March 2, 2017
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Grade 1/2 Science

During Term 1 we will be exploring Physical Science, particularly the area of sound and light.

In our first lesson we were able to lift an ice cube by attaching a string using salt.

Water changes when we heat or cool it.

March 2, 2017
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Science Grade 3/4

During Term 1 we will use Chemistry to develop our curiosity.

During weeks 3 and 4 students enhanced their questioning skills while exploring the school environs and researching the Leadbeater’s Possum.

February 15, 2017
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Grade 56 Term 1 Japanese

This term the Grade 56 students will be focusing on developing their speaking skills through the food topic where they will be able to make role plays and further their vocabulary with grammar patterns. The hiragana for foods will also be explored.

Foods

たべもの – tar bear mono (food)                          のみもの – no me mono (drinks)

ごはん – gor harn (rice/meal)                                わさび – wa sar bee (wasabi)

すし – sue she (sushi)                                               さしみ – sa she me (raw fish)

くだもの – kudar mono (fruit)                                やさい – yasai (vegetables)

たまご – tar mar go (eggs)                                       さかな – sa car nar (fish)

とりにく- toe ree knee kur (chicken)                     うどん – u dorn (noodles)

Likes/Patterns

____をたべます。- or tar bear mas. ( I eat _)

____をたべません。- or tar bear mar sen. ( I don’t eat __)

__をのみます。- or no me mas. ( I drink _)

__をのみません。- or no me mar sen. ( I don’t drink __)

____がすきですか。 – ga ski des car (do you like ____?)

____がすきです。 – ga ski des (I like)

____がだいすきです。- ga die ski des (I love)

____がすきじゅないです。 – ga ski jya nai des (I don’t like)

February 15, 2017
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Grade 34 Term 1 Japanese

This term students will be developing their understanding of the Japanese school system and some of the differences between the two school systems. Japanese school subjects and their vocabulary will also be introduced.

School Subjects – かもく- car mor ku

にほんご – knee hon go (Japanese)

えいご – air gor (English)

すうがく- sue ga ku (Maths)

たいいく- tai e ku (Sport)

おんがく- on ga ku (Music)

びじゅつ – bee jew tsu (Art)

かがく- car gar ku (Science)

どなかもくをべんきょうしていますか。- dor na car mor ku or ben kyo she tear e mas car?

(Which subjects are you studying?)

どなかもくがすきですか。– dor na car mor ku gar ski des car? (Which subjects do you like?)

February 14, 2017
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Visual Art update Term 1 2017

This term the art program is running in the classrooms. In term 2 we will be upstairs in room 13.

The foundation students have learnt about the Mona Lisa and how to be Mon-i-fi-cent. They will be looking at art works with facial expressions and drawing their classmates and creating a collage of their family with a scene from a favourite place they like to go as the background.

Grade 1 and 2 students are learning about Matisse’s style of collage or “cutting with scissors” as he would say. We are sketching around the school to get some interesting shape ideas to use for our cut outs. Matisse believed you should use colours that represent how you feel so we will be using some brightly coloured papers. We will also look at the way he cut out shapes for the body later in the term and recreate some based out our movements.

Grade 3 and 4 are investigating the connection between creativity and mindfulness. Art is a great way to distress and it is important for us all to find a way to relax throughout the day and our life. Firstly we are exploring Zentangle inspired art. This is a bit of a new craze! It is a mindfulness exercise with intricate patterns that are tangled together step by step. We call it “Tangling”. There are 1000s of patterns online that you can try out or invent your own. Following this we will dabble in the gorgeous Indian technique of creating Mandalas.

The grade 5 and 6 students are connecting art with the community. They are looking out how we sketch historical buildings from our community and represent them as art. We are using an abstract watercolour as the background, creating it with the wet on wet technique. After this project we will be doing a very special team based art to enhance our outdoor school community space. (It is a surprise for the students). If you would like to help please see Graham Campbell with the preparations. We will need some old shirts or smocks to wear for this from week 6 or 7 onwards.

If you have any magazines, newspapers, smocks, old shirts, old tea towels or hand towel please send them up to room 13- I have a resource storage area behind the curtains in 1/2C.

Happy art making!

February 13, 2017
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Grade 12 Japanese Term 1

During Term One students will be revisiting numbers and their patterns. Students will then learn the Japanese vocabulary for family members and various grammar patterns.

Kanji Numbers

1一 ( e che)                                                         11十一 (jew e che)       

2 二 (knee)                                                         12十二 (jew knee)

3三 (sun)                                                            13十三 (jew sun)

4四 (she/yon)                                                    14 十四 (jew she)

5五 (gor)                                                             15 十五 (jew gor)

6六 (roku)                                                          16十六 (jew roku)

7七 (nar nar/she che)                                      17 十七 (jew nar nar)

8八 (ha che)                                                      18 十八 (jew ha che)

9九 (q)                                                                19十九 (jew q)

10 十 (jew)                                                         20 二十 (knee jew) – 2 lots of ten

Family Members

おかあさん – mother (or car sun)

おとうさん – father (or tor sun)

おばあさん – grandmother (or bar sun)

おじいさん – grandfather (or gee sun)

おにいさん – older brother (or knee sun)

おねえさん – older sister (or ner sun)

おとうと – younger brother (or tor tor)

いもうと – younger sister (e mor tor)

だれですか。- Who’s that? (dar rer des car?)

何人ですか。- How many people? (nun kneen des car?)

February 13, 2017
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Foundation Term 1 Japanese

Foundation students will be introduced to some basic Japanese language and songs this term as well as bettering their cultural understanding of Japan.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Head, shoulders, knees and toes in Japanese uses the same tune as the English version.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes (r tar mar, kar tar, he zar, r she)

Eyes and ears and mouth and nose (mer tor mimi tor ku che tor ha nar)

r tar mar, kar tar, he zar, r she.

r tar mar, kar tar, he zar, r she.

mer tor mimi tor ku che tor ha nar.

r tar mar, kar tar, he zar, r she.

Kanji numbers

The shape of Kanji numbers will be introduced this term whereas their sounds will be taught in Term Two.

Numbers

一 1                                                                           六 6

二 2                                                                       七 7

三 3                                                                           八 8

四 4                                                                           九 9

五 5                                                                           十 10 

October 4, 2016
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Grade 56 Japanese Term 4

This term Grade 56s will learn to describe cities, places and things by learning the Japanese vocabulary for adjectives and better understanding the construction of these sentences. Students will also use Hiragana Characters more by translating written words and phrases and creating their own sentences using suitable word order.

Hiragana Lines To Focus On

‘NA’ Line       な、に、ぬ、ね、の – na, ni, nu, ne, no

‘HA’ Line       は、ひ、ふ、へ、ほ – ha, hi, fu, he, ho

‘MA’ Line       ま、み、む、め、も – ma, mi, mu, me, mo

‘YA’ Line       や、ゆ、よ – ya,yu,yo

‘RA’ Line        ら、り、る、れ、ろ – ra, ri, ru, re, ro

‘WA’ Line       わ、を、ん – wa, o, n

 

Adjectives

たのしい – tanoshi (fun)

やさい – yasai (easy/relaxed)

かわいい – kawaii (cute)

こわい – kowai (scary)

へん – hen (strange)

おおきい – ookii (big)

ちさい – chisai (small)

あつい – atsui (hot)

さむい – samui (cold)

 

Thing は adjective です。(Thing wa adjective desu.)

ねずみちさいです。Mice are small.

とうきょうおおきいです。Tokyo is big.

October 4, 2016
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Grade 34 Japanese Term 4

This term Grade 34 students will be developing their understanding of the Hiragana writing script by learning the systematic order of lines a-ho and to read and write these characters neatly. Students will also become more familiar with Japanese technology by learning brands and showcasing their learning through projects and other presentations.

Hiragana Characters – focus this term

* A Koala Sleeps Though Nearby His Mother Yells Really Wildly (Helps to remember the line order)

‘A’ Line             あ、い、う、え、お – a, i, u, e, o

‘KA’ Line          か、き、く、け、こ – ka, ki, ku, ke, ko

‘SA’ Line          さ、し、す、せ、そ – sa, shi, su, se, so

‘TA’ Line          た、ち、つ、て、と – ta, chi, tsu, te, to

‘NA’ Line          な、に、ぬ、ね、の – na, ni, nu, ne, no

‘HA’ Line          は、ひ、ふ、へ、ほ – ha, hi, fu, he, ho

Remaining Lines

‘MA’ Line         ま、み、む、め、も – ma, mi, mu, me, mo

‘YA’ Line          や、ゆ、よ – ya,yu,yo

‘RA’ Line          ら、り、る、れ、ろ – ra, ri, ru, re, ro

‘WA’ Line         わ、を、ん – wa, o, n

 

Japanese Brands

とよた – Toyota

ほんだ – Honda

みつびし – Mitsubishi

にっさん – Nikon

すずき- Suzuki

としば – Toshiba

かんおん – Canon

にんてんど – Nintendo

にこん – Nikon

やまは- Yamaha

ふじつ – Fujitsu

October 4, 2016
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Grade 12 Japanese Term 4

This term the language focus for Grade 12s will be centered around months and zodiac signs. Students will learn to pronounce new terms and patterns whilst bettering their kanji writing for months. Hiragana Characters will also be taught with students learning to sound out, match and write the first four lines.

Months (gatsu)                                                 Kanji Number + 月 = month

January                一月     ichi gatsu

February              二月     ni gatsu

March                   三月     san gatsu

April                       四月     shi gatsu

May                       五月     go gatsu

June                      六月     roku gatsu

July                       七月     shichi gatsu

August                  八月     hachi gatsu

September          九月     ku gatsu

October               十月     jyu gatsu

November          十一月   jyu ichi gatsu

December           十二月  jyu ni gatsu

 

Zodiac Signs

Rat – ねずみ (nezumi)

Cow – うし (ushi)

Tiger – とら (tora)

Rabbit – うさぎ (usage)

Dragon – りゅう (ryu)

Snake – へび (hebi)

Horse – うま (uma)

Sheep – ひつじ (hitsuji)

Monkey – さる (saru)

Rooster – にわとり (niwatori)

Dog – いぬ (inu)

Pig – ぶた (buta)

_____どしです。______doshidesu (My zodiac sign is _______)

 

Hiragana Characters

あ、い、う、え、お – a, i, u, e, o

か、き、く、け、こ – ka, ki, ku, ke, ko

さ、し、す、せ、そ – sa, shi, su, se, so

た、ち、つ、て、と – ta, chi, tsu, te, to

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