Inquiry Unit

2019

Term 2

The inquiry unit for Term 2 is called Staying Alive. Attached (click in the red writing that says ‘sharing tm 2 2019’) is the Sharing topics for Term 2. A copy of this will be glued into your child’s Communication Book by the end of Term 1. Most of these connect to the Inquiry Topic.   —sharing tm 2 2019

Central idea

Living things in our environment have certain requirements in order to grow and stay healthy.

Inquiry points

  • Investigate the basic needs for survival of animals, including humans, and how their senses help them stay alive.
  • Students’ understanding of basic needs and their importance in our lives will be developed through hands-on activities.
  • Compare their needs to the needs of another living thing.

 

Term 1

This term our inquiry topic is called Friends and Feelings. Attached (click in the red writing that says ‘Sharing topics’) is the Sharing topics for Term 1. A copy of this can also be found in your child’s Communication Book. Most of these connect to the Inquiry Topic.- sharing topics

Central idea

Understanding feelings, how people are similar and different and how that helps to develop friendships.

 

Inquiry points

  • Understanding what feelings are.
  • Understanding what friends are.
  • Similarities and differences between people.
  • Developing and maintaining friendships.

 

2018

Term 4

Our Inquiry Unit for Term 4 is called “Water Works”. Through this unit students will explore how water is used, where water comes from and how to use it responsibly.

Many of our Sharing topics will be based on these inquiry units. Attached (click in the red writing) is the Sharing topics for Term 4. A copy of this will also be glued into your child’s Communication Book.

Water Works sharing topics

 

Term 3

Our Inquiry Unit for Term 3 is called “Spot the difference”. The focus of this unit is:

  • Objects are made of materials that have observable
  • Everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways
  • Different materials can be combined for a particular purpose

Many of our Sharing topics will be based on these inquiry units. Attached (click in the red writing) is the Sharing topics for Term 3. A copy of this will also be glued into your child’s Communication Book.

Spot the difference sharing topics

 

Term 2

Our Inquiry topic for Term 2 will focus on Dinosaurs. We will also have a science inquiry unit called “On the Move”. Many of our Sharing topics will be based on these inquiry units. Attached (click in the red writing) is the Sharing topics for Term 2. A copy of this will also be glued into your child’s Communication Book by the end of Term 1. 

 

 

Term 1

This term our inquiry topic is called Food Glorious Food. Attached (click in the red writing) is the Sharing topics for Term 1. A copy of this can also be found in your child’s Communication Book. Most of these connect to the Inquiry Topic.- sharing 2018

The Central Idea to this Inquiry Topic will Be: ‘We need food to survive’.

 

Inquiry points

  • Whether some foods are healthier than others.
  • Which foods our bodies need to survive.
  • The impact of food on the body.
  • The importance of healthy eating.

 

2017

Term 4

This term our inquiry topic is called Fantastic Forces. Attached (click in the red writing) is the Sharing topics for Term 4. A copy of this can also be found in your child’s Communication Book. Most of these connect to the Inquiry Topic- Fantastic forces sharing topics

The Central Idea to this Inquiry Topic will Be: ‘Simple machines make tasks easier.’

Inquiry points

  • How simple machines work.
  • What makes a simple machine.
  • Why simple machines make life easier.

 

Term 3

This term our inquiry topic is called Weather Wise. Attached (click in the red writing) is the Sharing topics for Term 3. A copy of this can also be found in your child’s Communication Book. Most of these connect to the Inquiry Topic- Weather Wise sharing topics

The Central Idea to this Inquiry Topic will Be:

Weather is constantly changing and affects living things.

The Inquiry Points will be:

  • How we adapt to changes in the weather
  • How the weather affects living things
  • The different types of weather patterns we experience.

 

Term 2

This term our inquiry topic is called Change is all around us. Attached (click in the red writing) is the Sharing topics for Term 2. A copy of this can also be found in your child’s Communication Book (This will get glued in on Tuesday, Week 11, 11th April). Most of these connect to the Inquiry Topic- Change is all around us sharing topics

The Central Idea to this Inquiry Topic will Be:

Everyday materials can be physically changed.

The Inquiry Points will be:

  • The properties of materials.
  • The effects of combining different materials.
  • How the properties of materials can change.

 

Term 1

This term our inquiry topic is called “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”. Attached in the red link is the Sharing topics for Term 1. A copy of these can also be found in your child’s Communication Book. Most of these connect to the Inquiry Topic- head shoulders knees toes sharing topics

The Central Idea to this Inquiry Topic will Be:

Our bodies work to keep us alive and healthy.

The Inquiry Points will be:

  • The various parts of the body and how they work. 
  • How we keep our bodies healthy.

2016

Term 4

Next term our Inquiry topic is called “Playing with time- Toys”. Attached in the red link is the Sharing topics for Term 4. A copy of these can also be found in your child’s Communication Book. Most of these connect to the Inquiry Topic- sharing-topics-playing-with-time-toys

The Central Idea to this Inquiry Topic will Be:

  • Toys have changed over time.

 

The Inquiry Points will be:

  • Different kinds of toys.
  • The differences and similarities in toys from the past and from different cultures.
  • Changes in toys and games.
  • The evidence of change in toys.

 

Term 3

Next term our Inquiry topic will be called “People From Other Places- The Rio Olympics”. Attached in the red link is the Sharing topics for Term 3 a copy of these can also be found in your child Communication Book. Most of these connect to the Inquiry Topic- sharing topics- olympics

The Central Idea to this Inquiry Topic will Be:

  • The Olympics teaches us about how the culture and people differ from around the world.

The Inquiry Points will be:

* What the Olympics are.

* People come from different places/ countries.

* How the culture of people from different countries are similar and different.

Term 2, Week 7

Over the last few weeks our sunflower has grown very quickly. It is now in bloom and it looks absolutely beautiful!

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Look at how much our sun flower has grown. It even has a bud on it. We can’t wait until it blooms.

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Term 2

Next Term our inquiry unit is called “Music To My Ears”.

Central idea:  

  • Music can be an important influence in our lives.

Inquiry Points: 

  • What music is.
  • Styles of music.
  • Ways in which music can influence our lives.
  • How music can tell a story.

Next Terms Sharing topics can be found in your child’s Communication Book. So the students understand what is expected for the Sharing topic, it will always be explained to them on the Friday before that week. You can also find the Sharing topics by clicking on the following link: sharing topics

Term 1, Week 8

Our sunflowers are growing at a very quick rate. Look how much it has grown since Week 6! It has grown so tall it now needs a steak to help it stand and grow straight.

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Term 1, Week 6

Look how much our sunflowers have grown in just 1 week! Sadly one of them has not survived, one is starting to take off, while the third sunflower has really flourished and is growing very quick.

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Term 1, Week 5

Today we very kindly had some small sun flower plants donated to us, which was great as it ties in with the Science Inquiry we have been exploring this term, which focuses on living and non-living things.

Today we discussed the sun flowers are living things because they need food- water, air and sun light to grow. We all estimated how tall we think the sun flowers will grow and discussed that for our plants to grow it should live outside to get sun light as well as air and we talked about the importance of remembering to water it regularly. We are looking forward to observing them grow as well as watching how tall they get to see if our estimations were correct.

Here is a photo of what the sun flowers currently look like.

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Term 1

Our inquiry topic for Term 1 is called “Friends and Feelings”. The Sharing topics can also be found in your child’s Communication Book during. So the students understand what is expected for the Sharing topic, it will always be explained to them on the Friday before that week. You can find the Sharing topics by clicking on the following link: sharing topics

Central idea:  

  • Understanding feelings, how people are similar and different and how that helps to develop friendships.

Inquiry Points: 

  • Understanding what feelings are.
  • Understanding what friends are.
  • Similarities and differences between people.
  • Developing and maintaining friendships.

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