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Oh boy! We tried the brain-strain Afersus in our fine motor groups this week! Give it a go!


We've been using the "Wh" question words to help us think about what information we can include in a recount...
What? When? Who? Where?
(and sometimes Why?)

We studied the /b/ sound and the way it can be made by "b" or "bb". Some students began learning more about double letters, while some concentrated on understanding the letter "b" and the sound it usually represents. (We say "usually", because it wouldn't be quite right to say that "b makes the sound /b/". Think about the "b" in climb and lamb.)

In reading groups, we did a lot of work about sequencing events in order. This also relates to the idea of writing recounts. Some students are really good at sequencing events, whether they're using pictures or sentences. Here's a similar thing to try at home:

We each brought a toy car to have a distance race down a ramp. We estimated how far the cars would travel and measured this with rulers. The we drew how far our cars had actually travelled and make a class graph of the results.

Here's an interesting website showing the general idea:

We continued to learn about money. A challenge is the game Change Maker.

The prep students enjoyed playing shops as part of our money activities. They all had a go at setting up the shops, pricing the items, shopkeeping and buying the goods using the various coins from our "play money"...

A highlight of our week was the deBlob incursion! Miss Abbott's brother, Ben, was an extra special visitor. He came to talk to us about the way video games are made - from the idea right through to the finished product!

Ben has been working on a new Wii game called deBlob. He showed us some animations that no one in else has ever seen before!

Here's an online mini-game with the deBlob character...  
It's not really like the real game of deBlob, but it's still lots of fun! Miss Yates and Mrs Hunt were showing off by playing it with their hands on the IWB! It's much harder to play with your computer mouse, but Miss Yates has managed to get through all the levels with the normal mouse!



With our focus on China and the Olympics, we made kites and Chinese lanterns.

We've been studying the structure of type of written text called a RECOUNT. A great place for parents to learn about recounts can be found by going to the green "Literacy websites" button. Scroll down to Writing Fun.

In our phonics lesson with Miss Yates and Mrs Hunt, we looked at the way the letter "y" can make the /ee/ sound. Related activity.
We're now using Mrs Hunt's new spelling books to help learn about sounds (phonemes) being represented by different spelling patterns (graphemes).

In reading groups, different students played games from the Literacy section of HUNTEDWEB - ABC Adventure, Coconut Words & R.O.V.E.R.
In maths, we worked on money, mass and multiplication (grades 1s). 

Some great computer activities for money can be done using TuxPaint. (In the "Free Programs" section.) Use the Contact Us form if you want to be sent a copy of the download exactly as it's used in our classroom - with international currencies removed and Australian money stamps added.



We've been enjoying making our own virtual LEGO designs in eLearning. They can be downloaded from here:
We're trying out both the old and the new versions, and we'll be evaluating the differences and improvements.
Our theme has taken a shift towards China and the Olympic Games. Of course, a highlight of our week was the junior school mini-Olympics
The Prep-2 grades made flags and a torch and held an opening ceremony...


We had some rather crazy Australian supporters!...

Our teachers take education very seriously here at Baden Powell College!...


We went on a LEGO excursion this week. We made playgrounds for bored monkeys...

We made a Jack-in-the-Box using gears and axles...
And we saw some amazing things made from LEGO!


In maths, we looked at odd and even numbers. We are learning about mass - estimating and comparing the mass of different objects by hefting (holding things with our hands).
We learnt about HOW LEGO IS MADE. 


recently brainstormed a heap of TOYS words...

We looked at how the sound /w/ can be made in different ways, most commonly w and wh.
We've been trying out Mrs Hunt's new spelling books before anyone else can buy them!

Grade 1s studied multiplication with Mrs Hunt. We used numbers stories from the IWB to act out multiplication scenarios...

We also had a turn of playing ROCK HOPPER (see Maths websites), to reinforce the idea of "repeated addition" (this actual activity has a couple of errors, but we found them!).


We've been keeping our bags tidy! Can you tell?...



And when we get the chance for "free play" on Friday afternoons (between lunchtime and assembly), we love making more LEGO!


And the same from a bird's-eye view!





In our morning fine-motor groups, we worked together to build things with the LEGO DUPLO...

DEH enjoyed the "Big Book" called Troy's Cold, and talked about adjectives...

We made our own robots. Here is Me2 and Can-do from the story...


We learnt more about counting, number lines, odd/even numbers and place value. Grade 1s enjoyed a game of "Make a BIG Number"!



An exciting beginning to Term 3 with an introduction to our new topic "Tinkering & Toys".
We enjoyed using LEGO at any opportunity!
One focus this week was adjectives ("describing" words). Grade 1 students worked further with this topic, while preps made words with letter blocks.
*HOME TIP: Many preps would benefit from practising the formation of words with magnetic letters, letter cards or blocks at home. Here's an example:
Hand your child 3 letters and ask him to make a word like "man", "sit" or "run". (We call these CVC words - teacher-talk for consonant-vowel-consonant words.) Once it has been made correctly (with varying levels of guidance!), select one letter to hand to the child and ask him to use it to CHANGE with one letter to make a new word. E.g. man > fan > fat > fit > hit, etc.
Use your judgement about your child's ability. You may ask your child to ADD it somewhere to make a new word, e.g. pan > plan > plant.
Students surveyed each other on favourite toys - learning about gathering data and representing this in a simple graph. It's interesting to compare the preferences of girls and boys.
We discussed toys that require electricity/batteries and toys that don't. Children formed small groups and mimed together in front of both classes while we watched and guessed the toy they were acting out. So quiet! We'll have to do that again! :-)
In eLearning, we learnt how to play:
Some of the links on HUNTEDWEB are highlighted like the ones above. This helps find links that are related to the term's topic.