On Tuesday night we held our annual Open Night. This is a wonderful night for all of our families and friends to visit every classroom or learning area. Classrooms had different activities around:
- Technology – using Scratch for coding and showing other ways we enhance learning through the use of laptops and iPads
- Mathematics – showing different numeracy tasks used in classes
- Inquiry – what are our latest inquiry topics and looking at our investing skills
- and showing any learning that’s been a priority in each classroom.
Families were encouraged to collect a passport and collect stamps from different classrooms and the Library, Garden Centre, the German room and the Gym. This was an easy and fun way to encourage our families to visit lots of different places around he school.
It was lovely to see many of the families from our class and chat with them. Our students were amazing tour guides – showing their families around and explaining all of the activities that were set up.
Here’s some of the families visiting our room:
Today as a part of our Daily 5 reading we did ‘read to self’. It’s one of our favourite reading tasks at the moment as we have lots of people in our class reading longer books or novels and they enjoy having long periods of time to really enjoy the story they’re reading.
Here’s what we were reading today.
What are some books that you like to read and tell us why. We’re always on the look out for new, interesting books to read.
Today we were very lucky to have 2 special visitors in our classroom.
They were Elliot and Alex from Today’s Future Sound which is a nonprofit teaching music production, media literacy, using as mental health and edu intervention for underserved youth in Bay Area/LA school+community settings. They are from San Francisco in the USA.
Elliot and Alex are visiting Australia at the moment and have worked in many of our capital cities already. They’re visiting Adelaide for a couple of days – working in different schools and with teachers.
We had lots of fun learning lots of exciting new music making skills – we looked at different DJ’s who use different techniques to mix and create their music, YouTube clips showing their music in a variety of dance clips filmed all around the world AND the best part was we created some music with them. The classes were divided into 3 different groups to ‘play’ different parts of the song and then we used their digital equipment to record our own song – an original!
If you’re interested in learning more about what Alex and Elliot do check out:
Their website :
Today’s Future Sound
Their Instagram account:
Their twitter account:
Their Facebook page
This week we’ve begun investigations about ‘time”.
Our learning goals for ‘time’ are:
- telling the time using o’clock, 1/2 past, 1/4 past and 1/4 to
- using an analogue clock
- using a digital clock
- converting analogue times to digital times or the reverse
- comparing units of measurement for time – seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, fortnights, months, years, centuries.
Today we were given a challenge – working with a partner count out 60 counters, put them in a 5 pattern around a hoop, number the patterns and see what you’ve created (shhhhh it’s a clock!).