Once again, the Orcas have settled back into our class routine beautifully. They have been working in small groups as creative writers. Using a picture as a prompt, students came up with answers to questions such as: What do you see? How does it make you feel? What could be at the top of the stairs? What are the creatures looking at? We have gathered some very interesting ideas and are looking forward to reading the completed stories.
After exploring Pointillism last term, this term we have looked at positive and negative space in art using optical illusions, and are looking forward to discovering and learning about Line Art. We have enjoyed the challenge of a clapping game and Lisa is finding it hard to trick us with the rhythm now! We have resumed our “Show and share” groups and have started by sharing something we did in the school holidays. The Orcas are super happy to welcome Jon back after spending time with his family after the arrival of his new son, Leo. We don’t even mind that he is a tiny bit tired!
In class we uncovered ‘The Great Mess’ and heard the story of the king and the coins in his vault. Some of the students became Lords and Ladies to assist King Jon to organise and count his coins. Then the Lords and Ladies had to work out how to get the exact amount that had been allocated to fix the roads in the kingdom. The Lords and Ladies then had to think hard and work together to exchange the right coins to make the exact amount.
We have been using poems to practise our handwriting daily and this has inspired some of the students to work together to write their own poems. Thank you to our poets Ariana, Madison and Neo for sharing your work with us.
The Orcas enjoyed the mental and physical challenge of matching the correct hands and feet to the sequence of templates. It was lots of fun!
The Orcas have done a wonderful job of transitioning back into school and classroom learning. The children were excited to see their friends again and were quick to settle back into routines. We have been enjoying using a range of Montessori materials for our grammar work and have been learning about lines, points, surfaces and solids in geometry.
2020 is off to a busy start in the 2D Classroom. The children have been busy learning about The First Great Story, Planets, Volcanoes and their individual projects which is always a big hit. Jon and Hayley are learning so much about ‘sunburn’, ‘animals height, lengths and weights’, ‘where does energy come from and how does it get to our home?’ and also ‘plants’.
Great start to the year...
The Orcas have had such an amazing start to the year. We are continuing to establish our classroom environment and it is wonderful to have everyone involved in this process. New materials are turning up all the time and it’s great to see the excitement in eager eyes.
During week one all the students took part in the viewing of ‘The First Great Lesson’ and it was a great hit with all the students. Many questions about the universe and creational stories have come from this learning experience that is now leading to in-class science experiments, story writing, craft and dramatic performances.