Our new 'Sharing the Planet' U.O.I
G3 have been busy unpacking, pondering and thinking about our new 'Sharing the Planet' unit of inquiry. Our central idea is 'We can make choices to support the sustainability of Earth's finite resources.' This unit connects closely to our last 'How the World Works' unit, but allows the inquiry to extend to all finite resources on Earth (not just minerals) and let's us think about solutions from a global perspective.
Our personal focus within will be on sustainability and what choices we can make - as individual, families and communities - to make a positive impact.
Beauty and the TRUTH - Visible Thinking (Provocations)
'Beauty and the Truth' is a new visible thinking idea brought to us by visiting speaker March Church earlier this year. The routine is designed to make children search for the beauty (often in ugly situations), before then looking deeper for the truth and the big ideas behind the picture. What does each picture reveal? What does each picture conceal? What is the main driving forces conceptually in each image? Why?
This video (below) was also a good provocation. It is set in the future apologising for what has not happened yet, but looks likely to happen if we continue on the same pathway. This was powerful as it pushed to the forefront the idea of human control. Which of these things can we control, fix and/or ammend? With finite resources, we can't produce more, but we certainly do have the control to use them in a wiser way, to look for substitute resources or to innovate alternative ideas.
Character Profiles - 'Saya Rimbo, Saya Jack'
Since October G3 have been collaborating together to create a class story. Our story is called 'Saya Rimbo, Saya Jack'. The story follows the adventures of 13 year old Jack in the aftermath of his mother's death. Jack's father, as a way of coping with his grief, takes Jack out of school and decides to take him on a once in a lifetime sailing trip around the world. Our adventure properly starts when they dock at the seemingly deserted island to the west of Sumatra (Indonesia).
Each week I have been writing a section. I then get feedback, requests and modification ideas from the class. So, the project gradually grows over the year. We have reached an exciting part of the story, but with no obvious resolution. So, the class have gone back to create more detailed character descriptions and to work out news ways that the characters may interact and work together to solve their perilous problems.
Ask your child for more information about our story. Also, ask them what Bahasa words they have picked up during this project?
Sports Day was an incredible success and a triumph for the TIS PE team and the wide range of exciting activities they offer throughout the year. All the children had a great time and took part with energy, commitment and good sportsmanship throughout.
Growth Mindset of the Week
This picture is a great reminder for all adults. Children are naturally inquisitive and curious, we need to do all that we can to cultivate and encourage this side of their development. For those of you on twitter, the #innovatorsmindset is a great hashtag to look through.
Have a great weekend,
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