Finishing off a Wonderful Year!

We are all so very excited at this time of year, as we all know that Santa is on his way very soon! The students in 1C have been working super hard to make some beautiful Christmas crafts, and will continue to do so this week. Have a look at our our incredible creations below!

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Paper Stockings

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Origami Christmas Trees

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

I would also like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of the students from 1C. Thank you for all your hard work, your positive attitudes and smiling faces! We have had a wonderful year of learning together, and I am so proud of everything that you have achieved. Also to the parents who have offered their assistance throughout the year, we would be lost without your support.

I will miss all of you, so make sure that you come and visit me up in Year 4 ūüôā Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

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Comment below: What has been your favourite memory this year? What will you never forget?

The Hour of Code

This week, students and teachers across the school will participate in an international learning campaign, The Hour of Code.

“The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.”

 Students will be coding and creating games such as Minecraft and Angry Birds, by following the link below:

https://code.org/learn

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Healesville Sanctuary

Last week the Year 1s and 2s put on their hats and backpacks, and ventured out to Healesville Sanctuary for a fun-fulled day of learning and exploring. We were lucky enough to see many endangered species such as the Tasmanian Devil, the Pygmy Possom and the Wallaby among many others. The children also enjoyed the bird show, ‘Spirits of the Sky’. We had a wonderful day in the sun, and it really made us think about what we can do to help conserve our environment. Below are some photos from the excursion (click on the images to make them bigger).

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We hope you enjoyed our photos! What was your favourite animal that you saw?

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

As we are venturing closer to the end of our topic of investigation ‘Our Natural Environment’, we are now starting to think about the impact that humans have on the environment, and how we can help to conserve and protect it. There are many things that we can do, such as Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

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Click on the link below to explore the interactive website Ollie’s World and have a look at the ‘Ollie Saves the Planet’ and ‘Ollie Recycles’ pages. Here you will find lots of information and games about looking after our environment.

http://www.olliesworld.com/

Comment below: What do you and your family do at home to help the environment?

Similes

In literacy, have been exploring and creating Similes.

We use Similes when we are comparing two things, using the words “like” or “as”. For example: “She was as busy as a bee” and “Last night I slept like a log” are both similes.Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 12.52.05 pm

Click on the link below to watch a presentation that Mr Tyndall made about Similes! There is also a song at the end (which can only be viewed at home).

http://prezi.com/7xetfxd4znls/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

Your task: In the comments below, write a simile about yourself. For example:

I am as funny as ________.

I am strong like ________.

Our Natural Environment

This term our topic of investigation is ‘Our Natural Environment’. We will be exploring many different types of environments around the world such as rainforests and the Arctic, as well as some that are more close to home such as our school environment.

The first natural environment we investigated was the desert. We learnt about the climate, animals, plants and other interesting things that can be found in the desert. Take a look at our cactus artwork below, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Here are some interactive activities that we will be using this week:

http://www.e-learningforkids.org/environmental-skills/lesson/every-living-thing-has-a-home/

http://www.e-learningforkids.org/science/lesson/easter-island-animals-their-habitats/

 

 

Welcome back 1C!

Welcome back everyone! I hope that you had a safe and happy holidays. I wonder what you all got up to…

As you may already know, over the holiday break I went to Mexico! I had a wonderful time seeing all of the beautiful sights and eating delicious food. I discovered many new places and made lots of new friends, and even swam with dolphins and turtles. However, after a long 23 hour flight I am happy to be home and back at EEPS.

Below are a few snaps of my holiday (click the images to make them bigger).

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Guanajuato

The Pyramid of Chichen Itza

The Pyramid of Chichen Itza

Cenote Ik-Kil (Sink Hole)

Cenote Ik-Kil (Sink Hole)

Cancun

Cancun

Guanajuato

Guanajuato

The Teotihuacan Pyramids

The Teotihuacan Pyramids

What did you do on the holidays? Comment below so that we can all share our stories!

Capacity

This week in Numeracy, 1C have been exploring Capacity. 

Capacity is the amount that a container can hold. Together the students measured the capacity of a range of different sized containers, using cups of rice. They first had to order their containers from smallest to largest capacity, make an estimate as to how much they could hold, and then record the actual results. We learnt that sometimes it is hard to tell which containers hold more when they are all different shapes! We also had to be very precise with our measuring to ensure that it was accurate. Take a look at our students working super hard on this task.

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Fractured Fairytales

In Topic Investigation, we have been exploring Fractured Fairytales.

A fractured fairy tale is a story that uses fairy tales you know and then changes the characters, the setting, points of view, or plots. Sometimes they just change the ending.

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Click here¬†to watch the fractured fairytale of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.

Once you’ve watched it, write some of the things that are different about this fractured fairytale compared to the original version,¬†in the comments below.