As the term unfolds I will place examples of ways e learning is integrated into our inquiry - Water water everywhere
Useful websites related to this topic can be found on this link
To start the inquiry off I showed the students a picture dictionary and got them to write a definition for water. They then used KIdPix to draw an image to go with their definition.
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We displayed our definitions in the classroom
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The students used the class camera to take a close up photo of a droplet of water on an autumn leaf.
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We undertook an experiment to turn water into a solid. We used a balloon, glove and ice cube container. Once we had passed around the ice exploring how it felt and looked the students all took a photo of a piece of ice.

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The students wrote poems about ice. The photos they had taken the week before were used when creating a podcast. These will be placed on the blog over the next week


The photos were also used when publishing the poems to display in the classroom.
The students also wrote personal recounts about our ice experiment.
We presented these on the blog as a podcast.


The students also wrote personal recounts about our ice experiment and made a podcast.

The students enjoyed exploring the BBC website turning water into a solid, liquid and gas. I placed it on the classroom blog so they could continue to explore it at home.


Time for another experiment - turning water into a gas. Katharine was our official photographer and took the following photos.
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The students are demonstrating their developing understanding of water as a solid, liquid and gas with KIdPix. One week they drew water as a solid.
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The following week, after doing an experiment turning water into a gas they drew another image on their initial KIdPix page.

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This week when it rained the students took the class camera and took the following photos.
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Time for an experiment after reading a journal article 'making puddles' . We made puddles just outside our classroom. Sarah was our official photographer and took the following photos.

With 'rain' the focus of the week - we read a non fiction text about rain which explained how to make a rain gauge. The next day Brodie brought in the necessary equipment to make one. Ashane our official photographer took the following photos.
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After looking at the photos we took of the rain the children have written poems

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Our rain poems are on display in our classroom.
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With a heavy frost - we headed outside to feel and touch the frost.The squeals of delight, the freezing bare feet, the mounds
of dried grass carried back into the classroom all part of the experience. The children used the class camera to take the following images of the frost.These photos were used as motivation to write poems.
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We wrote frost poems and placed these on the blog.


We had a visit from Sally from Water care. It was a hands on experience where the children made streams and rivers using stones. They explored how water always goes down hill and the importance of our drains draining rain not harmful chemicals and rubbish.

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We made a display sharing the knowledge we had acquired from Sally.

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We have began to explore the water cycle and have made a class display of our knowledge.

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We used the story ' Drizzle the drop' as a shared book - to reinforce our knowledge of the water cycle.
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To reinforce our understanding of the terms used in the water cycle we have made use of this on line activity and printed our work.
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The children wrote about the water cycle and drew an image of it on KidPix.
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This water cycle song has become a firm favourite in our classroom and we listen to it most days.



We read our explanations of the water cycle as our literacy buddy videoed us. These were placed on the blog.


We made terrariums so we could watch the water cycle first hand.
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We have used The great water ride as a shared book
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Some of the children wrote about the day we made terrariums. We used imovie to record their voice and place relevant photos alongside.





We read about goldfish and collated this information on a Y chart. We then wrote information reports about goldfish, drawing goldfish on KidPix

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We placed these information reports on the blog.


One of the children brought in a KFC box which had instructions for a game - Ice melting madness. There were a few simple rules.
In groups of 2 or more you had to melt a cube of ice as quickly as you could ( we used groups of 4). Everyone in the team had to hold the ice at least once and the ice was not allowed to be put in your mouth!!. I brought in the ice cubes and we timed the time it took to melt the ice as part of maths. It was a great deal of fun - excited children and squeals of delight.

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We used the slide show water around the world as our shared book. This highlighted to the children that water is scarce in some countries.water_aide.png
The junior team celebrated our inquiry with a 'blue day'. We spent the morning doing blue activities in our rooms, coming together in the afternoon to share what we had done. In our classroom we played ice melting madness again, undertook a simple experiment and ................. (see right)

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We made badges on KidPix related to water including making sure we do not waste it.

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We wore our badges to the afternoon assembly and wore them home with pride.

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The children wrote a recount about blue day with a number of them recording this recount on imovie. These were placed on the classroom blog.


The children took photos of clouds and will use these as motivation for writing poems.

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We read 'Clouds'as our shared book

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We finished the term as we had begun it - writing a definition for water.
The children drew images on KidPix.


Some children recorded their poems on imovie and these were placed on the classroom blog


Art. Our focus for art for the first half of the term was - fish. We started by doing a line drawing, followed by a dye with a dragged painted background

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Reflecting on our shared book The pig in the pond we listed all the places we could find water. We used wordle to record our ideas
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