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Reading with our buddies

Last week we went to the library with our Grade 1 buddies to do a spot of reading. When we were there, we talked about needing to read with expression so that we don’t sound like boring robots who send the listener to sleep. We then practised reading with varied rate, pitch and volume and also helped our buddies to do the same.
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At the end of the session, some of us and our very brave Grade 1 buddies stood in front of both classes and showcased their amazing and entertaining reading. Everyone was very encouraging and supportive of their buddies!

Skills Needed for Discovery

As part of our CBL focus on Discovery this term, students had to consider some of the fundamental skills and attitudes people need to have in order to learn, solve problems, explore, investigate and find out.

To do this, students were given the task of completing an image slide puzzle as fast as they could. At first, the task looked easy to the students and they felt confident they could line up the squares and create the image without too much trouble. However, the task proved trickier than they thought and most of the class were unable to solve the puzzle after 15 minutes.

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When asked how they felt about the puzzle, responses ranged from happy and pleased to the more common answers of infuriated, frustrated and mad, with some students literally trying to tear their hair out!

But is wasn’t all bad news – it allowed the class to reflect on some very important aspects of discovery, as seen by the students’ thoughts below:

What skills or attitudes did you need to have?
– Don’t get angry every time you do something by yourself that is hard
– Speed isn’t necessarily important
– Never give up
– Other knowledge and practice might be needed to help you solve problems
– Positive attitude
– Patience

Why are these important for discovery?
– If we didn’t have them, nothing new would be found out
– If you just give up, there’s no point in even starting
– You can be proud
– You can share your knowledge and work with others
– If you give up, you won’t become good at things
– If you give up, you and others might not benefit from what you could find out
– You can improve on yourself or on something or find a better way to perform a task that helps you or others

If you think you have what it takes to complete the image slide puzzle, follow this link
Image Slide Puzzle

One student in our class completed the 9-square puzzle in 10 seconds and the 16-square puzzle in 26 seconds! Can you beat her?

Community CBL Solutions

The start of Term 2 sees the students of 4A completing their CBL solutions from last term. In Weeks 2, 3 and 4 the children are offering their services to the school community by either running a recess/lunch time club (including ‘Fun and Fitness’, Dodgeball, Downball and an iPad club) or assisting in Prep classrooms during their break. The students are all very excited to be taking responsibility for an activity they know others in the community will enjoy and appreciate. Well done everyone on their thoughtful suggestions and careful planning of their solutions!

Numeracy: How Big is a Foot?

In Numeracy this term we have focused on being able to measure items accurately. There have been several tasks performed in the classroom and as a part of homework that have helped students to use a ruler properly, read a ruler and record the units they have used.

At the start of our topic on measurement, we viewed a story called ‘How Big is a Foot?’ and explored the importance of having standard units. We saw first hand that if we were to use our feet to measure items it wouldn’t work because we all have different sized feet and agreed that devices such as rulers and tape measures were much better things to use!

Next term we will be presenting a short play of ‘How Big is a Foot?’ at assembly so we can share this learning with the school community. We hope you can come along and watch it.

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Measuring 2

Measuring 1

4A Community Agreement and Classroom Expectations

In 4A we have been looking at how to display the school values of respect, responsibility, achievement and teamwork in our classroom and school community.

We agreed that: we come to school to get a good education and to learn how to get along with each other. This is important so we can learn lots of things and have positive futures, and so we can have friends. 

To help us achieve this, we also came up with the expectations we have of ourselves in the classroom. Please watch our video for what these expectations are, leave a comment and …yippee!