Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Welcome to term 3!

Welcome to term 3!
By now I am hoping that most families will be aware on the Class Dojo page I will be trialling for the remainder of the year. This is a very popular platform worldwide for sharing children's learning with their parents.
There are 2 levels of the application. One where I can share stories with the whole group and one where I can share with just particular children's families.
I hope by using this platform I can provide you with more regular ensights into your child's learning and I can then eliminate using the blog, the Facebook page and eventually class newsletters!
If you have missed the newsletter and instructions to join Dojo please let me know as these were pasted into your child's homework/communication book yesterday.
If you have any questions/comments or concerns please send me a message or an email. I am happy to show you around the site and get you set up if needed.
I would really appreciate it if you can please respond to the email so that I can see who is getting this form of communication. Following the feedback given at Student Led conferences I believe some email addresses that I have must be out of date.
If you still prefer to get paper copies- I will be able to do this for notices only but unfortunately you will not receive the updates and photographs of your child's learning.
Thank you for your support. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Making Ten

Today the children really enjoyed playing this card game. It is a great game to play and it could be some perfect holiday fun. I have included a photo of the rules. The children should be able to explain the rules to you. If your child finds it easy to make 10 try changing the number.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Rich ask Math

This week for rich task maths we were working on a problem which we could use a range of strategies to solve. Some of us used repeated addition while others used their skip counting. One child was also able to use part whole thinking.

The problem the children had to work out was:

Alex went to the zoo and he could see 16 legs. What animals did he see? How many different combinations can you find?

If the children completed this fast they were given new numbers to investigate.

Magic Milk

Today during science we made magic milk. By using food colouring and dish washing liquid we were able to make the milk dance!

The dish washing liquid does not mix with the milk. It floats on top and spreads over the surface. As it spreads, it grabs the food colouring. Soap is a "degreaser" so the molecules in it are attacking the fat in the milk, causing motion which creates the swirling of the colours.

Playing Tiddlywinks

Today we played Tiddlywinks to practice our skip counting. Some of us were using 5 and 10s and others were using 3s and 4s. We sure did get competitive!

Tiddlywinks is a game in which small plastic counters are flicked into a central receptacle by being pressed on the edge with a larger counter.

The children really enjoyed this game. You could try it at home with them! 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Independent writing by Jessica

Today during reading rotations Jessica did some independent writing she was really proud of. Here is a little video of her sharing it with us.

Fizzing and Foaming rockets!

Yesterday during science we looked at the reaction between Baking soda and Vinegar. It was great fun hypothesising what might happen.

Our ideas were:

Harry and Dominic- We hope the baking soda and vinegar will rise.

Jessica and Abbey- We think the baking soda and vinegar will mix up and and make something.

Mia and Malachi- We think the baking soda and vinegar will explode!

Corbin- think the baking soda and vinegar will do a tiny pop in the bottle

Flynn- I think think the baking soda and vinegar will make the top pop off

Olivia F and Olivia J- We think the baking soda and vinegar will go sssssssssssssss and explode

Riley and Jesse- We think the baking soda and vinegar will not mix because one is a liquid and one is a solid
Sam and Joe- We think the baking soda and vinegar will bubble and fizz

Lydia and Erin- We think the baking soda and vinegar will change colour and fizz up

Chloe and Abbey- We think the baking soda and vinegar will fizz

Oscar, Daisy and Ashley- We think the baking soda and vinegar will explode in the container

We made mini rockets. First we mixed up a paste of baking soda and water. We added a small scoop onto the lid of an old film canister. Then we added 30mls of vinegar to the canister. We went outside and fixed the lid to the canister. When we turned if over onto its lid we sat back and waited. We didn't need to wait long until they went popping off into the sky! 

Unfortunately the reaction was too quick to capture on camera but we REALLY loved the exploding rockets!