Ms Strong, Miss Campbell and all the grade ones have settled into the new year. It has been lovely meeting all of the students and their families and we are looking forward to an excellent year together.
We are now well established in our reading, writing, maths and spelling programs and have decided to use the blog to celebrate our learning. The grade ones, along with their families, will be encouraged to check the blog regularly and leave comments about their work/learning.
We will be posting our weekly learning focus’s along with some handy hints to help parents and students at home.
Looking forward to a wonderful year together!
‘Each year, across Australia, The CBCA brings children and books together celebrating Children’s Book Week. During this time Schools, Libraries, Booksellers, Authors, Illustrators and children celebrate Australian Children’s Literature. During this time you will often see Children’s Book Character Parades and talented librarians creating amazing displays.’ -The Children’s Book Council of Australia
This years theme was: Australia! Story Country
In preparation for book week, we read a series of excellent books that were nominated for Children’s Book of the Year. At Barwon Heads Primary the favourite book in the early childhood category (as voted by students and staff ) was Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey.
The CBCA 2016 Winner for Early Childhood was Mr Huff by Anna Walker.
The students all participated in the annual BHPS book week parade where we dressed as some of our favourite book characters. Here are some pictures from the day.
What was your favourite costume at the parade?
Why do you love reading?
Last week we went on and African adventure close to home to investigate living things and their habitats. When we arrived we embarked on a bumpy safari tour. We drove around the open plains and learnt about the animals, what they eat and where they live. It was amazing to be so close to such amazing animals. We learnt about some of the reasons many of them are endangered and what the zoo is doing to help the species survive.
After that we participated in the habitat detective workshop where we listened to the sounds of natures and looked for signs of living things in our environment. We talked about some of the things that all living things need to survive including shelter, water and food.
Finally, we had some free time to look around the zoo. There were so many things to see!
‘My favourite part of going to the zoo was seeing the gorillas’. – Baye
‘My favourite part of going to the zoo was walking through the kids jungle to see the rhinos and it was really fun to play on the playground.’ – Isla.
‘My favourite thing about the zoo was the safari bus because we got to ride around and see lots of animals’- Jake
What is your favourite animal? Why?
Last week our character strength focus was ‘teamwork’. We worked as a team to brainstorm what good teamwork looks, feels and sounds like. We thought about how we could be a good team player and demonstrate teamwork in our lives. The students worked with teams to complete a few different activities. The first activity required excellent communication. One person in the group was given the role of ‘drawer’ and the rest were ‘communicators’. Miss Campbell has a drawing which only the communicators were allowed to look at. They then had to give their drawer instructions in order to recreate the picture. All students did a fantastic job and demonstrated excellent teamwork.
The second activity required teams to try and fit as many of their team makes inside the hula hoop without knocking it off the cones. The students had to listen carefully to each other and support each other to get in and out of the hula hoop.
They students in 1C have been enjoying participating in Reader’s Theatre sessions in reading. Each group receives a script, is allocates characters and brings a play to life. Reader’s theatre is a terrific way to build confidence and fluency with reading. Miss Campbell was blown away by the expression the students used when performing their various parts! One group even got to perform their play of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ to another class. Reader’s Theatre is heaps of fun and we can’t wait to work on our next lot of scripts.
On Friday the students, parents and staff at BHPS were lucky enough to be part of our very own opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics. It was such a fun day! Every class took on the role of a different country and dressed in the colours of their flag. Our class was Argentina so we wore light blue and white. We all gathered excitedly on the oval. There was chanting, balloons, cheering and excitement all around us. There were drummers, flag bearers and banner holders from every class. We marched around the oval as part of the ‘parade of nations’ then watched the torch come in on the back of a motorbike! We were even lucky enough to have a former Olympian (Johnny’s Grandpa) from the 1972 Olympic Games come and lit the cauldron. Our favourite part of all was when the pigeons were released. It was a fantastic celebration and an amazing day to be a part of!
What was your favourite part of the BHPS Mini Olympics?
Over the past week the students in grade one have been learning to identify and describe 2D shapes. We have been practising naming, drawing and describing the number of corners and sides of each shape. This week we will be learning all about 3D shapes. 2D and 3D shapes exist everywhere in the world around us. Today we went on a shape hunt around our school to try and see how many 3D shapes we could find. The students loved being ‘shape detectives’.
What are some of the similarities and differences between 2D and 3D shapes?
Last week the whole school participated in first aid training. We spent some time learning about how to help someone if they are hurt, what number to call in an emergency and how to treat a nose bleed or a cut hand. The students were excellent at answering questions and helping the trainers role play various first aid situations.
What did you enjoy about the First Aid training?
After a two week wintery break we are back at school ready for lots of fun activities and new learning. There was a lot of excitement in the air this morning as the students in 1C entered the classroom with many holidays stories. There were trips overseas or interstate, visits to Melbourne, lost teeth, lost tonsils, new puppies, surfing stories and lots of people who snuggled up inside and spent the holidays reading books. It was great to see so many happy, well rested faces. We are all looking forward to the term ahead.
This term we will be exploring the topic of ‘living thing’ during inquiry. We will be looking at the world through scientists eyes and investigating the features and characteristics of living things and what they need to survive. Students will do activities based around plants and animals and will even be given the opportunity to work on an artistic project related to this theme towards the end of term.
In Maths we will be focussing on the following topics:
- Addition and Subtraction
- Chance and Data
We will continue to build our accuracy, fluency and comprehension strategies during reading as well as improving and expanding our vocabulary. This week we are focussing on choosing good fit books.
In writing we will be learning how to write persuasive texts and information reports.
We are looking forward to a great term together!