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  1. Pre-Transition, Look At Us Now!

    November 28, 2014 by jocelynseamer

    The last few weeks have been very exciting for our pre-transition students, teachers and parents. The ‘little people’ as we call them have jumped into their phonics learning and are now ready to start Transition next year with a bang!

    Using our big muscles to practice our letter formation. This will help us form our letters correctly from the start.

    Using our big muscles to practice our letter formation. This will help us form our letters correctly from the start.

    Cooper's first sentence.

    Cooper’s first sentence.

    The little people have been practising sounding out their words and writing the sounds they hear. They needed a little bit of help with some of the sounds they haven’t learnt yet, but all did a fabulous job!

    Jack's first sentence about his weekend.

    Jack’s first sentence about his weekend.

    Abby was encouraged to use an adjective in her writing.

    Abby was encouraged to use an adjective in her writing.

    Games make learning our grapheme/phoneme connections fun!

    Games make learning our grapheme/phoneme connections fun!

    Handwriting sock puppets help us to hold our pencils correctly while we write.

    Handwriting sock puppets help us to hold our pencils correctly while we write.

     

    We have had a big focus on speech this term, introducing games to practice saying our phonemes and words correctly. Here Abby and Cooper are practicing ‘s’ blends such as ‘st’ and ‘sl’.
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    We can’t wait to show you all of our progress next year!

    From the Little People at Tipperary Station School.

     


  2. The Reef Adventure

    November 3, 2014 by jocelynseamer

    In science we are learning about the reef and the animals that live in it.

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    This is the reef we made in the corner of our classroom. When you go into the reef it feels like you are really swimming because it is all blue and it’s like a real reef.  (Georgi)

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    This is a success criteria. It is for helping us know what we know about the sea and it really helps us by telling us about our learning. Our names are on this one because we know about the parts of the animals’ bodies. For example, turtles have a shell that they use to protect themselves. (Isabelle)

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    This is a part of our reef which is the rocks with the coral growing from them. It has different types of fish such as parrot fish and jelly fish. We have tried to make our reef look realistic by placing the fish and coral where they go and colouring them in the right colours. We looked them up in books and using Google. (Lillian)

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    This is where we learn and find our animals to learn about. There are some shells on the table and magnifying glasses to learn about what we are doing.  We will use these books in a couple of weeks to find information for our projects. (Shyanna)

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    This is us learning with Miss Jaki. Miss Jaki is a marine scientist.  We learn in the reef every Tuesday. It is fun learning in the reef because we get to see the seaweed dangling and the jellyfish and we get to learn new stuff about the reef. (Zeta)

    We really enjoy learning in our reef and we can’t wait until our next science lesson.

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    The Kids at Tipperary Station School.

     


  3. Tipperary Television Ad

    October 22, 2014 by jocelynseamer

    As part of our learning this term we have been learning about advertising and money. To finish off our Shopping unit Tipperary we made this television ad. We hope that you can all come down to our shop and buy some fruit and vegetables!

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  4. Pre-Transition Kicks Off

    October 13, 2014 by jocelynseamer

    In preparation for Transition next year our preschoolers are now beginning to integrate with the primary aged students. Our first day of this program was today and students enjoyed a variety of learning experiences ranging from helping to make a brochure for our class shop to an introductory phonics lesson. Miss Kerry has been working hard with the students on their phonological skills, helping students develop the ability to rhyme, identify the beginning and ending sounds of words and all students  are able to segment orally (using their duck hands). This means that it’s now time to introduce phonics and continue to build strong foundations for reading.

     

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    Working with magnetic letters provides a tactile experience for little learners.

    In addition to learning phonics students use mirrors to practice correctly pronouncing their sounds. If you can’t say it, you can’t read it or write it and this aspect of the program is a very important one for all students.  

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    Students will focus on oral language through out study of Little Red Riding Hood and associated activities such as retelling the story. They will explore concepts such as healthy eating (which foods in Little Red Riding Hood’s basket will help Grandma feel better) and our 5 senses.

    Little Red Riding Hood Stick puppets reading for great story telling!

    Little Red Riding Hood Stick puppets reading for great story telling!

    At times, little ones will work with the whole class on differentiated tasks to help everyone get used to working together.

    Students working at their own level to create a brochure for our class shop.

    Students working at their own level to create a brochure for our class shop.

    We are looking forward to great learning for our little ones here at Tipperary this term in preparation for ‘big school’ next year.

    Until next time,

    Jocelyn


  5. Shop Time!

    October 7, 2014 by jocelynseamer

     

     

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    This week we made a fruit and vegetable shop under the verandah because we are learning about money. Our learning intentions are:

    We are learning to recognise coins and notes – We will play lots of games to help us learn the names of the coins and notes.

    We are learning to sort money and count money. We have started to practice counting collections of coins that are the same. We will also be learning to count coins and notes that are different.

     

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    We are also learning about how to be a shop keeper, how to take turns and how to share.   To make our fruit and vegetables, we used coloured tissue paper, newspaper to make the shapes and sticky tape to hold it all together.

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    We are also using our shop to learn about how advertisers persuade us to buy something.  We can see ads in catalogues, on your iPad, in the newspaper, television and on billboards as well as lots of other places. We have learnt that advertisers use adjectives (which are describing words), verbs to tell us what to do and they might try and give us a deal like “buy one, get one free”.

    We are going to make some ads to persuade people to come and buy our things from the shop.

    Learning over the next few weeks will be fun!

    From the Kids at Tipperary Station School.


  6. Skype with Howard B Wigglebottom

    September 24, 2014 by jocelynseamer

    Today Tipperary students had the opportunity to Skype with Howard from Florida, who is the author of such texts as ‘Howard B Wigglebottom Learns About Sportsmanships’ and ‘Howard B Wigglebottom Listens to His Heart’. We read the the animated book “Howard B Wigglebottom Learns to Listen”, all about effective listening.

    See how well we are listening!

    See how well we are listening!

    Students learned that we listen with our ears and eyes to learn, keep safe and to make sure that our friends know we are paying attention to them. Students also had the opportunity to dance along to a fun song and share what they had learned from the session.We are looking forward to doing some of the follow up activities available on the website:  https://wedolisten.org/

    A page from the animated book 'Howard B Wigglebottom Learns to Listen'

    A page from the animated book ‘Howard B Wigglebottom Learns to Listen’

     

    A free poster available on the website that will up in our classroom tomorrow.

    A free poster available on the website that will up in our classroom tomorrow.

    Thank you Howard for sharing your time with Tipperary Station School!


  7. Focus on Maths

    September 11, 2014 by jocelynseamer

    Following on from a terrific start to the year in literacy learning we have been focusing very strongly on maths and building our number skills here at Tipperary.

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    Tipperary students demonstrating their understanding of fractions in an open ended task.

    Student's insights are recorded and displayed on our Maths display.

    Student’s insights are recorded and displayed on our Maths display.

     

    As well as hands on exploration to build understanding students are undertaking daily number tasks to build their confidence and competence in number sense.

    As well as hands on exploration to build understanding students are undertaking daily number tasks to build their confidence and competence in number sense.

    The little people have learning intentions and success criteria too!

     


  8. Tipperary Character Interviews

    August 21, 2014 by jocelynseamer

    As part of our literacy learning Tipperary students explored characterisation. We created character profiles together and explored characters from our favourite books. After we had learnt about our characters we dressed up for our character interviews. Here are the photos of some of us dressed up and ready for our interviews. We had lots of fun even if we were a little bit nervous.

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  9. Our Mystery Skype

    August 20, 2014 by jocelynseamer

    Today we had a mystery Skype with a class in New Zealand.  They were from Belmont Primary School. It took quite a few guesses to know where they were. We hid our shirts so that they wouldn’t guess where we were. They asked us if we lived on the Daly River after we game them a clue.  We found out that they are in Auckland. Thank you to Mrs Dobbinson and her class for Skyping with us today!

    With our jumpers on to hide our school shirts!

    With our jumpers on to hide our school shirts!

    Waving goodbye to the kids at Belmont Primary school in Auckland

    Waving goodbye to the kids at Belmont Primary school in Auckland

     

     


  10. Adelaide River Festival

    August 15, 2014 by jocelynseamer

    This week we had the pleasure of attending the Adelaide River Festival. We competed in sprints, relays, sack races and the all-important tug of war. Students learnt the value of persistence, friendship and good natured competition. We saw  some old friends and met new ones. We want to say a very big thank you for Tony Clegg and the Adelaide River school for all of their hard work in making the event a success. Enjoy our slide show!

    Miss Jocelyn and the kids at Tipperary Station School.


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