Inquiry Learning

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

Snuffles House

In class we have recently viewed a clip of the story, Snuffles house.

We have talked about what Snuffles needs in his house in order for it to provide adequate shelter. What size does it need to be? What shape would work best for Snuffles? Why is space important in our classroom? Why would space be important for Snuffles?

The students were then given time to create a design brief outlining the use of a variety of materials to create a home for another little creature.

Friday afternoon saw the “The Block” come to life as students were engaged in creating a house for their small creature. It was mammoth and in the end great creative designs were built, inspected and displayed. Well done to everyone!

Mathematics – Length

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

In Mathematics our Learning Intention has been that:

We are learning to compare the length of objects

Our Success Criteria was:

  • I can compare objects by placing one object against another to determine which is longer
  • I can use measurement tools that can help us to compare
  • I can use words to describe measurement attributes, such as tall, taller, longer, long, longest

In order to learn this we shared the story of ‘The Long Red Scarf’ then each student needed to use fabric, wool and other materials to calculate, measure and create a scarf that would sit and be suitable for their own teddy bear.

Religious Education

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

During our Religion lessons we have visited the St. Anne’s chapel. In this unit the students have learnt about religious imagery, the church building and its furnishings, and the gestures used in liturgy. They learnt about the name and location of our local parish, and the role of our priest, Father Joe in our parish.

St. Anne’s Feast Day

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

This year for St. Anne’s Feast Day our Assembly item was a trip down memory lane with music and songs from past eras. The wonderful Foundation students tripped the light fantastic and came out rocking and rolling to the tune of Rock Around The Clock. Wow! They did a great job and loved dressing up as little rock’n’rollers!

Builders Are us!

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

In Inquiry this term we are learning about:

How do built environments suit the needs of users?

Why do living things need shelter?

Why are there different types of buildings/shelters???

What are the different purposes?

Does a purpose influence a design?

We have built ‘bird houses’ with Anatoli from Craftpower and will turn them into works of Art for our school Art Show later this 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

 

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