Telling the Time

We’ve been learning how to tell the time on an analogue clock.

For o’clock times, the minute hand points to the 12 and the hour hand points to the hour that it is.


The time on this clock is 3 o’clock which can be written as 3:00 in digital time.

For half past times, the minute hand points to the 6 and the hour hand points in between two numbers. The number that the hour hands has gone past must the number that tells you the hour.

The time on this clock is half past 8 which can be written as 8:30 in digital time.

Addition Strategies

We have been learning different strategies to help us solve addition problems. Here are the strategies and how we could use them to solve an addition problem.


8 + 8 = 16

Doubles Plus 1

5 + 6 = 5 + 5 = 10 and add 1 more which equals 11

Adding 10

45 + 10 = 55 (change the tens number but keep the ones the same!)

Counting On

Put the biggest number in our head and the smaller number on our hand and count on.

14 + 6

Put 14 in our head and then count on… 14 – 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Friends of 10

9 + 1 = 10

8 + 2 = 10

The 2 numbers always equal 10!

Adding 9

When you add 9 to a number, the ones number changes to the number before and the tens number changes to the next tens number. BUT when there is a 0 at the end of the number, the tens does NOT change.

37 + 9 = 46 (change both the tens and ones)

60 + 9 = 69 (change the ones but keep the tens the same)

Making Playdough in Inquiry

Today in Inquiry we made some playdough. Here is the recipe for if you’d like to make some at home:

You will need:

1 cup of plain flour

2 tbs of Cream of Tartar

1/2 cup of Salt

1 cup hot water

1 tbs oil

Food dye


To make the playdough, put the flour, cream of tartar and salt in a bowl. Mix the hot water, oil and food dye together in a separate bowl before you mix it with the dry ingredients. Stir the mixture until it is all mixed together and then use your hands to knead the playdough. Now your playdough is ready to use!

Here are some pictures of us using the playdough:

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Here are some other projects that are happening in JAS during inquiry:


This week JAS participated in swimming lessons down at Aquamoves. I would like to say a huge thank you to the following parents: Karamjit, Darren, Alban, Elida, Tanya, Lucy, Grace, Leah, Belinda and Ann, who helped to change and dress the students during the week. Without your help, the week would not have run as smoothly or as quickly and I really appreciated the extra hands!

Here is some of the students’ writing about their swimming experience and some pictures of them in action!

At swimming yesterday I did torpedo. And I used a kick board. It was fun.


This week we have been swimming at Aquamoves. I do my lesson in the pool. I love  Aquamoves. At swimming I have a kickboard.

~ Archer

I love swimming. I still am focusing on floating but I will get better. We are swimming all week.

~ Chelsea

Today we are going swimming at Aquamoves. We will float in the water. We will swim in a warm pool.

~ Hayden

I went swimming at Aquamoves. They have kickboards. We play in the pool. We float.

~ Lilly

This week we’ve been going swimming. At swimming I practise using a kickboard. I did a torpedo. I can swim under the water. It was so much fun.

~ Micah

On the first day of swimming, I only learnt about backstroke! But, on the second day, I did lots of pin drops. We also did lots of step ins. We did the pin drops and step ins in the deep end. When we did pin drops, I touched the bottom.

~ Molly


This week we have been doing swimming. I am in the big pool. I am good at torpedo and backstroke. I can float.

~ Rhianna

This week we have been going to Aquamoves to learn to swim. I am not a good swimmer but l am learning to swim. I have used noodles and also kick board.

~ Tegan

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