Symbolism, symmetry, science and subtraction

We began this week with a whole school Remembrance Day assembly to commemorate the sacrifices made during times of war. Students learnt about the importance of this day and asked questions about the causes and consequences of war. We talked about why poppies and rosemary are symbols of remembrance, and we made our own poppies from felt, cardboard, scoubies and pompoms.

We continued to explore symmetry by looking at images of butterflies. The children carefully coloured a butterfly outline using ‘magic’ pencils. They then painted with the magic potion (that looked strangely like water!) to bring their butterflies to life.

For Science this term, we are learning about what things are made of. We did a class brainstorm of objects that are made from plastic, metal, glass, wood and fabric. The children came up with a rather extensive list!

Now that we have mastered simple addition, we have moved onto learning about subtraction. Each child designed a pair of colourful socks, which were hung on the ‘washing’ line across the classroom. We used different counting strategies to work out how many socks there were. We then played a game that involved the wind blowing some of the socks off the line. The question was asked: How many socks are missing? and we explored different strategies to solve each problem that was presented.

A visit with Harold

On Friday, our class visited the Life Education van. We were super excited about meeting Harold and learning how to keep our bodies healthy. Prior to our visit, we talked about the importance of eating lots of fruit and vegetables, and we made fruity face pictures:

In the van, we met Harold the cheeky giraffe and interacted with a video about a visit to the park for a picnic.

We were challenged to make decisions about healthy foods by placing food items onto a 3D wall chart:

We learnt about our organs, how they function and how we can look after them by making healthy choices:

Finally, we exercised by dancing along to Harold’s favourite song:

 

Silly Science

In Maths last week, we continued our revision of shapes, patterns and addition. Our literacy groups included tasks such as handwriting and exploring word families. We revisited the reading and writing strategy Stretchy Snake by making CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words on the pocket chart and writing them in a list.

In addition to Footsteps, we participated in a Silly Science incursion. The children enjoyed making slime, studying optical illusions, experimenting with magnets and poking skewers through bags of water without them leaking. The session was completed with rocket launching.

We drew pictures and wrote about our favourite experiments:

On Wednesday we did silly science. My favourite experiment was the part with the bags.

On Wednesday we did silly science. My favourite experiment was slime.

On Wednesday we did silly science. My favourite experiment was when we did the bags with some water and sticks. We had lots of fun.

On Wednesday we did silly science. My favourite experiment was the rockets.