Grade 3/4 camp is on from Wednesday May 31st until Friday June 2nd. For all children not attending the camp, they will be participating in the non campers program which will run during normal school hours.
All non campers will need to meet on the basketball courts on Wednesday morning to be divided into their groups for the activities for the three days. Students will stay in the same group and in the same room for the three days of the non campers program. There are great fun learning activities planned for the three days including cooking, science experiments, team building challenges, Sphero coding etc. Students who have iPads please bring them charged ready to use as usual.
On Wednesday we celebrated ‘Better Buddy Day’, raising awareness and money to support the Alannah and Madeline foundation’s protection of children against violence. We spent the day doing actiities with our buddy grade, Prep H.
In the morning we worked together to create a dance with our buddy using the moves and skills we have learnt in Performing Arts and PE this semester. At 11am we took part in the National Simultaneous Storytime, enjoying the book The cow tripped over the moon by Tony Wilson. After lunch we made a Spanish rain sticks with our buddies using our arts and craft supplies.
On Thursday some of our parents joined us for open morning to help us with our Eureka Tower math challenge.
Thank you for coming in and sharing in our learning!
In reading we have been inferring the aurthor’s message from the pictures in the text. To do this and linking with our big idea of survival we have been exploring the books by Jeannie Baker. We have also started to create our own collages conveying our message as authors inspired by the UN sustainable development goals we have been learning about.
All children attending camp need to be at school between 8.30am – 8.45am. They will need to go to directly to their classrooms.
PLEASE NOTE: STUDENTS WILL NEED TO BRING THEIR OWN LUNCH ON THE FIRST DAY. PLEASE CLEARLY LABEL YOUR CHILDS LUNCH.
If you have identified your child as needing medication please bring this medication to Ms Kingsley (Room 42) or Ms Huntly (Room 37).
Student Clothing and Camp Items
Below is a list of items that you should bring to camp. Please put your name on everything and make sure that you have adequate rain gear. Camp activities can continue in the sunshine and the rain. Older, warm, comfortable clothes are preferable to fashionable ones.
Waterproof raincoat is essential (nylon jackets, sweatshirts, and fleeces are NOT waterproof)
5 x Shirts (including long sleeves)
3 x Warm Jumpers/Windcheaters
3 x Long Pants (Tracksuit pants, Cargo Pants etc.)
6 x Pairs of Socks
6 x changes of underwear
1 pair of pyjamas
1 pair of runners
1 pair of boots – such as gum boots (suitable for wet weather)
1 pair of thongs (for showers only)
Plastic Refillable Water Bottle
Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hair brush)
In Health and PE this term, we have been focussing our learning on soccer skills. In soccer, we are learning the correct kicking techniques when passing to our team members and scoring goals. It’s so much fun to learn new skills and games we like to play at break times. I can’t wait to see what sport we’re learning next! Watch this space!
We have enjoyed our first week back in term 2 learning about Anzac day. We have been exploring our provocations about survival nd the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We will be continuing to work on this through out term 2.
Listen to some of our classmates describing what Anzac Day means for them. 4A Anzac Day
On Thursday at assembly, Isabella laid a wreath, on behalf of our classes to pay our respects to the Anzacs.
ACPS held a whole school assembly to commemorate Anzac Day on Thursday 20 April. It was led by the Student Leadership Group who presented information on Anzac Day as well as personal poems and family stories relating to this day.
All classes created a wreath and these were presented by a class representative during the assembly. The school also paused to listen to the Ode, the Last Post and reflected during a one minute silence before ending the assembly by singing our national anthem.
Thank you to all the parents who attended this assembly. It was fantastic to see so many in the audience to support the student leaders and the school with the commemoration.
The students all did an amazing job of being respectful and calm during this important assembly of remembrance. Congratulations to them and our teachers as well for supporting our students.
In 4A we have been learning lots of new things. Our big idea this term has been identities are continually changing and are influenced by place, space and time.
In Maths, we have learning about place value, recording numbers in various ways and renaming numbers. On Fridays we chanllenge ourselves with automatic recall of multiplication and division facts. We are improving each week.
In Reading, we have been learning about read and respond. Read and respond is when you read, think and respond. We have also been learning about questions to ask while reading. Questions about the text, authors purpose, monitoring yourself, inferring, summarising and main idea and connections to the text.
In Writing, we have been learning about the different types of texts, narratives and poems. sizzling starts. They help us with free writing sessions and Write On Time. We have also been learning about the writing process and giving feedback.
In CBL, our challenge has been to celebrate identity and culture. We are planning a multicultural day with our prep buddies as our solution.
In Buddies, we have been positive role models by working in teams, using our imaginations and supporting our buddies to do well at school.
It has been a fantastic beginning to the school year with many happy and excited faces eager to join in and participate in PE. During Term 1 students at Aitken Creek Primary School in years 3 and 4 participated in a weekly one hour tennis program directed by the Hume Tennis Centre in Craigieburn.
Through the participation of the program students learnt about gameplay, the rules of tennis and the different hitting technique they use being the forearm and backhand. They have done a great job and demonstrated our school values of respect, achievement, teamwork and responsibility whilst out of school grounds.
As part of CBL, many students were interested in learning about the theory of evolution and how animals change and adapt to their environment. To further understand this concept, we participated in two experiments which looked at the idea of ‘survival of the fittest’.
In our first experiment, we were put into groups and given a different ‘beak’ to use to try and pick up seeds. One of the beaks was a knife, one was a fork, one was a spoon, another was our hand without our thumb, and the last one was our whole hand. We were given 2 minutes to pick up as many seeds as we could with our ‘beak’. At the end of the 2 minutes we counted up our seeds and the group with the least seeds ‘died’ because they did not have enough to eat (the weak species). We kept doing this until only one, fittest, species survived. Can you guess which one that was?
One of the experiments was very tasty when students had to pretend they were birds looking for different coloured insects (M&Ms) in different coloured environments (plates of skittles). Through this experiment we learnt that if animals can camouflage into their environment they have a better chance of surviving and helping their species to continue, whereas the other animals will be found and eaten. At the end of the experiment we got to eat our M&Ms and Skittles…but not until it was the end of the day so we weren’t bouncing off the classroom walls!