Active Time!

Year 2 students have started off on a positive note during their Hot Shots Tennis Program (Sporting Schools) which is being held at the Hume Tennis Courts.

All students have been asked to sign up to P.E Showbie to learn even more outside school hours.

Every week, Miss P will post an Active Time (challenge) video for students to watch and learn at home with their family. The aim of these videos is for students to prepare themselves for their next lesson, to gain prior knowledge, to practise their skills and to share their learning with the whole family.

It has been great to see Alycia and Levi from Mr Munro’s class providing feedback to Miss P about how they went with the Active Time challenge.

As the year goes on, students will begin to create their own Active Time videos and share these videos with their classmates.

Come and see Miss P for your Showbie password.

Here is an example of an Active Time video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onfOwUBPPuI

Miss P 🙂

Paying our Respects to the Anzac’s

Throughout this week 2F have been learning all about the Anzac’s why Anzac Day is so important to the people of Australia and New Zealand.

We learnt that the reason the Poppy was such a big symbol for the Anzac’s was because, the Poppy was the only flower you could see in the surrounding areas around the battlefield. It became a symbol of remembrance and lots of people wear a Poppy on Anzac day to honour those who lost their lives while fighting for our country.

Our Poppies.
Our Poppies.

Alongside 2A we worked as a team to create Anzac Biscuits. This was a fantastic learning curve for our students as they were able to follow a procedural text in order to help bake the famous biscuit. We also learnt that the Anzac biscuit was created over 100 years ago. Soldiers used to take the biscuit on their long journeys as they did not have a refrigerator to store lots of foods, and it was also a nutritious treat that was easily transported to troops.

Working as a team to make Anzac Biscuits.
Working as a team to make Anzac Biscuits.

2F also listened to The Last Post and practiced their visualisation skills in order to imagine what it would be like to listen to that piece of music everyday. It was very touching to hear our students say “Lest We Forget” at the end of The Last Post.

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in he morning; We Will Remember Them.

Lest We Forget

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2016 Premier’s Reading Challenge

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

 The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Aitken Creek Primary School is excited to be participating.

The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 9 September 2016.

Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.

All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and can choose to have their name included on the online Honour Roll. If you would like your child‘s name to appear on the Honour Roll, please sign the attached form and return it to your school.

To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc

Parent Consent Form

2E takes it’s first steps on the discovery highway.

Welcome back to 2E and  it’s amazing learning community, it’s been great to  be welcomed into such an amazing community of learners. My name is Paul Munro and I’ve been so lucky to be asked to work with 2E on our  learning journey.

This term we will be working on the Challenge Based learning theme encapsulating Discovery. 2E has really embraced what this means.

Ramin & Alycia can’t wait to discover about spiders.

Mel sees travelling the World and learning about different cultures as her way to finding true discovery.

Ali & Jude see the act or recording their world in still or moving pictures as a way of finding something truly new.

Nick & Priya are so interested in  the worlds animals survive in.

Munazza, Juliet, Zahra, Emerson & Nenorta are enthralled about how plant life and their world exits on our earth.

Peter is interested in Science and making people invisible and Alfie, Levi & Lucas are enthralled with worlds that exist in space and how they can make discoveries.

Mehul & Jason can’t wait to find about how the human body works.

Simrat & Rumeysa are interested in times past when Dinosaurs ruled the earth.

I can’t wait to fill you in on our next discoveries.

Carnaval week

Hola!

This Tuesday we began with our Carnaval week at Aitken Creek. Students are watching dance performances and joining in dancing to various songs during lunch time.

Students are also getting ready for the dress up parade at lunch times (11:10am for blue group and 12:40pm for red group) at the courtyard (fake grass area) on Thursday April 21. Dress up on the day! The main performances on Thursday will take place during session 5 starting at 2:20pm at the gym. 2C, 2G and 2E will perform. Parents are welcome to attend!!

About the dress ups: Carnaval is a happy celebration about pretending to be someone or something else. Funny, colourful, happy costumes are encouraged. Be creative!

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Red group timetable

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The beginning of our discovery

Welcome back everyone! 2D were thrilled to be starting a new Challenge Based Learning on Discovery. We had so many things we wanted to discover about the world we live in.

We were extremely excited to the extent that we decided to create a science area with our 2G neighbour. Some of us even shared science projects and experiments we did at home with the whole class.

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As tuning in activities, students drew pictures of discoverers and the tools that they use. We also became discoverers ourselves and captured and recorded a variety of new things we discovered in our surroundings.

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Students were enthusiastic about choosing their own topic of interest to become experts in, especially those who aspired to become scientists and engineers in the future. Here are some of the topics our students would like to discover this term:

Kanav – “ I would like to discover about gravity”

Angel – “ I want to discover dinosaur bones”

Siddak – “ I want to discover the existence of a black hole”

Hazal – “I want to know why the moon and the sun never fall to the Earth”

Greer – “I want to learn about animals”

Nathan – “I want to discover robots”

Kanav – “ I want to learn about time and space”

Tayah – “ I want to discover more about technology”

It is exciting to know that our students’ interests and curiosities will be driving our learning this term.

 

Carnaval is coming to Aitken Creek in term 2!

Hola!

During term 1 we leant about how Carnaval is celebrated across the Spanish-speaking world and worked very hard preparing to celebrate it in term 2!

We are proud that we are working across different subjects to make sure our school looks fantastic and we have great performances to showcase what we have learnt.

During week 2 there will be a number of performances during lunch times and the special event in on Thursday April 21! The whole school will meet at the gym during session 5, and parents are welcome to attend too!

Students can dress up on Thursday for the fiesta and dress up parade. Bring happy colourful clothes or costumes!

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Thanks to Sirin and Tanya from 5C for their wonderful artwork for the poster.

This term is so much fun!

We are using our words in Spanish to say how we feel about different events… for example, how we may feet at a fiesta!

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¿Cómo estás? ¡Feliz! / How are you feeling? Happy!

In blue group in Performing Arts and in Spanish we are learning a traditional dance from the Andes in south American, and making chapchas (o chajchas), a traditional instrument of South American indigenous people normally made of goats’ toenails! but ours are nicer and we don’t hurt any animals.

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Read more updates and what we are doing in other grades in our Spanish class blog.

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From Ms. Garcia and students.

CBL Community Solutions

During Term 1 our CBL big idea was Community. We discovered that our community can be small and that it can be really big! We learnt that there are different types of communities. They are Urban, Suburban and Rural. We also learnt that our school is a community that we are all apart of and we investigated other school communities. We found out what our school’s had in common and what was different.

Exploring different communities using Nearpod!
Exploring different communities using Nearpod!

We skyped with Mariana Llanos and brought her into our school community even though she was in another country.  We went on a school walk to see the different people that made up our community. It is made up of students, teachers, families, friends, office staff, other school staff and us.

Skyping with Mariana Llanos :)
Skyping with Mariana Llanos 🙂

Our challenge was to Build a Community of Togetherness. To complete our challenge we had to think of the problems within our community and then we had to think of solutions. Some of the problems we thought of were: people in our community weren’t showing the school values, we didn’t know what students in blue timetable were doing, we don’t find out about other schools and what their communities are like, and we were a community with Arcare next door but we are not apart of their community.

Exploring other schools.
Exploring other schools.
Sorting pictures into categories: Where do they fit in our community?
Sorting pictures into categories: Where do they fit in our community?

From these problems we had to come up with solutions for them. One of our solutions was to visit Arcare and build a community together. We wanted to skype with another grade to tell them what we have been doing and arranging teaching time with classes from blue timetable. Also we wanted to make a video or a book to show people how to display our school values as well as having school value monitors.

Reading to the residents at Arcare.
Reading to the residents at Arcare.

We had lots of fun exploring our big idea this term in CBL! I wonder what is in store for us next term….

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.

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