Big world, little learners

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Posted by foundation | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 29, 2013

Welcome to our blog @ St Anne’s Primary School, Australia.

We are in our first year of school and we love learning. Our blog is a place where we will share our work and learning. We welcome your comments.

Please find a tab above which will direct you to our Term One Overview. This contain important information for you to read.

We will update and add new Overviews each term.

Digital Technologies Term 2

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Posted by special4 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on July 11, 2017

This term, we used the laptops to share information and videos about ourselves. We had to write special things about ourselves. We wrote things about what we have (like pets or siblings) and we also wrote about our favourite things (like movies or animals). We had to learn more about typing and we had to click-and-drag.

After we wrote our words, we had to put in a video. In the video we talked about what we want to be when we grow up.

Click here for Foundation MK’s finished work.

Click here for Foundation O’s finished work.

When we had finished, we got to play games to help us improve our click-and-drag skills. We used things like Fuzzbugs, online colouring-in pages, 100 snowballs and the Angry Birds Maze games to help us with this.

“I liked the writing bit.” – Willow

“I liked colouring my name.” – Miranda

“I liked putting the video in it.” – Ollie

“I liked colouring in the pictures.” Sammy

“I liked colouring in my name.” – Presley

“I liked writing and typing our names.” – Ryder

“I liked making it big and small.” – Caitlin

Brain breaks

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on June 27, 2017

Brain Breaks are a quick and effective ways of changing or focusing the physical and mental state of a learner. These “breaks” can be a useful tool to help students activate, energize and stimulate their brains. Brain breaks help both sides of the brain to work together by stimulating neurological pathways, they improve coordination and concentration and also enable the students to become more alert and ready for learning.

Here is one of our favourites!

 

Numeracy

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 13, 2017

Over the past two weeks the students have been engaged in learning activities related to Measurement. 

They have used direct and indirect comparisons to decide which is  heavier or holds more, and explain reasoning in everyday language. 

It’s been lots of fun learning and coming to understand more about mass and how heavy things are. The children have used balance scales to compare the mass of various classroom items such as scissors, glue sticks and tissue boxes.

Religious Education

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 8, 2017

Continuing on from last term we have learnt about the important events in the Gospels related to the Holy Easter season. The students have learnt about Jesus Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. The children have engaged in song, story, prayer, retelling and re-enacting in order to learn more about these events. 

They have also been introduced to the story of Pentecost Sunday and the coming of the Holy Spirit. 

We made cards for our Year Six Buddies who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on the weekend and talked with them about this special day.

Digital Technologies – Term 1 2017

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Posted by special4 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 13, 2017

This term the Foundation students have worked really hard at learning about the different computers that we use at home and at school. We have discussed different ideas relating to ‘input’ and ‘output’ as well as the words and language that is used to describe different computers.

In particular, the students have practised logging on and off the school laptops. They have also been practising their fine motor skills when using the mouse touch-pad to move the cursor, click and double-click. It has been a fantastic first term and the Foundation students have clearly learned a lot in a very short amount of time – well done everyone!

What do we use computers for?

Zoe: You can take a photo of yourself, plug it into a printer and then print it out.

Harlee: Writing

Addison: Watching things, like things you need to learn.

Josh: To print stuff.

Daniel: To play games.

Amber: For working on it.

Sammy: Playing games & colouring in

Alicia: Sending email

Dougie: Logging on and logging off

Milla: Drawing

Emmah: Ringing someone.

Leo: Taking photos

 

Inquiry Learning: How much do we need? How much do we use?

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 26, 2017

This term our unit of Inquiry has been focused around the Earth’s resource, Water.

The students have been encouraged to think about the big question;

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO THINK ABOUT WHAT WE USE OR WASTE?

The students have come to new understandings linked to:

  • Each of us has the responsibility to use the earth’s resources carefully/sustainably
  • Each of us can care for the environment.
  • Each of us can identify actions at school and at home such as turning off dripping taps, that can conserve resources

We began our unit by thinking about our needs and wants. We sorted out what we considered to be the key needs that are required for our survival.

The students used various thinking routines to explore how can we use these wisely and what is our responsibility?

We were fortunate to have a wonderful Incursion (Drama Toolbox) workshop which helped us understand more through the story of ‘Tiddalick; the frog who drank too much.’ This was enjoyed by all as the students acted out the story, wearing costumes,re-enacting the story.

We learnt about the Water Cycle and where does the water that comes out of our taps come from.

The students have become detectives looking carefully at water use at home and at school.

Finally; the students will take some action to assist in raising water saving awareness and pledge to use water wisely as part of their everyday life.

 

 

Visual Arts

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 5, 2017

“Every child is an artist” – Pablo Picasso

Recently we have created some amazing self portraits using paint, drawing and paper collage.

What does a self portrait say about the artist?

Self portraits are about more than your appearance, they show who you are and what you want to be.

 

 

 

Learning about Length

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 5, 2017

In Mathematics we have recently been learning about length.

We all use the terms long, longer, longest and short, shorter and shortest.

We used playdough and lolly snakes to compare lengths.

We went out into the playground to locate long and short items.

 

Religious Education

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 22, 2017

The Good Shepherd

In class we have shared the story of The Good Shepherd using ‘Godly Play’ materials.

We have come to know Jesus as the Good Shepherd.

He knows us all by name. He loves each one of us and protects us.

 

Mathematics

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 15, 2017

In class we have been learning the days of the week. We have learnt songs and rhymes to help us remember them all.

We read the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and created a display. We just love this story!

We are also trying to answer these questions each day – What day is it today?

What day was it yesterday? and What day is it tomorrow?

Perhaps mum and dad could ask us these questions at home too and talk about which activities we do on each specific day.

 

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