How and Why People Tell Stories?

This Term in Junior F we are studying ‘ How and Why People Tell Stories?’  Mrs Fitt asked us a question to begin our learning. The question was ‘What is story?’

These were some of our answers:

  • books
  • movies/film
  • art
  • characters
  • TV
  • written words
  • cartoon/animation
  • pictures
  • read
  • fairy tales
  • play/theatre
  • bible
  • imagination

We turned our words into a game of Family Feud and asked the Junior S and Junior W to play Family Feud with us.


How Pinwheels Work.

Explanation of What We Made.

This week all the Junior Classes made pinwheels. We made the pinwheels because we are learning about how things move. We are especially finding out about how toys move.

We made the pinwheels in our Literacy Groups and parents helped us make them. We read and followed the instructions to make the pinwheels.

We needed a square piece of paper, a pencil with an eraser on the top and a pin. We folded and cut the paper and stapled the ends of the paper together. We bent the pin and put it through the paper and into the eraser.

Explanation of How it Works.

To make the pinwheel work you need to blow on it or put it in a windy place. The paper blade then moves. If there is no wind you can push it by hand.

Explanation of Why it Works

When you blow into the pinwheel the blades move because the air is pushing the blades. The air goes into the pockets on the blades and the heavier or the stronger the air the bigger the push.

The pin allows the blade to spin because its smooth and does not create friction.


Hidden Jewels

Hidden away in the desks of the Junior F students are jewels. Diamonds, rubies, emeralds …… Whenever we work cooperatively with one another or strive to do our very best we receive a jewel. At the end of every week we find out who has been the diamond student for the week.

Every time the students open their draws and see their jewels it reminds them of their achievements over the year.

Some of the jewels are traded in on class reward days. Semester Two’s reward day will be making a robot.

Reward Day

As a reward for working together cooperatively in Term One our reward was to use the reward jewels we collected to purchase boxes, plates, patty pans, kinder squares etc to build a box car. We then had box car races. Our boxes were powered by our legs.

Assembly Prayer

Our class lead the school in prayer at Assembly this week. Our theme was the Be a Good Shepherd. We shared the Gospel for the Fourth Week of Easter.

Jesus said, ‘ I know my sheep and my sheep know me.’

We chose it also because the school’s Lukan theme this year is ‘ Be a Good Shepherd.

Science is

Our class participated in a THINK, PAIR, SHARE activity.

We had to think about the question ‘What is Science?’  by ourselves. Then we had to share it with a partner and write statements together beginning with Science is…….. Finally the partners shared their statements with the class.

Science is………….

Science is when scientists find out stuff. (Rose and Sam)

Science is electricity. (Ken and Riley)

Science is pushing and lifting things. (Ken and Riley)

Science is people working in a science lab. (Ken and Riley)

Science is learning and building.

Science is lifting and pulling things.(Joel and Olivia)

Science is  momentum. (Joel and Olivia)

Science is making new things.

Science is pulling.

Science isis discovering things.

Science is learning things.

Science is special effects. (Charlotte and Luke)

Science is engines.

Science is balancing.

Science is trying again and being creative and learning from it.(Harry)

Science is discovering interesting things about the world to make it a better place and not harming people. (Harry)

Science is going to places we have never been before. (Harry)

Science is pulling, pushing and dropping (Harry)

Lent – Preparing for Easter

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.

Welcome to Junior F 2017

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.

Zoo Excursion Questions.

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?