We have been exploring our third line of inquiry (above) and looking at how the past can influence the present / future and why. The concept we have been looking at is causation and we have especially been focusing on how ideas can evolve naturally or be innovated by others.
We then looked at what influences us in our own lives. What people, books, music and arts etc inspire us and make us want to strive to be better. We also considered who we each influence at the moment and what kind of role models we want to be.
Mirzo Ulugbek Visits G3
G3 were very lucky to have an actor come in who played the part of Mirzo Ulugbek for us. He answered our questions and queries about the life and legacy of this great astronomer. It really helped the children to see this great explorer as a real person, and not just as someone we read about in books etc. This connected really well to our work on empathy.
Explorer Day was an amazing success. It was so fun to dress up in costumes and to become the famous explorers that we have been so busy researching and analysing. It also took our work on empathy to the next level.
The children made some wonderful emotional connections to the explorers and were very thoughtful in how they presented to the audience. The children were also able to demonstrate why their chosen person was important, what their legacy was and what were the major influences in their lives.
What was most exciting about this mini project, was that the children have completed all the work independently and have taken ownership in terms of how they manage their time and how they got fully prepared for the presentations.
I hope you enjoy the photos and video below.
World / 3C Battleships Championship
A huge tournament has been occuring in 3C the last few days as the children use all their strategic skills and knowledge of coordinates to try and become World / 3C Battleship Champion. Congratulations to Stan who, after stepping in as a late replacement for Zafar, was able to edge his way to victory against Valeria in the final. The real winner though, of course, was our collective knowledge of coordinates. The tournament has really helped us to understand the value of finding and documenting coordinates correctly to achieve a goal.
Goodbye to STAN
3C were very sad to say goodbye to a wonderful member of our class family today. Stan is moving on to a new exciting adventure in Malaysia. We will miss his calm, friendly and principled ways. He has been an excellent influence on all of us in 3C and we have all learnt lots from him. I hope one day he achieves his ambition of creating the largest shark made out of lego in the world!
Growth Mindset of the Week
Next week G3 start our exciting new unit. It is 'How we Express Ourselves' and will be a real opportunity to explore and express ourselves in many creative and artistic ways. More information about this unit will be in the next blog.
As part of this unit, we would love for some brave parents to come into our classroom and share an art form that you are passionate about. This could be a song, a poem, a craft, a hobby or anything else that involves creativity. Last year we had parents demonstrate a wide variety of art forms - from origami, to sewing to reading original stories. The purpose is to introduce the children to a wide variety of art forms, so please send me an email and get involved in our learning.
Have a great weekend,
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