WPPS Grade 1 2012

Creating lifelong learners

September 7, 2012
by Mic Lowne
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The Knights Tour

Today we learnt the ancient chess problem ‘The Knights Tour’. We start with a chess board and one knight. The knight needs to visit as many squares on the board as possible but cannot visit a square twice. In total there are 64 squares that the knight needs to visit.

We had two teams, a black knight and a white knight. The black knight team got scores of 41, 51 and 53 and the white team got 51 and 49 moves.

We had to think about the best possible move each time to make sure we didn’t trap ourselves somewhere on the board without any more moves. We found the corners were the most dangerous place to play as it only left two moves where the knight could go, while if we were in the middle we had eight possible moves.

Alex – My favourite part was the end of the game when we only had a few moves left and we had to think which moves was the smartest move.

When we finished the game we needed to count how many squares we had filled. Each time we had a different strategy, the first time we counted the squares in 2’s, then we tried, 5’s, 6’s, and 10’s. We even checked our answer because we knew there were 64 squares and we had 11 squares left uncovered so we worked out that 64-11=53 and we had 53 squares covered.

Sometimes we put dominoes in the possible places we could move the knights to to work out which was the best option.

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August 8, 2012
by Miss C
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Where’s The Maths?

In Grade 1, we are constantly looking for the mathematacis in the world around us. It has been an ongoing exploration and students are quick to point out new ways they use maths throughout their day which wethen add to our MATHS AROUND US display.

Today Elijah shared with the class the video clips he recorded of maths around him during the weekend.

Elijah found maths in:

  • Clocks (time)
  • Angry Birds (numbers, direction, angles, points that are added up as your score gets bigger)

Elijah even started a discussion of the mathematics involved in driving a car. Ms Hornby found 10 ways we use maths when we’re driving a car! Can you think of some?

KEEP AN EYE ON THIS POST: MOVIE CLIPS TO COME!

 

August 7, 2012
by Miss C
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Rock Gardens

Last week Nyamal, Miniya, Tevi, Joyice and Fiona D were collecting rocks they found around the school.

Miss Cervenjak told us that when she was a little girl she made a little rock garden, using an old tile and covered it with dirt and rocks.

That got us thinking, why don’t we make our own rock garden and keep it in the garden for kids to play with during snack and lunch.

So on Friday, Nyamal ran a Student Choice Workshop in which Zakeem, Shigufa, Alex, Bree and Nyamal all helped to get the rock gardens going.

 

At first, Zakeem wasn’t to sure about the idea of “getting dirty” but within no time he had rolled up his sleves and his garden was coming to life. 

Alex even added a worm to his garden. “My worm lives in his house”.

Alex

 

August 7, 2012
by Miss C
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Miniya’s Knitting Workshop

Miniya returned to school in Term 3 eager to share with her peers a new skill she learnt over the School Holidays. She displayed her capabilities to explain and demonstrate the process and patiently helped teach a small group of peers and even Miss Cervenjak how to finger knit. Miss Cervenjak then extended the learning experience by teaching students a similar form of knitting known as ‘French Knitting’. The Grade 1 students have now joined the senior knitting group during Lunch time to help knit items for homeless people around local Dandenong.

Alex shows off his French knitting and excitedly says, “I did this all today!”

We are knitting our fingers” says Ali

What a fun, relaxing skill! Thanks to Miniya for sharing her passion with us!

July 29, 2012
by khornby
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National Tree Day

Today was National Tree Day! Aaliyah and Alex planted trees to ensure we are responsible for our environment. The trees that we plant will give animals homes and clean the air of pollution. They will also provide us shade and an aesthetically pleasing school yard.

Thank you to the Grade 1 families of Aaliyah and Alex for helping! Thanks Mr Lyon for organising the day.

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June 22, 2012
by khornby
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Alex’s Opera House

Today Alex brought in a Opera House that he made.

“The Opera House is a place where you can dance and eat. It’s interesting because it is big and the ginormous bridge is next to it. It’s in Sydney.”

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June 8, 2012
by khornby
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Does the weight effect how far our models go?

Continued from our “Mrs Armitage on Wheels” workshops…..

Today we discussed the question “What would make a difference to how far our model travelled?”. We came up with lots of ideas – one being whether the weight would make a difference.

We weighed our models on scales. We used tiles to measure how heavy they were. Guess what? The model that went the furthest was also the heaviest!

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June 7, 2012
by Miss C
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Stop Work Day

Today was a bit of a different day, as the Grade 1’s, 2’s and Roohi from Prep, joined forces and had a fun day. Here’s what we’ve got to say…

END OF DAY REFLECTIONS

Logan: “My favourite thing was getting to use the i-Pads and the outside games.”

Luda (Alex’s Mum): “My favourite thing about today was coming to pick up Alex early when I finished work but he was having too much fun to come home!”

Daniel: “I played Chess on the i-Pad with Aaliyah. I taught her some new moves but I didn’t always win.”

Roohi: “I made new friends. Miniya and lots.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abass: “I fixed the blocks up. Circles, squares, triangles and another one. I don’t know what it called. I think it looks funny like a rectangle but it’s not. It has 4 corners and 4 sides. Do you know what shape it can be?”

 

Alex and Aaliyah: “It was fun drawing the Grade 2’s faces. I had to look really close to make it look the same.”

 

 

Tevi, Miniya and Connor made a lucky dip with all the kids that were here today, so we could take turns to use the i-Pads. They then decided to try put the names in alphabetical order.

Miniya: “It’s a bit hard. You have to know the alphabet really good.”

Tevi: “I know the alphabet, we had to look at the second letter too. Because Aa in Aaliyah is before Al in Alex.”

 

 

May 31, 2012
by khornby
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What this bike needs is….

After reading “Mrs Armitage on Wheels” the grade 1’s designed their own bikes, thinking of the repetitive statement from the story “what this bike needs is…”.

What creative thinking came from their designs!

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