Today we had a Science Day. All the Prep – 2 students from Tylden Primary School visited us at Malmsbury. We had lots of fun with them and many people made friends.
Students learnt about the biological sciences when they created animals fit to live in certain environments. “I liked making the camoflauged butterflies.” Blake wrote. They practised being botanists by observing and illustrating wattle flowers. They also investigated forces and energy when they made balloon rockets.
All the Malmsbury students enjoyed hosting students from another school and especially the chance to share snacks and a meal. Kiara wrote: “I liked playing with the Tylden people. I played chess. Everyone in the school had sausages.” Eliza wrote: “My class got frogs in the pond. The Tylden kids got snake in a lake.”
Thank you to all the Tylden students for coming and sharing your scientific understandings with us.
What scientific learning will you remember from our Science Day?
How was it different working with students from another school? Have you ever worked like that before?
In this week’s show & tell, Grade 1/2 students needed to tell about an animal who was special to them or their family. They needed to have a drawing or photograph of the animal to show so classmates could learn what each animal looked like. People had so many interesting experiences and stories to share. Students showed images they had drawn, photos that had been emailed or printed & framed. There were powerpoints, posters and even a live beared dragon in the classroom. Students spoke about their special animals confidently and classmates listened respectfully.
The show & tell topic for next week will be all about cold weather. What do you do to warm up at home? Don’t forget your homework – practise the show & tell presentation before your big day!
Today our class left our doors and windows wide open while the heater was still on. It wasn’t a mistake, we were actually investigating what effects the open air would have on the warmth of our classroom.
In 5 minutes our room cooled down from 20 to 17 degrees. The heater was still on that whole time – not a very smart way to use energy! Here is what Brodie P had to say after the experiment:
Grade 1/2 is thinking about a big question this term: How are we smart with energy? This week students jumped right in and recorded their ideas about what energy is and how we are smart with it. Click on the soundcloud to hear what Grade 1/2 thought before we even started learning about energy…
Do you think we are smart with energy? In what way(s)?
This week two more visitors arrived in an envelope with an airmail stamp. They come from a small village in the south-east of France called Peille. It is in the mountains and has winding streets, old castle ruins on top of the hill and a school with 65 students called Andre-Marie.
Here are the Peille flats, Anthony and Malaury, watching a movie with us on our special Big Day In at school.
Students at the school in Peille have sent us a letter with pictures and information about their village so we can learn about where they come from. Thanks for sending it in English! See below to find out about Peille.
The school vegie garden is a very well cared for and productive space, thanks to all the work put in by students, teachers and helpers from the school community. One job that students from Grade 1/2 love to help with as often as they can is picking the snow peas to ensure the plants continue flowering and growing new pods. The photos show how children know to hold the stem of the plant with one hand and carefully pluck the pod with the other. Delicious work!
What can be learnt in the school garden? Harvesting broad beans gave the class an opportunity to explore the concept of averages in maths this term. Why is it that broad bean pods contain different numbers of beans? Is there an amount of beans that is ‘typical’ or ‘normal’ for a pod to have? The photos show a ‘stem and leaf’ graph plotting the range of how many beans per pod. Because we podded dozens and dozens of broad beans, we also began to see that lots of them contained 4 or 5 beans. Here is the idea of an ‘average’ broad bean!
Have you made other discoveries while working in a garden lately? The garden might be at your house, at school or somewhere else.
Students in Grade 1/2 have been talking lots about the culture and traditions of their families during Term 4. In Show and Tell they have been describing and showing pictures of Australian landmarks, bringing artefacts from Australia and from another country and talking about the things that their families like to celebrate and how.
Some students have even volunteered to give our visitors, the Flats, a taste of what life can be like for them in Australia. Here are some photos of the interesting experiences that Grade P-2 kids have shared with the visitors:
Are you doing something interesting with your family soon? If you think it would help overseas friends & visitors learn about Australia please invite a Flat person to come along!