Language – Writing within the Unit of Inquiry

During our Sharing the Planet unit, Year 6 students have -and will continue to be- focused on reflective writing and personal narratives. We have spent a significant amount of time identifying what makes a good reflection and have identified some key aspects of good reflective writing that will be used throughout out this year.

Key aspects of reflective writing identified by Year 6 students include:

–  Deep thinking
–  Using Metacognition
–  Identifying strengths/weaknesses
–  Explaining and justifying with examples
–  Setting goals for yourself
–  Asking questions of yourself

In addition to spending time writing reflections we have also begun to explore personal narratives as a genre. We have been using Ralph Fletcher’s personal narrative as mentor texts to inquiry into the characteristics of a personal narrative. In addition to reading these texts “as a writer”, we have also spent some time reading these wonderful pieces “as a reader” and using our metacognitive strategies to think more deeply and make meaning of the text. We have also been thinking carefully about how both reflective thinking and writing, plus personal narratives are connected to our Unit of Inquiry.

Sharing the Planet

As we continue our inquiry into Sharing the Planet, learners have been involved in some very interesting discussions focussed around the key concepts of perspective, responsibility and function, and the related concepts of action, compromise and pattern. Students have connected all six concepts with the big ideas of peace and conflict and developed open-ended questions around these ideas. As we continue our inquiry into Sharing the Planet, learners have been involved in some very interesting discussions focussed around the key concepts of perspective, responsibility and function, and the related concepts of action, compromise and pattern. Students have connected all six concepts with the big ideas of peace and conflict and developed open-ended questions around these ideas.

On Friday 8th September, we connected with Julie Wells, an Australian expert in conflict resolution, via Skype. Students demonstrated great listening skills as they thought carefully about, and participated in the interactive discussion. Julie introduced new ideas about layers or stages of conflict, and talked about some strategies to resolve conflict. Some questions that were raised during the Skype session included:
 – Do you always follow the steps [stages of conflict]?

 – Is there always a way to resolve a conflict?

 – Do the steps go in order or can you skip steps depending on the situation; how does this work? 


This discussion and information furthered our understanding of the Lines of Inquiry:
1. Characteristics of conflict
2. The role perspectives play in conflict
3. Actions that can be taken to address conflict

The learning outcomes the discussion was connected to include the following:
– practice techniques of mediation and negotiation within the class and or school community.
– 
document examples of conflict (local and global) and identify the causes and consequences.

Please ask your child “what stuck with you” or what they thought was the most interesting/important during the Skype connection and why.