Inquiry Learning: How much do we need? How much do we use?

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 26, 2017

This term our unit of Inquiry has been focused around the Earth’s resource, Water.

The students have been encouraged to think about the big question;

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO THINK ABOUT WHAT WE USE OR WASTE?

The students have come to new understandings linked to:

  • Each of us has the responsibility to use the earth’s resources carefully/sustainably
  • Each of us can care for the environment.
  • Each of us can identify actions at school and at home such as turning off dripping taps, that can conserve resources

We began our unit by thinking about our needs and wants. We sorted out what we considered to be the key needs that are required for our survival.

The students used various thinking routines to explore how can we use these wisely and what is our responsibility?

We were fortunate to have a wonderful Incursion (Drama Toolbox) workshop which helped us understand more through the story of ‘Tiddalick; the frog who drank too much.’ This was enjoyed by all as the students acted out the story, wearing costumes,re-enacting the story.

We learnt about the Water Cycle and where does the water that comes out of our taps come from.

The students have become detectives looking carefully at water use at home and at school.

Finally; the students will take some action to assist in raising water saving awareness and pledge to use water wisely as part of their everyday life.

 

 

Visual Arts

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 5, 2017

“Every child is an artist” – Pablo Picasso

Recently we have created some amazing self portraits using paint, drawing and paper collage.

What does a self portrait say about the artist?

Self portraits are about more than your appearance, they show who you are and what you want to be.

 

 

 

Learning about Length

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 5, 2017

In Mathematics we have recently been learning about length.

We all use the terms long, longer, longest and short, shorter and shortest.

We used playdough and lolly snakes to compare lengths.

We went out into the playground to locate long and short items.

 

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