Dear Franklin Families,
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending our first Children’s University Graduation Ceremony at the Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTAS. The ceremony celebrated the amazing efforts of all students attending schools in the Huon who participate in this program. The official part of the afternoon began with a procession of students led into the auditorium by a piper playing bagpipes. It was wonderful to see how proud each student was as they were presented with their certificates. We are certainly proud of their achievements as well. Thank you to all those families who took time away from their work commitments to support their children.
Just a reminder that hats are to be worn for the remainder of this term.
Have a great week
The children at LiL have had the opportunity to practice their fine motor with a number of fun activities to try. While we also had an excursion to the Fun Factory which was in fact great fun.
What is kindness?
Through looking at a rock collection, our inquiry has taken a turn. We have started to delve into kindness and what it means to people.
Being researchers, we have interviewed staff members and other students. As well as getting our families to share what kindness means to them. Our Kindness Project video is progressing nicely, with Lolah’s expert help and we are off to Big Roaring beach this week to collect stones for the project.
We wanted to come up with a fun way to share with others what kindness looks like, so we experimented with rhyming words and limericks, which was lots of fun.
Here are some of the finished products:
There once was an odd man called Bog,
who was very kind to his dog.
He gave him a hug
and a soft warm rug
and sometimes they went for a jog!
Paige, Kate, Conor & Elsie
Sharing is Caring
There once was a boy who shared a toy,
it brought his friend so much joy.
A red Hot wheels car,
glitter in a jar,
thank you so much said the boy.
Lewis, Emily, Lexi and Huw
Movement has been the focus for inquiry in the Prep space this term, stemming from nature wonderings about the how animals wind and weather move.
After viewing a BTN episode on meteorologists, we noticed a mention of ‘weather ingredients’ which caught our attention. ‘What are the ingredients for a storm?’, we asked. Taking this opportunity, we looked at recipes as a text type and the elements needed to write one. We wrote a class “Recipe for a Storm’ and everyone had a go at writing their own. By collecting materials from the playground and putting them into a jar, students concocted their own storms. Some made sandstorms, others shook theirs vigorously to show the movement of their storms. Others noticed ‘layers’.
Picture books have played a large part in our journey. We read “Big Rain Coming’, which led us to explore personification after we became captivated by the image of a cloud with a face blowing wind. We responded to this image by painting an aspect of weather and recording what we imagined it was thinking, feeling or communicating. Our interest in clouds was also captured after reading ‘Sometimes Rain’, which used beautiful linework to illustrate the movement of wind and cloud formation.
There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature, to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony, and the beauty in nature. – Maria Montessori
In the Year 1 classroom, we are learning to be researchers. There are many ways we are learning to research information including using books, questioning our peers and adults, through observation, recording of data and through hands-on investigations. We had the dilemma of working out how we can identify and track change and have spent time investigating timelines and charting our data against them.
We had a go ordering images of cameras and their photos from oldest to most recent, noticing how the photos have changed from black and white to colour and in clarity, while cameras got smaller. Many students wondered whether photos might have been black and white because there wasn’t colour when they were taken. This is an idea were are still investigating.
Our Year 4/5 inquiry is all about materials. We've been examining the properties of materials, comparing processed synthetic and natural materials, considering the best materials for certain purposes, and reflecting on the environmental impact of the materials we choose to use. We have been making bioplastics and comparing their qualities to that of oil-based plastics. We’ve written narratives to explain the journey of plastic and how it could end up in our waterways and eventually in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. We have also looked at materials and resources that were available to the First Australians and how they are traditionally used.
We have been working with our Kinder buddies on our inquiries too. Last week we helped them learn more about kindness and this week we worked on a collaborative artwork illustrating how we reduce, reuse and recycle.
Students have been challenged to make something using materials that could end up in landfill if not recycled or repurposed. So far, they have come up with brilliant ideas and we’re looking forward to showcasing all of them at the end of year assembly. Thank you to the parents who have helped their child source the waste needed to make their project.
In Literacy students have been working on writing procedures and we have been writing instructions on how to make our inquiry projects. Students are publishing their procedures to make a class book featuring all their ‘trash to treasure’ projects. In Maths we have been focusing on measuring perimeter, area, volume and capacity.
SWIMMING LESSONS are now on at the Huonville Swimming Pool. A range of swimming lesson programs are available to help build confidence in the water, whatever age or level of ability.
The Huonville Pool provides a fun and safe environment to learn to swim or build skills.
TICKET TO PLAY has now been expanded to include Learn to Swim programs and is available at both Huonville Swimming Pool and Port Huon Sports & Aquatic Centre. Ticket to Play is a Tasmanian Government initiative designed to reduce the cost of participating in sporting activities for Tasmania children. To find out more and if you are eligible to receive a Ticket to Play voucher please visit Communities Tasmania - About Ticket to Play