July 19, 2013
July 19, 2013
June 23, 2013
It has been a very busy week in the Prep-One room. Here are some reflections on our week…
In our writing we have been planning a story book. This makes some of us feel happy because we like writing. Some of us are excited to make a book because now we now know how to tell a story we can tell lots more.
We finished our heart maps, which most of us really enjoyed making. They show what we love. We are going to put these on the Great Wall of Awesome and use them to get ideas for our writing.
Molly, Rosie and Natalie have been selling rocks this week. Some people put on funny shows to get more people to buy rocks. All the money goes to the Parent’s Club and the guide Dogs. They raised a huge $44!
In Art we have been painting without paintbrushes. We have been using palette knives, pipettes and drinking straws and things from nature. It has been fun and exciting because we didn’t know we could paint without paintbrushes. Most of us love painting with a palette knife. We feel very creative.
In French we have been talking about to say ‘hello’ goodbye’ and ‘how are you feeling?’ in French. We are also learning how to introduce ourselves and where we live. French makes us excited because it is really fun.
Almost all the All-Stars really enjoyed this week.
What did you enjoy most this week at school?
Tell us one thing you are really proud of achieving this week.
June 5, 2013
May 14, 2013
This week we are starting a new serial story. We are choosing between two spy stories that lots of kids in our grade enjoy. The two choices are ‘Zac Power: Undercover’ and ‘EJ12: In the dark…’. We have read the first chapter of each book – now it is time to vote!
Which book do you think we should read first?
Why do you think so?
May 11, 2013
This term we have been using Lego and Duplo blocks in our maths sessions.
We worked out that one square block is equal to one. The rectangle blocks are equal to two. Each group of four is equal to one. We built things and had to work out what number they showed. This picture shows the number seven.
The blocks helped us practise our counting. It was hard at first. We were given a number and we had to show that number using our blocks. We learnt that we can rearrange the blocks and still show the same number. We can stack three square blocks to show 3, or we can put a square block on a rectangle block and show 3 that way.
Can you work out what number this model shows?
What other maths ideas could we use building blocks for?
May 11, 2013
This term Prep One joined the Great Wall of Awesome – an online space where classes from different schools share and celebrate their awesomeness. First we read a story called ‘The Great Wall of Awesome’ about a class that had a drab, dull wall in their classroom and they brightened it up with examples of their awesomeness. We also had a look at pages from other classes – there is some incredibly awesome learning happening out there!
The All-Stars are very excited about sharing their awesomeness with the world – they had lots of suggestions for what we put could post on our page. We brainstormed some of the things we could include – you can see it below. We decided that rainbows and cakes and Trash Packs, although nice things and fun things, were not really great examples of our awesomeness. Instead we talked about how we might post work we have been doing and photos of some of the awesome things we get up to in and out of our classroom.
Stay tuned to our blog AND our Great Wall of Awesome to keep track of the awesome learning happening in our class. You can see our page at this address: https://thegreatwallofawesome.squarespace.com/p1-mps
What do you think we should put on our Great Wall of Awesome?
If you had a Great Wall of Awesome all your own, what would you put on it?
April 21, 2013
When the weather in Malmsbury turned cold and stormy rather abruptly last term the Prep-One All Stars decided to test their writing skills and write some weather similes. There was a lot of discussion about how wet the rain might be and whether wind that is as wild as a tiger would be worse than wind as wild as a snake. Here are our finished weather poems.
What was your favourite weather simile?
How would you describe the weather?
April 21, 2013
Grade Prep/One have been showing off their writing expertise this week. We have been learning how to compare two things using similes and have been creating some great imagery in our writing sessions.
We started thinking about how we could describe an ice-cream…
Then we worked out ways to describe our favourite soft toys.
Then we had a go at writing our own.
What words would you use to describe your favourite toy?
What other things could we write similes about?
April 21, 2013
The Prep One All-Stars have been getting very creative lately. Last week they learnt how to use a Surrealist art technique called ‘frottage’, which means ‘to rub’ in French. The All-Stars were madly hunting for interesting textures and surfaces around the school – they then placed pieces of paper over them and rubbed over them with crayon. The results were really cool.
The All-Stars have also been looking at how illustrators use different techniques in their pictures. We learnt how to recognise water-colour illustrations and have noticed that Pamela Allen uses it in lots of her illustrations.
Which texture gave you the best result?
What can you do with your collection of textures now?
March 21, 2013
Friday 1st March was School’s Clean Up Day. Malmsbury Primary School got involved with the whole school putting on gloves and heading out to find any rubbish in and around our school grounds. Our class cleaned up the playground and oval area, then all along the fence to the bike shed. We found lots of rubbish caught in the fence.
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