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.
Term 2, 2018
This term our students are exploring what it means to be healthy, both physically and emotionally.
Students are currently preparing their presentations on their investigations into systems and organs of the body. Students are investigating and sharing their new knowledge on how they make healthy and unhealthy choices to maintain their body, mind and overall health.
In reading, students continue to expand their ability to draw inferences, synthesise information and justify our ideas with information texts. Students are being encouraged to cite evidence and examples to support their ideas as they connect more deeply to the texts they read. Reading assessments and conferences will be occurring and student learning goals will continue to be communicated.
In writing, we began with a short, fun look at poetry and then extend into information reports. We look forward to our Slam Poetry Incursion this Wednesday.
The term ends with exploring time concepts. In Year 6, we tell the time to the nearest minute, use 24hr time and calculate elapsed time. There is so much fun to be had with this once we integrate it with our work on the body!
It will be an exciting term as Year 6 begin work on our school production and the secondary transition process begins.
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.
Sharing our Rap Battles as part of our exploration of poetry.
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