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In Japanese, students in years 1 and 2 have been comparing the seasons in Japan and Australia. We talked about the fact that it is Autumn (aki) in Australia at the moment and it is Spring (haru) in Japan. Students admired the beautiful sakura (cherry blossoms) that bloom during Spring in Japan.



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As a part of students understanding that there are three scripts in Japanese, year 1 students in 1/2H have completed some fabulous art work whilst writing their names in the Japanese katakana script.
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18/03/2019
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In History we have been learning about famous explorers around the world. We have been looking at the journey(s) of a world navigator, explorer or trader up to the late eighteenth century, including their contacts with other societies and any impacts. Some of the explorers we have been looking at are: Magellan, Janszoon, Zheng He and Ponce De Leon.

One of the tasks we were involved in was creating a recipe that uses the spices that Vasco Da Gama collected from his journey aboard The São Gabriel. Some of the beautiful foods that we brought in included: Cinnamon Scrolls, Carrot Cupcakes, Allspice Chocolate Drops, Sticky Buns, Cinnamon & Pumpkin Wholemeal Bread, Cinnamon & Sugar palmiers, Cinnamon balls, Mazamorra Morada (purple corn), Gingernut Biscuits and Rice & Chickpea Balls - someone even made Butter Chicken. Mmm delicious.

For each 'Explorer task' we complete we can earn Pieces of Eight and Gold Doubloon.
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14/03/2019
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At Preschool we are learning to write our names!

Learning our names is the springboard for literacy learning in preschool! Children’s names are the most important words to them, and learning them leads to all other types of learning. We are enjoying lots of opportunities to master our name at Preschool. This involves not just writing our name, but recognising it in different formats and contexts and also spelling our name.
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Year 3 have been busy in Mathematics over the last couple of weeks, focusing on addition strategies. They have been experimenting with the jump and split strategies to assist with their mental computation and have also started to look at the column method to regroup. It has been fantastic to see and hear the students explain their understanding of number sentences in both written and verbal form, to share the different ways they have arrived at an answer.

The students have now spent some time in their buddy classes as well. 3B has 1/2CM as their buddy class, 3S is paired up with preschool and 3D's buddies are 1/2HN. It has already been a great opportunity for the students to use some leadership skills with the younger students at the school. Some of the classes have done some drawing and writing together, others have read and shared stories and some have helped their buddies with their Science, looking at mixture experiments using slime!
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Kenny Koala Visit: Monday 4th March
This week we had a special visitor come in to see us at Preschool! Constable Kenny Koala and his friend David Packwood made a special visit to Campbell Preschool to teach our Dolphin class about staying safe out in our community.
We talked about staying with the adults looking after us, whether that be our parents, carers or teachers etc, listening to instructions and not wandering away. Kenny also told us very important information about safe people for us to go to if we need help or get lost. Those safe people include, police officers, fire fighters, ambulance officers, our teachers, shop assistants or life guards (if we were at the beach).
Our favourite part of the visit was heading outside to see Kenny Koala’s police car, we watched the lights going and listened to the loud sirens.
Thanks Kenny Koala!
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News from the Bee Hive…
We have had a huge start to the year – Vicki, Lina, Carol and I, have been busy meeting new students and catching up with students from last year. We are now settled happily into our new MiniLit, MacqLit and Spell-It groupings. The students are engaged and enthusiastic about their literacy learning in the Bee Hive. Go team!
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SLIME
The students across Yr 1/2 have been experimenting with cornflour and water. Some of the classes made slime this week (the rest of the groups will complete the experiment next week). The students observed the changes that occurred when mixing a small amount of water to cornflour. They were then challenged to make predictions as to what might occur when more water was added. During the experiment the students observed, predicted, described and made a mess!
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08/03/2019
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Konnichiwa! Students in Kindergarten have enjoyed learning a new song ちっちゃなゆび, Chichya no yubi, One Little Finger. It is a catchy Japanese song and students have enjoyed the associated body parts in this song. Students have also been excited about having a go at writing their names in Japanese, they were very intrigued to attempt this task. This week in conjunction with learning greetings in Japanese, we will be learning how to introduce ourselves in Japanese.

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Exploring drawing different forms increases confidence and ability in wrting. Children progress through stages in writing development; from scribbling, forming lines and shapes to then representing their ideas with symbols distinguishable and recognisable illustartions. Recently, the children showed good focus and interest in copying their names onto a card. We talked about the upper and lower case - 'big and little letters" when writing their name correctly. We will continue to practise name writing through a range of activities including sensory play.
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