Week 6, 2020
We are so happy that all of the Dolphins are back in the classroom this week! The classroom has been buzzing with everyone being back together and catching up after so much time apart. This week we have been learning how to read a calendar and looking at seasons. We watched some videos and did an activity relating to Aboriginal seasons – Did you know that many Aboriginal people recognise six seasons instead of just four!?
We are also learning how to make graphs. The whole class made a big graph looking at everyone’s birthdays, and then each student designed their own survey and surveyed everyone in the room. Next week everyone will make their own graph to show their survey answers!
Week 4, 2020
This week saw the return of many of the Dolphins students to the classroom! We have continued our work on time and weather this week and learnt about the origins of the days of the week and the months of the year. Some children have been really engaged with this work, creating books about the days and months. Juniors are doing lots of work with ending sounds and sight words and middles/seniors are looking at plurals – we are stumped by words ending in O; is it tornadOS or tornadOES!? We also had a sweet little tree frog try to hop into our classroom on Monday so Hudson put him in one of our pot plants where he spent the day.
We are continuing to do video calls and virtual lessons with the students at home and look forward to everyone’s return over the coming weeks!
Week 3, 2020
It has been another great week in the Dolphins class. We are really getting good at connecting with the students who are at home, doing daily video chats to check in and catch up, finally sorting out live and recorded video lessons with groups of students and using Teams to chat throughout the day. Everyone is getting pretty good at communicating and doing lessons through a screen and it’s becoming the new normal. Even though we’re all apart we feel very connected! This week the Dolphins have been learning more about weather and working on learning to tell time. We also learned about pointillism – a type of art using only dots to make pictures, and everyone made their own paintings using this technique. On Friday a surprise visitor flew into the classroom and checked out some of the language work before making his way out the door!
We are so looking forward to some more of the children returning to school next week and can’t wait until we can see everybody in the classroom again!
30 April 2020
It’s hard to believe that we have made it through two weeks of our new normal. We are so glad that we’re able to keep in touch with all of the Dolphins learning from home via Teams chat and group videos. This week we have been doing videos every day to catch up and sending through lots of video lessons as well! We’re very thankful to get updates and see pictures of what all of our friends are doing at home. Lots of Dolphins did the “travelling water” experiment at home or other science experiments and everyone seemed to enjoy them!
In the classroom, we have been talking about weather. Everyone made a weather journal and every day they record and draw what the weather is like. The children in the room are doing a great job adjusting to the changes around us and working hard in the room. We can’t wait to see everyone again!
Term 2, 2020
Term 2 has started a bit differently than we could have ever imagined. The dolphins class has 8 children learning in the classroom and 17 students learning from home. Fortunately we are still able to keep in touch with everyone at home. We have been communicating using messages, emails and video chats with nearly every child and it’s really good to see how hard everybody is working!
This week we are learning about animal adaptations. One of the animals we learned about was the polar bear – did you know that polar bears actually have black skin and transparent hair!? We went on a walk to look for animals and then spoke about the adaptations that they display. A lot of our friends at home also went on walks and wrote about animal adaptations. Thank you to those children who shared their work with us!
We are really missing having everyone at school but we appreciate that everyone is doing their part so that we can all be back together as soon as possible. Until then, we are thankful for technology and the ability to ‘see’ you all!
1st April 2020
The numbers of children are dwindling in the Dolphins class as everyone with parents at home has been asked to stay at home too. We have had a quiet week with the children who are at school enjoying some games, crafts and lots of LEGO. We’ve also been playing lots of soccer and spent an afternoon at the dam on Tuesday. Sue taught everyone how to make coil pots and today we found Easter eggs in our coil pots!
Sue and Anna would both like to say thank you to all of the Dolphins children and families for a great term, and that we have missed everyone over the past couple weeks while we all adjust to the new normal. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone next term – whether that’s face-to-face or through a screen! We have done a ton of preparation and promise to offer our best efforts next term, whatever that looks like. Hope everyone has a restful, safe and healthy holidays!
26th March 2020
What an interesting week it has been! The Dolphins have been doing a lot of hand washing, disinfecting our classroom and thinking of ways to show kindness during this time of change and uncertainty. There are a lot of children choosing to stay home and we are missing our friends, but we are still busy as ever in the classroom. This week, Anna organised for our class to write letters to the residents at a local aged care facility who are all in isolation right now. The students learned how to write a letter and thought of things that they could share with the residents to brighten their day. We told them about our class, asked them questions about themselves and shared interesting things we have learned this term! The letters will be dropped off before the end of the week and we are hoping that some of the residents will write back to us!
20th March 2020
This term, the dolphins have been learning about living things. We started learning about the five kingdoms and expanded our knowledge of the Monera Kingdom by growing our own bacteria. The children took swabs from pieces of work in the room, the door handle, toilets and even Lachlan’s toes! After the bacteria started to grow, Yvonne came to visit and got to see and hear all about our experiment. The most bacteria came from the golden bead work (which is used every day, and has been thoroughly cleaned now!) and the children were surprised that the least amount of bacteria grew from the toilets! We have also learned about all of the classes of invertebrates and done sketching of some interesting and colourful creatures. Sue even caught a huge spider which allowed the children to see an arthropod up close!
Term 1 2020
The dolphins have had a lovely start to 2020. The new children have all settled in and become comfortable in their new environment, finding lots of work to do and having many lessons to learn new things. The middles and seniors in the class have been great leaders, examples to the juniors and new students, and helpers to Sue and Anna. Lots of new work is being discovered and new friends are being made and we are having a great year so far.