Friday, 26 October 2018

Mighty Morse Code

Today we were lucky enough to have a guest speaker, Trevor, bring in a morse code machine, manual typewriter as well as an electric typewriter.

We learnt some interesting facts about the history of morse code and watched some people using the machine to produce morse code messages. We were lucky enough to have a go ourselves on these devices.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Great Readers Ask Questions

This week during Readers' Workshop we have been focusing on our comprehension of texts through asking questions. We have learned all about THICK and THIN questions. Thin questions are easier to answer because the answer comes straight from the text, whereas thick questions are harder to answer because we need to use clues from the text to infer answers.
Students have been practising their reading before answering some thick and thin questions. They have even been writing their own thick and thin questions!
Some examples of thin questions you can ask at home are:
1. What is the main character's name?
2. Is the story fiction?
3. What is the setting of the story?
4. Are there other characters in the book?

Some examples of thick questions you can ask at home are:
1. I wonder why....
2. Why was that event so important?
3. How did the character change from the beginning of the story?
4. What do you think is the author's message from the story?

Enjoy reading at home and have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, 21 October 2018

How Times Change

On Friday we had teachers visit from 1911.
The day started with an assembly, where we stood in rows and listened to the National Anthem - God Save the King. The principal also dropped by to check on our knowledge of spelling and maths facts.
We all visited Miss Plum's classroom. She was very strict and stern. We all worked in silence sitting in rows. When we were asked questions we had to stand to answer Miss Plum.
We also tried to do some needlework. This was a lot harder than it looked.
We also compared how quickly a photocopier makes copies compared to the hectograph.
There was plenty of time to play some old school games as well.
What was your favourite activity of the day?