Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies began in Room 38 this week.

We are very are lucky to have the help of a group of Year 6 Reading Buddies. This wonderful group of children come to our room each day, when we open our door at 8.25 am. Giving up their own time, they listen to our Room 38 readers and ask them questions, supporting us to improve reading areas such as fluency, comprehension and helping us work towards our reading goals.

In order to make use of this extra reading opportunity, please arrive at the classroom for when the door opens at 8.25 am.

 

 

 

STEM Challenge

Last week, our Sports Carnival was cancelled due to the bad weather. Not to let the disappointment get us down too much, in Room 38 we had a STEM Challenge.

STEM is an activity or an area of learning, which endeavours to cover the different areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, and Maths. Common elements of STEM Challenges include opportunities to collaborate with others and to encourage creative thinking, in order to solve a problem.

The task was to build the tallest structure using only pipe cleaners and plasticine. The children were given only 5 minutes of talk time, in which they had to try to come up with the beginnings of a design, but also decide on roles and ways of communicating… because once the 5 minutes was up, they had to complete the challenge in SILENCE!

I was very impressed with the creativity on display, both in the design of the final structures as well as in the ways they got around the no-talking element of the challenge!

Well done to all teams, who tackled the challenge with enthusiasm and modelled great team work. A big well done to our challenge winners, Thomas, Ethan and Yuvraj, who built the tallest structure.

Progress Folders

Children brought home their progress folders today, with the assessments from Term 3. Please take a moment to look through the folder with your child and celebrate their progress and achievements. An up to date goal mat has also been included, which shows the targets they have achieved in Semester 2 and the goal they have chosen to work on next.

Please feel free to keep hold of the folder for a week and return it by Monday 6th November.

If you know you will not be returning to Aubin Grove next year, you may keep your progress folder. If this is the case, please can you let me or the office know of your plans to leave. This information will help us when we begin to make plans for next year’s classes.

Science Term 4 – Push and Pull

In Science we are exploring forces in the topic Push and Pull. Today we learnt about why some objects float and the different forces in action when they do.

Ask your child about upthrust. Can they explain why a ping pong ball will always float back up to the surface if we push it under the water? How does a full bottle feel different when suspended in water? And most fun of all… what happens to a basketball when you push it under water and let go? Today we learnt why this is.

It was a fun lesson and not too wet, considering!!

Fremantle Excursion

What a wonderful day Room 38 had on Friday, when on our Excursion to Samson House and a walking tour of Fremantle. The sun was shining and the children were awesome… we all had a great day out!

The Room 38 students were amazing, both at Samson House and when walking around Fremantle. I was so impressed with their listening and questioning, especially when at Samson House. In every room and around every corner, the children were spotting artefacts we had already looked at in class and asking and answering questions based on their prior learning and their observations on the day.

I could not have been more proud of every member of Room 38. Thank you for a super day and well done 🙂

A special thank you also goes to our parent helpers on the day, without whom we would not have been able to go. Dianne, Dorcas, Lisa and Nicola, you are Room 38 superstars also 🙂

Here are just a few of the happy photos taken on the day…

 

Outdoor Learning

In Room 38, we like to take our learning outside as often as possible. Learning outdoors gives the children increased opportunities for movement and fresh air, outdoor learning can take on different forms and can open up new doors to problem solving and collaboration and the ‘change of scenery’ and space offered by outdoor learning can bring about an increase in productivity and enjoyment for the students.

Therefore, when we were informed that last Thursday was Outdoor Classroom Day we didn’t need too much encouragement! We have been working on a Healthy Lifestyle eBook as part of our Health Curriculum and loved taking our learning outdoors, to add some finishing touches to some fantastic eBooks.

An Exciting Delivery!

There was an interesting package waiting for the children when they came into the classroom this morning! At once the students wanted to know what was inside…

Before we opened the parcel, we asked questions about what we thought it could be and why it had been sent to us. This was a great opportunity to talk about what makes a quality question. We discussed the difference between closed and open questions and why open questions give us the most information.

We then opened the parcel and realised we had been sent a rare and unusual Rainbow Dragon Egg!

The children then completed a great P4C, (Philosophy For Children) lesson, where they worked together in groups to ask questions regarding the Rainbow Dragon and its egg. The children were asked to think of quality questions, (ones that were open, would give them the most information and would help them if they were writing an information text on the Rainbow Dragon).

The next stage of the lesson required huge amounts of teamwork, problem solving, cooperation, compromise and reasoning. They had to decide on one question from their collection of questions, the one that they thought was the best question. The whole group needed to agree and they needed to be able to explain to the class their choice. I gave the groups 7 minutes to come to their decision and was highly impressed when all groups had chosen their Key Question with two minutes to spare. The explaining and reasoning on display was of a very high quality indeed 🙂

The 5 Key Questions that were chosen were:

When is it going to hatch? How long will it live? Is there only 1 in the world? What will it eat? and Does it have a family?

The final stage of the lesson involved the class voting for their Number One question out of the 5 group questions. This was done by ‘Blind Vote’.

I personally thought all 5 questions were quality questions and deserved the final vote. The class voted for their Key Question to be: How long will it live?

There then followed a very good discussion linked to this question, where we talked about why we thought this was an important question. It also lead onto a number of different questions also being asked. A favourite question was: What if the dragon hatches, what mischief could it get up to? The children really let their imagination run wild with this one!

The Learning Intention for the lesson was “I can ask quality questions that drive my learning”  and the children certainly achieved the Success Criteria. They displayed a knowledge of the difference between open and closed questions and they used one question to lead onto others.

The children were also practising the Aubin Grove Learner Quality of… “I am a thinker”.

The most positive part of today’s lesson was the enthusiasm and imagination the students displayed when asking their questions and having their discussions in the groups. We have certainly had a positive start to our new writing focus of Information Texts. 🙂

Fractions

In Year 2 children are taught to read, write, make and use fractions. The Australian Curriculum states that in Year 2 children should “Recognise and interpret common uses of halves, quarters and eighths of shapes and collections”.

This week we have begun to explore what a fraction is and the names we give to fractions of whole shapes and of collections. The children are learning what a Numerator and a Denominator is, also what each part of a written fraction stands for.

Today we had lots of fun making and naming fractions, using a variety of apparatus in the classroom.

 

Term 2 English

The reading and writing focus for Term 2 was Persuasive Texts. The children worked very hard to learn about and apply the features of persuasive texts in their writing. I was very impressed with how well the children understood and used features such as high modality, emotive language and rhetorical questions in their writing, as well as writing some very entertaining and persuasive pieces.

The final project for this unit of work was to design their own superhero and write a persuasive text to explain why their superhero is the best. Please come and have a look at their imaginative creations and wonderful persuasive texts hanging in Room 38 this week.

                       

Volume and Visualising in Maths

When working out the volume of 3D shapes built out of cubes, Room 38 used this great online resource. The usecubes website helped us to visualise the whole model. Therefore we were able to built the exact model ourselves and know how many cubes we would need.

We needed to visualise the cubes we couldn’t actually see around the back or underneath and not forget to include these in our final total.

Students worked in pairs to build models out of cubes for their partners to calculate, without counting up every cube.

This website was a great tool for supporting us in our understanding of volume and how to count the cubes we couldn’t see. It is also a fun website to allow children to create their own models using the virtual cubes.

Follow the link if you would like to have a go at home:

https://usecubes.com/