location and transformation. We have talked about the language of location and looked for treasure using grid references. Alas, the island was fictional, as was the treasure.
Yesterday, students from Mrs Dunn’s group used directions to discover their way from the start square the finish square on a 6 x 6 grid. The cartographer (map drawing person) could only say yes or no to guide the adventurers through the path using the language of location and directions. It’s harder than it looks! Will O discovered that going first was not the best move because there was a 50/50 chance of getting the direction correct if you were the first player beginning on the start square.
5/6 Learning Area
In the last few weeks the grade 5/6s have been participating in some book week activities, such as drawing ugly animals and creating our own Merri Creek monster. This was great fun. In reading we have recently started book clubs, in this we get assigned books to read then we do an activity about that book. These books have been great reads and we have all learnt something. In math we have been doing angles and long division. And last but not least thanks to our amazing teachers for a great week!
Book Club lessons are up and running in the 5/6 area. The students have practiced undertaking such roles as the’ Text Connector’, ’ Vocabulary Villain’ and the ‘Literary Luminary’ while reading their books. Grammar lessons have focused on sentence structures, specifically looking at simple and compound sentences.
Last week, as a part of Book week activities, the students read ‘Yahoo Creek’ and ‘The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ugly Animals’. They produced some incredibly fascinating drawings of ugly animals of their own and created various versions of Australia’s own mythological creatures.
In maths we worked on designing and drawing a playground, we had to include many different types of angles, shapes and equipment. For example, we needed to have three slides, all with certain angles and we needed to have a cubby house with diamond windows that had obtuse and acute angles. Here is everyone’s work. You can check them out on the wall outside the 5/6 room at school!
Ugly Animal Encyclopedia Sketches
Yahoo Creek inspired Creek Monsters
Nat's math group playground design