Welcome back to Term 3 and hopefully we are all settled back into the swing of things.
1/2M and 1/2K had a thrilling fortnight participating in swimming lessons. They rode the bus all the way to the Ocean Grove pool and tried their hardest in their swimming lessons. They did a fantastic job and even got to do some diving and play on the playground. So lucky!
While 1/2M and 1/2K were swimming 1/2B, 1/2P and 1/2R had the privilege of being the VERY FIRST children to play on the new playground on Jetty Rd. It was fantastic and we had an absolute ball. We had photos taken for the paper and even tried out the super cool flying fox. We made C.S.P.S. proud by showing our School Values perfectly.
In Maths we have looked at multiplication and division, measuring mass and time. We use the strategies of skip counting and arrays to solve multiplication and division problems. Skip counting is a quick and great activity to be done at anytime of the day. We were so excited to get the balance scales out to weigh, order and compare a variety of objects. All 1/2 classes became experts at hefting and were even measured a variety of weights, such as 500grams and 1kilogram. While learning about time we have really focused on using the long hand to identify how many minutes past a time is. We use our 5 skip counting pattern to assist us to tell the time.
http://www.visnos.com/demos/clock This is a great website to help us learn how to tell the time. It shows analogue and digital and is easy to manipulate.
In Reading we have looked at Visualising. As a cohort the 1/2s are excellent at visualising what they have read or a text shared with the whole class. We spent the first week revising some strategies we have used earlier on in the year and extended our great Purposeful Reading Tasks (PRT). This last week we have been using a Visualising Menu to select our own PRT. We still have a mini lesson where we focus on a strategy and share a book and discussion as a whole class, but now the students are responsible for the activity they would like to do and will challenge them to learn something new. This is very exciting and all students are doing a terrific job at this.
In Writing we have started a new writing cycle. The 1/2s are now writing picture story books. We have looked at a plethora of picture story books, like Miss McKinley’s favourite Olga the Brolga by Rod Clement. We have been planning and developing our ideas. All students have drafted and have written a beginning, middle and end that must include a problem and solution. Stay tuned to see our published pieces soon.
http://www.storylineonline.net/ This is a fantastic website where people from the Screen Actors Guild read some of our favourite storybooks. Worth a look!
During Inquiry, we have continued to investigate our exciting topic of ‘Maps and Geography’. We have been lucky to link our exploration of maps and the world to the Olympics. Students have made brochures based on a country they have researched. They have included facts, pictures and maps.
Congratulations 1/2s on a fantastic start to term 3!