During term 3 we were busy learning about the characteristics that make animals special.
We worked on research projects to produce information reports about different animals. We learnt phrases, expressions and vocabulary to express where animals live, their habitat and some of their main characteristics.
It was challenging and have students the opportunity to work independently and demonstrate responsibility.
Here are some samples of our work in 4B and 3B.
On the cover we included the name of the animal we wanted to learn about.
We used different websites and books to find information about animals, for example, their size and where they live.
We researched some interesting facts and used modelled sentences in Spanish.
In term 4 we are starting with a reflection on our work.
What was your favourite part of the project? What was the most challenging?
In Term 3 Year 3/4 students set out on a discovery journey learning about different animals, their habitat and where in the world they can be found. For the past few weeks students have engaged in the investigation and creation process to construct and build their individual information animal reports. Students were given the opportunity to choose any animal of their choice and by using new Spanish vocabulary identify and write different characteristics surrounding that particular animal such as ‘dieta’, (diet), ‘caracteristicas’ (physical characteristics) and ‘mapa’ (where in the world can you find this animal). Can you identify some animals in Spanish?
In term 2 in 3/4A we began with a unit to learn about cometas / kites. We already knew that many kites are in the shape of a diamond and that they are made with sticks and different materials. We knew that kites need the wind to fly and some people knew kites are originally from China. This term we have been exploring how the power of the wind can make our kites fly.
We watched a presentation and learnt how kites have been used for over 5,000 years! People in China used them during war to scare their enemies and they were also used as a type of flag. Kites have also been important for many discoveries in science and meteorology, for example Benjamin Franklin discovered that lightning is electricity. Scientists also put a thermometer in a kite and send it to the sky, to discover if the temperature in the atmosphere was different. This experiment lead to what is now weather forecasting. Kites were very important in developing planes! Big kites were made as ‘man-lifters’ and that way engineers and scientists understood aerodynamics and how to fly.
We learnt kites are used for sports, including sailing and for cultural celebrations. There are even kite festivals in many countries! But we still had a lot of questions:
Who invented kites?
How can I construct a kite?
How were they used to scare people?
Would my kite fly?
How can kites hold weight?
How can they hold ice skates?
How big can kites be?
How do you fly a kite?
Why do we have kites?
What type of colours do they use?
Do they make hand made kites?
How is it possible for kites to carry people?
What is the biggest kite in the world?
We could only make our own kites to find out some of the answers and have a better idea of how they have been so important for discoveries.
It took us several weeks to decorate and assemble our kites, but we LOVED flying our kites!
This term we have been learning words to describe our school, school subjects and materials we use at school. In Year 4, we have been discovering what subjects are thought in the school Colegio Luis Vives in Valencia, Spain.
We also discovered things about the school Escuela Primaria Saturnino Herrán in Ciudad de México (Mexico City), in Mexico.
We discover people at this school eat a lot of mortadella, salami and ham.
Ciudad de México, Mexico.
In Mexico, students bring their own lunches, but the school has a small cooperative (canteen) were fruit icicles, fruit drinks and typical foods are sold. Here is a picture of tostadas (hard flat tortillas) and tacos with different toppings.
We sent some pictures of the lunches we have at school and labelled them in Spanish for our friends to be able to read them:
We found out that the school year in Mexico and in Spain finished in June. We wish all the best to our new friends.
Las week we had a fantastic time at ACPS showcasing our work in Art, Performing Arts and Spanish.
During Term 1 students were very dedicated and learnt songs, dances or organised displays.
On Tuesday and Wednesday at lunch time many students gathered at the courtyard to watch some performances and then have a dance. It was fantastic to see older students being so helpful and showing real leadership by undertaking some tasks, dancing and playing safely with younger students. Both days were a bit sunny and it was so much fun to dance outside!
On Thursday we had our dress up parade! It was fantastic to see so many creative costumes!
During session 5, the entire school got together at the Gym to enjoy some samples of the performances students from Red and Blue group have prepared. It was fantastic, all performers were enthusiastic and displayed their best work. students watching the performances also showed their school values by being attentive listeners and encouraging the performers by clapping and cheering. It was a great whole-school event. Thanks to the parents that attended the event.
The displays were colourful and everybody had a positive comment about how the gym looked.
In 4B Spanish and Art we have been collaborating and we had a really fun filled unit about masks, Carnaval and Spanish-speaking countries.
In Art each student was allocated a country (so we could represent all of the countries and not only the most famous ones). We observed the flags and we had to plan a design that represented in a way the flag of that country to paint and decorate our mask. We practised painting, mixing and detailing skills. We used different materials such as acrylic paint, glitter, gems, feathers, etc.
In Spanish we made signs to label our work. We researched the capital of the country we represented and described the colours of the flag.
Here are some pictures! You can see our finished work on display near Ms Murray’s office.
This Tuesday we began with our Carnaval week at Aitken Creek. Students are watching dance performances and joining in dancing to various songs during lunch time.
Students are also getting ready for the dress up parade at lunch times (11:10am for blue group and 12:40pm for red group) at the courtyard (fake grass area) on Thursday April 21. Dress up on the day! The main performances on Thursday will take place during session 5 starting at 2:20pm at the gym. 4C students and those attending lunch time Spanish and Art/Spanish club will perform. Parents are welcome to attend!!
About the dress ups: Carnaval is a happy celebration about pretending to be someone or something else. Funny, colourful, happy costumes are encouraged. Be creative!
During term 1 we leant about how Carnaval is celebrated across the Spanish-speaking world and worked very hard preparing to celebrate it in term 2!
We are proud that we are working across different subjects to make sure our school looks fantastic and we have great performances to showcase what we have learnt.
During week 2 there will be a number of performances during lunch times and the special event in on Thursday April 21! The whole school will meet at the gym during session 5, and parents are welcome to attend too!
Students can dress up on Thursday for the fiesta and dress up parade. Bring happy colourful clothes or costumes!
Thanks to Sirin and Tanya from 5C for their wonderful artwork for the poster.
This term is so much fun!
Preparing for Carnaval in year 3 we are making flags using calico material. Our flags present different colours, shapes and patters that represent the happiness of Carnaval. You will see them around the school and in our classrooms.
In year 4 we are designing colourful and creative costumes and dresses using different materials.
In year 4C we are putting together a recycled drumming band.
Currently putting together our final tunes getting inspired on this video. ¡Muy, muy bien, fenomenal!
CLIL (Content and Language based Learning)
In Year 4B we are participating in a pilot program in which our teachers Miss Kirk (art) and Señor Garcia (Spanish) are teaching us together and we are using a lot of instructions in Spanish as we are making máscaras / masks using different materials and representing the 21 Spanish-speaking countries.