The school year is all but over for year6rc. It has been a year of growth and change and significant learning for us all.
Over the last two weeks we have been looking at the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. You can read about them here. They have been an important part of our final PYP theme this year called ‘Who We Are’. In this unit of inquiry we have explored our current beliefs and values and our hopes and dreams for the future.
This process has involved the girls in writing to their federal MP about the goal that they feel is most significant. What a wonderful way to end a wonderful year with the students passionately engaged in raising their voices. Thanks to Oxfam and Unicef we have special postcards to send out to help change the world!
An idea becomes reality.
Does 55 Year 6 students and 5 litres of semi-gloss sounds like an accident waiting to happen? Creativity mixed with planning and careful organisation worked wonders in our school bathroom yesterday. Year 6 should be very proud of the result! They worked as a team to create a sensational work of art. What a surprise awaits everyone on Monday morning.
Today we used Photoshop to create beautiful designs. We applied our knowledge of rotating, reflecting and translating to replicate our original triangle design. Younger students might know this as flip, slide and turn. Do they look like snowflakes to you? Or perhaps they are beautiful tiles, or ‘digital doilies’. We viewed this video clip first to see the basic skills.
Most Improved Blogger in 2015
First – Jasmin
Second – Alina
Third – Claire
Highly Commended – Tahlia and Peri
Best Commenter of 2015
First – Claire
Second – Gemma
Third – Izzy
Highly Commended – Olivia and Chloe
Best Student Blogger of 2015
Equal First – Darcey, Georgia and Mia Pl
Highly Commended – Emme
Congratulations to all the winners!
Thank you to everyone who put so much time and effort into the nominations and voting. Your teachers sincerely hope that you will all continue blogging in high school. It has been fantastic to be a part of your enthusiasm.
In Maths we have been exploring the planets in our solar system. We began by looking at the distance between the planets.
The distance between the Sun and Neptune is 4500 million kilometres. We represented this with a 4.5m string and pegged each planet onto the string. One of the problems with this model was that all our planets were the same size.
So we explored the diameter of each planet and then drew 2D scaled models in the courtyard. Our earth has a radius of 6500 km so we drew that at 6.5cm. Jupiter in comparison had a radius of 71.5cm (71500km) and our Sun would need a radius of a huge 7 metres! We tried to draw the sun and struggled to even fit it into the courtyard.
Here are some of our chalk drawings.
This year every Year 6 student has had her own blog. These have been used at school and at home to publish schoolwork and homework tasks. In addition many girls have written many posts about a variety of topics that interest them at a personal level. All in all it has been a great adventure in learning and writing for the world.
Two weeks ago it was suggested that we have some blogging awards! Our last two homework tasks have involved nominations in several categories. I was delighted when Claire used her initiative and creative talent to make some badges. Thanks Claire! These badges will be proudly displayed by the winners in each category.
The votes are in and winners will be announced very soon! Please visit us again to see the results.
Year 6 have completed our recent unit on the theme “How We Organise Ourselves”. Our central idea was that “Governments can promote or deny socially just principles”. We inquired into three areas:
- Australia is a fair and just country
- How governments work
- Politicians represent people
My students have reflected on their learning. Here are a few snapshots of the learning that has happened and will continue into the future. You may see some or our names on ballot papers in the near future!
Mr Paul Fletcher cam to visit us at school today. He is the elected member for the federal seat of Bradfield. He visited us to explain lots of things about the federal government. We were fortunate to be able to ask some questions that have arisen out of our learning. Did you know that Australia still doesn’t have a parliament that is made up of 50% women? Mr Fletcher encouraged us all to consider what we could do about that!
What are we doing today? We are very lucky as we have Google Expedition visiting our school today. We are only the sixth school in Australia to trial these new incursion. Right now we are exploring the Galápagos Islands in beautiful 3D colour.
Every second Friday afternoon during Term 2 and 3 small groups of girls from Kindergarten to Year 6 have gathered in different classrooms, for a Peer Support group meeting. Two Year 6 girls have ably led each of these Peer Support teams, as they have engaged in a variety of activities.
This year our focus for Peer Support sessions has been resilience. Using the language ‘I have, I am, I can’ students have explored how our families, friends and the wider community can support us in every aspect of our lives.
This week was our final Peer Support session and each session was totally designed by our amazing Year 6 leaders. It was wonderful to watch the groups interact with each other in such diverse activities as building bridges out of Lego and making cupcakes from homemade play dough. I saw one group folding and throwing paper planes. While others were creating paper flowers, bunnies, paper plate puppets and sock puppets.
Our year 6 leaders should all feel proud of the leadership skills they have shown during this year’s Peer Support sessions. Congratulations girls you have all shown such great leadership skills.