We collected all the dried up felt pens and gem markers. We took out the colour inserts and cut them in pieces. Small containers were filled with water and then we put different coloured inserts in each one e.g. blue, red, orange and so on. The children watched the colour seep out of them and merge with the water. This was done before the Easter Holidays. When we came back from the holidays we looked at the containers and saw that the colour was more intense. Each child used the watercolour to paint cauliflowers (green) and carrots (orange). The colour that came out was like the watercolour used by artists. The more you leave it to stand the more intense the colour comes. The children were fascinated by how we managed to recycle and use the felt pens and gem markers and also by the colour and paint that came out. We also tried it out on a Watercolour paper.
We explained that milk has surface tension, just like water, but unlike water, it is high in fat and is solid coloured. As the dye is less dense, it does not mix into the milk unless stirred. It remains separate. Dish soap breaks down the fat of the milk and decreases the surface tension in milk.
What we did in the experiment: We put our dyes onto a clear container, and then added milk. We then watched what happened when we added the soap.
We asked the children what they thought would happen at each step. They came up with interesting answers. They were fascinated when a bubble formed when we added the dish washing liquid and then how it disappeared. We left the container standing a while and then we looked again and saw that the milk was separating from the other liquids.
We wanted the children to see how we can transfer water from one container to another using paper towels.
We used 4 containers and placed them in a line on the table. We filled the first and third container with water and added red and blue watercolour paint alternately. We left the second and fourth one empty. Then we took some paper towels and draped them from one container to another.
The watercolour paint was used to see how the paper towel absorbed the water and transferred from one container to another.
About an hour later the children could see that there was some water in the second and fourth container. We explained that the water was there because the paper towel had transferred the water there.
We left the containers on the table till the next morning. The children found out that the water in the second and fourth container had risen up to about nearly an inch. The water in the second container had turned brown. The first paper towel turned red, the second turned half red half blue, the third one blue and the fourth one turned light blue.
The experiment was very interesting and the children watched the process eagerly.
Year 1 pupils had the opportunity to go to St.James Cavalier and listen to the interesting story of ‘The Richest Crocodile in the World’, which was animated through the use of puppets. Once again the children were exposed to use the English language. After the story telling, the children were involved in some interesting creative activities, including drawing and also making masks of animals mentioned in the story.
As part of the Oracy activities planned in order to expose children in Year 1 to the English Language, an outing was organised with Hip Hip Hurray. The children had the opportunity to interact with two characters from the story ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The children were encouraged to talk in English to the characters and also ask them questions. They also sang nursery rhymes and played some games with the two characters.
We were asked to collaborate with Lija Local Council for the Citrus Day event by preparing some charts and crafts. As a class, we painted some paper plates to represent the citrus fruits segments. We also designed slogans to promote the intake of citrus fruits. This was clearly highlighted in our morning assembly where the children shared their useful information about citrus fruits that they found on the internet and wrote sentences about.
Ms. Beverly Ann Buttigieg
L-għalliema tal-Ħames Sena organizzaw ġurnata speċjali għall-istudenti tagħhom li fiha għaqqdu attivita’ tat-tisjir mal-Matematika u mal-Malti. L-idea bdiet minn silta li t-tfal qraw matul il-ġimgħa li kienet tinkludi riċetta kif isir il-ħobż. L-għalliema ħasbu li jippruvaw ir-riċetta fil-klassi mal-istudenti tagħhom u minnha joħorġu attivitajiet marbuta ma’ ħiliet matematiċi kif ukoll aspetti tal-lingwa u kitba bil-Malti.
L-attivita’ bdiet billi ż-żewġ klassijiet ingħaqdu flimkien u l-għalliema bil-għajnuna tal-LSAs qassmu l-istudenti f’erba’ gruppi. Kull grupp kellu l-ingredjenti meħtieġa u l-għodda li kellu bżonn. L-istudenti wiżnu u ħejjew l-ingredjenti waqt li l-għalliema u l-LSAs staqsewhom domandi biex jgħinuhom jaħsbu b’mod matematiku waqt li qegħdin ikejlu. Sakemm l-għaġina kienet qed togħla l-istudenti ingħataw karta b’numru ta’ mistoqsijiet matematiċi ibbażati fuq ir-riċetta tal-ħobż.
Meta l-għaġina għoliet l-għalliema u l-istudenti ffurmaw ħbejżiet żgħar li ssajru f’żewġ fran tal-elettriku fil-klassi stess mill-għalliema. Ir-riħa tfuħ ta’ ħobż malajr infirxet mal-kurituri tal-iskola u qasmet qalb kulħadd. Sakemm sar il-ħobż, l-istudenti ingħataw karta oħra b’taħriġ tal-lingwa fil-Malti kif ukoll kitba qasira li fiha kellhom jiddeskrivu ħobża tal-Malti u jiktbu riċetta kif jagħmlu ħobż biż-żejt.
Ma jistax jonqos li l-istudenti kienu fuq ix-xwiek biex iduqu l-ħobż li għamlu huma stess, u xejn inqas l-għalliema u l-LSAs. Il-qofol tal-ġurnata ntlaħaq meta sa fl-aħħar l-istudenti ngħataw ħbejża kull wieħed sħuna u tqarmeċ midluka bil-butir. Tassew niżlitilhom għasel!!!!!
Mr. Paul Rapa
On Tuesday 4th February, the Kinder 2 children along with their Kindergarten Assistants, LSA’s and students kindergarten assistants went to the Fire Station Depot in Xemxija.
The chief officer Mr Tonio Portelli explained to all of us what happens there. He described what the different fire engines are used for. He emphasised to the children that should there be a fire, to try and get out of the building quickly, never to hide, to crawl and not stand up to avoid smoke inhalation.
After the children had lunch, the firemen took groups of ten children for a ride in the fire engine with the sirens blaring. A fireman showed the children how they use the water hose and how they put out the fire. Another fireman showed them how they use the ladder to reach high buildings.
It was a really good experience going to the Fire Station Depot and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.
Today Friday the 7th of February we took the children out in the middle yard. We took spray bottles filled with water with us. First we went in the shady part of the yard. We told them not to spray water on each other especially on the face. The children lined up facing the wall and began to spray water on the wall. They sprayed different things such as numbers, letters, shapes and doodles. They had a lot of fun seeing what showed on the wall.
Then we moved to the other side of the yard where it was sunny and they started spraying again. They noticed how the shapes they were spraying were drying up and fading quicker than when they were in the shade. Some of the children sprayed so much that the water soon emptied from the spray bottle.
It was a fun activity and we all enjoyed seeing what they came up with.
Once a week the students enjoy an Arts and Crafts lesson during which they discover their creative side. Here we can see the House which the students cut out and glued together themselves.
Ms Kylie Xerri Year 2.1