The Little Mermaid

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We had an entertaining performance of The Little Mermaid today!

The story was one that we all knew but it was such a great experience for us all having live entertainment with real actors! The costumes were colourful, the music was loud and I really liked the way the actors asked the audience questions to keep us engaged! It was a mesmerising performance!

What did you enjoy most about the performance?

Sharing our writing

Today 3A visited one of the prep grades to share our recently published picture story books. We had been looking forward to doing this! The books were written with a younger audience in mind and we think that the preps really enjoyed listening to our stories and seeing the pictures that matched the words.

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What did you enjoy about sharing your Picture Story Book?

Environment and Sustainability Inquiry topic

3 A Exploring our environment in term 3

This term the grade 3’s are investigating the environment and sustainability. It is hoped that the students will develop an awareness and understanding of the effects of people’s interactions with their environment and the ways in which these affect their lives.

The grade 3s will be asked to explore an area of interest and write a brief information report to present to the class.

Some ideas of areas that your child may be interested in researching and writing their information report on include:

  • An indigenous bird, plant, sea creature or animal.
  • A local sustainability project such as the hessian bags to ensure that there are no plastic bags to negatively impact on the sea creatures.
  • Environmentally friendly practices at home such as composting, recycling, worm farms, planting, being energy efficient.
  • The endangered hooded plovers.
  • National Parks.
  • The Bluff Marine sanctuary.
  • Walking/riding to school to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Our butterfly garden.
  • Sand dune environments.

Students will take the folder home home for 2-3 nights, write about their chosen topic of interest then, on return to school, share their findings. The highlights of their presentation will be shared on COMPASS. This is an open-ended task and has been designed to be a fun and enjoyable experience. This activity gives students choice to investigate something that is of particular interest to them. They can write as little or as much as they wish. It also gives them a chance to showcase their organisation and public speaking skills!

 

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What are you most interested in learning about this term?

Welcoming parents to our classroom

image image imageOn Friday we welcomed many of our parents and grandparents into our classroom. It was great to share some of our learning. The students performed poems that they had learnt during the week. We shared our Barwon Heads history projects with our families, played maths games and estimated blocks in a jar. It was great to have so many parents write on our blog! Thank you so much for visiting our classroom!

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Reading Fluently

This week our Learning Focus for Reading is Fluency.

One of the strategies that we use to read fluently is to re-read text to make sure that it sounds smooth and we understand what are reading.

We enjoyed hearing Banjo Patterson’s poem “Mulga Bill’s Bicycle” being read fluently and with expression.

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In Guided Reading we read the poem “Hatching” by Lachlan Campain.

Have a listen to this poem being read by some of our class members!

 

 

Which poem have you enjoyed reading fluently?

Concert!

 

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Last night was the Grade 3-6 performing arts event at BHPS.

We had an awesome night and I have to say that I thought 3A were AMAZING!

3A danced to Bear Necessities and Hot, Hot, Hot!

The music was great and the performers even better. Congratulations to all of the students and thank you to all of the teachers, especially Miss Curtain for all of her preparation.

What did you like most about our concert?

 

Reader’s Workshop

I have not posted many entries about Reading lately, so thought I would show what a typical morning in 3A looks like.

This week our Learning Focus is to recognise character’s traits in Author’s writing. 

In our class we have four groups who are grouped according to the goal that they re working on. We then focus on that goal during Guided and Independent Reading sessions. During the week each group rotates through activities based on our Learning Focus.

This morning we had one group doing Reader’s Theatre (the play they chose was Rapunzal)

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Here they are rehearsing outside. We thought and talked about the traits of the main characters and really enjoyed it when Rapunzal was performed to our class.

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This group were reading passages and identifying the traits that the characters displayed.

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This group were doing activities with their spelling words. Some of the activities included using 7 words and writing a short story, making a comic strip with their words, words in alphabetical order, breaking up their words etc.

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This group were doing Guided Reading. We looked at a procedural text and focussed on monitoring and re-reading (if words don’t look or sound right or don’t make sense).

When students finish their activity they do Independent Reading, focussing on our Learning Goal.

Which reading activity do you enjoy most?

Play time

 Playing at school

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Playing at recess and lunchtime is lots of fun. It’s also a time when lots of social skills are practised such as getting along, negotiation, flexibility, caring for others, empathy, inclusiveness and resilience.

What games do you like playing at recess and lunch time?

Can you think of some social skills that you use when playing outside?