Monday, 25 November 2013

Line dance

Dance Term 4
We are learning to: express ourselves creatively through dance.

To be successful we need to:
Learn the specific steps to the dance
Keep in time to the music
Follow instructions
Try our best

Term 4 Music

WALT - create a piece of music using a 4-beat pattern.

We know we have done this when we can clap beat using symbols.

We can work with a partner to present a pattern to the class.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Discovery Key Competency

Key Competency: Thinking
How are you using your thinking skills?
" By following the instructions."

Term 4 CARE Values

You really do try to show Excellence all the time - Well Done, Noah!

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Self Portraits

We are learning to draw self-portraits in the style of Matisse.
We will know we can do this when we can:
Use bold colours and patterns in a background
Draw a black line around the outside of self-portrait to emphasise colour
Include all facial features
Draw and correctly place all facial features
Begin to show other facial features such as eyelashes and earrings

Noah said, "We studied how to do the background, nose, ears and mouth in a portrait.  We learnt about Matisse.  He was a real famous painter and he got sick and he learnt to paint in hospital.  Sometimes he used dark colours for not happy and bright colours for happy.  He used patterned backgrounds.  In my picture I used yellow and dark blue in the background and I did black around the edges.  Next time I will try to make my face a bit smaller and make my face wider.

Friday, 21 June 2013


We are learning to recount events that happened in the past.
We know we can do this when we can:
·    Follow the Writing Process
·    Have a title
·    Write: an orientation telling when, who, what and where the event happened, a sequence of events and a personal comment to conclude the recount
·    Use the past tense
·    Use a lot of different descriptive words to make our recount more interesting
·    Start my sentences in different ways

Noah said, "Last year on the snowy day, Mum and I went out in the backyard. My story is about that.  Recounts have four parts - a title, orientation, sequence of events and a personal response.   Ms B bought some ice in and we felt it and we wrote some words like The ice is as cold as  Antarctica. That's called a simile.  We learnt to do onomatopoeia.  We learnt to start our story with a question or onomatopoeia to make it hook the reader."

Conflict Unit

We are learning to understand that:
  • there are many perspectives and types of conflict
  • there are a variety of ways to deal with conflict
We will know we can do that when we can:
  • use several strategies to make an \"I feel... when you...\" statement during conflict and know when and why to use them.
  • teach others to make an \"I feel... when you...\" statement during conflict.
  • act as a role model for others to help them make an \"I feel... when you...\" statement during conflict
  • seek feedback on how to improve making an \"I feel... when you...\" statement during conflict.
Noah said, "When we first started on conflict we didn't know what to do.  I thought it was the earth. But the next time when Mrs Small, Ms B and Mrs Chambers  had a pretend fight I knew what conflict was.  I can say I statements,  I feel sad when you punch me, what I would like you to do is say sorry.  I use my I statements in circle time." 

Change - Venn Diagrams

Change - Plants and Seeds

We are learning to understand that:
Scientists follow a specific process and ask questions that lead to investigations.
Plants need many things to move through the life cycle.

We will be able to:
Show the life cycle of a plant.
Label the parts of a plant.
Classify objects using a Venn diagram

We will know we can do this when we can:
Draw pictures that depict the life cycle of plants.
Understand and describe how plants make their own food from water, air (CO2) and sunlight (photosynthesis).
Sort and classify leaves into categories of our own making and independently represent these in a Venn diagram.

Noah said, "In topic I have planted a been plant.  I have learnt plants make their food in their leaves.  They make food by mixing sun, water and air in their leaves to make sugar.  It's called photosynthesis.  I learnt about life-cycles and that seeds can drop, get carried by animals, and float like coconuts.  I have been learning to make a venn diagram and sort things into a venn diagram. I put smooth and jagged for the words.  There was only one smooth leaf and there were five in the middle that are a little bit jagged and a little bit smooth. Six leaves are jagged.  I can understand venn diagrams."

Sunday, 16 June 2013


Narratives- Fractured Fairy tales

We are learning to write a fictional narrative by adapting a fairy tale.

We will know we can do this when we can..
Follow the Writing Process – planning, draft copy, editing and publishing
Have a title
Write three paragraphs: an Orientation, a Complication and a Resolution
Write in past tense
Use direct speech (dialogue)
Use onomatopoeia, questions and similes to create pictures with words and build suspense

Noah said,"I have been learning to write a spooky narrative.  A narrative is a made up story.  It has three parts - an orientation, complication and a resolution with a happy ending.  I learnt how to make my writing exciting with similes and sounds (onomatopoeia).  I like my story because it has lots of ideas  to hook the reader.  Next Step: I will put more spooky stuff in it."

Statistical Investigations

WALT: collect data, construct a graph, and discuss the results.
Success Criteria: I will know I can do this when I can:
·      Know what data is
·      Pose questions for investigation
·      Collect data
·      Use tally marks
·      Make a pictograph
·      Make a bar graph
·      Ask and answer questions about the graph

Noah's Voice: “I asked which pet does you like best – dogs, cats, rabbits, birds? I drew a bar graph. My graph shows that 8 people like dogs, 2 like cats, 2 like rabbits and 3 like birds.”