Mother’s Day Tea

This Friday we will be having a special Mother’s Day tea in celebration of all the wonderful mums, grandma’s and aunties in our lives.  Today we made cards, biscuits and a thumbprint necklace.  We also had a Mother’s Day stall where we could buy special presents like magnets, frames and chocolate.

New term. New Inquiry topic. Old clothes?

We started the new term off a little different.  Instead of walking into a normal classroom from the year 2014, we walked into one from the early 1900’s.  The walls were bare, the desks were all facing forward and in long rows and the teacher was dressed…weird.  The only thing on the walls were rules like:

1. No talking

2. Listen to your teacher

3. Do your work

The kids thought it was funny in the beginning but they quickly learnt that school was hard work in the early 1900’s.  The kids had to do all their work on chalkboards, practice their counting and numbers by chanting and they boys got to do geometry (geo boards) while the girls had to do weaving.  There was also no electrictity for the whole day.  It was a cloudly day so it made everything very dark!

We also read  a letter from a girl named Amanda who went to school in the 1901.  She brought her lunch to school in a bucket and her brother came to school on a horse.  As a class we thought about what it might be like for kids going to school 100 years from now.

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Last Week!

The last week of term 1 flew by.  Both students and teachers were anxiously waiting for the clock to tick 2:10 on Friday afternoon.  That didn’t mean that we stopped learning and exploring…if maybe at a slower pace.

We finished our last week of term 1 by continuing to work on writing instructions.  The best way to learn is by doing though…so that meant lots of hands on activities.

The first set of instruction the kids help produce was to a visiting alien who goes by the name Zekbop.  Zekbop was a bit shy and would not pose for a picture but if you need a visual; the kids say she looked an awful lot like Miss Butcher :-).  Zekbop came to our planet because she had seen humans doing something called “combing their hair” and she wanted to learn this for herself.  It was a bit confusing at times but the kids finally talked her through it making sure that she used her hands to pick up the comb and not her feet as well as holding the comb the right way.  Overall Zekbop was very happy with the set of instructions given to her by the students in 1/2B.  Maybe she will visit us another time.

The second set of instructions we wrote and learnt to follow was how to make string Easter eggs with balloon and glue.  It didn’t exactly turn out to plan but the kids got to get very sticky and messy.  Also, the kids were given a chance to take photos of the activity and here is what they photographed.

It may look a little weird but it was fun to make.

It may look a little weird but it was fun to make.

Rita was one of the first to finish her Easter eggs

Rita was one of the first to finish her Easter eggs

Glora is all smiles when showing off her eggs

Glora is all smiles when showing off her eggs

Daisy is very happy with her work.

Daisy is very happy with her work.

Leilani reminds us that instructions can be serious business.

Leilani reminds us that instructions can be serious business.

Shiloh poses with her very gluey hands.

Shiloh poses with her very gluey hands.

Charlyze is a little unsure how the eggs will turn out.

Charlyze is a little unsure how the eggs will turn out.

Mikaela is very careful not to drop her string Easter eggs.

Mikaela is very careful not to drop her string Easter eggs.

Benjamin shows off his completed string and very gluey Easter egg

Benjamin shows off his completed string and very gluey Easter egg

The supplies to make the string Easter eggs are all ready to go for the kids when they walk in.

The supplies to make the string Easter eggs are all ready to go for the kids when they walk in.

Finally, the kids helped write instructions for how to make microwavable popcorn…the end result; the kids got to enjoy some while watching a movie on the last day.  Who knew instructions could be so much fun…and yummy.

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Harmony Day

My favourite part of Harmony Day was the Italian perfomance and the orange hair spray. I liked the Italian perfomance because it was funny and I like Italy. I liked the orange hair spray because orange is one of my favourite colours and also because I like hair spray.

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Harmony Day reflections

What a fantastic day we had!  Harmony Day was filled with lots of fun activities, performances, food, learning and – HARMONY.

The colour of Harmony Day is orange so we got to wear orange or outfits that represented the different cultures we come from.

During the morning we got to watch an Italian performance where the actors wore big masks and acted really funny.  The story was about a man who wanted a girl to fall in love with him so he was going to give her a magic pie to eat but the bad guy ate it instead.

This is what some of us thought about the performance:

“It was so funny”. – Jackson

“It was so cool”. – Torrey

“They were clumsy”. – Olivia

“They changed costumes”. – Hayley

“They were speaking Italian”. – Gloria

Italian Performance - so funny!

Italian Performance – so funny!

Watching the Italian performance.

Watching the Italian performance.

After the performance we got to go around and do different activities like soccer, dancing, flag making, going on a treasure hunt, learning different languages on the computer, boomerang making, getting our hair spray painted orange and learning about different countries from parents who have lived there.  After the activities we  went back to our classrooms to talk about the different cultures at Melton West.  We got to show the different countries we come from and how our cultures are special by decorating foot prints and country flags.

Chaise is colouring in the flag of Australia.

Chaise is colouring in the flag of Australia.

Karlia and Leilani both come from New Zealand.

Karlia and Leilani both come from New Zealand.

Lourdes' family comes from Australia.

Lourdes’ family comes from Australia.

Gloria comes from Italy and Xavier comes from Australia.

Gloria comes from Italy and Xavier comes from Australia.

After all of our hard work colouring, we got to try foods from different countries.  We had food from Italy, Crotia, Malta, Australia and the United States of America.  We thought the food was “delicious” and “tasty”.

Look at all that yummy food!

Look at all that yummy food!

At the end of the day we had our usual school assembly but with lots of multicultural performances like the singing of the Harmony Day song and listening to stories that kids had written about their family cultures and traditions.  The only sad part about Harmony Day was that we didn’t get to perform our Italian song that we had been practising all week because it started to rain.  But that is ok because that just means we have more time to pracise and decorate our masks.  Our principal said we could do it during Term 4 – so stay tuned.

Overall, we had a great Harmony Day!  Here are some of the comments about the day:

“Today was a very fun day from Harmony Day”. – Hayley

“I went to the dance room and we did the Cha Cha”. – Charylze

“It was a very fun day”. – Marlee

“I went in the ICT room and I made a picture for Harmony Day”. – Emily

“Today was the best day of school”. – Torrey

“Today I learnt about different cultures and some words in Chinese”. – Shiloh

“Today we had hair spray”. – Karlia

“Today we played soccer”. –  Xavier

Rita, Shiloh and Emily showing their country flags proudly.

Rita, Shiloh and Emily showing their country flags proudly.

Gloria and Marlee showing where they come from.

Gloria and Marlee showing where they come from.

Showing off their flags; Olivia, Hayley and Charlyze.

Showing off their flags; Olivia, Hayley and Charlyze.

Week 6

This week was a short week but it was still full of lots of learning.

In reading we are learning how to make predictions before and during reading.  Making a prediction is when you have a good guess about what you think will happen in the text. We can make predictions by looking at the title, looking at the pictures, reading the blurb, thinking about other books, and by using our prior knowledge or what we already know in our heads.  We also learnt that the more we know the more our predictions can grow! We showed this by using different colours to add on to our prediction every time we got new information.

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In writing we are learning how to draft our stories.  This is like “Forget everything and write”.  We just want to get our ideas down on paper and not worry about spelling, capital letters or full stops.  We know that we can always go back and fix those during our revising and editing stages.

In numeracy we started our Maths Workshops.  We get to go in other classrooms and learn from other teachers.  Some of us worked on our numbers from 1-20 and some of us practiced our skip counting by 10’s, 5’s and 2’s.

The best part about this week is the 4 day weekend we get! Yea!

Week 5 – Cultures and traditions

We will be learning about different countries and their cultures (types of people). We have learnt that Australia and around the world is multicultural.  That means there are lots of different people and cultures.

We already know a little about cultures and traditions like:

  • cultures are groups of people
  • traditions are celebrations
  • people can have different cultures and traditions

Here are some things we would like to learn about:

  • Learn what other kids do at school – Marlee
  • What is it like in New York? – Leliani
  • I want to learn about Italian culture – Olivia
  • I want to learn more about the Thailand culture – Montana
  • I want to learn about people around the world – Charlyze
  • I want to learn more about different countries – Jackson
  • I want to learn about New Zealand culture – Fili
  • I want to learn about how Italians talk – Emily
  • I want to learn about Japan’s culture – Brody
  • I want to learn if people keep birds as pets – Katie
  • I want to learn if soccer is a social norm – Jett
  • How do people know how to talk – Mikaela
  • I want to learn about London culture – Rita
  • I want to learn what people eat around the world – Karlia
  • Do different lands have same food and different food – Georgie
  • I want to learn more about American people – Emaan
  • I want to learn about how they eat in China – Shiloh
  • I want to learn more about Australian culture and language – Gloria
  • I want to learn about Science in other countries – Ashlea
  • I want to learn about people, if they drive or walk in different countries – Catherine
  • I want to learn about Paris culture – Torrey
  • I want to learn about karate – Benjamin
  • I want to learn more about the Melbourne culture – Samuel

We would love to hear what some of your cultures and traditions are.  Please leave a comment and share.  This can be about where you live, what food you eat, holidays you celebrate or clothes you wear.