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.
As we delve deeper into our unit of inquiry into how we express ourselves and, in particular, the use of media, we are starting to really focus on the way perspectives can be manipulated by the use of media.
Today, we used a thinking routine called claim, support, question that made us think about the truth of the two provocations that were presented.
As you look at the provocations, think about the role that the media plays in shaping the views of others…
What ’emotions’ are invoked and how is the ‘truth’ represented?
What is it about the use of image that connects you to the content?
As part of our creative writing activities, this week we used this image to complete a See, Think, Wonder routine as a part of our planning for writing component and then started to write a draft narrative, recount, description or exposition based on this image that has been supplied as part of the WriteOn Competition.
Initially the boys were given 25 minutes to write and 5 minutes to edit to give them an idea of the challenges of writing when timed and today the boys continued their pieces of writing with a focus on their use of adjectives and adverbs.
Once complete, we’ll share the pieces of writing with you and the boys will choose whether to submit their piece of writing for the competition.
Today, the boys did a fantastic job delivering yet another lesson to their buddy classes as a part of the PALS program.
In class, we worked on unpacking the topic of Emotions, which is huge! and then set about finding ways of sharing this content with our buddy classes at an age appropriate level. The boys were keen for the rest of the school to understand the importance of knowing their emotions and how best to use them.
Lessons consisted of brainstorming sessions, picture books, skits, Keynote presentations, Prezi presentations, sharing sessions and many other activities.
With each lesson the boys just get better and better!
We’ve started our new unit of inquiry and now we’re considering what it is about Media that we’d be interested in exploring further, especially in relation to our concepts of FUNCTION, REFLECTION and PERSPECTIVE.
This Padlet is a collection of some of our beginning questions…
Ever thought of selling ice to eskimos… Nor have we? However, to start our unit of inquiry into how we express ourselves and the central idea that media can create, alter or manipulate images and perspectives, this is what we asked the boys to do…
In groups the boys developed short skits to sell ice to others… without my guidance (and as a result of their constant exposure to advertising) the boys came up with a variety of interesting advertisements that involved the use of slogans, music, special ‘deals’ and, of course, humour!
Following this, we watched the experts at the Gruen Transfer do the same thing and compared what we say and thought…
Here are two clips prepared by media companies for the Gruen Transfer: