Fabulous Week Five

Can you believe we are already halfway through the term?!
I guess time flies when you are having fun!

On Monday we had a visit from St John Ambulance to get some help learning about keeping ourselves safe.
First we went inside the ambulance and looked at the different things that are inside an ambulance. This is a fantastic way to familiarise the student with ambulances and help to reduce the stress the children might feel in the case of having to go in an ambulance during a medical emergency.

The students also had a lesson with an education officer. She helped the children to learn to identify emergencies, keep themselves safe in an emergency, and know how to get help.

On Tuesday we had a special visitor come in to share information about the past. Deacon Paul (or, as I prefer to call him, Dad!), had lots of interesting things to say and itms to show. As well as a kerosene lamp, old photos, an old typewriter and pictures of trolley busses and old cars, Deacon Paul shared his tales of walking three kilometres to school, getting the strap when he was naughty (which was often!), playing handball at school and being taught by brothers and nuns. The students had, earlier in the term, identified speaking to someone who lived in the olden days as a way to find out answers to the questions they had, so it was great to be able to practise this skill.

Another idea the students had said would be a good way to learn about the past was to ‘do stuff’. In the olden days home corner in our classroom, I have been seeing some great play. Egg beaters, an old sieve, old books and simple toys have helped the students engage with the past and put some of their learning into ‘action’ (hanks to Mrs Hogan for bringing in some items for the corner). I also heard some students in there today pretending that one of their ‘babies’ was sick, and calling an ambulance for help, so great to see knowledge from other areas being applied as well.

In Maths we are continuing to learn about time. Together in small groups, we made a large clock, putting all the features of an analogue clock into a hoop. We have discussed o’clock and half past, and made a clock to practise on as well as playing some matching games.

We had two sounds of the week this week; ‘oo’ as in zoo and ‘oo’ as in book. We explored the sound through a fishing game, a board game and making words with word parts. Our shared book of the week, ‘Too Bad’ by Gwen Pascoe contained both these words.

In art we discussed autumn and how some trees lose their leaves during this season. The students took a closer look at some leaves, sharing their observations on shape, colour, size, texture and other details such as the veins. Following this, they sketched their leaf. Next week during art, they will create an artwork using the leaf (a subtractive mono print). Hopefully they will look great and brighten out classroom with the colours of autumn.

In writing, the students have been busy looking at punctuation, in particular question marks. They have written questions to ask a grandparent or other older person. I am looking forward to hearing what they have discovered about the past!

On Friday morning we had a few different activities for ‘Fun Friday', including making a bookmark, designing creations from a range of empty boxes, and painting.

In Religion we have been reading about a man named Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was a tax collector and not a well-liked man. Jesus, through his friendship, helped Zacchaeus become a better person. We have discussed how Jesus did great things through his compassion and kindness, even to people that others didn’t like, and how we can all make a difference by showing friendship to others.

That’s all for this week; I wish you a wonderful long weekend!
Michelle 🙂