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It wouldn't be Christmas without glitter. 2B can't get enough of it!
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12/12/2018
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Year 3/4 English Enrichment

Year 3 / 4 English Enrichment students have just completed their novel study unit, reading the award-winning Holes by Louis Sachar.

This novel is in the vein of the “tall tale” and is set in Texas where tall tales are often told. Students gravitated to this ‘jigsaw puzzle of a book’ where three interweaving plots, across three different times, tie together in the end. There are ‘holes’ in the story that need to be filled in, as well holes in the ground that need to be filled in!

Students demonstrated exemplary comprehension and analysis – playing detective to find evidence in the text to support their answers to questions, writing a letter home from Camp Green Lake, and for a bit of fun, designing their own Camp Green Lake T-shirts.
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11/12/2018
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Year 5 / 6 English Enrichment

Year 5 /6 English Enrichment students have just completed their novel study unit, reading The Giver by Lois Lowry.

It was an opportunity to learn about utopias and dystopias and to think about what would be essential in an ideal world.

Recognising the power of language and how it may be manipulated to influence thought produced much discussion.

Learning about Text-to-Self, Text-to-text and Text-to-World connections helped all students learn about the fundamentals of novel analysis.

After lots of higher-order thinking exercises over a series of lessons, it was refreshing to finish the unit with a light-hearted trivia quiz.

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The children have thoroughly enjoyed the block space this term incorporating STEM blocks and other items to enhance their constructions.When children reach 3-4 years of age, they make enclosed areas with the blocks, they may refer to the area as a house, a cage, or a play area. They are working on their spatial skills as they figure out how to configure the blocks to close the area in. A later stage of building is patterning and symmetry (ages 4–5) children move on to the early representational stage, which is starting to create structures they are familiar with in their daily lives. Finally, creating more complex structures with intricate details, which is the later representational stage of block building.
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07/12/2018
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Last Tuesday, Campbell preschool visited Allen Main Preschool for our teddy bears picnic day. The children were very settled and happily explored the environment with some new and familiar faces. We practiced our Christmas presentation together, shared mealtimes and playtime with our teddy bears and enjoyed an icy pole at the end of the day. A great time was had by all!
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07/12/2018
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This week has been focused on writing and in particular, peer editing our writing. We created 6 sentence stories then had our stories edited by each other. We then published these stories into a diorama complete with some really cool illustrations. We think they looked pretty cool.

We also created a snazzy little pizza booklet about our favourite novel.
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06/12/2018
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There are definitely some budding debating team candidates in 2B. The students have been able to write convincing persuasive texts on a range of subjects from dragons to witches!
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06/12/2018
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Students in Years 1 and 2 have been investigating the Shichi-Go-San Festival. This festival is celebrated in November and is a day of prayer for the healthy growth of young children. Shichi-go-san literally means seven, five, three. It is a celebration where boys and girls aged three, boys aged five, and girls aged seven visit a Shinto shrine with their parents. Mostly the children dress up in traditional Japanese costumes. Students at Campbell were very inquisitive as to why this celebration was chosen for children aged these particular ages. The reasons for this date back to medieval times:
• Boys and girls aged three stopped getting their hair shaven and were allowed to grow their hair.
• Boys aged five put on hakama for the first time in public.
• Girls aged seven began using obi sash to tie their kimono, instead of cords and were able to wear make up for the first time.

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2B are loving investigating forces. We have carried out some exciting investigations to test our predictions about how forces work. The favourite experiment was definitely looking at the factors that affect wind resistance. It is wonderful to see young inquiring minds at work!
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30/11/2018
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Today the students in 2H explored pronouns in a range of ways. They worked with a partner to identify pronouns from a mixed chart, wrote sentences with one or more pronoun and added pronouns to our brainstorm chart. It was great to see students taking charge of their learning and working with others.
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29/11/2018
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