The Learning Pit

Our class has been discussing ways we cope when we learn new information and try new activities. We looked at ‘the Learning Pit‘ and discussed how this relates learning in our class everyday.

We watched a 3 part series of YouTube clips that explained how we need to focus on having a Growth Mindset and be open to trying new ideas, use old and new strategies, ask for help/ offer help to others, how we feel frustrated or confused by new ideas, making connections to past information to use in new learning, persist and not quit and celebrate the successes we feel when we learn and understand a new idea/ concept.

As we viewed each clip we discussed how it related to our experiences when learning new information and trying new activities. Then we created our own posters to explain how each of us connected our learning to the Learning Pit.

Our posters are outside our classroom – please pop in for a visit and discuss them with our class. We’d love to explain our posters and how we have connected to the Learning Pit.

 

A New Inquiry – We are not alone!

Our latest Inquiry topic is focussed on inquiring about our world – it’s geographical features and how our natural world is changing and areas are developed.

We’re investigating where we live, what it looks like – land formations, rivers, what is in Adelaide, South Australia and Australia – then what’s in the rest of the world,  how is our part of the world similar or different to other parts of the world and how the local landscape is changing and why – what patterns are we noticing around the world?

One of our first challenges was to draw where we live – what does Australia look like and what’s in our country? We had lots of variety in our drawings and the labels we added helped show what we know. It has also led to LOTS of questions we’d like to investigate further – stay tuned for our inquiry questions?

Cardboard Maze Challenge with Big Buddies

We had a fantastic Big Buddy session last Friday. We worked really well with our partners to design, create and make a cardboard maze.

This challenge followed our preparation for future our Genius Hour sessions. We’d also watched Caine’s Arcade to give us inspiration and ideas that we could use in our creations.

Caine’s Arcade YouTube clip

Our challenge required us to work quickly, plan our maze – double check that it worked, glue or stick materials to the board to make the actual maze and then test our models. The making part of this challenge used lots of joining techniques that we’d learnt in our most recent Inquiry topic.

We were really pleased with the results of our hard work – we’ve all used each other’s mazes and have enjoyed the challenge!

Here are some photos of our busy creating session and the finished items.

What did you think of your maze? What was your favourite part of our session?

Technology Challenge

As a part of our current Inquiry topic ‘Amazing Engineers’ we were given a challenge.

The challenge was:

Biggles our class bear is exhausted! He needs a chair or seat of some kind to rest on. Create a design of your model, collect the materials you’ll need and start making your model.

**** Keep in mind the different ways you can join materials that we have on our class charts!

Here are the final products. When we reflected upon our models we had lots of success and some things to consider for the future. It was  great to see so many people choosing a variety of joining techniques to create sturdy, strong and stable models.

Tell us what you think of our models – we’d love your feedback.

Indigenous Weaving

Today we worked with Miss A as we continue to learn about Indigenous people in Australia.
As a part of our activities we did some weaving with plants that are local to the area we live in, which is the same land of the Kaurna people. We looked at the plants Aborignals use for weaving and other ways that these plants can be used. When Aborignals do weaving it can be to create many different objects they need for their daily lives, e.g. baskets to carry food, to carry tools, to carry grasses to do more weaving with.

We used some weaving frames to start going over and under with the grasses that we picked from our school gardens. As you can see in the pictures, we did lots of weaving and could really see our progress. We look forward to seeing them on display in the front office area.

 

 

Squiggle Art

We have been very creative and made some ‘squiggle art‘ pictures.

We all started with the same squiggles on our page and then created lots of different pictures. Then we used the Chatterpix app to make our pictures talk! We explained what each picture was showing and how we created it. Our last step was to share these pictures with the families in our class via Seesaw.

Here are our Squiggle Art clips.

Morning Gardening

This morning we had another fantastic gardening session with Kate.

We had 3 projects to complete:

  1. Set up our wicking pot (sub irrigator planters).
  2. Place our newly made garden signs into the garden beds. We designed these using Maker’s Empire software and printed them on our 3D printer.
  3. Water and fertilise the garden beds with the worm wee  from our worm farm.

We have made our wicking pots and have them stored outside our classroom – just to keep a close eye on their progress. We’ve planted lettuce or radish seeds.

As you can see by our photos we had another fun and inspiring morning in the garden.

 

About Us via Pic Collage

This week we started using the Pic Collage app. This is a wonderful app that allows users to create collages of pictures and words to create a document.

Today we created a collage about ourselves, including our values, likes /dislikes and how we like to learn.  We think these are a great collection of information about our class.

SRC Reps

Today we elected our new class SRC reps for Semester 1.

We would like to congratulate all of the people who chose to make a speech today – you all spoke very clearly and presented lots of interesting ideas to the class.

Congratulations to Ashlyn and Flynn! They will be our reps for Semester 1.

Our back up reps are: Louis and Nicole. Congratulations to them too.