Dear Parents, This week we are doing Maker Day on Friday. Maker Day is about making stuff out straws or other things. We are learning about creating and making things. The Walkathon was raised today and 3B got the second p lace in money raising for Blue Dragon. We’ve been practicing choosing good choices in Literacy. So like, if I was going to do typing Club, I’d have to tick off one box or if you’re doing read to someone you can only have 2 tries at it. In Maths we are also making good choices. In UOI we have been learning about wants and needs and how we organise ourselves is out unit. It’s all about how people get paid fairly and fair trade. So far in this unit I feel sad that some banana growers aren’t getting paid properly and there is some child labour where kids have to make clothes or other stuff and not get to go to school. From, Xander
Things to discuss with your child
- Our Blue Dragon Walkathon efforts
- What does Fair Trade mean?
- What is a consumer?
- What is unit central idea in their home language?
This year we will be holding Maker Day twice in the elementary school. The theme for our first edition which we will hold tomorrow is: empower students to take action through problem solving and design. We will also integrate maker and design thinking across our curriculum. Students will join together to create a huge Rube Goldberg Machine. More details and photos to come next week.
Unit of Inquiry
Our new unit is moving along well. Students have begun to look into how they have a choice on how money is spent and how our economic activities have an impact the environment.
We are looking into fair trade organisations and choosing a perspective on whether they are the type of companies that we would like to support. Students are beginning to realise that they have a responsibility as consumers. I would love to know of any discussions or action that your children are taking at home as a result of their learning. One example of this that I learnt of recently was a student who decided not to eat Pringles anymore because he found out that they occasionally use conflict palm oil. I would love to hear more examples.
Thanks to all our parents who visited our classroom last week. I was hap
py to see so many parents engaged with their children and those who
visited on Friday, thanks for making paper bags. I hope it gave you some insight into what happens each day in our classroom.
Celebrating Language Diversity
We’ve recently begun to encourage students to speak and use their home langauge to carry out some of our activities. It was with great excitement that we recently translated our Central Idea into various languages.
One student commented that it makes so much more sense in our own language.