We tuned into our last unit of inquiry, Where We Are In Place and Time by walking around school to record shared spaces and private spaces.
We are inquiring into how places in communities connect people and change over time.
We were surprised to find out that almost all learning, play, work and common spaces in our school were shared spaces.
Of course we built a model of our school integrating Maths and 3D shapes into our unit. It was a lot of fun!
Grades 3,4 and 5 were away on camp this week. We took advantage of that and went down to the Football field at lunch break. It was great having lunch under the magnificent Rain Tree. We just ran around, turned cartwheels, danced, played Soccer and collected seeds and leaves. We should do this more often :)
We have inquired into how conflicts occur between two individuals and between groups. in the last few weeks of our inquiry we looked at internal conflicts - our fears and apprehensions and ways to overcome and manage them. An important strategy we have been exploring is SELF TALK. It prepares you to be a Risk-taker and not be afraid of new experiences. What does this sound like?
" I can do it!"
" I'm going to try."
" I'm going to try again."
" I believe in myself."
" It's OK to make mistakes."
" I'm brave."
It is equally important to encourage and cheer friends to boost their confidence. We saw a lot of that happening at the Forest Adventure Course when some students experienced difficulties. Students we Caring and Empathetic.
"You can do it."
"I'm right behind you."
" I'll help you."
" Deep breaths... "
"YOU DID IT!"
Collaborative drawings are great to represent group ideas and experiences : Our trip to Forest Adventure
A very successful day, students were Confident Communicators as they shared their learning journeys with their parents. They were Knowledgeable and Reflective of their achievements as they recalled anecdotes and learning episodes whilst going through portfolios. They demonstrated their knowledge of place value, money denominations and number facts through games and hands-on activities. A lesson in technology for the parents by students was the order of the day and we saw some interesting iStopmotion animation movies being made in the process. Inquiry and Literacy were interwoven as conflict management stories narrated using a Story Mountain. Well done, Grade 1.1!