WPPS Grade 1 2012

Creating lifelong learners

October 23, 2012
by khornby
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Our Projects

Today representatives of our committees shared with our whole Grade 1 community our different projects.

Committee 1

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“We’ve been talking about walking to school and planning a walk to school day” Tori.
“And being safe. We’ve been talking about signs that we see” Hussnain.
“We need air and energy and we have to exercise our bodies” Risinu.

Committee 2

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“We’ve been talking about what the 2013 preps need to know to walk to school safely” Alison.
“We wrote all our ideas on this piece of paper” Aaliyah.

Committee 3

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“We’re making an adventure story!” Brian.
“It means that we write a book that the reader chooses what they do” Nathan.
“We made a play about how to walk to school and played a game. It’s an adventure story about road safety” Tevi.
“We had traffic lights and the audience needed to give the choices. If we didn’t make a strong choice to go, we crashed” AJ.
“Red is for stop, green is for go and orange is for slow down” Milan.

We can’t wait to see the learning from all committees and how they can help the community be safe when coming to school!

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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July 26, 2012
by khornby
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The Olympic Space

With the Olympics coming up very soon, the Grade 1’s have been SO excited that we now have a whole space dedicated to the Olympics for Learning Agreement!

There is lots of mathematical thinking happening in this space… Problem solving, measuring, using counting on strategies, recording and more! As well as researching and reading.

Where is there maths in the Olympics ?

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July 20, 2012
by kelvin broadway
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Birds at our school

In the fine art space Hussnain, Muhammad, Brian, Tarik, Ahsan and Abass spent a LA session looking at some birds that visit the school and then making a collage of colored paper to look like their feathers. We looked at the iPad and a bird book to see that we got the colors right so that others could learn and recognize these birds.

Ahsan worked on the Noisy Miner, Abass and Hussnain did a Rainbow Lorikeet, Muhammad chose the Crested Pigeon and Tarik and Brian selected the Galah.

Here is Hussnain’s work and reflectionhttp://www.showme.com/sh/?h=3bsiSOW
Here is Muhammad’s work and reflection http://www.showme.com/sh/?h=IFKKDAW

June 27, 2012
by khornby
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Our community bloggers – Thank you!

Our blog would not be the same without the comments from our community members. The children love your feedback and your comments assist them to understand that there is a wide, global audience.

Today is the student conferences so we would like to also celebrate the success of our community members that make comments on our blog.

Well done to Christina, Barb, Claudia and Nemilie!

Also thank you to teachers who comment on the student learning – Mrs Whittle, Mr Broadway, Mr Lowne, Mrs Ross, Mr Trotter, Mrs Pullen and Mrs Kalatzis.

Thank you 🙂

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 5, 2012
by khornby
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Learning Agreement Today!

Such fun with our learning during Learning Agreement today!

Miniya, Brian and Nyamal challenged themselves with puzzles. They displayed persistence when their challenge got really tough! What is the puzzle of I wonder?

At the communication space Tarik was using the iPad to create words. I wonder what the longest word is that they can create?

Ian, Liam and Nathan were challenging themselves by measuring between A and B. That’s a lot of unifix – I wonder how they will count them?!

Abass and Muhamad were listening to stories in the Campfire Space. I wonder which story was their favourite?

Elijah, Connor and Hussnain were creating machines in the Construction Space. I wonder which model is the fastest?

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June 4, 2012
by kelvin broadway
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Chess tournament

The day has started for Hussnain and Brian. Good luck to them and let’s hope they enjoy the day.

For more details from the day check out the chess blog.
http://wppschess2012.global2.vic.edu.au/2012/06/03/junior-school-tournament/#.T8wGi_1hic0

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