Our fabulous first 'Who We Are' unit has finished after a very exciting 6 weeks full of new ideas and lots of interesting inquries. The summative assessments challenged the children to create something that would help improve either how they (or other students) learn in class.
Pandora's box was opened (so to speak) and our classroom has been changed in many exciting and innovative ways (see photos below). Hopefully, these new ideas / features will improve the way in which we learn and inquire in 3C. It is always very satisfying at the end of a unit when children feel confident and empowered to implement some of the main concepts / ideas from their learning and take action.
NEW UNIT - How We Organise Ourselves
3C have started unpacking our amazing new 'How We Organise Ourselves' unit this week. We have been looking at how we will connect to the trandsciplinary theme and are starting to understanding what our focus will be over the next 6 weeks. We have also unscrambled our new central idea, looked at the key skills we will be exploring during the unit and come up with questions about time that we would like to inquire into.
As a provocation to give the children lots to think / reflect about we have introduced 'Fluid Time' to 3C this week. 'Fluid Time' is a fictitous concept that suggests that modern clocks and alarms are harming how our brains function. The idea is that the part of our brain connected to time management does no longer have to work so hard as clocks do all the logistical work for us. The aim of 'Fluid Time' is that the brain takes more control of how it organises time and relies on intuition and other sensory clues to tell the time.
So, in 3C we have not been using watches, clocks or alarms this week. We have been a little late / early to a few classes, but on the whole the class agrees that they are becoming better at judging lengths of time intuitively. We will have a class debate in the coming days to see if we will continue with this system or revert back to using convention time systems!
Our first line of inquiry is 'Origins of time'. This is a huge area to cover (going back over 4.5 billion years) so we thought that a great pre-assessment would be for the children to plot some of the key dates from the Earth's history onto a huge outdoor timeline.
The children have been thinking about 3 different times:
1) When dinosaurs became extinct.
2) When humans first lived on Earth.
3) When humans started recording their history.
As we learn more and inquire in more detail about the origins of Earth, the children can then ammend and modify their initial ideas. The related concept we are focusing on is perception so it really interesting to see so many different views and ideas at this stage of a unit.
G3 have been exploring several different strategies for when faced with difficult addition and subtraction problems. As well as practicing the different techniques required for each strategy, we have also been trying to come up with interesting / silly names for each one. This is to try and make the strategies more memorable and easier for the children to recall.
Peace Day was a wonderful success. The whole school community joined together in white to contemplate peace and what it means to us as individuals and a school collective.
As part of Peace Day, some students from 3C performed a small sketch in our assembly showing how we can find peaceful resolutions to problems by using the 'Thinking Hats'. Well done to those brave children for performing with such energy and determination.
Teacher Appreciation Day
Thank you for all your kind gifts today. Our classroom will now feel so much greener with all our potted plants and I think I definitely have enough coffee now to get me through the year! Thank you again.
Growth Mindset of the Week
This is a wonderful image that I always find very inspiring. The idea that we all have to take chances if we are to fulfill all of our potential and be all that we can be.
Have a wonderful weekend.
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