Otters Class

CHEMICAL ART ?

chemical art

 

Hello again to all our Otter students and families and welcome to term 2!

We hope that you have had a great holiday and feel refreshed and rejuvenated. We would like to say a big thank you to the families that helped look after the animals over the holidays. It would not be possible to provide the wealth of experiences that we do for the students without people like you helping out.

What an exciting start to the term! We now have our beautiful new classroom! It has fantastic views and great work spaces. I am looking forward to sharing it with you all. It feels great to be back and we are all looking forward to a productive term. This term's focus is science and preparation for our parent showcase. The students will be engaged in explorations of atoms and molecules and they will participate in a number of experiments that will enhance their scientific understandings of substance and matter. At the end of this term, the students will be creating a special showcase where they will present their work from this semester. This event will allow students to share some of their understandings relating to their studies as well as some of the discoveries they have made throughout semester 1.

A note about camp…

Please be aware that all students will be bringing home follow-up work from camp and will require your support in completing their tasks. This work is important as they will earn a special key by completing it and it will increase their connection to the world around them.

Juniors:

The juniors have now been with us for one full term and are now settled into the routines of the class. This is a time when they often wish to branch out and deepen friendships. Sometimes this can challenge them and often the first strategy that they use is avoidance. They may want to stay home or tell you dramatically that they never want to go to school again. Try not to worry about statements like this as it does pass. Invite them to talk about events and question if they are seeing the full picture. Often their friends are not feeling the way they imagine or do not mean to upset them. Pop in and see us if you have concerns.

This term, the juniors will be studying time, temperature and shape. They will be developing their knowledge of spelling and sentence structure as well as improving their writing skills.

Middles:

The middles are now generally more settled in their friendships. They have been developing many skills and slowly applying them. They will occasionally hit setbacks but often, they feel more confident in dealing with them. They are now setting their sights on leadership and often want to get work completed and take on additional roles. They can sometimes overstretch themselves and require some downtime. They often feel confident in themselves and will brag about achievements as if they have mastered everything. This is often not the case but they want to show you that they are ready for leadership despite not quite having mastered the art of curbing tall stories.  

This term the middles will participate in various excursions and engage in NAPLAN testing. They will be studying volume, maps and enlargement and reduction of images. They will continue to develop their knowledge of spelling and sentence structure as well as improving their writing skills.

Seniors:

The seniors have now experienced an entire term of being leaders and like so many first-time leaders, some of them have made their fair share of mistakes and poor judgements. Term 2 can be a sobering term for them as they deepen their understanding of what leadership really is. It is important that they are supported at home as well as at school to think about who they are as a leader and what is important to them when working with others younger than them and in their friendships with others. They will continue on the leadership program that they started in term 1.

This term they will create and run a Sushi Day and be heavily involved in preparations for the showcase event. They will continue to run assemblies, Open Days, Community Service and support younger students. Areas of curriculum learning will include angles, number planes and maps, scientific reports, presentations and grammar.

Important events and dates to remember this term are:

Week Date Event
2

April 27

April 27

*     Sports Day

*    

     Start of Book Fair

3

May 1

May 2

May 5

May 5 & 6

*     Labour Day public holiday

*      Book Review Due

    

*    End of Book Fair

       

*     Journey & Discovery

4

May 9 – 11

May 12

*     NAPLAN testing (middles only)

*    

     Mother’s Day stall

5 May 17

*     Parent Forum – Observation (8:30 - 10:30am)

*     Sushi Day

6

May 22

May 27

*     TASS parent portal open for parent/teacher   conference booking

*     Tullawong High School: Dance Presentation   (1:30pm)

*     Open Day (9am-12pm) – seniors required

8

June 6

June 7

June 9

*      QUT Explore Uni excursion (seniors only)

*    

         Parent Forum – Children & Money (8:30 -   10:30am)

*    

     Student   Reports available in TASS parent portal

9

June 12

June 13

June 15

June 15

June 16

*     Start of parent/teacher conferences

*      3B Showcase Afternoon (3:15 - 4:15pm)

*   End of parent/teacher conferences for this   term

     

*      Canberra Parent Information Session (3:15 –   4:15pm)

*     

      Last Day of Term

  • Sunlight Concert
  • Shared morning tea

Homework is due every Wednesday. This is an opportunity for students to review concepts and practice their number facts and spelling, as well as being timely preparation for high school. Homework books go home every Thursday. Please support your child by checking they are bringing their work home and completing it. Students are required to:

  • Complete 2 activities chosen by them to practice their spelling words
  • Complete times table / number facts practice
  • Complete and mark 1 unit of their homework text

If you have some spare time and wish to help out in the classroom (e.g. cooking, gardening), with making Montessori materials or any other aspect of our class (maybe you have a special talent you want to share?), please contact our class representative: Ellen Richards (Violet’s mum). In addition to passing this information onto us, Ellen will also keep you informed via email of upcoming class events and of any requests for assistance or materials.

Regards,

Anne, Jai and Jody


 

We are all working towards positive actions and positive attitudes.

Mind map constructed by class student. Feb 2017

positivity mindmap


 MORE ABOUT MAKING A FIRE - A report by Shine

February 2017

fire


 
fire1
Making fire is hard but challenging. In the Neolithic Period, it must have been really  tricky to make fires and they would have gotten lots of blisters on their hands.

I tried to make fire using a spindle but the wood was too hard so I’m going to try using a soft wood, like paperbark wood.

I’m never giving up!

 

 

 

fire2

 Our group tried to make fire using a fly  wheel and a spindle but the hole in the fly wheel was too big for the stick and it did not work.

We went back to taking turns rubbing the stick on the base wood. We had a great system for avoiding blisters without losing the heat we had made. We changed people without stopping the rubbing.

No one managed to make fire.

fire3

 

Just waiting for a spark!

I was thinking about cheating by using my glasses…

but apparently they didn’t have glasses in the Neolithic Period.

 

 

Some of the tools / technology we used to try
and make fire

fire4   fire5  fire6  

A spindle and fly wheel                A pump drill with a fly drill              A bow drill

fire7

Doing it the hard way. This is why technology  was                                                                                                                                                                                    invented    

fire8

 


 

Starting a Fire

starting a fire1

February 2017 - The Challenge:

Using only found and natural materials, work with your group members to try and make a fire. 

Comments from students

“It was hard and a bit scary.”

“Fantastic! We are not really allowed to make fire so it was really cool to have a chance to make fire like the Stone Age people did! But it is sooooooooooooo hard!”

“It was really hard and you couldn’t stop rubbing the stick otherwise it would cool down.”

 

“My hands are sore and dead!”starting a fire2

“It is hard work and painful!”

“We almost made a fire and we almost gave up but then I came up with another idea and we kept trying.”

“Ours is getting really hot!”

“It was so fun! Everyone was participating and learning at the same time and it was also fun when there was a smell and a bit of smoke.”

“It was frustrating because we kept on snapping the stick when we were really close to making a fire.”

“The stick got so hot it could nearly burn you when you touched it.”

starting a fire3 


 

neolitic

Welcome to a new year

Welcome, welcome, welcome to all our returning students and families, to all our new students and families and to all our staff. It feels good to be back and Jai, Jody and I are looking forward to an exciting term. We hope that you have had a great holiday and feel refreshed and rejuvenated. A big thank you to all the families that helped with the animals and gardens over the holidays; we could not provide the wealth of experiences that we do for the students without you.

Cycle three is a time of great change for students and to support them through this, we try hard to create a community that fosters care, compassion, dignity and open communication. We have a yearly spiritual focus to support the students’ emotional development and to assist them to think clearly and rationally. We encourage families to engage in discussions about all aspects of life and society as this will greatly help students to rationalise and prepare for high school.

This year's focus is leadership and our theme is mindfulness. The students will be engaged and looking for ways to develop leadership through mindful practices. The seniors will participate in an extensive program to develop their leadership capacities, creating a legacy for the younger students to follow. Mindfulness will help students to develop wisdom, which can be defined as the ability to recognise the effects of actions and then be able to discern or judge positive actions according to the effects that they have on themselves, others and the environment.

We would like to extend a special warm welcome to our new students and their families. They have been the big fish in cycle 2 and are now returning as little fish. The gap between them and the seniors of this class will at first seem immense and can leave them doubting themselves or perhaps questioning their capabilities. However, that will soon pass and they will find new opportunities and new friendships. This is a time where parents may wish to give some extra encouragement or check in with us to see if the problems that come home are as large and dramatic as described by the students. It is a good time to speak to other parents who have been through this first year to know how students adjust to the changes.

The middle students have now been through their first year in cycle 3 and have navigated the emotional and mental growth that happens. They now get to look back as a seasoned student, confident in their place and abilities. It is now time for them to guide the new students. They can draw on their knowledge and experiences to help the new students learn the ropes and navigate the expectations of a cycle 3 class.

The seniors are now in their final year. It is a time to consolidate all that they have learned. It is their chance to display leadership in its highest forms and to lead with compassion and dignity. It is an exciting year for them as they know that though they are the biggest fish in the school, they will soon be minute fish in a much bigger pond. This is a time when we see amazing growth in students as they lift themselves up to where they want to be and often a time when extra support and encouragement is beneficial. Just as many times before, we again have an amazing group of middles coming up to take their place as CMS seniors.

What’s happening this term

This term we are going to investigate what is considered to be the beginning of civilisation as we know it: the Neolithic Period. This was a time when farming was born, great stone monuments were created and pottery was crafted. A great way to support students would be to have discussions about this period, conduct some research at the library or on the internet, and watch and discuss documentaries about this period. Students in this plane of development are very social and thrive on discussions. Discussions also help to enhance critical and creative thinking as well as help to develop social etiquettes and norms.

Position vacant

Our amazing parent representative has left our class and we are seeking a new parent rep. Please come and see myself or Jody if you are able to help. As the students are older, the role of parent rep is easier and we are looking forward to having a new person join our team. So what do we expect from our parent rep?

  • Occasionally we will      send you information (term letters, notes, reminders, permission slips,      notifications, book review descriptions) and ask you to email it out to      parents (we provide you with parent contact details)
  • We may ask you rally      up parents for assistance with or at a special event (garden working bee,      holiday chook roster, cooking, etc.)
  • We might ask you      assist with finding parents who can help make materials for the classroom
  • We will let you know      if there are items we require in the classroom (e.g. plastic bags, large      boxes, glass jars, egg cartons) so that you can contact parents for us in      order to collect these items
  • Organising parent      helpers for car-pooling excursions / shopping trips if required

If you believe you would be interested in assisting us in this role, please let Anne, Jai or Jody know.  We will be forever in your debt!

Book review

By the end of week 3 students will be provided with a book review task. The task for the book review will be to create a poster. The due date will be early in term 2 so that the students have time during the holidays to read and complete their review. Look out for the book review in the next few weeks.

A note about homework

Homework is due every Wednesday starting in week 3. This is an opportunity for students to review concepts and practice their number facts and spelling, as well as being good preparation for high school. Homework books go home every Thursday. When new students begin homework books, they will often experience times when they maybe unfamiliar with the way information is presented or some of the concepts. When this happens please encourage students to place a comment with the question and come and talk to us. Please also support your child by checking they are bringing their work home and attempting to complete it.

Term 1 at a glance

Month Date Event
February
Wednesday 1st   3B Class Meeting   (3.15pm ~ 4.15pm)
Friday 3rd  

Candle Ceremony   (2pm)

P & F Meet   & Greet (3.15pm)

Wednesday 8th Parent Forum   (~8.45am)
Friday 10th Start of RSL Care   visits (seniors only)
Wednesday 15th Family Planning incursion   (in class time)
Tuesday 28th Leadership Day   (seniors only)
March Tuesday 7th Grace Taste &   See incursion (middles and seniors)

Wednesday 8th –   Friday 10th

(Week 7)

3B Camp -   Earthkeepers
Wednesday 15th Parent Forum   (~8.45am)

Wednesday 15th –   Friday 17th

(Week 8)

3A Camp -   Earthkeepers
Saturday 18th CMS Open Day (9am ~   12pm)
Tuesday 21st Harmony Day
Monday 27th Dance Fever   showcase (evening)
Monday 27th –   Tuesday 28th Japanese   student visit
Friday 31st Last day   of term:
  • Sunlight concert - TBC (~10am)
  • Shared morning tea

 

We hope you all had a lovely break and we look forward to working with you and your child this term. Remember, if you ever need to contact us, the communication folder is at the door or you can send us an email if you wish.

Regards,

Anne, Jai and Jody


 

Friday, 14 October 2016

Reflection on CMS from a senior student

As a senior student at Caboolture Montessori School, people often ask me “How do you feel about moving from a kinaesthetic environment using materials to help you work, to moving to a school where they don’t use Montessori philosophy?”. I believe that Montessori gives you the benefit of using materials to help you learn concepts in working out a problem.

I started Montessori from cycle 1 and I am now currently a year 6 student in cycle 3. Throughout this time I have used most of the Montessori equipment. As you slowly move from cycle to cycle you gain more abstract thoughts and discover how independently you can perform. Another thing Montessori teaches you is to also work well in a group and to involve other team mate’s ideas to achieve and cooperate more in all team activities. This process gives you many opportunities in preparation for high school as well as the outside world.

I will always use the skills I have learnt at Montessori to achieve my goals and tackle challenges along the way.

Zoe Errington

Cycle 3B senior student


 

TERM 3 - OTTERS INVESTIGATING ZOOLOGY

Animal kingdom

Here we are again, halfway through the year and looking forward to the Canberra Trip for our seniors and of course, the School Concert. We had a fantastic end to term 2 with our showcase of the great work we have been doing. Thank you for showing your support by attending. A big thank you also to the families that helped look after the CMS chooks over the holidays. It is your generosity that enables us to provide a greater wealth of experiences for the students.

It feels great to be back and we are all looking forward to an exciting term. This term's focus is Zoology and preparation for the School Concert. We will begin the term by investigating the Timeline of Life and then expand students’ knowledge and understanding of evolution, adaptation, food webs, classification and fundamental needs of animals. Students will apply their recently acquired knowledge about sound to create and design soundscapes. We are excited about the possibilities and where this will lead. As we get closer to the concert please let Courtney Cox (our parent rep) know if you are able to offer any assistance with costumes and props as we often need a bit of extra help at this time.

We would also love your help if you have any spare time and wish to help out in the classroom (e.g. cooking, gardening), with material making, or any aspect of our class (maybe you have a special talent you want to share?). If you are keen, please contact Courtney Cox (class rep). In addition to passing this information onto us, Courtney will also keep you informed via email of upcoming class events and of any requests for assistance we may have.

child readingThe students will soon receive details of what will be expected for their next book review. The due date for the book review will be early next term so please encourage your child to select an appropriate book and to start reading now! This will ensure they have sufficient time to read their book and complete their review.

Important events and dates to remember this term:

Homework is due every Wednesday. This is an opportunity for students to review concepts and practice their number facts and spelling, as well as being good preparation for high school. Homework books go home every Thursday. Please support your child by checking they are bringing their work home and completing it. Also be aware that the homework submitted is initialled each week so we can be clear that we have received it. However, this may not mean that your child has got all the answers correct as we check this at another time so as to maximise our time working with students in class. If your child is unclear or confused about any questions, please encourage them to highlight or circle it and to bring it in and ask us about it before it is due.

Month Date Event
July
19

Incursion: NED Show ~ 2:15pm – 3pm

New Parent meeting

20

Parent Forum ~ 9am

Class Meeting ~ 3:20pm

25 Canberra Meeting (parents of seniors)   ~ 3:15pm - 4:15pm
27 CMS Open Day ~ 9am - 12pm
29 Schools Tree Day
August
1   - 5 Canberra Trip (seniors only)
8 Ekka Public Holiday
9 Incursion: SEAT Visit ~ 12:45pm –   1:30pm
12 Parent Forum ~ 9am
18 Cross Country (cycle 2 & 3)
31 Maria Montessori’s Birthday
  • Italian Assembly & Montessori Expo (from ~   1pm)
  • Alumni Forum (~ 4pm)
September 2 Father’s Day Stall
8 Community Meeting ~ 2pm
14 Concert Rehearsal @ Saint Columban’s   College ~ time TBC
15 CMS Concert @ Saint Columban’s   College ~ time TBC
16 Last Day of Term: Health &   Harmony Day – Assembly ~ 10am

We hope you all had a lovely break and we look forward to working with you and your child this term. Remember, if you ever need to contact us, the communication folder is at the door or you can send us an email if you wish.

AND THIS IS HOW WE STARTED......

The Timeline of Life

The Otters have commenced term 3 with an exploration of the beautiful Time of Life material. Students were excited about investigating the names of the different time periods; examining images, miniature models and the interesting names of animals of the past and present and; looking at how long ago some of the creatures of the Earth evolved. Much enthusiasm was demonstrated and many discussions were had as the students determined where to place the different time period names and numerous animals on the timeline. This introduction will lead to further study as students select an animal they wish to discover more about.

                                                           TIMELINE OF LIFE

Regards,

Anne, Jai and Jody

 


 

Africa1Africa1

africa

 

Welcome to Term 1 2016,


Welcome, welcome to all our returning students and families, to all our new
students and families and to all our staff. It feels good to be back and Jody, Jai and I are
looking forward to an exciting term. We hope that you have had a great holiday
and feel refreshed and rejuvenated. We would like to say a big thank you to all
the families that helped look after the animals over the holidays. It would not be possible to provide the wealth
of experiences that we do for the students without people like you helping out.

This year's focus is ‘community’. The students will be engaged in looking for ways to develop community, enhance the environment around them, and discovering better ways to take care of each other. This semester we will be studying Africa. Students will be discovering the great wealth of culture, history and magic that has shaped this intriguing continent.

Also this term, students will engage in many character building activities when they attend Maroochy Waterfront Camp & Conference Centre in week 7 for Cycle 3 camp. This is a new camp venue for our school and we are really looking forward to it! This term the students will also participate in Dance Fever where they will attend weekly dance sessions to learn the cha-cha, the foxtrot, a hip-hop routine and an African dance. The students will showcase their newly-learnt dance moves to all the parents at a Dance Fever Showcase towards the end of the term. The seniors will enjoy Leadership Day and many students will be busy creating and rehearsing original acts for the yearly Sunlight Concert, to be held on the last day of term.

We are currently seeking new parent rep for our class as Danielle Thompson, our past present rep, has left our class after Karl graduated last year. The role of parent rep is to act as a liaison between the staff and parents of our class. They send information via emails, assist with organising parents to collect or make materials for the class, and rally up parents for activities when required. As the students in cycle 3 are older, the role of parent rep is not very demanding and we are looking forward to having a new person join our team. Please come and see myself, Jai or Jody if you are able to help.

Important events and dates to remember this term are:

Homework is due every Wednesday. This is an opportunity for students to review concepts and practice their number facts and spelling, as well as being good preparation for high school. Homework books go home every Thursday. Please support your child by checking they are bringing their work home and completing it.

Month Date Event
February    
12 Assembly & Candle Ceremony (2pm)
19 Parent Forum (8.30am)
20 CMS Open Day (9am – 12pm)
March 4 Leadership Day (seniors only)
9 - 11 Cycle 3 Camp - Maroochy Waterfront Camp &   Conference Centre
14 Final day for cycle 3 registrations for Sunlight Concert
15 School photos
18 Parent Forum (8.30am)
21 Dance Fever showcase
24

Last Day of Term

- Sunlight Concert (10am)

- Shared morning tea

 
   

We hope you all had a lovely break and we look forward to working with you and your child this term. Remember, if you ever need to contact us, the communication folder is at the door or you can send us an email if you wish.

Regards,

Anne, Jai and Jody


 

Otters class letter term 4 20151a

Otters class letter term 4 20152a


From Jai and Jody:

Tower of Gratitude1

Tower of Gratitude2

Tower of Gratitude3

Tower of Gratitude4


Enaged Students

Engaged students

The Cycle 3 students were fully engaged with the geography materials called Pin Maps identifying capitals and countries of the world. This was self-selected work.


Before the storm

Before the storm


Crossing the river...

This term the Otters will be busy attempting to complete a series of challenges where they are required to work as members of a team.  The first challenge was for their whole 'tribe' to cross a crocodile-infested, swift-flowing river using only a few small planks of special wood.  The wood was special because as long as some part of a team member was touching it, it would remain in place in the water, but if no part of a team member was touching it; the river would wash it away...

RiverCrossing1

RiverCrossing2

River Crossing Bert

RiverCrossing Amelia

 

RiverCrossing Audrey

 

RiverCrossing Cain

Luckily both tribes managed to get their whole tribe across to the other side of the river...

The next challenge is to build a rain-storm proof shelter using a limited number of available materials.  Stay tuned to see the results!


Government

Students in Cycle 3 are exploring the three different levels of government as part of the "Government Unit" this term.

The Otter seniors discussed responsibilities of local government so that they could formulate questions prior to a visit by the local member.

Discussions with Anne prior to visit

Greg Chippendale, the council member of division 3, in which CMS is located, visited our classroom on Monday morning and answered the questions prepared by the students.

Dogs, neighbours and potholes turn out to be big issues raised with the councillors in our area.

Greg Chippendale visit 1   Greg Chippendale visit 2 Councillor Greg Chippendale's visit to CMS


'Team OTTERS'

Otters

Hi All,

It is halfway through the year already, and we believe it’s time for some 'Team Otters'. This term the students will be working as members of a team to complete some amazing work. Teams of students will complete a variety of exciting challenges in order to develop leadership qualities, recognise personal strengths and build respect for others. Students will be doing an adventure-based activity around the great story, The Coming of Man, and components of some of the great civilizations of the past. Students will also meet with political leaders in our community and engage in discussion, role-playing, storytelling and creative writing to expand their understanding of leadership and teamwork.

Other exciting events happening this term include the class play and the Canberra Trip, where students will have further opportunities to refine their teamwork skills. In week 2, students had the opportunity to go and see a production of the ‘Wizard of Oz’ at Saint Columban’s. They will now continue to create, write and produce their own short plays, which you will have the pleasure of seeing at the end of term School Concert! The students are very excited about this and will need your support with costumes and make-up. Danielle Thompson, Karl's mum, is our amazing parent rep and she will be calling for support to help with some aspects of the play. If you can be of any assistance, please let her know.

In other news, thanks to support from Sam’s mum, Yvonne Packbier, students have been continuing to work hard in creating our very own class book with stories from the year. The students plan to publish the book at the end of the year and any money raised will go towards the care and maintenance of our class pets and chickens.

chook and eggs
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the families who came in during the holidays to take care of the chickens and to everyone who took home class pets. We really appreciate your assistance with the pets and trust you had fun taking care of them.

DONATIONS PLEASE - Do you have any old sheets you no longer need? At the end of every term, the students devote a lot of time to cleaning and dusting all the equipment on the shelves. We would really like some sheets to cover up the shelves over the holidays so that they remain clean and dust-free for the start of the term. If you have any sheets you are willing to donate, please send them in with your child.

Homework is due every Wednesday . This is an opportunity for students to review concepts and practice their number facts and spelling, as well as being good preparation for high school. Homework books go home every Thursday. Please support your child by checking they are bringing their work home and completing it.

We are really looking forward to working with you and your child this term and hope to see you at our class meeting on Wednesday the 29th of July. Remember, if you ever need to contact us, the communication folder is at the door or you can send us an email if you wish.

Anne, Jai and Jody

Important events and dates to remember this term are:

Month Date Event
July Friday 24 School Tree Day
Monday 27 Canberra   Information Meeting (3:15pm -4:15pm)
Tuesday 28 Wyatt Roy visit
Wednesday   29 Class   Meeting (3:15pm -4:15pm)
August Thursday 6 Cross Country (12:45pm - 1:45pm)
Monday 10 - Friday 14 Canberra Trip (seniors only)
Friday 21 Montessori Expo/Maria Montessori birthday   celebrations. Alumni Forum
Thursday 27 Book Review due (end of week 7)
Friday 28 Sports Day
September Friday 4 Father's Day stall
Wednesday 9 Open Day
Wednesday 16 School Concert rehearsal (TBC)
Thursday 17 School Concert
Friday 18 Last day of term

 


Among the Plants we have mathematical enquiry

Logan and Joey have been doing some BIG WORK.  They have been learning how to square trinomials!  This week, they used the Algebraic Pegboard to square the trinomial: (700+50+8)!

 Squaring a Trinomial on the PegboardPegboard working


Nature Experiments or Natural Experiments

The Otters are exploring all different aspects of Botany this term. Jody brought in her special bowl for growing spouts. The students watched and waited with anticipation for the mix of Mung beans, lentils, fenugreek and alfalfa seeds to sprout on one side of the bowl, and the extra harvest of alfalfa beans to sprout on the other side.

Sensational Sprouts

The Alfalfa sprouts grew more quickly than the mixed side and was found empty after Wednesday's lunchtime...I wonder where they all went???

Where did the sprouts go


Students in the Otter class are discovering nature and botany through exploration and .... disection.

Ivy discovered lots of new things about parts of a flower when her group dissected different types of flowers last week. She discovered special names for some of the parts and did some investigating to find out what jobs the different parts of the flower have.

This is some of the information Ivy discovered along with her dissection drawings:

Petals

The petal's job is to attract insects such as bees or butterflies into the flower to collect pollen.

Sepal

The sepal is a special type of leaf. Its main job is to protect the flower when it's a bud. After the flower has grown, it doesn't have a job anymore. The sepal can have the same colour as the flower's petals.

Ovary

The ovary's job is to fertilise the egg cells from the pollen to make seeds. It is called fertilisation.

 parts of flower1                               parts of flower 2


 

Plant

Hi All,

What an exciting start to term it has been! Camp was a wonderful experience with students forging new friendships, building their independence and learning many new skills. Back in classroom, there is excitement in the air with the addition of a new member to the class. Jai Bishop has joined the Otter’s classroom and will be replacing Anne two days a week as class director. Jai’s enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment is becoming evident as he spends this time familiarising himself with the students and the classroom before he assumes his future role of director. On Monday the 11th of May, from 3:15pm, there will be a meeting in the 3B classroom to inform parents of the changes in the classroom this term and to provide an opportunity for you to meet Jai. Feel free to come along to discuss the changes and to have any questions answered that you may have.

Thistree
term we will be delving into the world of plants. Where did plants come from? How long have they been around for? What do they need to live and grow? How have they adapted in order to survive?   What role do they play in the environment? These and many other thought-provoking questions will be asked. Students will research, explore and conduct experiments to discover the answers.   The aim of this term is to enrich the students’ understanding of, and love for, our natural world. It is hoped students will come to recognise the critical role plants play in all our lives and consider what they can do to protect them. With this in mind, please use any opportunities available to share your knowledge or love of plants with your child.

The ‘Garden Gurus’ have started weeding and mulching the community gardens to prepare them for planting. If you have any seeds, cuttings or plants that you would like to donate for the community gardens, please send them in with your child.

Also this term, students in the equivalent of year five will participate in NAPLAN testing. Yvonne is hosting a parent forum on this topic which would be well worth attending if you have any questions or concerns, or if you just want some advice on how to best support your child. Parent/Teacher interviews will be conducted towards the end of the term, providing an opportunity to speak with the class directors about your child’s progress.

Remember,for communication purposes, there is a notebook system available for you to use
at the classroom door, or you can send staff an email if you prefer. We are lucky to have
both Karl’s and Henry’s mums
sharing the role of parent rep. Please make yourself known to them if you wish to help out in the classroom or with making materials.

Thank ychooks
ou to those families who came in during the holidays to take care of the chickens and to everyone who took home class pets. We really appreciate your assistance with the pets and trust you had fun taking care of them.

 

 

Important events and dates to remember this term are:

Homework is due every Wednesday and is taken home on Thursdays – this is good preparation for high school. Most students are managing to complete their homework each week, but there are some that need your encouragement and support. Please check that your child is bringing their work home and completing it.

Parent Forum ~ topic: NAPLAN ~ 8:45am – 10am, Friday 8th May

Mother’s Day Stall ~ Friday 8th May

Journey & Discovery ~ 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Friday 8th & 7:30am – 12:30pm, Saturday 9th May

Class Meeting / Information Session ~ 3:15pm, Monday 11th May

NAPLAN ~ Tuesday 12th - Thursday 14th May (week 4)

Bike Education ~ Wednesday 3rd June

Book Review ~ Due Friday 5th June (end week 7)

CMS Open Day ~ 9am – 12pm, Wednesday 10th June

Parent/Teacher Conferences ~ Tuesday 9th June – Thursday 18th June (weeks 8 & 9)

Environment Day / Last Day of Term ~ Friday 19th June

We trust that you all had a lovely holiday and look forward to working with you and your child this term,

Anne, Jai and Jody


More stories from the Otters...

 A student created and wrote:

The Tree Cycle

From the seed to the stem,

From the stem to the trunk,

From the trunk to the tree,

From the tree to the leaves,

From the leaves to the flower,

From the flower to the fruit,

From the fruit to the seed,

Then it starts again.

By Cain


Friday 6th March was an enjoyable end to a productive week in the Otter’s room.

With the Asia-project being due today, one student's project on China was creatively presented as a scroll and was admired by all at the start of the day. We shared stories to celebrate International Women’s Day and concluded that we’re trying to make the world a better place for everybody ☺.  While the seniors enjoyed their “Leadership Day”, facilitated by the company Ylead, the junior and middle students explored drawing techniques with a lesson from Julie, a visiting art teacher.  In the lesson, the students studied typical Islamic architecture and used this as inspiration for their drawings.  They are looking forward to next week's art lesson, which will focus on traditional Asian architecture.

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ASIA

This term, the Otters are studying Asia and they were excited to explore information about the “Ring of Fire”. They talked about sub-marine volcanos, deep sea tube worms and the island of Krakatoa, where a smoking volcano resulted in celebrations, quickly followed by disaster when the huge tsunami struck.

Ring A  Student discussion

4/3/15 - This week, the Otters enjoyed an exploration of Asian Culture by investigating Chinese calligraphic symbols to begin planning the design to decorate their own handmade Chinese Box.   

Making a Chinese Box is a tradition linked to Chinese New Year.  These personalised boxes, individually decorated with Chinese calligraphy, will be given to somebody special.

Chinese box collage 


Visit by Marc Dorse: Australia’s Dangerous Creatures expert

snake

On Thursday 5th February the school hosted a visit by Marc Dorse who talked to all the students about Australia’s Dangerous Creatures and how to protect yourself against them.

Mark brought several dead, preserved specimens with him, as well as some live animals and he told many stories.

The story Riley remembers most clearly is about the girl who walked on the beach and stepped on a sea-snake. The snake bit her seven times but luckily, she survived. The snake didn’t survive and was given to Marc.

Karl and Sam were fascinated by the stories about the blue-ringed octopus and seeing the two dead ones Marc showed to the students. Sam recalled the story of the teacher who explained to her friend that you can hear the ocean when holding a shell against your ear. The teacher then felt something tickle against her ear and dropped the shell. Turned out that a blue-ringed octopus was hiding inside the shell but luckily, it didn’t bite her!

Karl explained that the teacher was luckier than the man who found a dead blue-ringed octopus on the beach and put it on his shoulder for a ‘selfie’; this octopus turned out not to be dead. It bit him and he died an hour later. L

Marc talked about the (dead) red-back spider he carried with him and the (dead) massive box jellyfish.

“The massive brown snake was the best,” said Tom. Marc also had a death-adder, a carpet snake, a longneck turtle and two big blue-tongue lizards with him.

We enjoyed this presentation very much and learnt so much about the deadly and dangerous animals around us! 


                                                          Decanomial collage

"This week, the Otters enjoyed investigating the Sensorial Decanomial (Table of Pythagoras) which unites Geometry & Multiplication memorisation. It is a hands-on representation of all the tables from 1 to 10. The colours of the Decanomial material correspond with the Montessori coloured bead sets; red for 1's, green for 2's, pink for 3's, yellow for 4's, light blue for 5's, purple for 6's, white for 7's, tan for 8's, dark blue for 9's, and gold (orange) for 10's.   After exchanging all of the coloured bead bars for bead squares, we had enough squares of each colour to create cubes, which we made into The Jewel Tower. The Jewel Tower looked very similar to The Pink Tower from cycle 1, so we went and borrowed The Pink Tower to compare them. Apart from the colours and what they were made from, they looked exactly the same!!” 


FEBRUARY 2015 - The Otters are already busy producing exciting work and want to share with the community:

Torins Holiday Photo  

'Torin went on an awesome trip along the coast and wrote a journal while he was travelling. He used his brand new laptop, which he got for Christmas. The following is an extract from his full journal …'

My Awesome Coast Trip

By Torin Tribbeck

Day 6

I woke up nice and early in the morning. I watched TV for a while then had breakfast. After breakfast I had to clean my room. Then I got to play on my computer while my dad went to the gym. When my dad came back from the gym, we built some of my Lego. Straight after that we watched TV while we had lunch. After lunch, I went to the pool. I had a great time in the pool!!! Then we went to the shops. After the shops I built more of my Lego. Then I got to play on my computer. After I played on my computer, I watched TV for a long time because I was waiting for dinner to be ready. For dinner I had homemade fish & chips. After dinner I brushed my teeth and went to bed.

Day 11

It’s the last day of our awesome coast trip “Boo-hoo”. I got up nice and early in the morning and read my book. Then I packed my bags and had breakfast. After breakfast I helped to clean up the unit where we stayed. After we finished cleaning, I went upstairs to have bacon and eggs on a wrap for more breakfast. We took all of our stuff down to the basement of the building after which we started our drive home.

That’s the end of MY AWESOME COAST TRIP!!!! 

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'Cain and Reuben have been enjoying discovering how to create mandalas [with the pattern blocks] and investigating how some shapes tessellate. They are really enjoying exploring some of the properties of two-dimensional shapes.'

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Shine's first comprehension work as a cycle 3 student. 


 ASIA

Asia

Hi All,

Happy New Year and welcome back. We trust that you had an enjoyable break and have returned refreshed and ready to start the new year. This term is all about the continent of Asia. Students will be studying many aspects of Asia and will immerse themselves in its richness and culture. We have a great group of seniors this year and some wonderful new members coming into our community. Camp and Dance Fever are two events happening this term.

For the new families, and those who may have forgotten, ‘Dance Fever’ is a wonderful event that culminates in an event near the end of term 1. Dance Fever is an amazing experience where the students attend dance lessons each week and work with a variety of partners to learn dances. They then have the opportunity to perform and show off what they have learnt. This builds cooperation, confidence, self-esteem, co-ordination and brain capacity. Families are invited to come and watch their children, who dress in formal dance attire and look amazing.

We wish to stress the importance of bringing a water bottle to school. Water is crucial for the daily functioning of the brain and body and it makes a big difference to the student’s hydration levels if they have water handy when playing sport. Please support your child to remember their water bottle every day, especially at this time of the year when dehydration can be a serious health problem.

We would be grateful for any donations of seeds, cuttings and/or plants, particularly Asian varieties, to grow in our community garden.  

With the leaving of our past parent rep, the fabulous Kate (Nate’s mum) we are now looking for a new parent rep. If you think you would like to support the class in this way, please see myself or Jody. The class rep position is not difficult or demanding and mainly involves acting as a liaison between the teacher and the parents. Thanks to all who came in during the holidays and took care of chickens, and to everyone who took home class pets. I hope you had fun taking care of them.

Important events and dates to remember are:

Homework – Due every Wednesday – this is good preparation for high school. Please support your child by encouraging them to complete it and reminding them to bring it into school.

P & F Meet & Greet Afternoon Tea – Fri January 30 (from 3pm)

Deadly Australians Presentation – Thu February 5 (1pm – 3pm)

Candle Ceremony & Assembly – Fri February 6 (2pm)

Class Meeting – Tue February 10 (3:15pm – 4:15pm)

Book Fair – Mon February 16 – Thurs February 19

Open Day – Sat February 21 (9am-12pm)

Clean Up Australia School’s Day – Fri February 27

Arts Council Performance – Fri February 27 (1.30pm)

Earth Keepers Camp – Wed March 11 to Fri 13 March

School Photos – Tue March 17

Book review due – Fri March 20

St Columban’s High School Taster – Tue March 24 (9am-12pm)

Leadership Day (seniors only) – Fri March 27 (to be confirmed)

Last Day of Term (Assembly, Morning Tea, Sunlight Concert & Art Showcase) – Thu April 2 (from 9am)

Dance Fever Challenge – To be advised

We look forward to working with you and your child,

Anne and Jody

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