Sharing the Planet – Week 5

Dear Parents,

When our students inquire into the units of inquiry, they do so through a conceptual lens. What does this mean in practice?  What are students learning through these conceptual lenses?

Well, through our first line of inquiry ‘Appreciating Earth’s natural and human- made resources, students are inquiring into what is a natural resource and what is a human-made resource. They are being encouraged to appreciate the nature within our school campus by going on many nature walks. On different walks they have taken pictures of what they have seen, used lists to record natural resources observed and they have been sorting natural and human-made resources.

Another concept that is framing the learning during this unit is responsibility, specifically what is our responsibility towards our environment? Our students are developing their understanding of this concept through gaining a better understanding of what waste means and what is being wasted. Some of the students’ comments were that food, money and water are being wasted and that recycling and reusing are a way to reduce our waste. Next week, we are planning to visit our school compost area.

Ways to help/support your child at home

This unit provides a wonderful opportunity for engaging in open discussions with your child. One of the most important ways that you can assist your child at home is to connect with nature as much as you can and to draw their attention to the environment around them.

This week our school have hosted a parent coffee morning about how we develop our student’s mathematical skills. A skill that we are aiming to develop throughout the year is our students’ number sense.

 How?

One way is by subitising, a term devised by the theorist Piaget referring to the ability to instantly recognize the number of objects in a small group without needing to count them, such as being able to recognize the number of dots when using dice without having to count each one individually.

Why is subitising important? A predominant focus of our early math curriculum is the development of an understanding of number. Subitising is an essential part of developing number sense in helping children relate to numbers and to actual items or groups of items. This is known as number conservation. It is not uncommon that young children learn to count by rote but do not really understand the meaning behind what they are doing.  By looking at groups of objects, children can start to develop an understanding of how a number is made up: for example, six dots could be two sets of three dots, or a set of four dots and two dots. This understanding of part-part-whole relationships helps children to separate and combine numbers and accelerates understanding of addition and subtraction.

Playing dice games at home is excellent in supporting mathematical understanding with your child – and great way to spend family time together.

Please enjoy some of this week photos.

Kind regards,

Ms Georgina

 

 

 

 

 

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