Have you ever planned an event where you have to consider the space you have and the things you need to put in the space?
Today in maths, Year 6 worked collaboratively to problem solve how they would plan for the upcoming Year 6 dinner. We problem solved measuring the perimeter of the hall and then the various areas within it that we wanted to include. Things we had to consider were: the number of people coming, what special areas we would include such as a dance floor and photo booth. It was interesting to inquire into these areas and to consider how we would measure the area of the round tables.
We have been discussing change and what this means to us. We have thought about the changes that 2017 might mean for us. We have considered these changes and whether the consequences are good or bad. We have had a lot of fun creating quick 30 seconds speeches about this because in English we have been focusing on public speaking. We have tried to create speeches that engage our audience.
The courtyard was a hive of industry today during the Year 6 stalls. K-6 had a great time exploring the different stalls: craft, pet rocks, hit the farmer, playdough, stress balls, bath bombs, cupcakes and more.
Well done to The Voice for taking action on this initiative.
Now onto planning where the vegie patch might go!
This week we had an amazing talk by Dana from Girlpower. She came all the way from Canada to teach us about friendships and how to manage them.
Key things we took away were:
No friendship is perfect.
Every friendship is different
Trust and respect are important in a friendship
Friendships change and that’s OK.
We also learnt about the friend-o-meter and how to judge whether our friendships are healthy for us, how to squash “ANTS” (automatic negative thoughts) and how to put out friendship fires. If we are shy and hesitant about joining friends for lunch, we learnt to “stop waiting for an invitation. Be strong. We deserve better.”
Most importantly, we learnt to “be a ninja” and stand up for ourselves when others are “mean on purpose!”
Search for urstrong.com to find the Girlpower website. It has lots of useful ideas.
This morning we had the pleasure of hearing two famous authors speak. Maurice Gleitzman spoke of how friendship was the underlying theme he bases his books on.
We learnt that Jackie French writes her books based on personal experiences she has, especially with her pet wombats!
This term we are going to be doing a reading challenge. We had to choose a book of our own choice that fits into the topic of a ‘Mighty Girl.’ The book I chose was Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper. It is about a girl who has cerebral palsy and shares her life in book form.
Fingers pointing, people laughing, deadly looks. I can’t yell at them to stop. This is my life in a wheel chair. From the day I was born I knew that I was different. I am now 11 and I want change for the way people look at me. It doesn’t matter what is on the outside, but its what is on the inside that matters.
This is a heart warming story about 11 year old Melody who can’t walk, talk or write. Stuck in a wheelchair her whole life she is determined to feel like a normal person without a disability, who can just walk down the street without being laughed at or being teased.
This book was recommended by my older sister who suffers from cerebral palsy. When she was 3 weeks old she became really sick and that was when her life changed. This book is very close to my heart as I read a book about a young girls prospective and who lives with cerebral palsy
To find out about other books, click on the individual blogs on our Year 6 page.
Have you ever looked closely at 3D objects in our world? Next time you do, consider why designers and architects have selected the shapes they have. We have been investigating where 3D prisms and pyramids are in our world. We discovered there is a famous building in Paris shaped as a Square Pyramid. What might be a reason a Toblerone is shaped as a Triangular Prism?
We have been exploring the concept of “Power” as part of our latest unit of inquiry. In particular, we are looking at people in power in our government and more broadly, in governments around the world. We have been discussing how people use power in our world. To get us thinking outside the box about power, we created some images that represent Power to us. Here are some initial ideas.
What would you draw if you were drawing something to represent “Power?”
How do you learn ALL of your times tables for quick recall?
Many of Year 6 are meeting before school to play games relating to their tables to fully master them.
When discussing our tables, we found that it is the 6, 7 and 8 ones that cause the most trouble. We are using playing cards to play a speed game which we are enjoying. The game of memory is helpful too. We are also sticking post it notes all over the place with the question on the front and answer underneath so that we can revise them as often as possible.
If you have any great games or ideas for how to master your times tables, please let us know.