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Stage 3 Learning Term 2

Stage 3 Learning

 

National Reconciliation Week 2020: In This Together!

National Reconciliation Week 2020 was from May 27th to June 3rd. In honour of an important week in our Nation’s calendar, 5CD learnt about why we observe Reconciliation Day and celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture. The students made thoughtful connections with some of the stories they heard and enjoyed learning a few words in the Arrernte language, from Central Australia. We then learnt about the importance of art in Indigenous culture as a means of communicating stories and passing down history. We created our own dot paintings to celebrate Reconciliation Week.

5CD answered the question: “What does reconciliation day mean to me?” 

“I learnt that reconciliation day is about when people come together to recognize that Aborigines have a right to live like others and for me it means that I should stop and recognize the Aborigines because they were here first.” - Jasmine D
“Reconciliation day to me, means a day of respect. Respect for all the Indigenous Australians who owned this land. It is important that we celebrate Reconciliation Day, because it is our turn to respect them.” - Darcie L
“Reconciliation Day to me means a time to recognize the Aborigines and the Torres Strait Islanders.” - Amelie M
“Reconciliation Week means we all come together to celebrate the Aborigines and to make their lives better.” - Curtis O
“Reconciliation day is a very important day to me because it is about the Aboriginal people and how far we've come, and also what we still need to improve on.” - Gemma P
“Reconciliation day to me is a time when aboriginals and us can come together and unite as one. It is important that we celebrate this day because it means a lot to aboriginal people and it is a very special day.” - Jack W

Electrifying Work - 5CD 

In Science, 5CD is learning about Forces and Energy. This lesson, we learnt about energy transfer and transformation by creating simple circuits to make a lightbulb light up and a motor working.
Here are some things we learnt as a result: 
“A circuit is when you make a light bulb light up or a motor work The battery is made out of chemicals and the chemicals go through the wires (transferring) and the wires go into the light or motor so then it lights up or spins (transforms into light energy).” - Lachlan B.
“The battery has chemical energy in it, which is then transferred through wires to the light where it is transformed into light energy. If you use the switch, pressing the button will close the circuit so the electricity can get through. When the switch is open, it cuts off the electricity so it can’t get through to the lamp.” - Nola G
“The chemical energy inside the battery transfers through the wires and transforms into light energy through the lamp. When the switch is added, it could stop the energy by stopping the solid metal the energy travels along.” - Charlie B
“First you get the battery and put it into the cell so you can attach wires. You then attach the wires to the cell and then to the screws on the light. You do that with 2 wires (aka - alligator clips). So the chemical energy from the battery turns into light energy causing the light to light up. Then you get a switch, attach a wire to that and take off one of the wires connected to the battery, So you transfer the energy through the wire and transform the chemical energy to light energy.” - Jalyssa V

6S Writing Circles

Team 6S have been engaging in writing circles to help them become confident and capable writers who are motivated to create texts. The students are provided with choice in their writing and ongoing feedback to help move their learning forward. The students have enjoyed discussing their texts and sharing their writing achievements with others. It has been a positive learning experience.
“I really like the positive feedback.”
“I received positive and constructive feedback on my writing”
“I find it interesting to see the different types of text structures/ genres.” 

The students have also been working on providing effective and meaningful peer feedback. We have been using a feedback thinking routine called “The ladder of feedback.” The students are passionate about using this routine as they can see the power of providing and receiving this type of feedback.

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