Wow what a week. This year’s theme was Food Different by Design. To kick the week off the year 6 leadership team helped Mrs Jackson make 10 minute ice cream in a bag. Every day in the Science room, the students from pre-primary to year six investigated how salt is used to lower the melting point of ice, thereby freezing the ice-cream quicker. All students had the opportunity to make and sample delicious home made ice-cream. This was a huge success and couldn’t have been achieved without the help of the year 6 leaders.
On Wednesday 18th August each class rotated with their buddy class through several highly engaging science workshops. Jacqui Batley and her team of PhD students from UWA taught the children how to extract DNA from strawberries. Tom Becker one of our parents who is a Curtin University lecturer taught the students how to test the chromatography of M&M’s. Ray Palermo taught the symmetry of fruit. Holly, one of year 4 students, confidently presented her dad’s work in the agricultural industry. Diann McKenzie created an engaging experience for the students teaching them about sustainability in our Kitchen Garden. The teacher ran a very popular workshop on blindfolded fruit tasting. Overall, the day and week was a wonderful way for the students to experience food science in the world around them.
I have recently been to two major professional developments.
The Teachers Of French Assoc (TOFA) and Languages Big Day Out.
Each conference usually has up to about 100 attendees and are a great way for me to often show case the excellent work our students are producing.
At the TOFA Conference I was able to show our Year 6 Calligramme work which really inspired French colleagues to return to their schools intending to try out this creative cultural task. Above I am seated with Mme Iri Mukwekwezeke who is the French teacher at Harrisdale Primary TDS School.
At the Languages Big Day Out I was able to show our wonderful Year 6 brochure writing, hopefully inspiring and demonstrating to Primary French teachers how to create fun ideas that incorporate our new syllabus.
Languages Week is celebrated in the first week of August. This year the Year 5 students are bringing their IPads to class whereby we will research as manylanguages as possible highlighting the word “Welcome”. Already in class we came up with “Bienvenue” for French and then amongst the class we listed Italian, German, Chinese, Mandarin, Arabic, Russian, Persian, Maouri and Portuguese ! That was amazing just sourcing amongst ourselves ! We will display our Language Week Posters in the Library in Weeks 4 and 5!
Enfin a big thank you to parents from Year 5 and 6 who have written such useful and highly positive comments regarding their children’s written French class work. It is exciting to send you samples to view.
Year 3 and 4 students are currently making posters for our French Room and many students are telling me that they are teaching younger siblings all their French at home !
Room 18 – A Digital Technology Focus for Term Three
This term the students of Room 18 will be developing their understanding of digital technologies. They will be learning about digital hardware (printer, keyboard, mouse;) and software (PowerPoint, Google, messaging;). The students will develop their skills in the use of digital technology by accessing both tablets and laptops. They will learn to represent data in a variety of ways. PowerPoint will be used as a tool to develop their skills to insert pictures, make changes to font, background, layout and design. Cyber safety will also be a feature of the program such as the importance of not sharing personal information. Our buddies joined us on at the beginning of the term to teach us how to turn on and login on laptops. The students then had the opportunity to work collaboratively to explore the tools available on PowerPoint. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Courtney Dingley for supporting the students this last semester to develop their understanding of coding with our class robot called Botley.
In Room 16 we have been exploring the work of artist, Wayne Theibaud, an American artist who is famous for his bright paintings of still life food. We explored his famous artworks including ‘Cakes, 1963’, ‘Candies, 1965-66’ and ‘Four cupcakes’ and made some responses about what we liked, felt and thought.
We then used our knowledge to create our own cupcakes artwork. We used primary colours for the bases of our cakes and secondary colours for the tops. We decorated them with delicious toppings and coloured them using wax crayons. Finally, we painted the foreground with yellow edicole dye, and background with purple. We tried to show shadows in our works, just like Wayne Theibaud.
We also baked cupcakes and decorated them using a variety of candies. We explored 3D shapes as we did this, using cubes, cylinders, spheres and triangular prisms in our toppings.
We reflected on our work using 2 stars to say what we were proud of about our work, and a wish to say what we could improve on.
We think our art work looks good enough to eat! What do you think?
This term Room 11 have been learning about friendship. Do you know the qualities of a good friend? We have been discovering through many activities what makes a good friend and the attributes we need to be a good friend to others. We have been sharing many stories, one of our favourites being ‘The Hare With Many Friends’. The scoop on friendship was one of the many activities that we were involved in to reinforce our learning.
Highlights of this Semester 1 2021. Mr Miller’s class Year 3 Room 7.
As part of the Health program, we have been learning about self-awareness and mindfulness. We learnt that we are unique and have our own individual qualities and traits.
We produced our own individual portraits by taking photographs on our iPads and then drawing a likeness of ourselves in lead pencil. We coloured in this likeness and painted a colour wash to highlight the background.
They can be seen displayed in the front office.
In the History component of HASS, we studied the historical origins and significance of the days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia.
For ANZAC day we completed a number of activities in rotation between the year 3 classes. We did Agamographs, poppy making and chalk art that you may have seen on the basketball court.
Below is picture of our class with the Agamographs that we made.
In Room 4, we have been reading Charlotte’s web as our whole class novel study. It had been a cross curriculum linked project involving art, reading, writing, and so much more.
One of our captivating art projects was to make a paper mache character from the text. Our class chose Wilbur the pig. This process was a multiple step process with planning, designing, and reflection. They all worked so hard and should be so proud of their efforts.
Room 4 would definitely recommend Charlotte’s web as it is very engaging and keeps you entertained.
I am hoping that parents may find their way to this year’s French Film Festival.Do check the Alliance Française website for venues and dates and times.
I would like to welcome all the new students to our school who are mostly learning French for the first time.They are joining in well and learning quickly, Bodhi even asked if he could create his own text in this week’s “Bande Desinée” ( cartoon script writing) activity. Milla has told me that she is really enjoying our school’s French class.
Un grand merci to the students who have made cards and posters for our French room. Laila, Anna, Demi, Emily, Charlotte and Nikietah have their work on display. Thank you to Oscar for giving his Tour Eiffel to our room, we have it proudly on display in the bookcase.
Flora, whose first language is French, has joined our Year 3 debutante cohort. The students from her class are really fascinated hearing Flora and Madame converse with each other throughout the lessons.
I encourage parents to visit the office foyer in Week 8 and 9 of this term where you will see a selection of Year 6 Calligrammes. (Thematically shaped text using words phrases or poetry).