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Home Learning – Shapes

This term in class we are learning all about Shapes. We are learning about their features and where we would find them in our environment. Here are some ways we can strengthen our knowledge of Shapes at home:

  • walk your pet around your local community. Use a GPS activity tracker app (like ‘Nike + Running’ or ‘Runkeeper’) and try and create a 2D shape on your map of your walk
  • design the best treehouse in the world by using different shapes 
  • create a series of 2D shapes using Hopscotch on your iPad
  • make some model 3D buildings using cubes and triangular prisms

Your imagination is one of the most powerful tools available to you. If you can think of another amazing way to show what you know about shapes we would love to see it.

Education Week Open Afternoon

It was wonderful to have some of our parents visit us for our Education Week open afternoon on Friday. Gracias!/ Thank you!

We celebrated the theme of “Technology: Create Your Future” by learning how to spell some of the words about school objects we have been learning in Spanish using Bee Bots.

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Students were separated in to small groups where they had to program Bee Bots to spell out a given Spanish word on alphabet mats. They first had to create the right algorithm on paper using the directions of adelante (forward), izquierda (left), derecha (right) and atras (behind) and indicating how many times they would use that direction, for example tres adelante (three times forward). Then they had the fun job of testing their algorithm by programming Bee Bot to move around the alphabet mat in the correct order. Students had fun saying Vamos! and pressing Go!

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We hope all our visitors enjoyed seeing one of the many ways we are able to incorporate technology purposefully and creatively in class across subjects. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the challenges it created.

Gracias!

– Mr Summerell and Señora Garcia

‘Discovery’ Excursion

Today was all about ‘Discovery’ in Year 2 with all our students going on an excursion; some to Melbourne Museum and some to Science Works.

Students at Science Works explored their chosen topics of Space and Technology whilst those attending the Museum explored Dinosaurs, the Earth and animals.

They were able to spend some time just looking at and enjoying the exhibits before they began the big job of finding out the answers to the questions they devised.

It was great to see students working together to research their topics whilst being fully engaged by their surrounds.

All the Year 2 Teachers would like to give a big thanks to our parent helpers for the day; Renee Kirkman, Robyn Mir, Tara Randall, Nigmet Aktas, Jasmine Wild, Nadia D’Auria, Samantha Spry, Orietta Spalato, and Syeda Zehra.

 

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Celebrating Education Week Makey Makey Style

We started Education Week in style in 2B by celebrating the theme of ‘Technology: Create Your Future’. We spent a whole day learning about Makey Makeys; what they are and what we can do with them.

Students began the day by looking at all the materials on the table and making predictions on what it is all for.  Some children predicted the Makey Makeys would explode because they saw wires. Some predicted they would make a lot of noises and some just predicted that they would be fun.

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After this, students watched some YouTube clips that explained all about the MakeyMakeys. They recorded notes of things that looked interesting and things they might like to try. The learning from this point on was self-directed. They were equipped with the materials and instructions and their role was to learn all about Makey Makeys and become the teacher.

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The object of the day was to help students further develop their 21st Century Learning Skills. They were challenged to think creatively and implement innovations. Additionally, they were able to reason effectively, use systems thinking  and make judgements and decisions based on their efforts.

We have learnt that one day isn’t enough to explore all that Makey Makeys have to offer but we look forward to trying more with them in the future.

makeymakey from Dan Summerell on Vimeo.

 

How do we Discover? A Fun Experiment

2B and 2C have been learning about ways that Discoverers plan and record their discoveries.  We decided a great way to practise being ‘Discoverers’ was to conduct our own Science experiment.

Firstly, we learnt that predicting is a great way to help us think about all the problems we might encounter before we do an experiment. So, we spent some time predicting what would happen if we put Mentos in Diet Cola.

Some of our predictions were:

  • that it would go bubbly
  • that it would change colour
  • there will be an explosion
  • the Mentos will pop up in the air

After predicting, we conducted our experiment and we learnt that when Mentos is added to Diet Cola, the soft drink comes out of the bottle like a fountain. Check out some of our great slow motion videos of the experiment below.

Once we finished we talked about what occurred and what we noticed. We each then learnt how to make a hypothesis as to why this happened.

This learning has been valuable in us understanding all the thinking, planning, predicting and hypothesising that happens when people discover new things.

 

 

Making Our Own Proposal Movies

In 2B, we have been thinking a lot about what we want to find out in regards to our CBL topics. To help stimulate our curiosity, we have been creating our own proposal movies using iMovie.

Making these proposal movies has been a great opportunity to test our communication skills by expressing our thoughts and ideas effectively using technology. Additionally, it has given us a chance to learn about digital ownership to ensure we are only using images that we have permission to use.

Check out some of our great videos below and leave us a comment about what you think.

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CBL – Questions

In CBL this week, we are coming up with questions that we want to answer about our Discovery topic.

A few students want to learn more about space. They all have different questions:

  • Akasdeep wants to learn about space and his question is “Why is the moon in Space?”
  • Manraj wants to know “How does space make gravity?”
  • Yazel wants to know “How many stars there are in space?”
  • Aisha wants to know “How does the Moon move?”
  • Dimitri wants to know “How is it that some stars are a million times bigger than our Sun?”
  • Nayonika wants to know “How did stars form?”
  • Prabhleen wants to know “How beautiful is space?”
  • Feyza wants to know “How do black holes form?”
  • Sirat wants to know “What did aliens discover?”
  • Irem wants to know “Who created space?”

Some students are learning about science and technology:

  • Eliah wants to know more about science and his question is “What does it feel like to be a Scientist?”
  • Zion wants to know “What does technology know?”
  • Josh wants to know “How do you make potions?”
  • John wants to know “Why iPads have Siri?”

Some students want to know more about Dinosaurs:

  • Senitha wants to know “Why do Dinosaurs have sharp teeth?”
  • Jett wants to know “Why does T-Rex kill other dinosaurs?”
  • Joshua wants to know “How did dinosaurs grow so big?”

Some students are learning about the Earth and animals:

  • Gisele wants to know “How are animals made?”
  • Anuk wants to know “Why do explorers explore dangerous jungles?”
  • Melissa wants to know “How do animals stay together?”

These questions will help guide our learning for the rest of the term, especially when we visit Scienceworks and the Melbourne Museum in a few weeks time.

In the meantime, students will spend the rest of CBL this week creating iMovie’s based around their topic and question. We are all looking forward to seeing them.

 

ANZAC Day

On Friday April 22nd the entire Aitken Creek Primary School came together to commemorate Anzac Day. It was our very first Anzac Day assembly as a whole school and was run by our Year 6 Student Leaders with support from Mr Pearson and Ms Huntly.

The entire school – all 930 students plus teachers and parents – did an outstanding job of being respectful and solemn during the assembly. It followed the structure of an Anzac service with The Ode being read and The Last Post being played followed by a minute’s silence and the Rouse. Student Leaders from Years 3-6 also presented and laid wreaths of remembrance that had been created in their classes.

Thank you to all who supported our first commemoration assembly. Our school looks forward to continuing this respectful remembrance of those who have served for our country in the future.

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One student in the school thought about what he has understood and learnt about Anzac Day and wrote a poem. It is shared here to celebrate his thoughtful remembrance of those who have served:

A poem written by Cohen (4D):

The Diggers may lay

young or old

They may rest in peace

with their broken hearts and souls.

The poppy shines bright

black, purple, red

The disastrous war

is where they were being lead.

Today some live

and today some lie

The dangerous war shall be where they die.

Numeracy Fun with Robots

Students from 2A decided that for their CBL solution they wanted to bring together classes from different timetables. This fit well with our challenge to ‘create a community of togetherness’.

2A welcomed 2B in to their learning environment and worked collaboratively with Bee Bots and Dash robots to complete some interesting numeracy tasks.

Students were challenged to brainstorm as many different number sentences as they could to end up with a specific number as their answer.  Once they finished, they had to create simple algorithms using the language of forward, back, left, right, pause and go to make their robots create the number sentences they brainstormed.

This was a fantastic, engaging activity that brought students from both our red and blue timetables together for the first time since they were in grade 1. Both classes are looking forward to attempting something similar in Term 2.

2D’s Data Investigation

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In numeracy this week, 2D investigated the growth of student population in our school community since we have opened in 2011. During investigation, we brainstormed types of data required and the methods of gathering data. First method suggested was researching on the Internet. We went on the MySchool website to gather data and realised that data for 2015 and 2016 were missing.Anna2

This triggered our class to go on a data hunt around the school to find our missing data. We were successful in collecting the missing enrolment data when we discovered school photos hung up on the walls near the office and by asking lovely members of our school community.

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We explored different methods of organising and representing data for our investigation. Going through this process enabled us to engage with the concept of place values. We used variety of learning tools, MAB blocks, maths digital manipulatives and Mindtools to help us connect our investigation with our new learning.

 

Using digital manipulatives such as Pieces Basic made our learning experience engaging. Most of all, it enabled us to visually represent and manipulate our mathematical concepts that otherwise would remain abstract.

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