Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52ISSUE THREE October 2016 13 Leading the Way The students have found the activities to be engaging bringing many positive interactions and smiles to the students and teachers. One of our favourite activities this year was the Water-Spoon Race. The students competed in teams to carry as much water as possible in a spoon to fill a cup on the other side of the room. The first round was timed so each team had to do this as quickly as possible; the second round was slower with each player having the same number of turns. On reflection the students agreed that the slower they went, the more water they got into the cup. The discussion that followed was about taking your time, slowing down and focusing on the task at hand. In other words - being mindful. Technology has encouraged incredible innovation The new program introduced one-on-one laptops into the Year 5 classrooms for the first time at The Peninsula School. Every day the students access their personal netbook for various learning tasks offering access to many new learning opportunities and ways to collaborate including using Microsoft applications such as OneNote, One Drive, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The use of OneNote in particular has been particularly effective in encouraging greater collaboration, sharing of ideas and solutions and also in sharing work with teachers. This has transformed the classroom as it now makes it very easy to provide instant feedback to students. Genius Hour has provided invaluable learning opportunities with weekly one hour sessions with Director of Innovation and Learning Technology, Mr Dean Pearman, students have proven to be incredibly innovative in solving problems, critical thinking and for some, developing their entrepreneurial skills. Critical thinking is creating a deeper understanding in literacy The new Year 5 Program places a significant focus on literacy for this age cohort – specifically critical thinking but more importantly, reinforcing the fundamentals of reading. Students have developed explicit skills that enhance their confidence and competency in literacy. Maintaining a focused approach to the skills of each individual student has enabled teachers in the Year 5 program to design curriculum that enhances the learning of each child. Interwoven into the literacy program this term is a concept-based Literature Circles Program that targets the skills of each learner while challenging them to become critical thinkers; questioning literary works and pushing themselves and their peers to develop a deeper understanding of the written word. Students have been focusing on concepts such as; existentialism, adversity, environmentalism and colonisation, all while exploring the relevance and meaning of these ideas in the broader contexts of their own lives. We have seen significant development in many students who have embraced this focus on literacy. Students have revelled in the activities where they can explore the world around them In the new Year 5 program, the approach to Humanities provided an opportunity to promote a global perspective that is essential for our youth and their future. On a local level, the students enjoyed exploring through the History lessons within the Gold Unit with a trip to Sovereign Hill and learning about the Eureka Stockade going to the “Blood on the Southern Cross” evening performance and the M.A.D.E. Museum. This overnight experience was also a great way for the students to learn more about each other and bond as a group – this is again in recognition of the importance of social and emotional health and well being in this age group. This year the Olympics fortuitously provided perfectly timed stimulus for the Geography and Mathematics Units, offering students the opportunity to learn more about many of the participating countries with student groups choosing a country to champion throughout the Games. Presentations of their work to parents and other classes from across the School allowed students the opportunity to showcase their research receiving immediate feedback from their visitors.