This week we started swimming lessons. We have some really nice teachers. We are having lots of fun. Some of us think the water is a little bit chilly!
We have been learning about how other people came to live in Australia. We discovered that there were lots of poor people in England who had to steal to survive and lots of them ended up in jail. The jails got too full so they decided to send some of the convicts to Australia. It was Captain Cook who decided that Australia might be a good place to live. The first group of boats that came to Australia were called The First Fleet.
This week in maths we learnt about measuring weight. We can use hefting to compare if something is heavier or lighter.
Next week we will be presenting an assembly item. Our assembly item is called A History of Australia. We have only been practising for one week and we are already getting good. We hope you can all come and watch us.
This week we made some aboriginal art. Some of us used Australian animal templates to trace around and then we painted our picture with dots or xray (which means lines).
We also looked at lots of pictures of aboriginal art.
We had some special visitors this week. The Silver Threads Brass Band came to play some music for us. They played the national anthem and we all sang along. We had a competition with them to see who could sing it the best. We danced to the songs, If You're Happy and You Know It, the Macarena, the Hokey Pokey and YMCA. We had lots of fun!
We did a retell of The Mark Of The Wagarl. It was about a little boy who swam deep underwater and he saw the wagarl and he was the boss of all the snakes. The wagarl wanted to eat the boy but the boy said "Please don't eat me" and the wagarl said he wouldn't eat him if the boy promised not to tell anyone about him. After that the boy couldn't talk anymore, he could only make a snake sound. The boy had to look after the snakes. When the boy got old and died one of his kids would look after the snakes. The mark he had was a symbol of a snake.
In computer we have started learning how to use Microsoft Powerpoint.
We did recounts of our excursion on the iPads. Check out the publishing page to see some of our recounts.
This week we got to play some cricket games. We had lots of fun playing games with Brock. When it was finished we all got some Milo.
On Friday 2nd November our class went to the Perth Hills Centre.
We learnt that the aboriginal people sometimes wore kangaroo skins. You could put the furry side against you in winter to keep warm and the smooth side against you in summer.
We made jewellery from gum nuts. We painted them with lots of different colours.
We had our faces painted. We were kangaroos, owls, emus, wombats, goannas and plants.
We played a sleeping game. Some people were the children running around the trees and some people were the kangaroos. The kangaroos crept in to see if the children were awake. If the children were all asleep then they hopped away.
We went hunting. We hunted for lots of different animals. We found snakes, frogs, echidnas and kangaroos.....yum!
Zac showed us how you can use trees to help you. He is using some of the gooey stuff from the marri tree to make a bandaid on his arm.
The boys had to sit down and wait while the girls went gathering. We found some eggs and some potatoes.
Then the girls had to wait while the boys went hunting for kangaroo.
At the end of the day we got to sit around the campfire in our mia mia.
We had a fabulous excursion and learnt lots of interesting things.
On Sunday we had a pet mass. We brought our pets along so Father Dom could bless them. This is a photo of Miffy being blessed. The pets were all very well behaved.
We can now test ourselves on our sight words. If we get them all right we can get tested by Miss D and move up the rainbow.
We painted some aboriginal flags. The black symbolises the people. The yellow symbolises the sun. The red symbolises the land.
We have been talking about the dreamtime. The dreamtime is when the aboriginals believe that the Earth was created. The aboriginals believe that the rainbow serpent slithered all over the land and made all the hills and rivers and landforms.
We had a number line and we had to stand behind it so we couldn't see the numbers. Then we had to use what we know about numbers to put the peg on the right spot.
We learnt that the aboriginal people didn't have shops to buy food. They had to hunt and gather. The girls did the gathering and the boys did the hunting. So we pretended that we were aboriginals. The boys went hunting and the girls went gathering.
We couldn't go hunting and gathering for real food so we went hunting and gathering pictures of food that aboriginal people might have eaten. There was lots of interesting things they ate.
When we got back to class Miss R let us try some real aboriginal food. Some of us were brave enough to try the witchetty grubs! Some were brave enough to try the kangaroo and some were even brave enough to try the snake!
Just kidding! Only one of the foods was real, the other two were pretend. The witchetty grubs were really baby food. The kangaroo was real and the snakes were lolly snakes! Miss R was very impressed with how brave we were to try them when we thought they were real!
Today was Grandparents Day. Our grandparents came to visit our classroom. We showed them around the room and showed them all the fantastic work we have been doing. It was lovely having them come and visit.