Today 5/6 ND NB showcased their masterclass inquiry learning. The freedom we gave the students in choosing what they wanted to investigate, question and research paid off in spades in the quality learning, amazing displays and the great learning conversations that came from the showcase.
Here are some buddy reactions after seeing our work…
Tri: I enjoyed the brain cake because it looks like a zombie brain.
Riaan: The rockets. They can, one of them can open.
Armin: I liked the sun.
Andrew: The dolphins in the water that they made in the box – because it looks fun!
Isla: The fox in the box!
Eerat: I liked the x-ray machine.
Abhay: I liked the x-ray machine too.
Williams: The soccer.
Ebony: I liked Shylah’s rugby, the rocket and the country thing.
Riva: I saw the brains.
Agamjot: I liked all the rcokets.
Dylan: I liked my buddy’s basketball animation video. There was some real life pictures in the animation too.
Kevin: I liked the x-ray box.
Sahana: I liked the snow and ice thing.
Arnav: I liked the rocket and the x-ray.
Lina: I liked the Lego building.
Anthony: The rocket and animation.
Our learning intention for our unit on angles and shapes is for students to foster an understanding of how angles are measured and how they relate to 2- dimensional shapes.
These photos show a progression of great knowledge and understanding from being able to construct and measure angles of various degrees of turn to understanding the role they play in shapes such as triangles, quadrilaterals and other polygons.
Students have made some amazing discoveries such as the angle sum of any triangle is always 180 degrees because its angles make a straight angle (half turn) when put together.
Currently some students are even investigating what happens to a shapes angle measure when sides are added one at a time. There is a pattern here, a direct relationship between the number of a shapes sides and the total angle measure. As students discover this pattern, more posts will be made regarding this and other discoveries.
Other students have even progressed beyond this to investigating circles and the relationship between a circle’s diameter and its circumference. They used this understanding to create a meter long trundle wheel designed to measure distances on the ground.
A quatrain poem is a 4 line poem that follows 3 particular rhyming schemes.
The letters stand for the words in the lines that rhyme with each other. See some amazing examples below…
Today students explored circuits using batteries and solar power using play. They also investigated magnets and magnetism. This is important in allowing students to use free flowing play to explore ideas, concepts and build on existing knowledge. The engagement was sky high! Literally.
Snap circuits were really fun, I discovered that you can connect 2 batteries to one switch to make a buzzer, light bulb and fan work- Luka and Djaran
When the loop touched the coat hanger the buzzer sounded because it completed the circuit
We created a double light bulb with a fan, surprisingly the power of the 2 batteries powered 2 bulbs and a fan- Dominic
The fans got forced upwards because there was too much power- Luka
More batteries make the bulb shine brighter- Leah
No this is not a trick… when the repulsive magnetic force between 2 magnets is exactly equal to the downwards force of gravity, you get a levitating magnet!
This term we will be looking at different types of poems and poetry elements.
Today we focussed on nouns, verbs and adjectives in a CINQUAIN poem.
The students had fun creating their own. Have a look.
It is important to see angles in everyday objects especially in shapes. Today’s task was for students to make an angle maker and see how many different types of angles they could find and draw. We found the most common to be a right angle as it is used in building quite often. …
THIS WEDNESDAY, students will be fed a wholesome lunch whilst having the experience of eating a hot meal together as a class community. We aim to set this up as a long table lunch where each child will have their own place setting. The Dining Hall experience will give children the opportunity to build independent skills when serving them self as well as learning table manners. Please note that there is no charge to families for this service.
Date: WEDNESDAY 27th May 2020 (Week 5)
- Fish and Chips
What students need to bring WEDNESDAY:
- Plate and Fork labelled with student’s name (non-disposable)
- NO LUNCH
If your child has any dietary requirements please email us.
Part of our future showcase for our masterclass in week 10 will include students’ very own infographic created in keynote just like the brilliant light bulbs we created a couple of weeks ago. Here are some works in progress….
Our classes brainstormed some topics that WE are passionate about. When we research a topic we are passionate about, the learning is more meaningful, deeper and serves a better purpose. Here are just some of the topics our classes brainstormed that we are passionate about.