One of the most popular places in room 4 would have to be our ‘MAKER TABLE’. It’s a place where students can go to be creative, solve problems and work together to make things. Every week Mrs Buckby and Mrs Bakker put new things on the Maker Table. It teaches us to not give up, be creative, talk about problems and try to work them out together. Everyone LOVES making!
Check out the photos of us making things together.
In term 4 we will become inventors and we discover and create things that help people to do things in their lives. We think the Kid President has a lot of good ideas about being an inventor. Check out the clip below and let us know what you think.
What do you know about inventions?
Why did the Kid President say that anyone can be an inventor?
Recently we held a class party to celebrate our 100th day of school for 2015! We have been counting the days since the start of term 1 by placing a bottle top in a plastic bag each day. When we had 10 bottle tops in each bag we closed it and moved on to the next bag. We used our counting and place value knowledge to work out quickly and easily how many days we had been at school and how many were left to go.
The party was so much fun. We played party games and danced to music!
What a fantastic week we have had celebrating Children’s Book Week! The theme for the celebrations this year was ‘Books Light up our World’ and we sure did LIGHT UP the Mercy room with our Book Week Parade! Check out our costumes in the clip below.
What was your favourite thing about Book Week?
What was your favourite short listed picture book?
This term our Inquiry unit is called ‘Spot the Difference’. We will be investigating what changes happen to food when we do things to it. So far, it has been LOTS of fun! We’ve discovered that some food changes when we heat it or cool it and that some things cannot be changed back to the way they were before. We noticed that cooked spaghetti was sticky, wiggly, breakable and many other things. We enjoyed working in teams to create spaghetti towers last week using only uncooked spaghetti and marsh mellows. We are all becoming fantastic scientists!
What do you know about spaghetti?
Do you know another food that changes when it is heated or cooled?
Because we work so hard in room 4 we often take little ‘brain breaks’. When we take these breaks we usually play a quick game or do something that gets us moving for a few minutes. Recently we’ve been joining our friends Maximo, Koo Koo and Kanga Roo for some interesting yoga and dance moves! You can see a little bit of our ‘Pop See Ko’ moves below!
We love moving and grooving!
When do you need a brain break?
Why do you think it is important for people to be active and move their bodies when they can?
We have been writing explanation texts in room 4 this term. We know that an explanation text explains How or Why something happens. We also know that pictures or diagrams help to explain something. Austin is pleased to share his explanation text below.
Where does rain come from?
Rain comes from the sun and the clouds. The water goes up to the sun but before it does that it turns into steam. The steam turns into clouds. When the clouds get too heavy the water falls back on to the landscape and into the water. That happens over and over again,and it is called the water cycle.
If there was no sun there would be no rain.
What do you think of Austin’s explanation text? Did you learn something?
This term our Inquiry unit focuses on Earth Science with our topic being ‘Changes Over Time’. We’ve ‘wondered’ and began to investigate how and why our sky and landscape change over time. Some students were ‘wondering’ why our moon looks different in the night sky sometimes, so we found out! We’re also tuning into new and interesting words as we discover things such as natural, phases and orbit. Check out our Inquiry page for some great online resources!