Saturday, November 24, 2018

Keeping safe lesson - Anatomical names for body parts

Good afternoon parents,

This Wednesday the children will be taking part in the Keeping Safe lesson about body parts. We will be reading a story called 'Everyone has a bottom' and emphasising the fact that all parts of their body are private. I understand that the children may laugh and giggle when we talk about the anatomical names, but this is important for every child to know.

Recent research shows that knowing the anatomically correct language terms enhances children’s body image, self-confidence, and openness. 

This is in conjunction with the Child Protection Curriculum which has been mandated in all schools in Western Australia.

Please find the lesson outline below and a link for the outline of the book if you feel you need to discuss this with your child after Wednesday.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me. 

Thank you 

Mrs Sherborne  

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A Message From Mrs Hanmer

Wow. The last five weeks have flown by!!!

Integrating a hands-on approach into our learning the students in Year 1S have explored mathematical concepts such as creating patterns, skip counting, shapes and positional language by incorporating a combination of physical movement and activity with our ICT skills. Odd Todd and Even Steven assisted us with identifying odd and even numbers and we even learnt a catchy tune to guide us along the way!

Our creative flair has been encouraged through our integration of HASS and Art as we created sculptures to capture the aspects of Aboriginal seasons. You can marvel at our imagination and innovative ideas by checking out our awesome classroom display!

The student’s interest in Anh Do novels was my inspiration for art this month as we discussed his different approach to painting. The students have drawn self-portraits in which they will paint this week with varying tools…not a paintbrush in sight! Should prove for an interesting lesson and I am looking forward to seeing what they can produce!!

I would like to take this opportunity to say an enormous thank you to Mrs Sheborne, Ms Kent and the amazing students and families in Year 1S. Thank you for welcoming me into your classroom and allowing me the privilege of becoming part of your learning journey! I hope I have made half the impact on you as you have all made on me.

Love Mrs Hanmer

Monday, November 19, 2018

Sight word review and end of year results

Dear Parents,

Over the last few weeks of school, we will be consolidating the first 100 (and next 100 if your child is up to it) sight words. We have noticed that many children are not applying these learnt sight words in their writing correctly. We will be consolidating the sight word program from week 7 onwards and we will be sending home a copy of the words your child is not using correctly in their writing or has not retained.

We would encourage that you practise writing these in sentences over the holidays so your child can be best prepared to apply them into their writing.

Next year, depending on the number of words your child has retained, in Year Two, they may be starting on a different level of sight words. This is to ensure they are spelling the most common sight words correctly in context, so they can have continued success in their reading and writing.

We thank you for your ongoing support

Miss Prowse and Mrs Sherborne

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Bunnings Visit

We were lucky enough to have the lovely Breeanna from Bunnings, Busselton to come and visit us today to make some wonderful Christmas craft for our end of year gift. The children absolutely loved piecing their gift together like a puzzle and attaching the various parts with the wood glue. It was lovely to see so many of the Year Ones using their team work skills to help one another balance their objects to piece their craft together. Job well done!

Mrs Sherborne and Mrs Hanmer

Castles Have Been Created!

Last Friday we were lucky enough to have so many parent helpers to assist us with constructing our Castles during Art. The children created cones with decorative paper to top their turrets, used scissors to cut 'battlement' edges into their castles, attached materials with PVA, masking tape and created drawbridges from string and cardboard. Some interesting features on our castles included a range of different sized towers, dungeons, portcullises, turrets and one castle even had a moat filled with pretend water. It was fantastic to see the Year Ones put their creative hats on to construct their own unique and inventive structures.

Thank you to all Year One parents for helping your children gather and collect various recycled materials from home. We had so many toilet rolls, shoeboxes, containers and other items that we put to good use. A big thanks to our wonderful parent helpers from Year 1S and Year 1P for making this activity possible.

Mrs Sherborne and Mrs Hanmer

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

STEM activity - Making a chair for Baby Bear

In Science we have been learning about how everyday materials can be changed in a variety of ways. We have explored that materials can be warmed, cooled, bent, stretched and twisted.

We have been planning our STEM project of making a chair for Baby Bear as Goldilocks broke his last one! We have been asked to design a new chair made only with newspaper and sticky tape.

We needed to work out:
- How we can change newspaper into the shape of a chair
- What actions we need to take to change the shape of the paper eg. roll, cut, fold, scrunch
- How the chair can hold the weight of a small bear.

The children loved working in teams of three to create their design.

This Friday we will be creating our chairs so we are asking for any newspaper that you have to be brought in for our creations! 

Thank you

Miss Prowse and Miss Gilpin

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Castle Construction

Next Friday 9th November we will be creating our very own castles during our Art lesson. We are still seeking recycled materials that will be useful for our castle construction. Here are some items that may be of use to us:

  • Shoe boxes/other cardboard boxes
  • Lace/interesting fabrics
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Decorative paper
  • Cardboard coffee trays
  • Pop sticks/toothpicks
  • Anything else that you can think of!
If your child has items that they would like to use exclusively for their own castle please place these items in a carry bag with your child's name on it and bring into school over the next week.
We have plenty of turrets and decorations that the children will be able to add to their castles while they are constructing them at school. 

If you have any hot glue guns at home we would love to borrow them! We are also seeking some empty sauce bottles with 'squeezy' lids that we can use for PVA glue.
Here are a few ideas that we will look at in Art tomorrow.

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Session times are from: 
10am-11am (1S)
11:30am-12:30pm (1P)
If you can assist with our Castle construction we would much appreciate the help during these sessions next Friday. Please email me on or come and let me know in the classroom if you can assist.

Thank you
Mrs Sherborne