Sovereign Hill Camp

What an incredible time our Year Four students had on camp this week! There were so many opportunities to uncover Australia’s history at Sovereign Hill on Wednesday and Thursday – from exploring the Red Hill mine and panning for gold; visiting the Chinese camp and businesses that existed in the 1800s; to socialising with our roommates in the Northern Barracks. We even dressed up as people from the Gold Rush to replicate the Eureka story!  These camp experiences and time spent with our peers help us to stretch our thinking and become more independent.

What was your highlight of our Year Four Camp to Sovereign Hill?

Was it what you expected?

What did you learn whilst you were away?

Inquiry wonderings answered

Year Four were excited today to hear from our friends in Darwin. The students of Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School kindly answered to our many wonderings about tropical and coastal environments. We were fascinated to hear about differences in climate and how natural disasters, like cyclones, have damaged vegetation and landscapes in and around Darwin.

Thanks Miss Kelsey and 3/4 students! We look forward to communicating with you in Term 3!

What did you learn about the tropical and coastal environments?

What are some similarities and differences to our environment?

Do you have any more wonderings?

 

 

Headphones & Gumboots Reminders

Just some reminders:

In our learning we have been using our Chromebooks for different learning areas. We have been reading and viewing texts online as well as accessing our blog and interactive resources, for example Matific. All students are required to have labelled headphones.

black corded headset

As we have now entered the season of Winter and as we know this type of weather brings about muddy areas around our school grounds. It is essential that all students have labelled gumboots for outside play.

Play the ukulele daily!

Mint, Basil, Parsley, Garlic and Ginger Learning Community

Good evening Garlic and Ginger,

As you know, we are learning to play the ukulele in Performing Arts.

We have many eager dreamers who would love to become leaders. Yes it rhymes 🙂 Many of you have asked me to put up information about where to buy a good quality ukulele, if you practise you’ll be playing songs before you know it!

Check out the links below if you’re interested in buying your own ukulele. This is also what we use in class. Here are my recommendations:

Colour ukulele: browse for your colour choice

http://www.optimumpercussion.com.au/mahalo-ukelele-yellow.html

Ukulele Tuner:

http://www.optimumpercussion.com.au/kala-clip-on-tuner-for-ukeleles.html

Ukulele Strap: browse for your colour choice

http://www.optimumpercussion.com.au/kala-clip-on-tuner-for-ukeleles.html

Good luck with your search and ask me any questions when you see me.

By. From Jess

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Location Challenge

Year Four students were able to put their understandings of location into practice on Friday, when they ventured on a community walk with Foundation. We identified different routes to Epping North Conservation Reserve and were challenged to map directions, using at least three left hand turns and three right hand turns. Some valuable lessons about location were learned once we set out and when we mapped out clues uncovered along the way. What a wonderful opportunity to use the language of location!

We also explored the grassy woodland habitat with the Foundation students, looking at the flora, fauna and minibeasts at the reserve. This answered some of our questions and provided more wonderings.

What did you learn about location?

Was your walking route the most efficient? What makes you say that?

What did you learn about flora and fauna in the grassy woodlands habitat?

 

 

Year 4 Community Walk!

On Friday, May 25, the Foundation and Year 4 students will be going on an adventure to Epping North Conservation Reserve. We will be leaving from school at 12:15pm and returning by 1:50pm. Parent helpers are required as we will be walking to and from the Wetlands. If you are able to assist in this mini excursion can you please let your child’s homegroup teacher know. Students will need to have gumboots and an all weather jacket for this experience. Permission for community walks was given with enrolment. For the safety and engagement of our students toddlers are unable to attend.

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