Tuesday, July 1, 2008

What's been happening in K/1D?

The children in K/1D have been working very hard in in Term 2, but it wasn’t until they all sat and made a giant list of all the fun things they have done, that they realised just how busy they have been! This term the focus has been on healthy eating and the children have been making decisions about whether different foods are healthy or not so healthy choices. They have also been working hard to improve their reading and writing skills with fantastic results all round. Below are some comments made by K/1D children about their favourite classroom activities this term.
“I really like learning about numbers and doing Count Me in Too games with Ms Dafter and Mrs Nichols.” by Harry.
“I liked making 3D watermelons with 6F and I like them visiting to do craft with us every Thursday afternoon.” by Anthony.
“My favourite art activity was making a collage of a bowl of ice cream.” by Chloe.
“The mystery bag was the best bit, where we had to hide a fruit or vegetable in a paper bag and give clues so the class could try to guess it!” by Clayton.
“I liked drawing a proper picture of bananas with crayons and Ms Dafter put a paint wash over it.” by Kyah.
“We have a sight word competition. Ms Dafter plays a slideshow on the Smartboard of our sight words and she picks one person every day. If they get them all right they win a treat like a Freddo.” by Jonty.

It's great to hear that the children are enjoying their learning and are coming to school each day with big smiles, eager to try something new!

During the first half of the term, K/1D learnt how to describe foods and became very good at writing descriptive clues about a particular fruit or vegetable. They were given a "What am I?" task to complete at home, where they had to hide a fruit or vegetable in a special bag and create clues to present to the class, to see if they could guess what was inside. There were some very interesting foods described, such as lychees and pecan nuts, and some very tricky clues were given.

After this the children learnt about procedures and decided to write instructions about how to make a milkshake. They wrote their own milkshake recipes and decided that they would like to test them out. Ms Dafter agreed that this would be a great way to really understand the purpose of a procedure so, on Friday of Week 9, K/1D teamed up with 6F to make their milkshakes. With all the ingredients ready on the table, each K/1D student was able to tell their 6F buddy how to make the milkshake with step-by-step instructions. This certainly was a tasty way to end the term!