‘This month in year 5 science we have been completing our work on classification and characteristics. We created binomial and dichotomous keys and created a candy classification sheet where we had to sort out different Haribo candy using the classification methods we had learnt. We also created a vertebrate book where the common characteristics of fish, amphibians, reptile, birds and mammals with examples of these animals.
In year 6 science we have been making animals and plant cells models, which will be displayed soon in some of the cabinets in the foyer. The students have also been preparing and delivering presentations to their peers.
In year 4 free time we have been celebrating pancake day by making some pancakes on Friday afternoon!! needless to say the kids loved it! ‘
February in the Origami Club was an exciting combination of Pokemon and Valentines. First we got the younger kids up and running with my big collection of paper roll Pokemon patterns! Then we broke out the Valentines patterns, making blow up paper hearts and beautiful open flower hearts – then we started doing butterflies because Christine loves spring!
My month was full of activities. In 3eub we learned everything about recycling to make the environment better. I also did Reading with the kids for their Reading Record. The highlight for them was of course preparing for Fasching and cooking Pizza Baguettes!
In 3eua we finished our Bat topic with our posters. We also completed our Winter art projects. We did a lot of Fasching preparation and celebrated! Our popcorn month was hit! We did variations of different popcorn sweet, salty butter, coloured and string popcorn.
In 1a I have been working with the kids on body parts, clothes and we started animals. They are having a great time learning English, WHY because I make it fun!!!!
In cookery club we are experiencing “A taste of Italy”
In all of the 4 eu classes typing has been going very well! I am very impressed at how quickly they have picked it up.
Wave boarding is a total hit I have 20 to 25 students every Tuesday!
Of course football has been going quite well the guys are really good and preparing for more tournaments!
The girls football program has been busy. With big tournaments coming up at the end of February for the year 5/6 girls, and in early March for the year 3/4 girls, we have had a lot of preparation to do. Unfortunately, the way the tournaments were scheduled, and with other events getting in the way, our usual training sessions on Tuesdays have frequently had to be cancelled. In its place, it has been great to see the girls gaining confidence outside of our training and playing more with the boys during their free time. In this regard I would like to give a special mention to the boys of 4euC who, with only a little groaning, have taken it upon themselves to not only play with the girls but also to show them some tricks. I have now witnessed countless occasions where one of the boys could have had a shot at goal himself but decided instead to pass the ball to one of his female team mates. Ultimately, I feel this trend will strongly benefit both girls and boys. The girls have a lot to learn from the boys, who tend to have a lot more experience playing in clubs. And as for the boys, as they say, the only way to truly master something is to teach it to someone else.
The year 5/6 tournament was a difficult one. This was the first time that we had ever reached the second round of the Drumbo Cup. So that was already a big success in and of itself. However, this meant that we were now playing against teams that were all in the top third. Given that challenge, the girls rose to the occasion and in many ways played the best football I have ever seen from them. However, this tournament has also shown us where our weak points are and what we will need to improve going forward. In the end, our 6th place was a bit unlucky. But there were also some highlights, such as a beautiful goal against the team that won the tournament (we lost that game 4:1, but were one of only two teams who managed to score against them).