We had 2 groups from Grade 1 put together an animation in response to the national competition for school-aged filmmakers, Screen It 2012. Run annually by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image the students responded to this year’s theme, ‘Belonging’. It proved to be a valuable trigger for students and teachers to explore what belonging means to us while learning animation techniques along the way.
This morning something very special happened…Miss Nicolaou and the grade one’s received a letter all the way from Dooby the Robot. Dooby invited us to Robot Land to help him out with his dance video. Dooby wore black sunglasses and communicated to us through his robot actions.
Our mission was to work as a team and create our very own robot medallions to wear in the dance video. This was very exciting! We used black paper and shiny foil…
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!”
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.”
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
Today we welcomed back Nyachuot to Grade 1. Nyachuot was a part of our learning community last year in Prep and we are excited to have her back to join in the amazing learning happening this year.
Nyachuot fit right back in, choosing the Communication Space for Learning Agreement. Together with Tevi, the girls searched for ‘th’ words to add to our word wall this week. What an engaging and fun start to learning at Wooranna Park!