Last term the Grades Prep to 2 from Tylden Primary School came to visit Malmsbury. They came to have some science activities with us because it is Science Week!
We were all in groups and we did one activity at a time. There were five activities. We made animal pictures. We all made different kinds of animals that could live all around the world. We got to create butterflies that can hide on different surfaces. This is called camouflage. We were doing some leaf stuff. We put leaves in a science book and had to draw under them. We got to take these home and we can put more science-y things in them. In another activity we had clues of animals and we tried to guess what the animal was. This was called ‘What am I?’. We also had fun blowing up balloons to make rocket balloons.
At recess we ate jelly with a frog in it. It was called Frog in a Pond. The Tylden kids had made them for us. We made Snake in Creeks for them. We had a BBQ for lunch and we ate sausages with the kids from Tylden. We liked eating the sausages! We got to play with our Tylden friends outside. At recess we had to have inside play because it was rainy, it was a bit wet at lunchtime too but we still played outside.
Some people already knew some of the Tylden kids, but there were lots of new faces too. Now we know some new friends from Tylden Primary School.
Hello to all our travelling Flat Friends and your Hosts.
We hope you are having some fantastic adventures while you are out travelling the world – we love seeing what you have been doing. The Flat Friends visiting Malmsbury are certainly having fun. They have been enjoying visiting some of our homes – fishing, bush walking, shopping at the local Farmer’s Market, apparently one Flat Friend has even been spotted driving a tractor at a local farm! They have also enjoyed some interesting experiences while at school – they all took part in a Gypsy music workshop last week and heard some awesome Aboriginal stories today.
We are working on some photo stories showing what your Flat’s have been up to, they will start to appear on our blog (and the Grade 1/2 blog – follow the link from our home page) in the coming days. Please keep checking our blog to find out what your Flat Friend is doing and to meet our other Flat visitors. We have seven Flat Friends visiting at the moment and we are expecting some more soon.
The Flat People we sent out into the world seem to be having fun. We have heard from Flat Bill, a policeman who travelled to Taiwan and we will soon be looking at some photos of Flat Bluebell on her visit to Gowanda, New York.
Malmsbury Primary School had a VIP visiting today when Uncle Ron Murray, a Koori elder and internationally renowned didgeridoo player, came to the school. Uncle Ron brought lots of Aboriginal artefacts with him, including four lovely didgeridoos that he had made himself. He told us how these instruments are made (did you know they are buried in the ground for almost 6 months?) as well as teaching us about some other traditional Aboriginal tools.
The whole school was entertained by Uncle Ron’s incredible playing and his great story telling. He used the didgeridoo to tell a story about a brolga and another one about a great dancer. The different sounds in the didgeridoo playing represent different animals and actions. Uncle Ron also showed us how the didgeridoo can be used for healing. A couple of kids and our teacher, Siobhan, helped him demonstrate – they all said it felt like vibrations all over their body. Everyone thought it was quite amazing.
Uncle Ron told us a story about the Karak, the red-tailed black cockatoo, which is his totem. We learned how this bird got it’s red tail and how the black duck became the red-beaked black swan. Our class really enjoyed the story-telling, but some of us also liked pretending they were Koori babies snugly wrapped in a kangaroo skin blanket. It was a fantastic visit.
Uncle Ron visits Malmsbury Primary School on PhotoPeach
This term there have been some new faces floating around the grade Prep/One class. Our three new buddies have recently moved to Malmsbury from the inner city and have really enjoyed the warm welcome they have received.
Gordon, Ben and Boo have already enjoyed visiting most of the Grade Prep/One kids and are really looking forward to visiting the rest of the grade.
Which of the three buddies is your favourite?
What kind of life do you think Gordon, Ben and Boo might have lived before they came to Malmsbury?
On Friday the 1st June, all of Grade P/1 and Grade 1/2 visited Eliza’s family’s farm. It was a great day and everyone had a great time. Here are some thoughts about the day from Grade P/1.
There was a dog called Zippy.
We had some Milo.
We went in the sheep shed where the sheep go in. The sheep go around and do what they are meant to do and get what they get. This is where they get a shaving. It is also called a shearing shed.
They have some bulls. They keep the bulls in a paddock with electric fences.
We made damper. I liked the the damper, said Ella. I liked the damper, said Jordan.
We got to go in the tractor. We got to have some food.
We saw cows and their babies. The babies are called calves.
We saw some sheep. We chased the sheep down the hill.
We found lots of bones and put them in a bone pile. Harrison had a teeth bone.
Allan and Barbara Timcke talked to us about the planet and it being smaller than the sun. Venus is smaller than the sun. Rosie’s grandpa was writing about Venus.
Some people were rushing to have a look in the special telescope. It was called a solar scope. But we couldn’t have a look because it was really cloudy.
We went outside and we stood around the table, waiting for the sun to come out. We had some pieces of string and we pretended they were planets. There was a little ball for each planet. The strings were not the same length, some were short and some were long.