We are currently having a great time completing our historical unit. After much research we planned an Olden Days school day. So last Thursday we pretended it was 24th November, 1895.
We all got dressed up and the students only had blackboards and chalk.
The students were very well behaved because the teacher was very very strict !
We did arithmetic, geography, dictation and spelling.
The students thought of loads of questions such as “When did they invent colour pencils ?” ” How did they get to school ?” ” How did they see with no electricity and no lights?” – so lots of things to find out in the last two weeks of Investigations Time.
This week we have been writing letters to old people ( who may not like to think that they are actually that old so sorry in advance ) to find out about school for them.
lochlansletter milessletter noorsletter olden-days
The students had a great time at our JAB Market that we opened yesterday. They were able to try out their new money-handling skills and sell their wares. We had:
A Jewellery Shop
The Toy Shop
The Delicious Lolly Shop
The Best Quality Bank
Over the last 2 weeks each group had to collaborate and create a range of items to sell at their shop and put different prices ony each. They also had to create signs that would persuade customers to visit their shop and to buy. The bankers had to create accounts for each student.
On the Market Day, the students took turns being shop-keepers and the shoppers.
W e started celebrating Book Week with our parade on Friday. Everyone looked amazing and enjoyed our day of book related
We also needed to chose our favourite book so far this year. We had a vote and “The Enchanted Wood ” won easily. Still appealing after all these years.
These are the reasons some of the students chose it:
Montaza says ” I liked the part when Mighty One froze the red goblins and they had to do what he said.”
Ina says ” I liked it when Bessie got the fairy wings that really flew when she was in Birthday land.”
Zane says ” My favourite part was when they were in the land of ice and snow and they had a snowball fight.”
We had a beautiful sunny day for the Bourchier Olympics. It was great to see everyone in our class dressed up to represent China.
The students got very creative last week with newspaper
It was fabulous to see what this group came up with. We talked about how it was only possible through some planning and getting along skills.
This group had some challenges along the way but eventually they demonstrated great team-work and investigated the best design for their marble dropping experiments.
We think Richard , the vine hawk moth, is making a cocoon out of the leaf?
Does anyone know about the life cycle of this moth?
The students were working so hard today writing sentences on their whiteboards that I said, “If I can hear your marker you are pressing too hard.” Then I realised just how hard they were working – all I could hear
was the squeaking of markers . Wow!
Today during investigations some of the students discovered this caterpillar. It is about the size of an adult pinkie. Quite chubby and and at first we didn’t think it was real…..
It is now our classroom pet – don’t worry no one is allowed to touch it given that spikey thing!
Apparently it is a Vine Hawk moth larvae. None of us had ever seen one and would love to know if others knew a bit about them. We will do some research ourselves too.
We started off the term going on an Autumn Walk around the school. The students were truly delighted with the colours of the Autumn leaves they found and collected heaps for some craft work. Here are some examples of what they did with the leaves: