Science with Mr Thompson
This week all three Year One classes enjoyed Mr Thompson working with them for some hands on Science experiments linked to our unit based on Earth changes. The children worked through some of the principles of the scientific process by making predictions, making their experiment a fair test, observing and making conclusions.
1L explored questions that they had about ice and looked for places around the school where ice would melt the quickest. 1P performed experiments to explore how rain occurs and 1W experimented with different materials to see which ones would keep boiling water hot.
Lines of inquiry
The Earth changes (form)
How the Earth’s changes affect our lives (change)
How the Earth’s changes other living things (change)
Next week during our Unit of inquiry we will be focusing on the scientific reasons behind the seasons and how different places in the world experience different changes in weather at different times of year. We will also be looking at how seasonal changes affect us as humans and other living things.
We have been very impressed with the children’s level of engagement and their curiosity during this unit. They have had lots of wonderings and through their learning, they have addressed their misconceptions and gained new understandings about Earth changes. Please ask your children about what they have learnt about how day and night happens, weather changes and what causes seasonal changes.
Central Idea: We collect information to make sense of the world around us and can be organised in different ways.
Next week we will be exploring the concept of probability and through practical games and real life contexts we will be learning the language associated with probability, such as; “will happen”. “won’t happen” and “might happen”.
The children will also be using the data they have collected through our weather watch to construct and analyse simple bar charts and pictograms.
As we approach the end of the year please support your child in completing the remaining Mathletics tasks that have been set for them.
Under the ‘play’ section, the children can also practise their basic facts by playing games with partners from around the world.
Please support your child in learning how to log in using their user name and password rather than relying on an adult to do so for them. At school we are teaching the children to be independent with this skill.
Next week we will continue to explore non-fiction texts which explain natural Earth changes. We will be teaching the children how diagrams can be used to explain why or how something happens. The children will have the opportunity to create their own diagrams to explain how day and night takes place and will be composing sentences to help explain their diagrams.
Reading Next week in reading we will wrap up our focus on the comprehension strategy of questioning. Good readers ask questions before, after and during reading.
During the last few weeks of term we will also be starting to look at our personal choices when reading. We will explore the children’s favourite genres, will look at specific authors and the features of their books and will be creating some book recommendations which will then be placed in our class reading areas for our new Year One classes.
Big Universe please encourage your child to practise logging on to Big Universe without any help. There are many useful books that your child can read with you and also this is a great resource that your children can use in the holidays.
1L – Selene Yeung
1P – Henry Tam
1W – Shermaine Chan and Sofia Mukhi Santino
Congratulations to our Golden Book certificate children!