This term our Student Leaders were presented with Certificates of Congratulations from our local State Government representative. Thank you to Ros Spence MP for recognising our excellent Student Leaders of Aitken Creek Primary this year.
Our Student Leader Group has been very busy this year so far – taking on the role of Peer Mediators during break times, hosting school assemblies, assisting with organising school wide events, writing and hosting our school Anzac Day assembly as well as attending both our local Craigieburn Anzac service and the the Melbourne school service at the Shrine.
We are looking forward to these leaders taking on more roles like these as the year continues.
In week 4 we were lucky to Skype with a real life scientist! His name was James. James is a biochemist. We discovered that a biochemist is someone who studies chemical reactions and processes of living things. James studies allergies in particular.
After we found out what type of scientist James was and what he studied, we brainstormed a list of questions we could ask him. Here is our list of questions we hoped could be answered:
How old were you when you became interested in science?
Why did you want to become a biochemist?
Did you want to be something else instead of a biochemist?
How did you become a scientist?
How many years were you in university?
How many years have you been a biochemist?
What interested you about allergies?
Do you work with a mate (friend)?
How many people work in your lab?
Do you have a lab? What does your lab look like?
Do you use chemicals in your work?
Do you have a boss?
Do you have time to hang out with friends or do you work all the time?
Do you enjoy being a scientist?
How many things do you know about science?
How do people have allergies? Why do people have allergies to different things?
How do you figure out people’s allergies?
Why is Spring the most common season for hay fever?
What is anaphylaxis?
Why do milk allergies (or any allergies) go away when people get older?
Why does America have the most percent of allergies?
How many people have allergies?
Can allergies pass from one person to another?
As you can see, we had a LOT of questions!
When we Skyped James it was very cool! He answered as many of our questions as he could. We listened to a lot of information that day!
Have you ever Skyped a scientist or spoken to another expert in something? What did you learn?
This term we have spent some time in Art creating a display for our Schools Anzac Day ceremony. We have learnt about the symbolism of the poppy and have created paper poppies using acrylic paint. In addition, we have also used our prior knowledge of using water colour paints to create some Anzac sunsets for our display. Our display a way of commemorating the sacrifice may Australians made for our country.
We have completed out dot painted animals and wanted to share with you our beautiful creations. The painting techniques were challenging and we had to be careful not to smudge our dots but we think that the end result is very striking. What do you think of our designs?
We found a MASSIVE leaf outside our classroom. One of our classmates wondered if this was the biggest leaf we could ever see – it was very big!
We discovered that it was not the largest leaf in the world. The largest leaf in the world comes from the Raphia regalis (Raffia Palm). The leaves from this palm can grow as large as 25 metres long and 3 metres wide! The Raphia Regalis can be found in Angola, the Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Cameroon, and Nigeria.
Have you ever discovered something and learned more about it? Let us know!
Congratulations to our classmate who was presented with her gold medal from MangaHigh this week! She earned so many points during the Maths Ninja Competition last term that she received a real gold medal! Well done and a fantastic effort!
Our Big Idea for Challenge Based Learning this term is ‘Discovery’. One of our provocations to start us thinking about this idea was to draw a scientist using our prior knowledge. Provocations are prompts about a topic or idea.
We had some great thoughts about what a scientist does and what they work on. Have a look at our work below:
How would you answer the provocation prompt: What is a scientist?
Since we have returned from holidays, we have been learning new and interesting things. This week we reflected back on what we have covered and realised there was quite a lot! We each sat down and recorded what has been happening in our classroom – here are some reflections on what stands out for us from our past week of learning.
We have been learning about ANZAC Day when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on Gallipoli. This happened in World War 1 on April 25, 1915. On Tuesday we made ANZAC biscuits with our buddies.
This week we have been writing replies to our wonderful pen pals. We recently got a letter from our American pen pals. We have been making videos for our Korumburra and American pen pals as well.
We have been learning about fractions. In a fraction there is a numerator which is how much you colour in and a denominator which is how many pieces there are in total.
This week we wrote to our American pen pals who live in Colorado. They about to finish their school year. We learned about provocations for CBL and ANZAC Day.
We have been learning about ANZAC Day and World War 1. The ANZACs went to Gallipoli and millions of soldiers died [in the war]. We watched BTN videos that showed us how ANZAC Day is commemorated.
We have been investigating science in CBL. Our Big Idea is Discovery. We have been mixing ingredients (chemicals) and seeing what happens and if our predictions were correct.
We have been learning to use our reading skills and have been practising our reading goals. We also rotated to different groups and explored different things in the world like animals, machines, landforms and chemical reactions.
We have been learning about science. We had some pictures on the table that were Biological and Earth Space pictures. We had to ask questions and use our prior knowledge to record what we already knew and wanted to know.
We have been learning about ANZAC Day. We have been making ANZAC biscuits with our buddies. We mixed the ingredients together and took turns to mix. Ms Moloney and Ms Huntly helped us measure the ingredients.
This week I have learnt about equivalent fractions and how they work. You can x2 (double) to work out an equivalent fraction: 2/4 x 2/2 = 4/8, 8/16, 16/32
I have learnt how to write an amazing descriptive recount. I wrote about my family and I going to Gundagai to the wonderful Sydney. I started with a plan. I used the five finger plan and had fun writing it.
At home I have been practising MangaHigh. In a few days I learned my 2, 3, 4 and 5 times tables. I worked so hard on them and I got it. Now I have a gold star on all of them!
This week I have been working on writing about fortnite. It is a good game.
As you can see, there are a few things that have stuck with us all week! What is something you have learned or practised this week?
Our Term 1 challenge for CBL was ‘Create a Community of Respect’. Throughout the term we investigated different behaviours and environments that encouraged respect. We discussed and reflected on what respect is and looked to see when and how we were being respectful in our actions and community.
At the end of term, we used a SWOT analysis to reflect on our learning community to see if we had created a community of respect within our classroom. We looked at behaviour as well as things that helped and stopped respect from being shown.
From this reflection, we decided what environment would be best to help us being respectful in our behaviours. Then our class worked in teams to create new designs that fit this reflection. After we shared and voted on the designs, we put it into action. Here is our new classroom, designed to create and build a community of respect:
How do you help create a community of respect? Does your environment you work in help with this?
Our school has whole school behaviour expectations that we are asked to follow. To start the year and to begin thinking about our expectations of each other in class, we worked in teams to place the jigsaw pieces of our School Wide Positive Behaviour framework back together:
We created our learning expectations as a class after our thinking and teamwork above. From our first thoughts and brainstorm we realised that we could organise our expectations into groups around our school values. Here are our Learning Expectations for 4D:
After thinking about these, we then brainstormed as a team and came up with our Community Agreement:
What does your community agree to? Are there any expectations that you have to follow in your community? Let us know in the comments below!