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 2, students are exploring the contribution of scientists and astronomers in the exploration of space and into the future. Students will conduct a number of inquiry investigations around the concept of the exploration of Mars, culminating in an excursion called, "Mission to Mars."
This term we have placed a strong emphasis on multiplicative thinking as we explore the relationships between fractions, decimals and percentages.
We would like to thank Mr. Hammer and Mr. Mylon, our pre-service teachers from Latrobe University for their involvement and contribution over the last few weeks. We hope you will be back to help out again.
We'd also like to welcome Mrs. Kelly into the Year 6 Den on a Thursday and Friday. You add a sparkle to the end of the week that begins with Mrs. Fitt on a Wednesday!
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.