Writing & Speaking

Debating in-house for now

This week 6th class had a presenter from Masters Academy introduce the children to the world of debating, particularly the fine art of rebuttal.   There were lots of lively discussions, snap debates and discussions about what can and can’t be done. Unfortunately due to COVID – 19, the IPSHA Debating Competition has been postponed until further notice. Allison Tomicki Teacher …

The week that was in 4th class

In Maths class we have been reviewing multi-step multiplication word problems and taking part in multiplication Boot Camp. We have quite a few Specialists, Corporals, Sergeants, Staff Sergeants and Lieutenants already, and I m sure we will see some students promoted to Captain, Major, Colonel and 4-star General over the coming week!  In History, we have learnt about the Portuguese explorers Dias and Magellan and their contributions to the discovery of a trade route to India. In Science, we constructed our own whirligigs and tested their effectiveness against gravity when we made minor alterations.In Literacy, we have begun to look at characterisation in narratives. In Grammar we looked at plurals and pronouns and in comprehension we practised our ability to …

Celebrating with pancakes

Shrove Tuesday was celebrated by 2nd Class this week, as part of their unit of HSIE work on “Celebrations”.  It was a fun and challenging way for children to follow a procedure (the recipe) and learn how to measure and mix wet and dry ingredients, and crack an egg! Then they cooked the pancakes using electic frypans (with adult help!) and enjoyed a pancake or two each, with berries and honey.  Yum! …

We all make mistakes

We all make mistakes, even the teacher!  I have told the children in 2C this week that our greatest learning comes when we are actually challenged, making mistakes and facing them in order to move to the next level of learning.  In educational terms, this is where we ‘modify our thinking or schema to a more accurate understanding’.  We celebrate healthy challenges in our classroom!  This is balanced with the acknowledgement of both the process of learning and every effort made along the way. Lea-Ann ConnellTeacher …

Why do we need a government?

In 6T this week, we considered three questions in our History lessons: What is the role of government?Why do we need a government?What is government? We explored our thoughts using the visible thinking routine “Chalk Talk”.  There were some great thought-provoking questions and detailed answers.  Using thinking routines makes the children’s thinking ‘rich’.  It encourages a development of learners’ attitudes toward thinking and learning and poses opportunities for different viewpoints and discussion.  For more information please visit http://www.visiblethinkinggpz.org/ Allison TomickiTeacher …

Debating ‘how to’ for 6th Class

World class debater Seamus Dove shared his passion and enthusiasm for debating with 6th class this week, giving an excellent insight into how debates are prepared and the role of each member of the team. …