Sorting Out and Going Further

Students have been focusing on a particular aspect of exploration from the polar regions, land, space or ocean to identify DISCOVERIES and IMPACTS;

  • What has been discovered?
  • How have these discoveries impacted our lives?

 

In maths, we’ve been investigating the concepts of time and direction by looking at maps and solving problems related to timezones.

How can parents help at home?

  • Find some recount texts to read together.
  • Ask your child to show you some multiplication and division strategies they’ve learned in class.
  • Talk about maps, use GPS when you travel and work out time zones. 
  • Use coordinates and directions while travelling or playing games (chess).

Finding out

The students have chosen their specific research topic and came up with research questions. They have started planning for their research; identifying sources and gathering data.

To focus our research we are using the reading strategies connecting, comparing, inferring and creating images. While reading at home students can practice these strategies by making connections to previous experiences in their own lives, comparing writing styles and perspectives of the different texts they read.

In language we are focusing on writing personal recount. Students are expected to use descriptive details about significant events from their own lives.

Home learning:

  • Talk about some memorable moments in your family and send photos to help the students verbally recount that event.
  • Following on from Annie’s request to make an action plan, visit this website with your parents and sign up to upload your action plan. What 5 changes will you make to help combat global warming? You will receive a climate ambassador certificate.
  • Guide your child in his/her data gathering, focusing on the research questions
      • The reason for exploration
      • The impacts of exploration (benefits and drawbacks)
      • What innovation is needed to make this exploration successful
      • What new understandings have been developed as a result of this exploration

Where We Are in Place and Time

Tuning in

Our new unit is Where We Are in Place and Time. We are looking at the key concepts of causation, change and perspective and the related concepts of exploration, innovation and impact.

Click here to find the unit overview with the learning outcomes. 

For the finding out phase of this unit we would like to speak to explorers in any field. If you have any personal or professional contacts please let us know.

Below are some photos of our provocations in the first week of our unit. 

Finding out

This week we have been finding out answers to our specific research questions by using Britannica, websites, news articles, videos and interviewing experts.  We focused on the following questions:

  • Where the issue is happening or has happened
  • The causes of the issue
  • The impacts of the issue
  • How humans respond to the issue or consequences of the issue

In language, the students will be reading different texts related to their own research topic. They will apply reading strategies such as determining main importance, skimming and scanning, and summarizing/paraphrasing.

In maths we continued our inquiry into place value and some of us have been exploring decimals. We have been finding out the number of tenths and hundredths in different decimal numbers and connecting this new knowledge to money and measurement.

How can you help at home:

  • Ask your child about his/her research, help identify resources and talk about appropriateness and relevance. Focus on the three main questions (causes, impacts and human responses).
  • Ask your child to show you how to log in to the library online resources. You can start with the link on the blog under Learning Links

Tuning in and formulating questions

This week all of us participated in a whole school, community building day. Teams were made of students from Year 1 to Year 11 and we played a range of cooperative and challenging games.

Some reflections from Year 5 include:

“We loved the activities, they were a lot of fun.”

“It was great to meet and play with the older kids.”

“It was good community building.”

“We liked using teamwork!”

In maths we continue to develop our understanding of place value through a range of inquiries including: ordering and comparing decimals, exploring the different combinations of 100s, 10s and 1s that can make numbers and wondering about and creating different number systems.

We have recorded our current knowledge of the earth and its atmosphere and have shared this with each other. We are using the key concepts change, causation and connection to formulate questions to inquiry into.