Moving On Up

Dear parents,

LEARNING

UOI- The kids have been working very independently in the makers space to complete their projects. Lots of black holes, far-off galaxies and interstellar life forms. Some future astronomers, astrophysicists and cosmologists in the making.

COMMUNITY

Buddies- For our final session, the kids helped prepare their buddies for their Poetry Cafe. Excellent listening and constructive feedback from the Grade 3s. We have really enjoyed and valued the time we have spent with our Grade one class, and the bonds that have formed during the year between the kids has helped to build a sense of community and caring.

Swim Gala- Great sportsmanship and effort shown by all the kids during the Swim Gala. Lots of teamwork and cheering made for an enjoyable way to celebrate the end of the year in Swimming.

Moving-up Day and Final (short) Week- The kids were incredibly excited to have the chance to meet their future Grade 4 teachers and classmates. It’s always bittersweet watching my kids start to make that transition away from my class and into the next academic year. These last few days will be a celebration of our year and a chance to say farewell to those leaving our community. A reminder that the End-of-year Grade 3 celebration lunch is on Monday. If you can make it, please come along to celebrate our wonderful little humans.

Have a restful weekend!

 

Symmetry and Swimming

Dear parents,

LEARNING

UOI: The kids have started their independent research projects. They are building their own inquiry based on one of the lines of inquiry and will spend the last few weeks of unit researching and developing a format to communicate their ‘missions’.

Math:  Examples of radial symmetry are found all around us, particularly in nature. The kids used their origami skills to create a paper sculpture to examine the difference between linear and radial symmetry and make connections to fractions.

COMMUNITY

Outdoor Classroom Day: With the air quality cooperating, we were lucky enough to spend some classroom time outside this morning during community. Lots of reading, drawing and random crafting.

Relay Swimming Gala: G2&G3 Wednesday, 05 June, 09.30-11.00 (Period 2&3)
Have a wonderful weekend.

Fractions and Rovers

Dear parents,

LEARNING

Math: We round off fractions by skip counting in unit fractions. We must keep in mind that fractions represent values and that these values can be plotted and read just like whole numbers on a number line. Choral counting by fractions also reinforces this concept. Some kids are also making connections to mixed numbers and improper fractions.

UOI: We continue to explore our solar system through the lens of technology. The ways in which our understanding of our place in the universe changes as technology and knowledge advances. The kids built their own rovers in the Makers Space as we look into current exploration projects focused on Mars.

COMMUNITY

Wishing everyone a cool weekend!

Astronauts and Assessments

Dear parents,

COMMUNITY

Book week costumes: A few pics from the book costume parade. Some very creative costumes!

LEARNING

UOI: What a great treat for Grade 3!  Mr Phạm Tuân was Vietnam’s first astronaut👨‍🚀 and the very first Asian person in space. 🌌What a truly impressive human. ☄This week we have started to look into our Solar System and generate wonderings to further our inquiry.

Testing and Assessment: With MAPs, this has been a very heavy assessment week. The kids were incredibly focused and invested and we applaud them for their effort.

Have a restful weekend!

PYPx and Book Character Costumes

Dear parents,

LEARNING

Math- We have just commenced our unit on fractions. The kids have created their own fraction strips and have started to make connections between different fractions.

UOI- The kids have completed their summative pieces in Art class with Ms Vicky. They will now reflect on their process as an artist and quality of their art.

RESPONSIBILITY

PYPx- The kids were wonderful inquirers and participated enthusiastically. Lots of questions were asked and lots of of actions considered.

COMMUNITY

Book Character Dress-up Day- As part of our Book Week celebrations, On Thursday (2nd May), we encourage the kids to come to school dressed as their favorite book character.

Used Book Sale: 3B will attend the used book sale on Friday (3rd May).

Have a relaxing super-long weekend!

Student Led Conferences

Dear parents,

LEARNING

Student Led Conferences: Thank-you to all of you able to attend the SLCs. The kids of course did a fantastic job and are incredibly proud of their learning this year. Well done all.

COMMUNITY

Buddies: The kids shared their artistic knowledge and helped their buddies create their own Van Gogh Sunflowers and Keith Haring street art inspired pieces.

RESPONSIBILITY

Earth Day: It’s Earth Day this Monday. To acknowledge the day, we encourage the kids to come in dressed in something green.

 Happy weekend!

Personification and Used Books

Dear Parents,

LEARNING

Literacy: We continue with the line of inquiry ‘The elements of narrative’.

Big idea: As writers, we can show not just tell. We acted out various emotions, and using our senses, made a list of of observations. The kids then practiced rewriting some ‘boring’ descriptions.

Big Idea: I can use figurative to make my writing more engaging. Using the color chart and picture prompts, we practiced using personification to add depth to our descriptions.

Big Idea: When I describe a character, I am creating an image for my reader. Mr David introduced us to ‘Eggula’ and modeling a detailed description, the kids created a portrait of the character. The similarity of the images created tells us that the written description is effective.

UOI: We had more visiting artists – Mr David (photography) and Ms Emma (pottery) sharing their experiences, reflections and creations as artists. Lots of tips, tricks and inspiration to carry us toward the final unit assessment.

COMMUNITY:

Book Drive: The baskets are sitting in the classroom ready for donations.

Have a wonderful long weekend!

 

Sports Day and Skittles

Dear parents,

LEARNING

Math: We have been continuing our work on the variety of representations of multiplication and making connections to other operations. We have also explored a problem posed by Ms. Beth and are working to improve our ability to persevere through problems and on showing, recording and tracking our mathematical thinking.

UOI: We had a couple of guest speakers this week. Ms Nitasha and Mr Adrian shared their experiences and reflections as artists. Ms Nitasha as a dancer and Mr. Adrian as a visual artist. We have so much talent and creativity in our UNIS community!

 COMMUNITY

Sports Day: Mother Nature was kind enough to help us out today. She not only cleared the air for us, but she also managed to turn the rain off just in time for events. The kids were such principled risk-takers and gave all events a really good go! Well done.

Have a relaxing Spring break!

Opening Lines and Street Art

Dear Parents,

LEARNING

Literacy– Our current line of inquiry is ‘Writing an engaging narrative’ and we continue to examine what it takes to hook a reader in. We have looked looked into examples of opening lines from well known children’s literature and have co-compiled a list of possible ways to open a narrative. We have recorded examples of really successful ones to help guide our own creative writing.

Ways to open a narrative:

  • Describe the setting
  • Begin with an action
  • Start with a problem/mystery/question
  • Describe a character
  • Open with a character thinking or giving their opinion
  • Open with dialogue (speaking)
  • Talk directly to your reader
  • Describe a feeling
  • Start with a sound

UOI: We continue with looking into how artists communicate their ideas. We looked into the work of Keith Haring and his use of line, color, symbol (form) and space (public spaces). The kids have created very bold Keith Haring inspired pieces.

Art Field Trip: Some snaps from our art field trip today

Enjoy the Weekend!

 

 

 

 

Narrative and Van Gogh

Dear parents,

LEARNING

Literacy: Narrative and Description- We continue to inquire into what make a narrative engaging and inspiring. We are using Stephen Graham’s description matrix to guide our reading and writing of descriptive narrative.

UOI: The color of Van Gogh- We will spend the next week focusing on our line of inquiry- “Artists communicate their ideas in a variety of ways.” We look to the work of Vincent Van Gogh and his use of color to communicate his personal narrative and appreciation of genre (impressionism) and subject matter (everyday life). We have started our own sunflowers and look to nature and light to engage with color. A high quality digital collection of his work is available through Google Arts and Culture.

COMMUNITY

Open Classrooms- Thank-you to those you able to find some time to spend with the kids and I. The kids love to show what they can do and what they will need to focus on next. And the extra hands, ears and heads in the room is always greatly appreciated.

Enjoy the UNIS Spring Fair on Sunday!