During the last few weeks students have been developing their thinking and research skills.
Thinking skills (acquisition of knowledge and comprehension):
Students viewed a few videos on the digestive system.
In small groups they discussed the parts/organs of the digestive system and how they all work together to digest a meal. Then they drew and labelled their thinking.
In pairs students read an example of an explanatory text – How does the digestive system work?
Next, they highlighted words that needed further explanation – we used library books and dictionaries to clarify the meaning of those words,
Then as a whole class we analyzed the features and language of the text and together we came up with a checklist for explanation writing (there will be more about writing to explain in a future post).In Mathematics, we came together as a year group to work on another inspirational maths challenge that got the children thinking, wondering, asking questions, getting frustrated, and celebrating when they achieved success as a team.
In Maths this week, children in Year 4 came together on a collaborative mission. Their goal was to create 2-D geometrical shapes by cutting them out of a folded piece of paper with just one cut. It began with an inspiring video, Brains Grow and Change, that voiced the message that that there is no such thing as a math brain or a math person! Any-one can learn any level of math with hard work and effort!
This was an individual task but students had to work together and share ideas and strategies as well as celebrate their mistakes. The children began by drawing a scalene triangle in the centre of the paper and made multiple folds before trying to cut it out with just one straight cut. They explored the task, and made lots of conjectures. There was a lot of frustration and emotions of wanting to give up but they were continually encouraged to keep exploring. With no luck of finding that one cut, this lesson was revisited during the course of the week with different shapes and a lot more success was achieved.
There are FIVE essential elements to the Primary Years Programme curriculum:
Attitudes, Knowledge, Key Concepts, Skills, and Action.
This week we introduced our students to the essential element of Action. We talked about how their learning and understandings will lead them to making connections and taking action.
Authentic and meaningful action needs nurturing and like all the essential elements, action is ongoing and takes time to develop and grow. Action captures the children’s interest and provides opportunities for ongoing learning.
Some thoughts shared by the students about what action means to them were:
….to do something
… to change something
… to be kind and caring
… to speak
….to help someone
….to think about something
Learning about taking responsible, thoughtful and meaningful action is all about who we are. We look forward to the children developing their understanding of what responsible action looks like for them and how they will transfer their understanding to taking action in school, at home and in the wider community.