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East Hamersley Campus Year 1 News
Welcome back for our final term together. Term 4 started very smoothly with the children getting straight back to learning and enjoying seeing their friends. We had lots of fun using “Inside Outside Circles” to talk with each other and share our holiday adventures before we wrote about it.
This term we have a Physical Science focus; exploring sound, light and chemical changes. We are using some fabulous books to help us with our investigations and learn more about text types, constructing sentences and telling/writing stories. Julia Donaldson’s book “What The Ladybird Heard” has become a firm class favourite. She has written several other follow on stories such as “What The Ladybird Heard Next”, “What The Ladybird Heard At The Seaside” and “What The Ladybird Heard On Holiday” which could be a lovely Christmas gift idea.
We have been fortunate to get a Ladybird Life Cycle kit in our class and have very much enjoyed watching the changes happen at each life stage and deepening our Biological Science understanding. We have become expert aphid harvesters, visiting the Rose Garden each day to supply enough food for our ladybirds. Our first pair of ladybirds have produced lots of eggs which we are hoping will develop into adulthood. We will then put them into the Rose Garden to help Gardener John look after the roses by eating all the pests!
In week 2 we attended a recycling incursion and it was amazing. We learnt so much about worms such as they don’t have eyes, they breathe through their skin and they have 5 hearts! We also learnt how to sort our rubbish correctly to help look after our planet and reduce our waste. We were surprised to learn that soft plastics, food wrappers, plastic cutlery and straws have to go in the general waste bin as they can’t be recycled for different reasons.
We will be participating in the Colour Run in week 7 and we have an excursion in week 9 to Kings Park to learn more about how the Noongar people lived and used their knowledge of plants, animals and the seasons to survive on the land in this area. We read a wonderful story called “Chunyart and the Cheeky Parrot” late in Term 3 which was set in Kings Park and learnt the Noongar names of some trees and animals. We were amazed to find all these plants on our school grounds that we could photograph and discuss how they were used.
It’s been a real pleasure working with your children and getting to know you all over the year and I am excited to see where the rest of the term takes us.
Padbury Campus – Year 1B
We have been working on our counting skills and in particular, remembering to check our count! Some students have been working on place value and partitioning of numbers. We love using hands-on materials in our Maths lessons. The students really loved their “think board mats” as they collected quantities of different materials. They were really drawn to the natural materials so we are on the lookout for some more of these items!
Throughout Term 3 and 4, students have been incorporating the Aboriginal Curriculum into class discussions and learning. We have been discussing the Noongar seasons, creating our own symbols and learning how Aboriginal Kinship families are structured. The students have created a 3D structure to learn the concept in a more meaningful and kinaesthetic way.
Kinship family symbols: Noongar Season Symbols:
Aboriginal Kinship Family creations:
The Year One’s have been learning about the story ‘What the ladybird heard’ this term. They have been acting out role plays with toys, puppets and body actions. We are also nurturing some ladybirds in our classroom and will be learning more about these in the next few weeks. Mikayla Lenzo (Speech Pathologist) has also been working on developing the students’ understanding of the story elements in her class sessions.
In reading, we are starting to engage in buddy reading activities and work on feedback given. We are implementing how to give feedback to peers. We say “cool” feedback is a gentle way to give a suggestion of improvement. “Warm” feedback is when we say what we like about the procedure or product (for example, “I think your letter one is very straight”)
Poseidon Campus – Year 1A
A couple of terms ago, we planted potato seeds which linked to our story. We have been watching our potato stalks grow over time. One day, during the term, we were very excited to see a potato growing on top of the soil – we soon realised it was a big slug eating all our plants. This was a perfect link to our Term 1 narrative ‘Eddie’s Garden’ by Sarah Garland. At the start of Term 4, we decided to find out how many potatoes we grew over the year. Unfortunately, there wasn’t as many as we had hoped, but the learning experience of growing potatoes was very exciting.
This term the students are learning about light and sound in physical sciences. We have been looking at different sources of light, and that our eyes detect light. The students are currently exploring a narrative called “What the Ladybird Heard” by Julia Donaldson. We are breaking down the problems (kick off) in the story, how the characters feel during the story, and how the characters solve their problem. We have been learning to retell the story by using actions. We are even learning about ladybird lifecycle and have created our own lifecycle in our classroom. Come and check our amazing spotted ladybirds.
In Mathematics, the Year One students are focussing on subtraction. The students enjoy the hands-on fun interactive games that we play to help us learn to take-away. They have also been learning to explain their reasoning as to ‘how’ they worked out their answers.
This term is going to be another busy term ahead, as we prepare ourselves for the last term at the Language Development Centre and ready for mainstream Year 2.
Poseidon Campus – Year 1B
A few months ago, we planted some seed potatoes in our grow bag. We watched our potato plants get taller and taller – just like Grandma’s did in “The Potato People”. Unfortunately, we did NOT harvest hundreds and hundreds of potatoes like Jack and Grandma did in the story. We practiced our ‘disappointed’ faces for the camera, but really we were able to have a good laugh together about the tiny potatoes we harvested.
Last term we also shared the story “Wilfrid Gordon MacDonald Partridge”. We had some fun dressing up to retell it with our story map together.
DLD Awareness Day was on Friday 15th October and our classroom was full of purple and yellow to celebrate.
Our current story is by the wonderful Julia Donaldson. We are reading “What the Ladybird Heard”. In Digital Technologies we have started using our Blue Bots to solve the problem of how to get Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh through the farmyard to the Fine Prize cow. We love telling the Blue Bots to turn left and right and to take steps ahead. We have been drawing arrows to write our ‘code’ for them.
Poseidon Campus – Year 1A and Year 1B Assembly
Wow! What stars our year 1’s were on Friday 29th October. Years 1A and 1B ran the assembly here at Poseidon campus. The children all had a turn speaking into the microphone. We spoke about feeling ‘nervous’ and what that feels like (a little bit scared but excited too) because lots of us were feeling nervous! The children sang the Gina Williams song ‘Wanjoo’ (which means ‘welcome’ in the Noongar language) and performed a play all about the 6 Noongar seasons.
Mrs Vawser and Mrs Rowlett were very proud of everyone.
Quinns Beach Campus – Year 1A and Year 1B
This term the children have been reading ‘What the Ladybird Heard.’ We have been doing lots of fun activities related to the book. We have loved acting it out and pretending to be all the characters in the story. Some of us have also spent time building the farm using blocks, lego and magnetic tiles. Our writing skills are improving every day and we are enjoying writing about the story.
We have been very excited to watch the development of our ladybirds from eggs, to larva, to pupa, to fully grown ladybirds. The students have been collecting insects and aphids to feed our ladybirds. We have learnt about the life-cycle of the ladybird and each stage of development.
This term we have also been learning about our senses, seeing light and hearing sound. We have learnt about volume, pitch and how sound travels through vibrations to our ears. Later this term we will discover how light illuminates objects, so we can see them.
We are looking forward to our excursion towards the end of term to Kings Park to consolidate our learning of Noongar Cultural Heritage through our year 1 HASS program. Kaarta Koomba (Kings Park) is a place of significance past, present and future. We will be taking part in the Kings Park Education’s immersive program which helps to develop respect and empathy for diversity in our community. Students will learn about traditional ways of life and the value of caring for Country (Noongar Boodja-k Katitjin).
Jessica O’Callaghan and Elizabeth Kennedy
Year 1B and Year 1A