We are learning all about the water cycle as part of our inquiry 'How can we best care for our world?'
Last week we spent some time focusing on sharing our skills and talents and having some fun while learning. The whole school joined in!
We were able to try new things and share what we enjoy doing, or something we are really good at.
We supported each other and learned alot about each other too! We found out we are a very talented, clever and caring community!
Congratulations to our beautiful Preps on reaching their 100th Day of Learning!
No doubt it has been a very different journey for these learners, but hopefully it will still be one that is remembered with joy! I know it is a year we will never forget!
Students are encouraged to connect using our Learning App called Wabisabizen. They can encourage each other and help to stretch our thinking by asking great questions. The students are always very supportive and encouraging to each other and work together as a caring and inspiring community.
When faced with remote learning in Prep, with a very multicultural community, how could we communicate with families and support learners at home to be as independent, efficient and successful as possible?
Students are still learning to read, and require visual and verbal information to understand. Parents told us that written information was helpful to them as well so they could use translation apps to support them. We are constantly speaking to parents as well as asking for formal feedback to make sure we were on the right track.
The dream was to have learners and their families fully engaged and actively participating in learning. To have families understand how to best support their child by working with the teachers. To have learners and their families enjoy their Remote Learning time together and feel successful.
We decided to create our own videos that provide visual and verbal information as well as writing. Here is an example of one of our videos
Learners were able to access the videos and watch them as many times as they needed. They were able to pause, rewind and probably fast forward to suit their purposes. Even when students were unable to attend meetings they were able to paticipate in the learning via the videos.
Attendance levels are very high and parents are supporting their children in amazing ways. Some examples of parents questioning and encouraging their children really show a connection to what we are trying to achieve!
Some parents are so inventive and creating their own ways to support their students.
The Wabisabizen App has provided the perfect opportunity to provide feedback about learning to families at a very individual level for each student. Not only that, all students have the benefit of learning from each other by exploring and discussing other Learners Work.
While studying Graeme Base's beautiful book, 'The Waterhole', we supported students to take advantage of the many counting opportunities on each page. Students were asked to find the hidden animals and count them. The extension was to count the number of legs they see too.
My questioning showed that the student was a bit confused and couldn't really explain. So we gave all students a bit more scaffolding with an example.
Just look at this outstanding result!
We learned about shapes, then found lots of shapes in our lunch box. Can you see how many sides a triangle has? Then we used shapes to make fantastic pictures. We are so creative!
Students learning through experience and hands on activities. Lots of fun, related to their world and interests.
Students made their own Paper Helicopter and explored flight by recording where their helicopter landed.
Pre-School Students enjoying a Physical Education Transition Session with the Senior Students. We offer multiple sessions to help students become familiar with the people and places of our school.