For the last two weeks Elliot has been our Star Name. He was very excited as he has been waiting for his Star Name for awhile! Elliot's name gave us a chance to practice some letters we are familiar with. Our favourites are the lower case 'l' and lower case 't' which we call our 'risk-taking letters' because they reach to the sky like capital letters!
Yesterday we practiced and extended our patterning skills with a patterning workshop in our classroom. We used lots of loose parts and materials like paint and chalk to demonstrate our knowledge. During our workshop, we had a free choice of stations and materials inside and outside of our classroom. We showed a lot of independence and responsibility by remaining focused and concentrated on our patterns and respecting the space and work of our friends in the class. We also treated the materials with a lot of care.
During our patterning workshop, some students volunteered to be student photographers. They took turns using one of the iPads to photograph their friends' completed patterns. Here are some of those images:
Last week we went on a field trip which helped us compare different types of movement. First we walked to the Somerset MRT which has a skate park on top of it. Then we took the MRT train back to Orchard MRT which is very close to our school. We didn't see any skateboarders in the park, so we got to play on the ramps!
Before and after our trip, we completed parts of a Harvard Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine called 'I Used to Think, Now I Think' to collect our ideas about the MRT. Here are our thoughts about the MRT from before and after our trip:
After our trip we also reflected on the experience in our journals and discussed which we thought the better way of moving between our school and Somerset was: walking or MRT . . .
Our emergent interest in game invention has continued in our main classroom and PE time. We've used a range of different materials and equipment to inspire and support our movement games. Last week in PE we invented some new games. We worked in small groups and Mr. Nathan interviewed us to see what we invented.
Dillon, Phoenix & Adrian
Max, Caileigh & Mana
Libby, Cailynne & Olympia
Isaiah, Elliot & Aarna
One of the things that we are a little bit confused about is the difference between 2D and 3D shapes. All of us thought that Isaiah's bus toy was a rectangle. We will continue to explore the 'flat' nature of 2D shapes as we continue our inquiry into shapes.
Last week we went on a field trip to the road near our school as part of our 'How we organize ourselves' inquiry into movement. Before we left school we prepared for our trip with a presentation from some students in K2 about safety. They have been inquiring into safety in their own classroom and made a movie for us about road safety. Later we discussed as a class how we could be safe:
Mrs. A also read us a story called Look Out on the Road which prepared us for some of the things we might see on the road, including signs and different types of movement.
On our trip we practiced what we had learned about road safety. We were also looking for the different types of human and traffic movement we could observe, as well as the patterns and shapes we noticed on the roads and street signs.
When we returned from our trip we reflected on what we had experienced by viewing the photographs, discussing as a group, and drawing and writing in our journals. Here are some of our thoughts:
We're also continuing to construct a representation of what we saw on the road using different materials which we are using for visualizing our memories and of course...play!
In the coming weeks we will continue to view photos of the road and signs from our trip to see what shapes and patterns we notice.
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