In Junior F we are preparing for Easter. We are using our purple prayer cloth and have made a Lent chain. On each link of the chain we have written ways that the class could give to others, sacrifice something or pray to God in preparation for Easter. Before adding them to the links we brainstormed things we could do.
We have had a great start to the year and everyone has settled in well. We have enjoyed getting to know one another and learning all our new routines for this year. Junior F successfully completed a Learn to Swim Program at Syndal Pool and we participated in the school sports at the local athletics track. We welcomed the year by celebrating the birthdays of the children who had birthdays in January and February.
Before we went to the visit the Melbourne Zoo we brainstormed questions we would like to ask the zoo keepers about the animals. These are our questions:
Is this animal found in a hot or cold area of the world?
How does this animal survive where it lives?
What habitat does it live in?
Does it blend in with its surroundings (camouflage)?
Where does it live in the world?
Why does it live there?
Are there more than one type of this animal?
Is it a cold or hot blooded animal?
What does it eat?
What is it’s scientific name?
Does it’s body covering help it to survive in it’s environment?
Is it a mammal. a bird, an amphibian, a reptile or a fish?
Consonant Blend – nk
drink blank thank sank plank think honk drunk skunk trunk
wrinkle blanket thankful wrinkly plankton drinking crinkle twinkle thinking donkey donkeys bankrupt
Which of these words have ank in them?
Which of these words have ink in them?
Which of these words have unk in them?
Which of these words have onk in them?
What other words do you know that have these letters in them?
Are there any words that have enk in them?
This week some families will be receiving a maths activity bag to take home. The bag is then to come back to school the next day for another family to take it home the next night.
We are learning about Shapes and Geometry.
Here are some words we know:
square, rectangle, circle, hexagon, triangle, diamond, oval, semi-circle,pentagon, octagon. trapezium
3D 2D dimensional
sphere, rectangular prism, cone, triangular prism, cylinder, cube, pyramid
Angles – obtuse, acute, right angle, 90 degrees
irregular shapes, regular shapes, closed shapes, opened shapes, rounded shapes,
edges, faces, corners and sides
triangles- right angles, isosceles, equalateral, scalene
find wind wind pond spend under friend sand
blonde friend tender under island ground wonder sandwich
underneath wound wound thunder hundred tenderly island wonderful thousand second ground
In Week 4 we had a special visitor from the RACV to teach us about being safe on the roads.
We sang a song called `When We Walk down the Street.’
When we walk down the street use your eyes before your feet
When we walk down the street use your ears before your feet.
We roleplayed walking across the road safely. We had to wait for pretend cars and bikes. When Mrs Fitt held up a picture of a car we were not allowed to cross the road
We sang the seat belt rap.
We learnt these important facts:
Hold hands at the crossing.
Cross the road with mum and dad.
The lollipop lady whistles twice for pedestrians to walk across the road.
Make eye contact with the driver before crossing the road.
Sometimes you have to let the driver go first.
When there is no crossing you and your family need to find a safe place to cross.
Air bags are not soft pillows.
They are too hard for kids and do not keep kids safe in the front seat.
Even Nicholas the tallest child in our class is not tall enough.
You have to be 145 cm tall to sit in a seat with just a seat belt.
If you are not that tall you need to be in a booster seat.
Your seat belt must sit on your collar bone, your sternum and your hip bone. Not sit on soft parts of your body.
When we are in the car we should not distract the driver.
Today we had our Science Expo. We put up our posters and set up our experiments. We are learning about how people use science in their everyday lives.
On our posters we had our question we were investigating, the observations we made when we did our experiments and a statement about what we had learnt. We then had to show our experiments and talk to the parents and rest of the school about what we had learnt.
We also visited the expos of other classes in the school and this helped us to learn more about science so we can answer our rich question.
What Do You Think? Where do we see science in our world and how does it help us to understand our world?