We have been super busy during our Literacy sessions! This is our journey so far…
Our writing focus for the first half of term three is learning how to write a report. Before we could begin writing we had to investigate what exactly a report was! We looked at examples of reports, on the lookout for the title, classification, description and conclusion – all elements found in a report.
Our first big book this term was Baboon’s Nest by Jill Eggleton. One of the main characters in the story is a Baboon – we were so interested in this animal that we used this as our inspiration for our report writing…now that we know what a report is…it’s time to start planning!
We have been working hard planning and writing our good copies of our Baboon reports! We also created artwork to go with our reports – we had to concentrate very carefully when drawing our Baboon face! We found it easier to break it down into shapes and are impressed with our final drawings!
We learnt that Baboons live in Africa – a great link too to our guided inquiry topic of celebrating cultures! We have listened to African music, located Africa on our class map and have been busy creating our African Hands artwork that you will see very soon at our next three way interview!
Amazing how one book can lead to many learning experiences! Baboon’s Nest has now become a class favourite!
Professor Zhao currently works at the University of Kansas and was previously the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education at the University of Oregon, where he is also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership.
He is a professorial fellow for Health and Education Policy and his work focuses on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and 30 books, including Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World, Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students.
His ideas and big picture thinking about education were incredibly inspiring, as was his passion and commitment to children, their learning and well-being.
Some of the take-home messages were:
- Everyone can learn!
- We are each born with incredible creative capacity!
- Everybody is creative at a genius level at age 4 but then it rapidly declines … how can we protect and foster this creativity throughout schooling and on into our lives?
- The foundation of learning is CREATIVITY!
- Developing a growth mindset supports learning!
- We need to help children to discover and nurture their strengths and talents – the more diverse theses are – the better for our society!
- Technology is advancing at such an incredible rate, the challenge is to find our passion and to tap into our own creativity and strengths – to become uniquely great so that we can carve out a niche for ourselves!
- A good education creates a very broad and diverse curriculum
- Less assessment, more feedback!
- Important to give children more autonomy and agency – at home and at school!
- Children need to learn to ask good questions, to identify real world problems and to employ creative thinking to solving them!
- We need to think more globally!
In a world and an education system driven by league tables, Naplan data, testing regimes and more, Yong Zhao’s messages really resonated with all the leaders in the room. Schools and families are being challenged to continue to support children to discover and develop the special abilities, interests and talents they each possess, so they can create a niche for themselves, in a world where technology is having an ever increasing impact, on the nature of the work we do and on how we live – now and into the future.
And so the learning journey continues…
We have continued learning about Fractions this week.
We learnt that by cutting something into four even pieces we are making quarters.
We had a lot of fun creating our own Pizza Fraction which we cut into quarters and decorated like our favourite pizza. Every day at lunch time we are excited to open our lunch boxes to see who has a whole, half or quarters.
In Literacy we always enjoy participating in our Literacy Rotation Centres. We practice different Literacy skills in each of our centres every week. These tasks all help us to practise and improve our reading and writing!
Having lots of fun in Year One!
The Year Ones have wasted no time since getting back from holidays!
We have been busy learning lots of different things and are having lots of fun at the same time.
We have started learning about fractions. We’ve explored a whole, a half… and will soon be learning about quarters too.
We have been looking at report writing and the differences between fiction and non-fiction texts.
We have also read reports on Ladybirds, Teddybears and have written our very own report about Bananas.
Get ready, everyone. There’s much more learning to do!