September 11, 2012
by Miss C
September 11, 2012
September 10, 2012
by Miss C
September 7, 2012
by Mic Lowne
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.
June 26, 2012
by Miss C
June 7, 2012
by Miss C
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.”
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.”
June 5, 2012
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?
June 3, 2012
by Miss C
This week, Hot Potatoes enjoyed The Grouchy Ladybug By Eric Carle.
“First we read The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle. Miss Cervenjak read it and we listened to it online too”. Miniya
“We made our own book, just like Eric Carle”. Ali
“We used clocks to help us look at the time.” AJ
“We painted our pictures [illustrations].” Risinu
“If I was a little Ladybug is our new song. I like to sing it because I like ladybugs now.” Nathan
We went on our ladybug hunt. It was fun looking for aphids that the ladybugs eat. We didn’t find any ‘real’ ladybugs today but we did find some other ones!” Joyice & Nyachuot.
May 29, 2012
The Grade 1’s were looking at the poem “A Child’s Plea…” (the author of the poem is unknown) during shared reading workshops. This poem has been in their reading logs since prep. We read the poem and discussed what learning is and what our learning looks like. They came up with so many “Wonderings” and “Discoveries” from reading the poem!
The biggest discovery was that they began to look at what they do during the day and began to identify what their learning.
“We share with each other! We are a community” – Brian
“It’s like the measuring that we are doing in the mathematics space” – Connor
“We played that memory game that is like a memory tray” – Jasmine
“Way and weigh are the same word but means different” – Tevi
May 14, 2012
Today Jasmine and Muhamad were measuring using unifix the distance between A and B. There were so many unifix!
Muhamad and Jasmine came up with the strategy of marking each ten with a bean- but then they were not sure what to do. We discussed how they could count it all together. Muhamad thought they could count all the unifix while taking the beans away when they passed each ten.
Jasmine and Muhamad needed to count the tens again and marked them with beans. They helped and assisted each other so their counting was precise. Jasmine: “there’s one left over”.
Once they marked their unifix, I asked “how can we count how many unifix all together?”. Jasmine: “by tens!”
They began counting by tens but discovered that they needed support. Muhamad thought of the idea to use the number board to help them follow the pattern.
Once they counted one hundred, they then counted another hundred to make it easier. They had 100, 100 and 91… Altogether Jasmine and Muhamad worked out there were 291 unifix from A to B!
Wonderful learning! 🙂
May 13, 2012