Those Winter holidays went quick!
Many students in 5GA went back to their home countries to celebrate Christmas. Some students travelled through China and learnt new things about their host country, China. And some students stayed in Suzhou and enjoyed the opportunity to relax, spend time with their family and friends. We all agreed, it was a great holiday and we felt ready to come back to school.
This week has been awesome because I was really happy to see all my students again. My students really enjoyed the opportunity to see each other again, and I know they were super excited to see me too. Well, I hope! We continued our learning where we left off, and were able to complete challenges we hadn’t quite finished, and of course, begin new and exciting ones too!
If I were part of the world’s new Government I would surround myself with the best possible people I could find to collaborate with and make insightful decisions on how we could improve the organisation of how we live as global citizens. We would set long term goals to improve opportunities for all people, think creatively on how we could improve our environment and celebrate our differences. It would be a huge challenge to collaborate with all of the world’s people, but what an exciting task it would be to bring everyone together.
I am looking forward to relaxing this weekend and reflecting on our awesome Week 17.
I wonder what new learning adventures await us in the new school week?
This week we had a busy time exploring Political Systems, Number Operations and Discussion as a form of communication. The students continued reading their Guided Readers, attended their specialist subjects and enjoyed 5KN’s assembly performance at the end of the week. It was an exciting week of new learning!
On Thursday 5GA attended their Hour of Code. It wasn’t exactly an hour, but it was enough time to explore the many activities that Ms Carol and Ms Melinda had organised for us to explore. Mr Alksne learnt more about the history of coding, while the class enjoyed exploring the coding activities. This including coordinating the movements of a robot, painting using sphereos, communicating with each other using codes and building apparatus and models systematically. The students learnt through play, sharing and trial and error. We will continue our explorations of code back in our homerooms. Coding is something we all enjoyed!
On Friday we had two special visiting teachers from OCAC join us to learn more about our inquiry approach to learning. We demonstrated how we use inquiry to learn problem solving within Mathematics. We also demonstrated to them how mindfulness is an approach we use to focus our minds on the learning process. It was a great opportunity to share with our new teaching friends how we are learning and what excites us about SSIS.
We now look forward to our last week before the Winter holidays.
This week we spent our first three days together completing our teaching and learning challenges from last week. The students had to complete their explorations of triangles, reflect on their experiences of the Jewish Settlers’ Museum and complete finding out more about their parents’ or grandparents’ migration stories. The students also planned for the week ahead.
In the new school week, the students will work collaboratively with the other homeroom classes to complete their final inquiry into WWAIPT: The Grade 5 Collaborative Inquiry.
During this week, we also visited our friends in the Grade 3 classes. They have been inquiring into systems. The grade 3 students proudly talked to us about what is a system and how they help us achieve our goals more efficiently. It was great to hear these students talk and demonstrate to us how their chosen systems worked.
5GA were very proud of their new grade 3 friends and their learning achievements.
The 5GA Reading Program
In class this week I have been reading ‘Run, Pip, Run,’ to the students. This is an interesting storyline, which presents to the students a different perspective on life. The students are enjoying listening to this novel read to them during our Shared Reading sessions. These sessions take place after lunch on three days of our week. Shared Reading is a great opportunity for them to practise their Mindfulness, whilst enjoying being read to.
Guided Reading groups resumed this week for many of the students. We have five Guided Reading groups in our class. Each group is reading a different novel, which is pitched at their ‘challenge’ level. Some of the novels the children are sharing to each other are classics, and others are new stories that have recently been published. The students are enjoying their novels and helping each other with their reading process and comprehension.
Reading is an important process in helping us learn. Reading is also a pleasurable activity to do also. We should all make reading a part of our lives. What a great excuse to escape and enjoy the lives of other characters. We have had a great week of reading.
I wonder what you are reading?
This week we visited the Shanghai Jewish Refugees’ Museum. I left wondering what an incredible story and miracle it was for the Jewish people. As I walked around the museum, I felt very emotional and at the same time, interested in the incredible story of the Jewish people. We were lucky enough to speak to some of their visiting family members when we were at the museum. They were very happy to see us and share their family histories with us.
Carl Gough, from Wales, visited us. He was very exciting to listen to. Carl told us many stories from Wales. These stories were romantic, humorous and sometimes, very scary. Within every story he told us there was a surprise. I really enjoyed listening to Carl. He put on a great presentation for our class.
Book Week has come and gone. I will remember walking through the high school in my costume and the older students clapping and cheering us. I will remember our book parade in the gym. Our youngest students looked amazing in their costumes and the teachers were funny when they did the Chicken Dance. We ended our Book Week celebrations with a Character Hunt. This was fun! Around everyone corner of our school, hid a teacher dressed in costume.