The Pre-Kindergarten room offers a lot of opportunities for discovery and includes a good selection of books. The children look at them daily and are naturally exposed to print and letters.
Our Senses help us to learn about and interpret the world around us
Our pre-assessment task was a nature walk. The children had to think about how they use their senses to experience the world. The children were given a recording form and cameras to document the experience. They also collected artifacts from the walk.
As part of the culminating activity for the unit, the students explained their understanding of the central idea: Our bodies
Grade One has had a great start into this new unit with a lot of questions and huge interest shown for this new unit!
They proved extremely knowledgeable regarding the five senses and had a lot to share with each other whilst completing the unit launch. Students needed to activate their other senses as they focussed on eliminating one of them. Activities included walking around the classroom with and without a blindfold, smelling spices with and without tapping their noses, trying to sing with and without using their voices and many more…
For the past 6 weeks the Preschool students have been inquiring into Healthy Habits. We began the with some sorting activities using some of the toy foods available to us in the Preschool class. The students chose foods that they wanted on their plates and then sorted them into either Healthy or Unhealthy categories. The students also explained what they knew about “Healthy and Unhealthy.” From their initial comments it was clear that there was a bit of confusion about what is healthy and what isn’t…but some students were on the right track.
On Friday, October 7th the Preschool students joined the Early Years, Pre-K and Grade 1 classes on an excursion to Shiawase no Mura. The day was indeed a day of happiness as the Preschoolers enjoyed the beautiful weather and being able to play with friends a year above them and with their friends still in Early Years and Pre-K.
We had a nice picnic for snack time and then had the chance to run around on the big green lawn. It was great to see the children exploring the natural environment, playing with sticks, stones and leaves, kicking around a ball, chasing insects (and each other)!
The grade 4 students have been learning about how their bodies are composed of complex systems. In this school assembly
Mini Picassos at work!
In GFL students of grade 3 are creating and preparing their very scary and horrible monster bodies for Halloween.
Grade 5 has been inquiring into shapes that are used in building designs for earthquake-safe buildings, and even went to Rink to see which shapes they could find supporting the structure. They created a cylinder, triangular prism, and rectangular prism, and tested how many books each shape could hold, concluding that cylinders are the strongest 3D shapes. Students then designed their own community evacuation centres that incorporated their findings from both 2D and 3D shapes!