Grade One has been busy working on the transdisciplinary theme Sharing the Planet, where their inquiry took them to understanding the importance of the Earth’s resources. They looked at the glass making process in detail, beginning with sand. They were fascinated to learn that sand can turn into smooth glass.
On Wednesday, April 26 DESK held our first Learning Showcase. This was a chance for all of the students in the school from Early Years, up to to Middle Years to present different activities and projects from units throughout the school year to showcase all of the great learning that has been taking place. Each class had times to visit other classes, as well as times to present. The Preschool students enjoyed visiting other classes to see things that they might be doing in the next few years. They also showed a real interest in what the older classes, particularly Grade 5 and in Middle Years.
As part of their learning, they have looked at trees and their importance. They made excellent connections and identified the crucial role that trees play in our lives; from helping keep the air we breathe clean all the way to providing the paper we use everyday at school.
Grade One, visited the Maishima Incineration Plant, as part of their unit on recycling. They were inspired by the colourful work of the famous artist and architecture, Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Students enjoyed the trip and were mesmerised by the mosaic towers that made the Incineration Plant look like a fairy tale castle. Intrigued by the design, Grade One wanted to learn more about the mastermind behind it. So, they embarked on their own Hundertwasser project, with students creating expressive self-portraits.
In Maths, Grade One has been busy counting and sorting coins and bills, learning all about money! They are understanding the importance of money and becoming experts at buying things. Although, they have been challenged by the big numbers with the many zeros, they are building confidence. Too bad it isn’t real money!
The Grade One students transformed their classroom in a forces and motion workshop, as they created modern art pieces by setting pendulums in motion. They watched gravity and the swinging of the pendulums help the paint make intricate patterns on their white paper and experimented to determine what happened if they applied more or less energy to their pendulums.
Grade One began their fourth unit, on Forces and Motion, and have set the bar high for the rest of the unit.
To launch the unit, Grade One visited a park on Rokko Island, where they tried and tested the different playground equipment. Once back in the classroom, they put their Scientific Thinking Caps on and worked on trying to understand and explain what was happening in terms of Force, Motion, Friction, Gravity, Pull, Push. A tough activity that Grade One mastered with determination and diligence!
In Maths, Grade One started their new, on fractions, a tough Unit for sure! The talk in Maths has been all about a whole, halves and quarters. Students investigated different shapes, the definition of equal and unequal and worked together to find ways of making halves and quarters out of various shapes. They were quick to notice that some shapes like triangles are much trickier to work with and just couldn’t be quartered!
Grade One has been inquiring about what it means to be a community and some of the systems that help keep the community organised. They had a lot of fun looking at the book, The Art of Clean Up by Ursus Wehrli and were astounded by the numerous and creative systems that can be applied just to organise things. You can organise things according to size, shape, colour and function! They put their creative thinking caps on and got organising the Grade One Classroom!
It feels like not so long ago that the Preschool students were all excited about bringing their Halloween costumes to …