This week our students are learning about the human body as part of our Education Week focus: Healthy mind, healthy body. Today they took part in rotations which included an episode of the Magic Schoolbus, playing interactive games on their Chromebooks, listening to their lungs and hearts with stethoscopes, piecing together puzzles, reading books and taking apart anatomy models!
The Grade 3/4 students have made an excellent start on the Premiers’ Reading Challenge! They need to read 15 books to complete the challenge, at least 10 of which must be from the challenge list. Students are encouraged to go online to www.education.vic.gov.au/prc to list the boosk they read as part of their homework so that they count towards the Premiers’ Reading Challenge. Happy reading!
Today students learned about how our waterways can become contaminated. We read a story called ‘Our River’ and as contaminants were added to the river in the story, we added them to our lovely clean water until is was horribly dirty! Students then worked with a partner to identify potential sources of contamination at home.
The grade 3/4 team are trialling a new app called ‘Seesaw’. This app allows us to share photos and work that students are doing in the classroom with parents at home! Notices will go home this week with details of how to sign up for a free account so you can view your child’s learning. We are excited to be trialling this new app and will start posting things over the coming weeks.
This week in Inquiry, grade 3/4 students are learning about waste. We started by looking at the waste that our school creates in one day. Students collected the rubbish bins and recycling bins from each classroom across the school and sorted the waste into 3 categories: rubbish, recycling and food scraps. They then weighed the waste in each category and recorded their results to compare the classes. We found that students in grades 5/6 produce far more food waste than the rest of the school, but that students in grades 3/4 produced more rubbish, particularly from food wrappers. Students brainstormed some ways we can reduce our waste such as only bringing the food we need to school, eating all the we can before throwing it away, and trying to reduce the amount of packaging we use. We took lots of great photos of our learning this afternoon, including a group shot with our “they made us sort through rubbish!” faces on!
Today we continued our Inquiry immersion by living 200 years in the future – in the year 2217. Students enjoyed having comfortable furniture, access to technology and a robotic teacher! Unfortunately, after recess we experienced an alternative future where fossil fuels ran out, landfills overflowed and global warming reached crisis point. Check out our photos!
Today students participated in an immersion experience to start our new Inquiry topic: Sustainability. We went back in time 200 years to before there was electricity, running water, computers and recycling. Students wrote on little blackboards or whiteboards for the day and learned the way that students did in 1817. Over the coming days we will be conducting similar immersions through other periods in time so that students can compare what impact humans have on the planet and what our future might look like depending on the actions we take now.
We finished up Term 1 learning about perimeter in Maths. Students used their knowledge to design a farm for Old McDonald which contained several animal enclosures with different perimeters. They showed great persistence when it got tricky to fit in the last few enclosures and came up with some interesting designs to make it work!