Week of November 29th

Hello again families of 1B!

We have had a fantastic week of fun learning and parent engagement this week. A huge thank you to Thomas’ mum Geralda for sharing her wonderful story of Linh and the missing slipper, and for bringing it to life through a captivating performance by her friend Sylvie and her wonderful slipper bicycle.

On Tuesday morning we visited Curious Kids as part of our UOI unit on Sharing the Planet. We saw rats, iguanas, sugar gliders, ferrets, rabbits, hedgehogs and of course, the python. We inquired into the diet of a hedgehog and the external characteristics and habitats of the different animals. We delved deeper into why the ferret smells and were delighted by ‘ferret skittles’ (see below!) or which coloured tubes the mice would wander through. The highlight of course, was our exploration of the python and a fabulous photo opportunity for our 1B risk takers!

This week in maths we have continued to explore the 100s chart as an introduction into place value. The students have individual maths goals which we will be working on over the next 2-3 months and these have now been posted on Seesaw should you wish to talk them through with your child.

In reading we are continuing to work on our individual goals (these are on Seesaw). For our class goal we are looking at connections as our class goal. Students are encouraged to consider how texts can connect to themselves, to other texts they know, or to the outside world and knowledge they already possess (their schema). We are very grateful to Suria’s mum, Maria, for helping us to explore connections further through her role as the 1B Mystery Reader this week. Thank you Maria!

This week 1B connected with our 4B buddies. We worked together to make plasticine animals and habitats to support our research writing. Over the next two weeks we will begin to research different animals and to explore non-fiction features that support our understanding. Our goal is to produce a non-fiction report on a chosen animal including facts on habitat, environment, external features and human impact on their existence.

Finally, you will have seen that the students have new cloth bags for their reading books. Thank you for supporting their reading at home, we are seeing a real difference in the classroom.

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Ms Jenny and Ms Noi



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