A great start to the year! The students are already demonstrating positive learner behaviours and an enthusiastic attitude towards their learning.
Inquiry focus – Science
Hopefully you have heard something about our science topic from your child because the students have certainly been engaged. Our big concept is ‘Change’ – science helps people to understand the natural world and creates different futures.
So far the students have watched You Tube films – ‘The world in 2050,’ The story of Earth (looking back to look forward) and an ABC Catalyst documentary on the future use of robots on farms. In English we have learnt about the ozone layer, clean coals and poaching. Some other areas coming up will be cloning, robotic technology and looking at articles about why we need to embrace science. In research sessions the students are taking notes about antibiotics, coal energy and solar energy, with more independent tasks to follow soon.
Next week we have our first science incursion; ‘Reactive Chemistry’ followed by a second session in week six about ‘Engineering and design.’ Janet has volunteered to do science workshops involving the students using real hearts to make a link between our lungs and heart; a change in one impacting the other. Also Charis from the ‘Science in Schools program,’ is visiting to talk to the students about DNA. We will post some pictures of these events.
All in all, some exciting stuff.
In Maths we have begun with the Statistics and Probability section of the curriculum. The students have been playing games with dice and cards, collecting data, interpreting statistics, drawing conclusions, using probability language to explain results and applying strategies to make the games fair. We will be moving on very soon. Access to students results for PAT maths testing at the end of the year has been made available this week, which will give us insight into what the students need to focus on and hence drive our planning and teaching for the rest of the term. Stay tuned for more maths updates soon.
If you have knowledge of a good maths tutor, please let us know because some families in il Nido are looking for one.
Looking for community volunteers
This is where you come in. We are aware that some of you also work in some sort of science related field and we would love it if you could come in to give some real life application for our students. Please drop us a line if you would be interested and we can slot you into our program in weeks 7, 8 and 9.
If you are able to help out with conferencing, please email us. Usually in the past adults have assisted in the first one or two sessions of the day between 9:00 and 10:50am.
- If you haven’t returned the pink Science incursion note and payment please do so by the end of this week. The first session is next Monday.
- Some students will be involved in the inter-school sport day this Friday. please pay and give permission on QKR, which Peter has set up. You would have received an email if your child is involved in this program.
- Swimming every Thursday. The Curiosita team will be supervising them this year. Support your child to remember to bring their swimming gear.
Drink / fruit
This year we are encouraging the students to get a drink of water and a piece of fruit if they wish at workshop swap over time. This provides the students with a quick break and then a refocus on their learning and it seems to be working for most of the students. The teachers are trying to model this behavior as well. Please help by sending your child along with a drink bottle and providing them with some fruit.