Year 6 at Maiden Gully has recently been described by parents as "a rite of passage," where traditions are maintained and there are "diverse leadership opportunities" for all seniors.
In Term 3, students are exploring the the Earth Science inquiry notion of "Creators and Destroyers," and the role natural disasters play in shaping the world we live in.
We will also have a strong focus on the performing arts and developing leadership through our school production of Alice in Wonderland. Our students in the Main Cast are already hard at work learning their lines and rehearsing their scenes, whilst our Ensemble Groups are charged with leading, supporting and encouraging our younger year levels in their scenes. Their roles are integral to helping our younger students learn their songs and dances and to support them on stage on the night of the performance.
This term we will look closely at reading and interpreting graphs and other data representations in mathematics. We will be exploring the decimal representations of units of measurement as we compare length, perimeter, area, mass, volume and capacity.
We'd like to welcome Miss. Frankel and Mrs. Ancrum into our classroom this term on Wednesdays and Fridays, respectively.
Our 2017 student leaders are:
Fraser Captain – Jessica B, Curtis H
Vice – Chloe T, Sam F
Bradman Captain – Emma H, Lachlan W
Vice – Tarryn C, Andrew B
Norman Captain – Alex L, Zac W
Vice- Jayde B, Lachlan G
Laver Captain – Olivia L, Tarrant V
Vice – Manni V, Ethan H
At Maiden Gully Primary School, our involvement in the New Pedagogies for Deeper Learning initiative over the past two-three years has led us through a journey of ‘leveraging digital’ to get the best out of our technology and enhancing the use of essential capabilities known as the 6Cs – critical thinking, citizenship, collaboration, creativity, communication and character.
Our learning space employs David Thornburg’s three main learning spaces— the campfire, cave, and watering hole.
Team Teaching- this year, we will be using a Team Teaching model in Year 6. Our students will share the same space, moving between different learning areas in our Year 6 Den, as their individualised tasks require. Whilst we already modify the curriculum and activities to suit individuals, the movement and choice in learning spaces will be a new concept to many students. We welcome the additional expertise of Mrs. Lisa Fitt, Mrs. Jess Kelly, Mrs. Mel Lowther and Mrs. Siobhan Walkden as well.
The campfire is a space where people gather to learn from an expert. In the past, wise elders passed down insights through storytelling, and in doing so replicated culture for the next generation. In today’s schools, the experts are not only teachers and guest speakers, but also students empowered to share their learning.
The watering hole is an informal space where peers can share information and discoveries, acting as both learner and teacher. This shared space can serve as an incubator for ideas and can promote a sense of shared culture.
The cave is a private working space where an individual can think, reflect, and transform learning from external knowledge to internal belief.
Personalising Instruction- This construct of learning spaces allows teachers to adapt learning to meet the needs of students with personalized and structured instruction, whilst enabling students to explore different modes of learning with guidance.