This week we’ve been working out what a central idea is all about and how to work out whether a central idea is a good one or not… Firstly, we did some human graphing based on central ideas to work out who thought that they were good and why. Then we learnt about the criteria that make a central idea effective. These are the criteria that we have learnt to consider. Central ideas need to be; written in a neutral voice that does not convey value, invite a range of responses, relevant to the theme, promote conceptual understanding, globally significant, challenging and extending, and a statement written in one sentence.
Armed with this knowledge and understanding we wrote our own central ideas and then looked at each other’s. It was hard at first but after we considered a few it became easier. As a group we identified three central ideas that we thought would work with a bit of tweaking… The tweaking didn’t take too long and before we knew it we had a central idea that we could test against our topics. It worked for all the topics! The central idea for our exhibition is; Finding solutions to human made issues can lead to new beginnings.
Today, we watched Martin Luther King’s inspirational ‘I have a dream’ speech. It also happened to be the 50th anniversary of the speech. It was amazing to see the passion and audience that he had and the power of his determination! Action can take many forms…Martin Luther King started some very important conversations about equality and social justice.
Today, Mr C gave us a refresher lesson on Primary and Secondary Sourcesof Information and together we came up with a great list of different examples. We realise that primary sources of information are going to add a lot of value and importance to our inquiries!
We’ve spent several sessions revisiting the Exhibition and considering what it is and what it isn’t… We know that we’ll need to demonstrate our knowledge by using all the transdisciplinary skills, concepts, attitudes and learner profile attributes throughout our unit of inquiry. We’ll also need to consider what action could arise from our inquiry which is a really important aspect of this process. So now we’re ready to start working towards developing a central idea for the whole class, to decide on our topics and to plan our units of inquiry. There are definitely exciting times ahead!
As we get ready to start thinking about our Exhibition Units of Inquiry next term, we brainstormed some real world issues that exist and that we think are important to discuss. You can see them here on this padlet:
As we prepare for our Exhibition we have started to consider the purpose of blogs and how we could best use one for our Exhibition. We’ve started personal blogs using Google Blogger. You can access our blogs by clicking on the links on the Student’s Blogs page on this blog. We think that blogs will be a great way to share our learning journey with anyone who is interested and to document the process of our inquiries. We know that we need to be careful when using blogs to ensure that we keep ourselves and others around us safe so we’ve explored some of the things that we’ll need to consider.
Now that we’ve decided on a Theme we thought it would be best to develop an Essential Agreement that everyone will follow to make sure that we all work to our best during the Exhibition and continue to support each other with all areas of our learning.
This week, we considered what theme we think would be best to explore for our Exhibition. We decided that we’d need to choose between How We Express Ourselves and Sharing the Planet. To help us work out which one would be best, we brainstormed a variety of real world issues that related to our local area and our interests. What we discovered was that most of the issues related to the Sharing the Planet theme. As a group, we’ve decided to explore the Sharing the Planet theme.
We have started to think about our Exhibition unit of inquiry which will be the culminating student experience of the Primary Years Program (PYP). We have started by talking about what the Exhibition involves and why it is an exciting and important part of Year 6. The Exhibition will be our opportunity to showcase the knowledge, skills, attitudes and growth as learners that we have built up over our time at Lindfield and we’re looking forward to celebrating!
Welcome to the Lindfield Year 6 Blog. This is an area that we’ll use to showcase some of our work and comment on some of our activities. We will also use this space to share our PYP Exhibition learning journey.