In Term 4, students have begun their inventions with the aim of making someone's life easier or more productive. Students are researching the role of science and engineering in their design, the history and timeline of their idea and any social or economical considerations. Their work will culminate in an Inventors Expo that will be open to the school community.
This term we also have a strong focus on health, physical education and wellbeing. Students have stepped outside their comfort zone on an Adventure Camp to the Grampians and related their experiences back to our resilience lessons in the classroom as they explore strategies that will support them through their secondary transition. The swimming and gymnastics programs are also fast approaching.
Our literacy focus will continue to focus on individualised reading goals, whilst writing will focus on genres required to share their invention, including procedural texts, biographies, explanations.
Our mathematics will support our transition program and will include working with money, time, calendars and timetables.
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
2017 production of Alice in Wonderland Jnr.
Our recent Inventor's Expo was something to behold! Congratulations to our students on their creative ideas and designs that were driven by their sense of citizenship.
A big thank you to the Bendigo Advertiser for their coverage (click here) of the event.
Our Year 6 students began Term 4 like no other, heading to an adventure camp in the Grampians. With each other's support, students pushed themselves out of their comfort zones as they abseiled, rode the flying fox and the giant swing amongst other activities in the beautiful surrounds.
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.
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- 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. We welcome the additional expertise of Miss Carlee Frankel, Mrs. Mel Ancrum, Mrs. Mel Lowther and Mrs. Siobhan Walkden.
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.