On Wednesday our inquiry moved to Going Further, as we began making things that move in air. First we made spinners, using a template which we had to cut around and then fold carefully along the lines.
This week we have been sorting out our understanding of air. We thought about what flies in the air and painted butterflies and birds at the Art table. Then we watched a video of ‘Things that go’ in the air, with Reggie Roo, which included planes, hot air balloons, hang gliders, helicopters and even rockets.
This week we have been finding out more about Air, through a variety of learning experiences. We used our breath to blow different materials, including bubbles, paint, and an assortment of materials at the racing track game, which has a start and finish line.
The children have been enjoying making The Planets puzzle in our classroom. They worked collaboratively piecing it together and then asked if they could keep it pieced together as they liked looking at it so much. Louvre asked if we could talk about The Planets at Circle time, so we did.
Tuning In: As a provocation to introduce this unit Ms. Sheila had two things to show us, bubbles and an empty box…
Magic Years will be hosting an art exhibition at Waft Me Cafe in the second week of February. Each class will work as a team to create a unique piece of art, and Creativity & Service started to create theirs.
Creativity and Service class have been so excited about our latest Unit 2 Inquiry on Living Things. There has been great collaboration between school and home as children have brought creatures in from their gardens and shared their knowledge with us from research and experiences outside school.
Please come and have a look at our inquiry board which shows our learning journey (as does this learning story).
We started our inquiry by exploring what makes something alive? How is it a living thing?
Many students can almost always tell you what things are living and what things are non-living, but it is a little more difficult to explain why, and there are definitely some tricky ones too!
On Wednesday the children proved themselves to be both Communicators and Risk-takers, as they took to the stage for their assembly performance. They have been working hard in their preparations for the assembly, over the last few weeks.
We decided to share the pictures, the traditions of Loy Krathong, teach how to make a Krathong, and end with a Loy Krathong song and dance in our assembly.
Rayshaun chose one of his favourite books, ‘Pirates Don’t Change Diapers‘ on our library visit and he reminded me several times to read it at circle time! The day Rayshaun’s book was shared was also the day that Pan reminded me several times to use the Buddy Bears and have some Buddy Time. These are the tiny coloured bears which we use to pair up for an activity and demonstrate open-mindedness in working with different people.
Relationships are affected by learning about people’s perspectives and communicating our own. Students tuned in to the concepts of perspective and relationships and now were able to complete our first Unit of Inquiry about Balanced Perspectives. In going Further with our Unit Balanced Perspectives we explored why we need to have a balanced diet.