This term, Year One have been learning about all different kinds of materials and what they are used for. Watch the video below!
Click on the image below to find out what the different objects are made from and why.
On Friday 9th November, Year One went on an excursion to Bicentennial Park. We learnt about Aboriginal people and how they used natural materials to meet their needs.
Aboriginal people lived off the land.
- They hunted animals and collected fruit, honey, eggs and plants to eat.
- They used natural resources from the bush to make their medicines.
- They made simple shelters made from branches and bark.
- They made string from plants, leaves or animal fur to make ropes.
- They made tools from wood, fish bone, plants and stones.
Take a look at our photos below!
What was your favourite part of the excursion and why?
What did you learn on our excursion?
Year One have been learning about patterns in Maths! Patterns are all around us and they are very important in Maths.
We have been learning to:
- count forwards and backwards by ones, twos, fives and tens from any starting point.
- show number patterns on number lines and number charts.
- recognise when there is an error in a pattern and explain what is wrong.
- create and describe patterns with objects or symbols.
- describe repeating patterns in terms of number patterns eg XO XO is a two pattern and BBC BBC BBC is a three pattern.
Click on the images below to play the counting games.
Can you find patterns on the hundreds chart?
Can you find the similar patterns with Paul Pattern?
Create your own patterns using the pattern blocks in the link below.
What have you enjoyed while learning about patterns?
Every year across Australia, we celebrate Book Week. During this time, schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian books.
Click on the image below to see the winning books.
As part of Book Week, Year One visited Bankstown Library. The librarians read and acted out some of the winning books and the children were able to explore the library and read a few books. We even got to play a memory match game and some students won prizes!
Take a look at the photos below!
Thank you to our wonderful parent helpers who helped us on the day!
What did you like best about the library visit?
Year One have been learning how to read and record o’clock and half past times on analog and digital clocks.
Click on the images below to learn more about time.
What have you learnt about time?
Which site is your favourite and why?
Year One have made some new friends this term! They are called Bee-Bots!
We have been using the Bee-Bots in our Science lessons to learn all about algorithms. Algorithms are a set of instructions. Computers follow instructions so they know what we want them to do.
We have coded the Bee-Bots by pressing their command buttons – the arrows.
The Bee-Bots have made circles and squares with textas, we have made mazes for them to travel through and we even made line maps for them to follow.
Take a look at the photos below!
What was your favourite Bee-Bot activity?
During our Mathematics lessons we have been learning about data displays.
Data is information.
We collect data to help us find out about the world.
We organise and record the data so that we can look at it easily and learn more.
Play the games below to create data displays.
Remember to log onto Mathletics and complete the set activities.
What have you enjoyed the most while learning about data?
At the end of Term 1, Year One invited their parents into the classroom to take a look at their fantastic musical instruments. The parents needed to ask Year One questions about their instruments.
As part of the STEM task, the students needed to ensure that their instrument made a loud sound. They did this by testing their instrument using the Decibel X app and making many changes in order to improve their instrument.
Year One would like to say a big THANK YOU to all of the wonderful parents who gave up their time to look at their instruments.
What was your favourite part of the ‘Let’s Get Loud’ unit last term?
Year One have been learning about the importance of working as part of a team. There are some important things to remember when you are working in a group, including:
- take turns
- help each other
- encourage others (examples: you can do it, try again)
- listen to who is speaking
- give compliments (examples: you’re doing a great job, I love how you…)
- stay with your group
To practise working in a team, Year One participated in a STEM straw challenge! The students needed to follow all of the teamwork rules and build a tower using straws and sticky tape!
Year One have also been learning about the importance of never giving up – having a growth mindset. Take a look at the fun video below to remind you all about having a growth mindset.
When working in a group:
- what are you really good at?
- what is something you need to get better at?
During Holy Week, Year One learnt all about the very important days leading up to Easter. Year One completed a Holy Week mandala to illustrate Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday. We also visited sacred spaces that were set up around the school to reflect on the events of Holy Thursday and reflected on the stations of the cross as we thought about Good Friday.
Watch the video below to learn about Holy Week.
The Year One teachers hope you all had a wonderful Easter with your beautiful families.
What did you enjoy about Holy Week?
How did you celebrate Easter?
Year One have been very busy scientists this term! They have been learning all about different forms of energy.
Here are a few things Year One have been learning about:
- Sounds can be produced by scraping, blowing, striking and shaking.
- Sounds are made when objects vibrate.
- The volume of a sound is how loud or soft the sound is.
- The pitch of a sound is how high or low the sound is.
- A high sound has a high pitch.
- A low sound has a low pitch.
- The slower something vibrates, the lower the sound.
- The faster something vibrates, the higher the sound.
- The volume and pitch of a sound can be changed.
- There are many forms of energy, including sound energy, heat energy, light energy, electricity and movement.
Take a look at the video below to learn about pitch.
Last week, Fizzics Education came to St Felix to help us learn even more about light and sound. Take a look at the photos below!
What have you enjoyed about Science this term?
What was your favourite part of the incursion?