Numeracy Investigations

Hi everyone,

Today the students explored their numeracy investigations through their 100 languages of learning. Students lead discussion, collaborated and experimented to find different ways of exploring their learning. Students use their ongoing inquiry skills to question as to why certain things were happening within their learning, and used their growth mindsets to work out ways of exploring this differently.

Student Quotes:

Stacey and I measured each other and we were only .5cm different in height – Meitraeyi & Stacey

I use these measuring cups when I help cook at home – Zac

Different levels in the water show you how much water is in the tube – Farah

Photos taken by another one of our resident photographers Deng πŸ™‚

“The Earth Laughs in Flowers” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hi everyone,

Today we had Ali visit us from Wipe Out Waste! Wipe Out Waste is an organisation that engage in school programs to educate students on how to effectively dispose of their waste, which links in with our school pillar of Ecology.

Ali collected all our rubbish from yesterday to dig through and see if we are disposing of our waste correctly. Some of the findings were very alarming, and can be easily fixed with your support πŸ™‚ We continue to encourage the use of ‘Nude Food’ which means bringing food to school in containers rather than in their plastic wrappers and packaging!

We thank you for your continued support! πŸ™‚

“The Journey of a thousand miles, begins with one step” – Lao Tzu

Hi everyone,

We start our blog post today with the quote from Lao Tzu which reads, “The Journey of a thousand miles, begins with one step”.Β From a provocation set from Mr Murray and Miss Canala,Β ‘Tell me your story’,Β which in the Indigenous culture marks a sign of respect and encouraging everyone to talk about their journeys. Students used their 100 languages to explore their journey today! Students discussed all the important parts to their journey and chose to either illustrate, word or describe how they have come to this journey, or where their journey might be leading them.

Amira – “The rocks are so you can step on and keep going on your journey”

James M – “I am drawing a door that opens to God”

Helen – “I am drawing things that I want to do and things I like to do when I grow up”

Cam – “A path that leads”

Seanna – “I have created a path to being a winner, with things I like to do”

Manseerat – “I am going to cross the river to get to the other side”

Jevan – “My journey is me climbing the mountains in Poland”

Australian Inquiry

As you have all seen in previous blog posts, this term, lead by the students, we are investigating all the amazing and wonderful things our beautiful country of Australia has to offer!! Yesterday the students used their ongoing learning powers of curiosity, creativity and collaboration to form inquiry questions and researching all about Western Australia.

Students prior knowledge inquires:

After discussions students collaborated to form inquiry questions to research using their 100 language of learning!

This morning students entered the classroom to find a HUGE map of Australia filling up our pin board! We have started adding some amazing pieces of information about Australia to it and cannot wait to have it filled with all our amazing learning! πŸ™‚

“You’re brave, brilliant and oh-so resilient”

Hi everyone,

This morning the students from 3MS & 2SB engaged in a provocation promoting Resilience πŸ™‚

Students are continuing to demonstrate the power and strengths they have within leading their own learning! Prior to the students engaging in the provocation, students discussed what resilience means to them:

Students showed these capabilities of being resilient through a provocation of working in teams to pass a hula-hoop through a circle!

“The wider the range of possibilities…”

As quoted by Loris Malaguzzi, providing students with the ability to construct a wide range of possibilities will give them ability to lead their learning and create richer learning experiences.

This morning the students engaged with our weekly play-based investigations ranging in all areas of their learning. Students were immersed in their learning and it was evident that our making play-dough provocation was a big success πŸ™‚ Students once again showcased their ongoing learning powers of collaboration, curiosity and creativity.

Have a look at our amazing learning showcased by our very own class member, Emily πŸ™‚

After Recess students entered into shared reading with each other, sharing ideas, and provocations of their individual readers πŸ™‚

This term our inquiry focus stems from ideas students negotiated with us last term, and chosen the topic of Australia!

Today’s focus was on Tasmania, students shared and discussed their understanding and prior knowledge of Tasmania before embarking on their own inquires to find out a bit more of the state that lives off the coast of the Australian mainland πŸ™‚

Students then reported back to the class in small groups to share their findings and engage in a mini Kahoot quiz to see if he information they gathered would help them answer inquiry questions they created πŸ™‚ Students demonstrated their skills of sharing, teamwork and resilience to challenge their growing inquiry skills πŸ™‚

 

“More importantly in play, children learn how to learn” – O.Fred Donaldson

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to a beautiful Monday for the start of Week 2.

This morning the children entered the classroom to a range of provocations set out to explore and challenge their thinking, creativity, collaboration, growth mindsets and positive relationships and rapport for each other.

Students demonstrated their strengths of leading their own learning, manipulating the provocations set out to create new authentic knowledge.

Provocations students explored were Hama beads, Slime experimenting, making, construction, design and pretend play.

Have a look at our amazing learning below πŸ™‚

Welcome Back!

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to Term 3! Yes Term 3 is already year, our year has been filled with an enormous amount of fun filled learning that it has gone past with a blink of an eye.

Today the students entered the classroom to be suprised to see our Play-Based Investigations set out for them to explore. The students once again showed their flexibility and resilience and adapted to their new learning environment with ease, leading their own learning and exploring their 100 languages.

On show were the students learning powers of collaboration, creativity, curiosity and sense making. Provocations the students explored were experimenting with making slime, making, researching, pretend-play, Hama beads and hairdressers.

Not a change to our timetable this semester πŸ™‚

8.50 Start

10.20-10.40 Recess

12.50-1.25 Lunch

3pm Dismissal

Wishing Everyone a Safe and Relaxing Break

Hi everyone,

Just a quick and friendly message to wish everyone a safe and wonderful 2 weeks worth of Holidays. Enjoy time with loved ones, have lots of fun, and take a well earn rest, as the students deserve it after all the amazing learning that has been on show the past term! πŸ™‚

I would also like to send out a big thank you to all your amazing donations today with our bottle and cans! As a learning community we collected 593 bottles/cans, which climbed us up the leader board to finish in 2nd place out of every class in the school. The collaboration involved to achieve this was amazing! Thank you all so much! πŸ™‚

God Bless

‘Play is the highest form of research’

Hi all,

Today’s blog post is titled ‘Play is the highest form of research’ as quoted by Albert Einstein. It is evident as to why Einstein would acknowledge play to be such a valuable form of learning for children, as witnessing it within the classroom, is truly special. Through our play investigations today, their was an abundance of learning demonstrated from all students as they worked through their strengths to challenge their critical and creative thinking, too discuss ideas, conceptions and analyse what they had created, to test their designs, or manipulate the materials used in order to spark a new idea. The trust and ability to share with each other, shows how far our learning community has come over the first half of the year, as each student continues to grow and flourish into becoming the leaders of their own learning.

A Speck of Gold for me today was witnessing how engaged the students were within their learning, entering a state of flow through our investigation time.

REMINDERS πŸ™‚

Just a couple friendly reminders.

1. Friday (6/7/18), we are having our class shared lunch to celebrate an incredible semester of learning!

2. Students are able to wear casual clothing Friday (6/7/18), with a donation of recyclable cans or bottles.

Thank you

God Bless