Outdoor Classroom Day

Today Outdoor Classroom Day was celebrated Australia wide to encourage classes to get out beyond the traditional four walls of a classroom. At Aubin Grove we have a strong belief in the benefits of students learning outdoors through a variety of opportunities so we certainly didn’t hesitate to join in.

The Room 6 students today started with taking Maths outdoors where they were working collaboratively in small groups to pose questions related to data collection, this has links with our current learning in Digital Technologies. Between recess and lunch the students were engaged in an English task based on narrative character and settings. When we first went outside we spoke about the importance of being aware of our surroundings and participated in some discussion and observation tasks to tune us in to outdoor learning. Then the students were able to use any space within the gardens or sand pit to create a setting for a narrative which they are going to write. Students were encouraged to either work independently or in pairs (personal choice) and then utilise natural materials. Once the setting was created, students were then able to create a character for their narrative. Some students completed both of these tasks during the time and then moved into creating scenes depicting the narrative complication and solution. It was a very successful and engaging session and I encourage parents to talk to their child about what they created today.

 

 

Excursion to Peninsula Farm

A huge thank you to all the students and the Parent Helpers who attended our recent excursion to Peninsula Farm. It was a really valuable excursion as we move into our HASS (Humanities and Social Science) inquiry learning for the last weeks of term and gave the students a great introduction into discovering more about The differences and similarities between students’ daily lives and life during their parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods (e.g. family traditions, leisure time, communications) and how daily lives have changed (WA Curriculum).

 The tour of the house, looking at “old” artefacts, and participating in some “old fashioned games” provided many opportunities for the students to be “tuned in” to our new learning and has resulted in the children beginning to pose wonder questions to guide us as we move forward. I am really looking forward to where this learning journey will take us. If any parent has a particular interest in this area or has any items which we could borrow for a short time, please let me know.

 

 

Bee-bots have landed in Room 6

The students have recently had the opportunity to engage with bee-bots in a series of engaging introduction to coding lessons. A bee-bot is a small, easy to operate floor robot. Students are able to enter a single step or multi-step sequence in a forward, backward, left or right direction and then press GO to observe the bee-bot follow through the programmed movements. Through the use of bee-bots the students are sequencing, problem-solving, estimating and having fun with technology. We will be continuing our introduction to coding until the end of Term One. Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions regarding the introduction of bee-bots.