As it is the end of term, it is time to reflect on the fantastic ‘success’ that the boys and staff at Lindfield have experienced.
To do this, we shared our successes with each other and then watched a oral retelling of a picture book called ‘how full is your bucket?” and we considered the importance of not only celebrating our successes but those of our friends or others as well, not matter how small they may appear, as the power of doing so is so valuable…
This week the boys were given the task of researching an aspect of our Canberra Excursion with the goal of preparing a one page information sheet to share back to the class and build our collective knowledge of Canberra before we leave.
We discussed the importance of design when laying out information and the requirements of an informative text, including the techniques used to draw the viewer in.
There was a lot to be learnt and some amazing observations made! We’re all excited about what lies ahead as we begin our journey to Canberra.
It’s with great excitement that we welcome the boys back to their final year of Primary School. It will certainly be a year filled with many opportunities for great success and leadership. To start the year off the boys have reflected on their goals after watching Kid President’s Pep Talk for Teachers and Students.
After six weeks of in depth inquiry, it’s time for the boys to share their extensive knowledge, skills and passion with the rest of the school community. The excitement levels are high as the boys design, modify and setup their exhibition spaces.
With the whole school available to us, our exhibition space is large with groups in classrooms, hallways, outdoors and in our library.
After setting up the boys had the opportunity for an Exhibition practice as the rest of the school (K-5) visited their exhibitions throughout the afternoon, adding to the hype and excitement. It was refreshing to see the younger boys so engaged and interested in what was being presented with many amazing questions asked and a real sense of awe at what they were seeing…
With just under two weeks until our presentation, there is a real buzz in the classroom as boys are busy preparing items for their groups Exhibition. There are boys working independently and collaboratively as they piece together artworks, artefacts, written and spoken texts, images, music and the list goes on!
As the boys work on these elements of their exhibition they are sorting out their information and making connections between different components as well as with other topics (under the banner of how we organise ourselves).
Mr C led a workshop on the effective and appropriate use of technology as a learning tool. We considered the ‘purpose’ of technology within the context of presenting our Exhibition and analysed the different levels of complexity that we can incorporate into our presentations by considering the following triangle.
When brainstorming different examples of technology (hardware, software, online) we were able to think of a large number of examples and discussed which level of the pyramid they would fit into. It was interesting to see what was suggested as there were many examples that we were familiar with but they weren’t necessarily on our mind at the time!
Today, there was a buzz in the classroom as we considered how we were going to present our extensive knowledge of our topics. There were many familiar ideas and a few unique ones as well.
We agreed that our information had to be ORGANISED and the presentation style needed to MATCH the information and vice versa. We also discussed the importance of demonstrating a variety of presentation styles (remember, we’re aiming for the summit in our assessment rubric) to attract, inform and persuade our viewers.
Today we watched and reflected on two prompts that demonstrated how people take action in different ways. Action is an important element of the PYP and through our Exhibition inquiries we aim to demonstrate ACTION of some sort.
The two prompts that we watched sparked an interesting discussion and sharing of ideas. We all thought that they were powerful forms of action!
Over the last couple of weeks we developed our Central Idea, worked out our Groups and Lines of Inquiry, designed our Essential Questions. Now we’ve been assigned our Mentors and Supervisors and we’re right into the Finding Out phase of our inquiries.
During this phase it’s important that we make contact with our Mentors and Supervisors as they’ll help us to make sure that we’re on task and on the right track… We’ve also got to talk to them about our plans to find out what we need to and explain to them how we plan on doing so.
This week already, there have been many groups who have written emails and/or made phone calls to primary and secondary sources of information. Some groups have even visited organisations that relate to their inquiries. It has been very exciting and we’re all learning a lot with each experience! The biggest things that we’ve learnt so far is the importance of being prepared (questions and information) and the huge value that can be gained from talking to an ‘expert’ in their area!
Our Exhibition is an important celebration of our learning and our skills and it will our form our summative assessment for our Unit of Inquiry into the theme how we organise ourselves.
Therefore, before we started too much work it was important to collaboratively develop some criteria on what success during the Exhibition Unit of Inquiry could look like and what to aim for in order to achieve success!
Together, as a class we worked out what was important to be assessed and then what the different levels could look like…
Here’s what we came up with and, of course, we are aiming for the summit!