Global School Play Day-Wednesday February 7th

The Global Day of Play (GDoP)  will be celebrated in the LIS Primary Section on Wednesday, February 7.  The purpose of this day is to promote play as an important way we as humans, all learn through play, particularly in the areas of well-being and social development.

At LIS we highly value the development of both academic and social skills, along with a range of other competencies that prepare students for success in adulthood. Research is indicating that children have increasingly less opportunities for self-regulated play. On the GDoP, we hope to promote play and provide and an opportunity for students to further develop self regulation, an understanding of boundaries, opportunities for safe risk taking, collaboration and creativity; as well as exploring new ways  to interact with others in a playful setting.

The large proportion of time, many children now spend in front of screens, and the lack of physical activity and self- initiated play, is increasingly becoming a highlighted area of concern. As mentioned in our email, through GDoP, we are promoting physical play, that does not use screens, as we want to encourage more active opportunities for play between children with the hope that this to become a part of every child’s daily life.

There is now growing research that indicates the significance and importance of enabling childrens’ play opportunities which helps them become balanced and successful adults.  We encourage you to watch the following TEDex and TED talks which share some insightful information about the importance of play, and the ongoing and essential benefits it provides for both adults and children.

 The decline of play – Peter Gray

A manifesto for play, for Bulgaria and beyond – Steve Keil

 Play is more than fun – Stuart Brown

You can learn more about the benefits play by visiting the official GSPD website: www.globalschoolplayday.com.

Lots to do this week…

Our second week back and the majority of our students and families have now safely returned to school and are settling back into class and school routines.

The children seem well rested, refreshed and happy to see each other and their teachers again. We have revisited the on-going Year 4 expectations of responsibility, commitment and independence and discussed the importance of supporting each other as we learn and grow together. Sharing time with our younger year level buddies this week also added to our gratitude to our return to our LIS community.

For our How We Organize Ourselves unit we had more guest-speakers, Ms Avin who spoke of the work being done by the FOLSCO organization (Friends of Luanda Street Children and Orphans) and Ms Georgina who shared her volunteer work experience with the Lighthouse Relief Organization, which helps refugee/resident communities in Greece prepare for taking up residence in countries throughout Europe. Our students have been making connections to our lines of inquiry as well as developing their listening and questioning skills and extending their vocabulary knowledge to find out the definitions for key words relevant to their inquiry.

For Math we are continuing to look at multiplication and division strategies. With students building their understanding of how these operations work, how they are connected to each other (inverse operation, fact families, equal groupings) and how they can be used to find the answer to unknown facts and every day related number word problems.

In Language we have reviewed the structure of a narrative text in both reading and writing lessons, looking at text features of characters, setting, plot development, problem and solution, sequencing and vocabulary choice. Using the writing process students are developing narrative and persuasive texts to share and read aloud.

Happy New Year Everyone!!

The Year 4 family is happy to be back.

This week year 4 students began inquiring into our fourth unit for the year.  You will find the learning outcomes for this unit here: HOW WE ORGANISE OURSELVES.

We are have looked at definitions and examples of some key vocabulary – organization, service, impact, cooperation, respect and responsibility.  We have also had guest speakers to talk about the organizations they work with to help students tune in to the unit.

For Math, within the unit, we will look at data handling – more specifically writing survey questions.  As a standalone unit, we are introducing the concept of multiplication and the inverse operation of  division.  Later we will move on to various strategies to understand and solve multiplication  and division problems.

For language within this unit, we will learn about persuasive writing – students will look at exemplars of this text type and analyze the language features and the structure of persuasive writing.  

Have a great weekend!!

Innovations and creations

Students have been developing their thinking skills (one of the approaches to learning) on how to acquire, comprehend and synthesize knowledge. They have been practicing these through learning about the six simple machines and how they make work easier. The students completed their research, made posters and then the class used their (the expert groups) research to deepen their own understandings of pulleys, levers, wedges, wheels and axels, screws and inclined planes.  

Using the design cycle, students applied their understanding of scientific principles to create and innovate various machines. 

Students then showed their complete pieces to the class. Each one spoke confidently as they showcased their simple or complex machines.

Fábrica de Sabão – Field Trip

Thank you for the donations for our field trip.  The students had an excellent day and made many connections to the learning in the  How the World Works unit  – innovation, creativity and design.  As students move towards unpacking the design cycle, they will be encouraged to use their understanding from the field trip to inspire their creations.

Here are some photos from the day…

Simple Machines – what are they?

Students explored new vocabulary connected to the unit (e.g., friction, force, pulleys, work etc.).

We also discussed and consolidated our understanding of  the concepts:

  • form – what is it like?
  • function – how does it work?

We  looked at the definition of  a simple machine – these are tools used to make work easier. In science, work is defined as a force acting on an object to move it across a distance. Pushing, pulling, and lifting are common forms of work. A force is any push or pull that causes an object to change its position (movement), direction, or shape. (from: www.vexrobotics.com)

Students are currently working in small groups/pairs groups to explore simple machines further. They will  practice their research skills to become “experts”  about one of the following: wheels/axles, pulleys, levers, wedges, inclined planes or screws.  They are using books and various website to complete their research.   Students will share their learning with the whole class and in the next few weeks they will use the scientific understandings gained to create their own inventions to move and lift objects.

 

How The World Works

This week year 4 students began inquiring into our third unit for the year.   You will find the learning outcomes for this unit here: HOW THE WORLD WORKS

As a provocation to spark wonderings and curiosity amongst the students, we watched the video below:

Here are some of our introduction and tuning-in learning engagements for this unit

Students will develop their knowledge and understandings of scientific principles through exploring simple machines and how they make work easier. We have planned in collaboration with Ms. Hannah, in Art, to ensure the students develop an understanding of the Design cycle which they will use when they create and innovate.

Next week we will start a stand-alone unit on realistic fiction.  Our next blog post will explain more about this.  For this unit we will consolidate students’ understanding of the explanation text type. However, this week, we concluded our poetry unit by making our inquiries into the Kennings poem. Students collaborated as a year group and then they made their own Kennings which they posted on the Student class blog which you will see here.

In mathematics, all year 4 classes have been introduced to the split strategy and tidy numbers for addition.  Building on their understanding of place value, students are making connections on how to use these strategies to solve addition problems. Some children posted the split strategy and explained their process as you will see in their student class blogs.

Have a good weekend everyone!!

Year 4.

 

Year 4 assembly walk through

It’s been a short but intensely busy fortnight back!  Students reflected on their approaches to learning and set SMART goals which they shared in their 3 way conferences.  It was a challenging and in-depth process but the students persevered and were very principled about how they see themselves as learners and the areas that they wanted to improve in.  Thank you for attending the conferences and being a part of the support to help the students achieve their goals.

Students have been busy planning which learning engagements to share for their walkabout assembly. They practiced and spoke confidently to a broad audience consisting of peers and adults.  Thank you to all the parents that came to be a part of this showcase. Here are some photos from the Assembly: