Little Ossies and Foundation Blog 2014

From Little Things Big Things Grow

March 30, 2014
by littleossies
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Mathematical Memories

This week in Little Ossies we have had lots of opportunities to measure and compare items in the world around us.

It started on Tuesday when we visited the oval garden and had a chat with our special school kitchen garden expert, Simone.  Simone had a special fruit with her from a Bunya-Bunya Pine Tree which she showed to us. It was HUGE!

Simone showed us the size of the Bunya-Bunya Pine fruit. It was huge!

Simone showed us the size of the Bunya-Bunya Pine fruit. It was huge!

We all got to have a feel of the outside of the fruit.  it felt bumpy and it also had blobs of a waxy substance on it which the fruit makes to protect itself.

We all got to have a feel of the outside of the fruit. it felt bumpy and it also had blobs of a waxy substance on it which the fruit makes to protect itself.

Then Simone showed us the nuts (seeds) inside the fruit. They were very hard.

Then Simone showed us the nuts (seeds) inside the fruit. They were very hard.

Simone told us how indigenous Australians used to gather the Bunya-Bunya Pine Nuts, cook them on a fire, then grind them into flour to make things like pancakes.

Simone told us how indigenous Australians used to gather the Bunya-Bunya Pine Nuts, cook them on a fire, then grind them into flour to make things like pancakes.

Having heard this the Little Ossies wanted to make their own Bunya-Bunya flour, but we didn’t have a fire to cook the nuts on, so we had to suffice with finding out more information about the tree. When we were with Simone, she showed us a gum tree in our playground which was about half the size of the Bunya-Bunya Pine Tree.  The Gum tree was really tall, so we could only imagine how tall the Bunya-Bunya Pine could grow.

Simone was lovely enough to send a few of the nuts back to the classroom with us.  There was talk of planting a seed, but we're not sure that it will grow very fast.

Simone was lovely enough to send a few of the nuts back to the classroom with us. There was talk of planting a seed, but we’re not sure that it will grow very fast.

So we decided to try to find out.  We started measuring out the 40 metres which the Bunya-Bunya Pine can grow to, however, we didn’t really have the proper measuring equipment to do this.  We will have to borrow a “trundle wheel” from another grade to find out how far 40 metres is.  So instead of measuring a tree, we did some measuring of ourselves lying down.

We drew around each other and looked at the different sizes that we were on the ground.

We drew around each other and looked at the different sizes that we were on the ground.

We could make different sizes by the way that we lay down on the ground.

We could make different sizes by the way that we lay down on the ground.

On Thursday we had some cardboard rabbit ears brought to the classroom by a parent of a grade 4 student.  To make the ears fit we had to work out ways to make them fit heads.

With lots of tape and trial and error the Little Ossies worked out how to fit the ears to different heads.

With lots of tape and trial and error the Little Ossies worked out how to fit the ears to different heads.

Sometimes we had to fix up the size which we had made to fit heads better.

Sometimes we had to fix up the size which we had made to fit heads better.

And some ears fit perfectly.

And some ears fit perfectly.

Little Ossies really enjoy using maths in everyday life.  What measuring, sizing or comparing did you do this last week?

March 28, 2014
by prepheron
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Kings and their crowns.

We have been learning about the /c/ sound made by the letters c, k and ck. Part of our learning fun this week included reading a Nick Bland story called ‘King Pig’.  Poor King Pig just couldn’t make the sheep like him. We had lots of discussion about what he could do to improve his situation and discovered that in prep at Osborne we are a kind, caring and considerate lot.

In our class we used our leaf collection to create our own crowns with our own special leaf patterning for decoration. Have a look and see what kind of king each of us would be if given the chance.

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How lucky the world would be if we were king!

March 28, 2014
by prepheron
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Fun with leaves.

Using some of the leaves that have begun falling in autumn and lots of leaves from our wonderful plants at home, we have had lots of fun exploring and creating. We measured and compared and we used them to create patterns and pictures then we finished up with ‘Green Man’ faces which we labelled, just like the “My Face” book which  we had read together.

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March 27, 2014
by prepwoods
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‘K’ for kites …

Wow what an amazing week we have had creating kites.In  Prep W had a discussion about what kites need to fly and things we could add to our kites. The students designed their own kites and then using a range of materials created their kites. Once the students finished making their kites we went to the basketball court and oval to see how they flew.

What a fantastic job they did at making and designing the kites  and  no one got upset if their kite broke – what resilient Preppies we have.

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March 27, 2014
by prepwoods
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Grade 6 story tellers.

Over the last week we have had some grade 6 students come and read to our Preps. The grade 6’ers have chosen the stories themselves – stories they like and ones they think the Preps will enjoy. They have done a fantastic job reading these stories and it is so nice the way the preps sit and listen so well. I really enjoy seeing  the older kids interacting with the younger ones and the responsibility they take on.

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March 26, 2014
by prepbrown
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BUDDY TIME

In Prep we are learning about The Golden Rule.

TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD LIKE THEM TO TREAT YOU

Prep B have been working with their buddies in Grade 4F on a Think Map discussing what they think The Golden Rule looks like in the class and at school.

Learning together with our buddies

Learning together with our buddies

Helping and listening to each other

Helping and listening to each other

supporting each other

supporting each other

Working as a team

Working as a team

We loved learning with our buddies and look forward to meeting up again soon.

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March 23, 2014
by prepmills
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Cool Colours

During Investigations we made some cool colours. We had 3 colours of paint – red, yellow and blue. We discovered that when we mixed colours together, we could make a new colour. First we mixed blue and yellow and we made green. Next we mixed red and yellow and we made orange. Then we mixed red and blue and we made purple. Lastly, we mixed 3 colours together – red, yellow and blue and we made brown. We were clever at mixing paints to make new colours.

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Everything outside looks a different colour when we look through our cellophane windows!

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March 22, 2014
by prepbrown
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FAMILY FUN NIGHT

It was lovely to see lots of families enjoying the sunshine and having fun on our Family BBQ night. There was great entertainment from different children who were singing, doing magic tricks, playing instruments or being circus performers. Did you come along with your family? Who can you see from Prep B with their families?

Can you see Angus and his Mum?

Can you see Angus and his Mum?

Can you see Samantha and her Dad?

Can you see Samantha and her Dad?

Can you see Samantha watching the performers?

Can you see Samantha watching the performers?

Can you see Eleanor and her Mum and Dad?

Can you see Eleanor and her Mum and Dad?

Can you see Michaela and her family?

Can you see Michaela and her family?

Can you see Jake and his Dad?

Can you see Jake and his Dad?

Can you see Blake and his Mum?

Can you see Blake and his Mum?

Can you see Tom and his Mum?

Can you see Tom and his Mum?

Can you see Jake and Tom and Blake?

Can you see Jake and Tom and Blake?

Can you see Tom and Blake having fun?

Can you see Tom and Blake having fun?

Can you see Micaela and friends?

Can you see Micaela and friends?

Blake found a caterpillar. Do you think it was the Hungry Caterpillar?

Look a caterpillar! Do you think it was a Hungry Caterpillar ?

I hope you all had fun. Did you see any of your friends?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 21, 2014
by littleossies
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How do you come to school?

This week in Little Ossies we have been talking about the mode of transport we use to get to school each day.  We started doing this on Wednesday as we were recording who came to school in different ways because it was National Ride2School Day.

On Wednesday we had people who came to school riding a bike, scooting on a scooter, walking down the street and riding in a car.  We then imagined other ways we could come to school.  We imagined coming to school in a rocket (via the moon of course!), riding a horse, flying in a plane or helicopter, crawling or swimming our way to school!

We made a special book about the way we travelled to school where we had to try and remember how we had come to school that morning and then imagine how we would have liked to have come to school.  We had people wanting to drive their own car, through to riding on a dragon!

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How do you think you will get to school next week?

March 21, 2014
by prepwoods
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Odd and Even Numbers.

In prep we have been learning about odd and even numbers.

In Prep W we decided to go outside to the basketball court and play a game trying to get into groups of odd and even students. We talked about a number being odd if it doesn’t have a partner and a number being even if it does have a partner. You can see by our photos the students really started to understand odd and even numbers – if you don’t have a partner then your group must be an odd numbered group.

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