Look what I spotted…

Jaslyn has been very keen to share with all of us about the very interesting work her Dad does.

On Friday we all got to make a really cool money box using a design from the company where her dad works.  We all had a great time making the boxes from the net template.  Thanks Jaslyn for bringing them into school and a big thank you to your dad for organising them for us…

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What’s the time?

Our next Maths focus is telling time and exploring calendars.

Do you have a watch?  It would be a good idea to wear it to school this week.

How many clocks (or places to find time) are there in your house?

Do you know how to spell all the days of the week?  Can you name and spell the months in order? What is your favourite season and why?

Don’t forget to keep practicing your addition and subtraction facts, skip counting and multiplication stories 🙂  Multiplication Stories

For some of us telling the time on an analogue clock is tricky.  Especially quarter past and even more so QUARTER TO.  I wonder if our mums and dads can help us out with this at home?

I found this great website that has got LOTS of interesting interactive ways to practice telling the time.  You might like to check some of the links out.  Which one would you recommend for your classmates to try?

Tick Tock Time

Building knowledge towards ACTION (part 2)

A lot of people had the idea that our action for this inquiry could be to design and create some garden spaces in our school.  Before we see if we can do this, we needed to find out about the needs of plants.  So once again we put on our SCIENCE thinking caps and have set up some seed experiments.

On the day we were setting up our experiments we spotted an expert right outside our classroom.  His name was Mark and he was the owner of MRM Constructions.  He was very helpful and answered all our questions:

Plant Expert Notes

 

In our classroom we have seeds in cups which we are observing, we are trying to sprout lentils and have some other seeds to watch.  These experiments are helping us to consolidate our knowledge about what plants need to grow.

We are also building our scientific language about plants.  What is germination?  I wonder if anyone can find out about photosynthesis?

 

Building knowledge towards ACTION

We are in the finding out and sorting out phase of our Inquiry.  We have been exploring our skills in design and creating; finding out about plants; and sorting out the important take home messages from the designers that we will be able to apply to our learning.

As part of our finding out we had a skills workshop rotation.  Miss C helped us think about sketching what we can see and clearly labelling our pictures. Ms W helped us improve our painting technique.  With Miss M we watched a clip of Mr Squiggle and practiced using our imagination to think of ideas.

Thinking of ideas and then making them a  reality is a challenge in design.  Mrs Mc set us a challenge to create an artwork using craft materials.  This was another chance for us to work through a design process.  Mrs Mc was watching to see what steps of the design process we used, everyone’s fine motor skills and the skills that some people are still finding tricky.

This is what we created:

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