Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Beginnings and Endings of Things

Here in Room 10 we have been working on understanding the meanings of different prefixes.
This helps us to understand what we are reading and how to include these words in our story writing.

For example:

Re ( means to do again)

Re + read = reread  ( read that sentence again)

We found the prefix and the base word, then discussed how adding a prefix changes the meaning of the base word.

Lately we have also been looking at suffixes too.

For example:

ful ( full of)

cheer + ful = colour full ( full of good cheer)

Here is an activity we did to make the words. We needed to read out work back to check it made sense, then out some of these words into an oral sentence with a partner.

Fair Shares

Over the past week we have been working on identifying fractions of a region and learning how to make 'fair shares'

In pairs we had to work out how to cut  shapes into different parts to represent a given fraction.

First of all we found it challenging to make our parts an equal share and deciding the best way to cut up the shapes.

Once we tried to solve problems such as: There are 3 children who need to share a pizza. How many pieces will they get?

The children realised that the idea of a 'fair share' was extremely important!

This is how we did.

The children loved how they could quickly try out different ideas by rearranging the Playdough.
Great work reading the instructions independently and applying your problem solving skills Room 10!

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Too Cute!

Sam and Jenny came to school with some very special visitors this week.
Here are some clues...

They have four furry legs

One twitchy nose

Two fluffy, floppy ears

Can you guess?

Thats right, rabbits!!

Jenny taught the children how to hold the rabbits carefully. We learned that a boy rabbit is called a buck, a girl rabbit is called a doe and a baby rabbit is called a kit.
Jenny told us that rabbits can have between 6 and 9 babies at a time! 

Once it was time for little rabbits to catch up on their beauty sleep, we completed a rabbit themed word find and watched some clips on youtube about rabbits. 
It was a 'hopping' good day!!

Room 10 says thank you for much Sam and Jenny for sharing your cute pets with us!

Saturday, 10 September 2016


Room 10 children visited MOTAT where they enjoyed a fun day of learning and discovery!

We attended the Colonial Kitchen Chemistry session where we learned about non-reversible and reversible changes. We found out that changing some things from a liquid to a solid might mean that it cannot be reversed by heating or cooling, unlike water which can be reversed.

We made butter by getting into groups. We noticed how the cream changed into whipped cream initially, then into butter where we had some liquid left behind called buttermilk.

Afterwards our MOTAT educator invited us to explore some of the household tools and items that were used in everyday life.
The children were surprised to hear how much chores children of their age had to do during the Victorian era!
We were lucky enough to try some of these items out. the most popular was the yoke and buckets that were used to collect river water for the house. The boys wanted to test of they were up for the job!

One of the most interesting innovations was the 'brick fridge'. This was used to keep items cool as there was no electricity then.
Parents had fun identifying the items on the treasure table. Some of these were recognised as tools Grandparents ( children's great grandparents!) used and still had in their kitchens today.
It just goes to show how well some things were made 100's of years ago!

Our Educator demonstrated how to make a soft cheese ( like ricotta or cottage cheese) by heating the milk and adding a kitchen acid such as vinegar. We watched as the milk and vinegar separated to form curds (cheese) and whey (liquid). This was stinky and the children were not sure they liked the idea of trying it! However our educator reminded us that you could not be that fussy back then as food was limited. You had to grow and make your own food. No supermarkets for the Victorians!

We took out butter and cheese back to school. We are hoping to make bread this week so we can experience how the Victorians did it and to explore what role yeast plays in making bread. 

Tune in for this next week....

Friday, 12 August 2016

Wear your seat belt before you hit the track!

Constable Gareth came to tell us about how to wear our seat belts correctly.
We looked at correct and incorrect ways to wear them. 
Constable Gareth measured us with his special seat belt height chart and wrote how tall we were.
We learned that you have to be at least 148cm tall to stop wearing a booster seat.
Everybody quickly worked out that we all have to remain booster seats for a while!

Hokey Pokey - What a Gas!

As part of our Science Rotation we are learning about the states of matter and how these can change depending on whether they are heated or cooled.

In Room 10 we decided to carry out an experiment.
We did what good scientists do by recoding our predictions before carrying out the experiment and then made observations during the process.

Here we are...

We measured our ingredients to ensure our experiment had the best chance of success.

We observed the changes we saw taking place before our eyes. The ingredients melted and bubbles were forming, once we added the baking soda we were surprised to see how much the mixture was expanding!

The Science: The bicarbonate of soda breaks down with heat to release carbon dioxide gas. The gas causes the sugar and syrup mixture froth and  bubble. The bubbles become trapped in the mixture and set there.

We also noticed a change once the hokey pokey had cooled. It changed into a hard and crunchy substance.

I wonder what new ideas we will explore during next week's rotation!

Friday, 29 July 2016

What state are we in?

And so began our investigation into States of Matter, boldly going where man has definitely gone before, but not Room 10!!

We watched a cool song about States of Matter.
Have a look here:

Then we listened to a simple explanation on States of Matter

Check it out here

Then we had to think of examples of solids, liquids  and gases.

To help us understand the science, we played a game where Miss Pulman shouted out a solid, liquid or gas and we had to show what the particles were doing in a chosen state with our bodies

Have a look at us
Particles very close together: solids
Particles apart but close, make the shape of what they are in: liquids
Particles very far apart: gases