Phoenix Primary School B1 Edudance 2018 from Phoenix Primary School on Vimeo.
Book Week Activities
Welcome to Term 3!
It's great to see everyone's happy faces again. We have been busy doing a few little things... we have made recount cubes about our holidays, read some dream time stories and made collage flags to celebrate NAIDOC week and done some more of our health program PATHS (Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies) about playing fair. We also watched the short Disney clip of The Tortoise and the Hare to help students understand the terms boasting and teasing. It's been a great start to the term.
Week 8 - Term 2
We had a great week! Students wrote their own version of our Talk4Writing story "the Gruffalo" then we did a mixed science/maths lesson of making pancakes! We discussed purposeful mixes as part of science and changes of state from liquid to a solid. We also looked at our maths transformation language of flip, turn and slide. The pancakes were a hit with everyone enjoying a couple!
I thought I would mention a book we have read a few times in class now called "unplugged".
It's a beautiful book about a computer who trips over their cord and becomes unplugged falling down the stairs and into the outside world! It discovers that you can play games, explore and find amazing things... you can understand where it goes from there. The students really respond to it and ask me to read it again and again. We have discussed the dual meaning of the terminology "unplugged". It might be a nice book for your child to tell you about some time :)
Guided Reading Session
I love reading and I love seeing kids love reading! For guided reading we read and do activities with the same book for 4 days to help with fluency and comprehension, then on Friday the students get to read to someone with a different book and then in return enjoy them reading them their book. They love it, everyone is relaxed and helping each other - it make me so happy to see :) I have attached some pictures from the last session.
Term 2 - Busy, Busy, Busy!
We have been busy lately...
In literacy we have been working on "The Gruffalo" and have been looking at adding adjectives to our writing, as exampled beautifully in the story, and sentence structure. Next we will be writing a class version of the story before creating their own individual ones.
In numeracy we have been looking at data collection and graphing and are now moving towards mapping and directional language. The students had a great time doing a treasure hunt with Miss T.
In science we have been looking at mixes and did an experiment with oil, water and dishwashing liquid combinations.
In health we have been looking at team work, listening skills (including a back to back game which was very fun) and sharing as part of the PATHS program.
In history students have started to write a letter to their future self!
In art we completed our water creatures which are on the wall with our swimming photos and we are now doing some Gruffalo work.
It's all go, go, go...
Talk 4 Writing!
In class we have started our Talk4Writing program again. This term we are looking at "The Gruffalo" with a focus on adding descriptive language to our writing and story telling as well as the continual work on sentence structure. It started with footprints through the classroom and a story map. We will be starting our imitation phase shortly and will be investigating vocabulary soon after. I love "The Gruffalo" and am really enjoying the Talk4Writing process which the whole school is embedding so I hope the students will enjoy it just as much too!
Week 3 - Term 2 Update!
We have had a great week getting well and truely back into routine after our assembly and Mother's Day activities.
In numeracy we have been looking at probablility, days of the week, months, seasons and calendars. Next week we will be revisiting time and then moving into graphing and data. As well as the usual continuous number work.
In literacy the year 2's have been working on narratives with connectives and compound words while the year 1's work on recounts with good sentence structure. We always cover spelling, guided reading and our phonics program of "letters and sounds" daily.
In history we are continuing with communication and discussed Aboriginal rock art as the oldest form in Australia which the students very much enjoyed.
In science this week we made play dough as part of chemistry in learning that you can combine various materials with the purpose of creating something different. We all loved this and the play dough has been a continued attraction in the classroom!
Assembly May 2018
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Welcome to term two! We have stretched the room over the holidays and we now have so much space, the kids love it :) We also met our student teacher Miss T (Sarah) who will be in our room all term, she is very happy to be here and enjoying getting to know the students and being involved. We have our class assembly on Wednesday, May 9. Everyone will be involved in a poem and presenting. Swimming lessons which will be in weeks 4 and 5. In class today we looked at real postcards from holidays, we then had a chat about our school holidays, students watched me model writing a post card and then finally students made their own giant postcard about our break. It is an authentic work sample with no draft so if you are in the class it is a good piece to have a look at.
I hope families had as much fun as the kids did!
B1 Office Display
End of Term 1
Term one was a good term, I can't believe it's over already! We did a writing piece today similar to one we did earlier in the term and the progress students are making is great to see. They were all very proud looking back at what they have achieved.
Next term we will be getting more space as we will be stretching out into B2 and Mrs Railton's class moving to a double room where after school care used to be. This will give us more space for small group work and creative play activities. We will also be having a third year student teacher working in our room :)
Next term we are doing the first assembly on the Wednesday of week 2, we have also done the front office display which is a ven diagram of toys for history. We also have swimming lessons next term. The school is offering some calming minds classed on Tuesdays after school, it's a great program and it's never to early to start. If you are interested you need to register on the link which was sent out in a connect notice earlier today from Fran Coen.
A couple of things we have covered the last few weeks include ANZAC day, the Commonwealth Games and we finished reading Roald Dahls George's Marvellous Medicine - which they loved!
I hope you all have a lovely relaxing break with your special little people.
I look forward to another great term 2 in a couple of weeks.
Easter Hat Parade
We had a great morning at the school Easter Hat Parade on Wednesday March 28! A few lucky students won a basket of goodies which were kindly donated buy Woolworths Port Coogee (they are amazing and donate a lot of fruit and bread etc for our students). Uzziel and Salina also won a prize from the library egg decorating competition. The entries are on display in the library, if you wish to pop in and have a look.
All is going well in class. We have been learning about the meaning of 'compliments' in our health program and we read a book about "filling buckets" which is about making others feel good by doing or saying nice things.
In numeracy we have started looking at shapes, 2D and 3D and their names. This will continue and we will be looking at their features and the vocabulary used too.
In literacy we have been working on the book "Handas Suprise" and will be focusing on sentence structure. Students are also doing a really good job with their handwriting, spelling and guides reading - I am very happy!
In history we have been looking at toys from the past and present. Soon we will be looking at transportation from past to present.
In science we have been focusing on living things and how they have a role in the environment, recently we studied earth worms!
We have also been doing some art for Easter (the eggs on display in the library) and for Harmony Day.
It's busy busy busy!!! And hot hot hot!!!
we went on a "schoolyard safari" as part of biology in science. We wandered around the school and documented the living things we found. We met Splinter the spiny leaf stick insect and had a great Q & A session about her.
We have planted some succulents in the garden in front of our room and checked out all the herbs including the chocolate mint :)
Welcome to the start of the school year. We have had a great first couple of days in class. We have been taking it pretty easy getting to know each other by playing a few games (the scavenger hunt was a hit) and doing some activities together. We have been reading some books including "Do Not Open This Book" which the students thought was very funny.
We have been working on our handwriting (correct formation and using the dotted thirds) and the comprehension strategy of predicting. I have a work sample which I will display in class which you are welcome to look at. We have also been doing some small group guided reading and small group maths activities. All is going really well :)
We "go noodle" which is a bit of brain break activity we do a few times a day, mostly involving a quick dance to get our "wriggles and giggles and jiggles out" they love them!
This year I am going to have students do news on Fridays. They will sit in groups of 4 or 5 and take turns within there small groups. I have a roster of topics to go through and I will remind them on Thursdays. It does not need to be bring something in every week, just having a chat during the week or the night before about the topic can help them prepare. The purpose of news is to develop their oral language skills, help them to consciously order and deliver their thoughts and to help their confidence speaking in small groups. If something special has happened (birthdays, holiday, new house etc) they can let me know and share with the class at the end of any day.
As always please feel welcome to come in and say hi.