Term 3, 2018
This term we are investigating about the events historical events that helped to shape Australia into the multicultural society it is today. We look at world events that have lead to immigration and population growth, with a particular focus on the goldrush in Bendigo.
Students begin by investigating their own family 'back stories' and then research a particular time to write their own historical narrative.
In reading, students continue to expand their ability to draw inferences, synthesise information and justify their ideas with fiction texts. They are being encouraged to cite evidence and examples to support their ideas as they connect more deeply to the texts they read and find themes. Reading conferences will be occurring and student learning goals will continue to be communicated.
In mathematics, we begin by collecting, collating, displaying and analysing data and graphs. Then we roll into learning about the link between fractions, decimals and percentages. Multiplicative thinking plays an integral role in this and students are strongly encouraged to continue building their automatic 'times tables' recall.
Most exciting of all, production is here! Year 6 students play an important leadership role filling positions in main cast; Year 6 act (*new); ensemble leaders supporting younger acts and backstage crew!
At Maiden Gully Primary School, our learning space employs David Thornburg’s three main learning spaces— the campfire, cave, and watering hole.
Team Teaching- we use 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. At Maiden Gully we aim to modify the curriculum and activities to suit individuals, and the movement and choice in learning spaces is an extension of this.
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. Today, 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.
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.
Our 2018 student leaders are:
School Captains: Alastar L and Charli P
School Vice Captains: Kai A and Charlotte W
Student Government Representatives: Sasha S, Connor E, Willow S, Harrison P, Isabel B, Tyler R, Catelyn G and Jesse O.
Fraser Captain – Kep T and Jorja C
Vice – Patty D and Madi B
Bradman Captain – Lachie S and Aasha E
Vice – Max R and Vada-Rose B
Norman Captain – Natalie W and Charlie C
Vice- Sophie L and Nick B
Laver Captain – Lahni C and Jorden D
Vice – Madi V and Jye C