Lockdown & Pyjama Day

Blog post written by Room 30 students.

Hi Mums and Dads,

This afternoon we had a lockdown. It was very scary at first but it was just a practise. First Mrs Steel spoke on the speaker and told us to lock everything. Then Foulk Sensai helped us to stay quiet and go under the table. She told us to stay still.

Afterwards we talked about why we have to practise. We felt calmer and more comfortable and safe. We know that our teachers know how to keep us safe in an emergency.

By Room 30.

Here is a photo of us in our pyjamas today! We were so cosy!

Rocking Science on Crazy Hair Day!

The students had a fantastic time on Friday for Crazy Hair Day. It was great to see everyone contributing to the Year 6s fundraising efforts. Well done Room 30 families!

In Science with Mrs Devine, the students have been learning about sound and how it is made and travels. On Friday they made guitars to experiment with the way vibrations are made when objects move back and forth to send sound waves through the air.

What a perfect day for it – they looked like little rock stars!

Tranby House Excursion

On Thursday 1st June we went on our excursion to Peninsula Farm as part of our History program. The students have been learning all about the ways daily lives have changed from the past to now and this was a fantastic way for them to see this in action.

Our wonderful presenter Elizabeth talked to us about the history of Tranby House. It was one of the first farms to be established in the Swan River Colony in 1830, by Ann and Joseph Hardy and the six children they raised there.

Throughout the day we were able to see many olden day artefacts and learn so much about the way the Hardy family lived.

During the morning session we explored the inside of Tranby House and our guides told us some more about the history.. We saw the bedroom, kitchen, laundry, dry store and sitting room. Each room was set up similar to the way the Hardy family lived, even with some of their old furniture! The students were interested to find out about how jobs were done around the house with no electricity or water and see some of the olden day ‘appliances.’

We then played olden day games. We played quoits, ring toss, skipping, spinning tops, hopscotch and egg and spoon races with a beautiful view over the river. The students loved trying out all the different games!

After lunch we were shown some artefacts from the past. Some of the items we saw were a camera, butter churner, tie press, toast holder, flour sifter, candle holder and soap holder cage. We had to guess what the items were and what they had been replaced by.

We then did some sketching of the Hardy family. We had seen photos of Ann and Joseph so were able to draw some of their olden clothes. We then drew a picture of our own families to compare it to.

Our last activity of the day was making peg dolls. Just like children in the olden days, we used some left over bits of fabric, pegs and glue to make our peg dolls.

A huge thank you to our lovely parent helpers for the day!! Excursions just can’t happen without the support of the parent community so we appreciate it so much.

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Bee Bots, Osmo and ‘The Pit’

We were lucky enough to have Mr Kubicek come into our class to guide us in learning some new technology at the end of last term and today. Mr Kubicek introduced the Bee Bots to us last term and we learnt how to program a code for Bee Bot. We learnt the importance of a written code that we could follow, and change. We also used Bee Bot to help us find addition answers. Today we tried ‘unplugged’ coding. It was challenging to use our learning in a new context!

Today Mr Kubicek showed us how to use Osmo’s. Half of the class were able to try them out today and played word games, tangram puzzles and maths games. They were lots of fun!

During our coding sessions we have also been using the iPads to play Kodable, an app where students can practise simple programming skills. We are also becoming familiar with how our calculators work by using them to solve calculator math activities.

I had to share with the students that I was in ‘The Pit’ with my learning about the Osmo’s as it was also my first time seeing them! We have been talking a lot about being in ‘the pit’ during the learning process, what it means and how we can climb out and help our friends out of the pit. However, we know that the pit is a great place to be as it means you are learning something new! This term we continue discussing the pit, however will be focusing explicitly on the Aubin Grove Learner Qualities of Communicator, Driver and Thinker that were shown during the parent open night and you will have seen in the classroom and around the school.

 

Term 1 Maths