It’s been a busy start to Term 2 – so much has happened so far!
We started the term looking at the 100th Anniversary of the Sinking of Titanic. We used our literacy time to explore some of the stories of Titanic, maths to look at the numbers relating to the ship and its voyage and writing to discuss whether the Titanic should be raised or left where it is. It is certainly an interesting topic that keeps us thinking.
We also did work on ANZAC Day and had some great discussions about the meaning of the day, and Australia’s involvement in conflict around the world. It was great to see how interested the kids were in a subject that is so important for them to know about. We are reading Once by Morris Gleitzman which has proven to be quite the cliffhanger – we are reading 2 chapters per day instead of the usual 1! For some, I still don’t think that’s enough.
During our iLearning time, we have been working with the Grade 3s on Dinosaurs, but have also chosen our own iLearning project topics. I have been encouraging the students to think about how they are going to present their project (rather than just a poster) and I am pleased to see some have been game enough to sign up for the Student Conference Series which is run by Mr G as well as speeches, drama, videos and Powerpoint presentations. We have also learnt about writing interesting information and how we need to look beyond the initial answer to a research question to make it more interesting for our audience. Some great topics have been chosen – I’ll put the list up tomorrow as I’ve left it at school.
Watching Jack (gr 6) present his online Student Conference - this is what some of the Grade 4s have chosen to do for their iLearning projects.
Drawing upside down!
Mrs Gargan worked on some interesting art techniques over the holidays and taught us how to draw using an upside down picture. It encourages our brain to work harder and instead of trying to draw the picture we see when it is the right way up, we tend to focus more on the lines. It was very Mr Squiggle (‘Upside down Miss Jane.’) but loads of fun too!
Lach concentrated for the whole hour and produced a great picture!
Drawing upside down!
We have had the Alpha performance of The Little Mermaid, the Cross Country, Buddies, and are looking forward to the Mother’s Day Pamper Evening tomorrow night.
Our cross country reps at the representative cross country
All that in the first 3 weeks of Term 2! Wow….
On a side note, Aaron was lucky enough to receive a parcel from America that contained some horse books and letters from the lovely team at Destination Safe Haven Horse Rescue & Retirement in Marengo, Illinois. They rescue horses who are neglected, abandoned, abused, sick or just old and give them the life they deserve. As many of you know, Aaron is quite the horse lover. I had posted a request on Twitter for the titles of some horse books for Aaron to read, and was put in contact with Tiffany from Destination Safe Haven who said she had one that she’d love to send to Aaron. The book, plus another book and letters from the staff arrived at school on Monday. Aaron, and the rest of the class were very excited to receive these, so in the near future we’ll be replying to our new friends to tell them a bit about our horses or horses we know and love!
Aaron with his books from Destination Safe Haven