Good afternoon! I hope you are all enjoying the nice weather that we have had over the last couple of days.
This week was a little bit sad in Year 1/2 as we said goodbye to Gabriel on Wednesday. We are very sad to see him go but we wish him the best of luck in the future. Goodbye Gabriel!
In class this week, we have started lots of new learning. In Literacy, we have been learning about dictionary skills. We started the week by learning about what dictionaries are and how we can use them. We used the dictionaries to find and write the definitions of some of our topic words. We then learned about non-chronological reports. We started by reading non-chronological reports and discussing and labelling the features. We then read and answered questions about them by finding information in the text.
In maths, we have been learning about data. We started by collecting data. We visited each of the different classes in school and asked everybody what their favourite colour was. We used the information to make a tally chart and then found out what the most popular favourite colour in school was. (It was pink!)
After this, we used the information that we had collected to make a bar chart.
We then learned how to make a venn diagram by sorting information by two different criteria.
Following on from our topic work about buildings, we talked about different structures in our environment. We looked at some pictures of some of the most famous structures around the world and discussed what was similar about them. (They were all very big.)
We then discussed how we can make strong structures like the ones we had seen. Each day, the children were given a different challenge to build a structure that was strong. They began by trying to build tall structures using newspaper and tape. The next day, they were given the challenge to build a bridge between two chairs that would hold the weight of a toy car. After each challenge, the children talked about what was tricky and what they would do differently next time. The whole class worked really well as a team, sharing their ideas and working together to try to solve problems they encountered.
We then found out about different types of bridges around the world and how they are designed to be strong. After this, the children were given the opportunity to make a plan and then build their bridge again using the different techniques we had discussed.
Thank you for helping to support our student council with their bake sale today. All of your contributions will go towards and great cause and help to raise money to help repair the damage caused by the Australian wildfires.
I hope you all have a great weekend.
See you next week,