Week 3 – The Recap!

How are we already through Week 3?!

The SNC LC is really beginning to come together with our focus on leadership and communal responsibility. Each learner has taken on a leadership role for an area of the LC that they are responsible for. This gives each learner a valuable role in keeping our LC running smoothly. 

The SNC LC is really beginning to come together with our focus on leadership and communal responsibility. Each learner has taken on a leadership role for an area of the LC that they are responsible for. This gives each learner a valuable role in keeping our LC running smoothly.

We have also organised rotating, weekly student leaders who come to the beginning of teacher planning time, to give our space a student voice. These leaders are responsible for relaying student feedback and suggestions to improve both the LC environment and the teaching and learning within SNC. Through this feedback, we are able to provide learning opportunities that are of interest and provide an inclusive learning space that supports every single member of SNC. 

So far, we have had an array of amazing suggestions, ranging from interesting activities to run in the LC, to more plants to liven up our space to… a class therapy dog. (The latter being a little more wishful thinking over practicality unfortunately!) The feedback so far has been great and we can’t wait to receive more throughout the term.

In other learning news

Inquiry:

For our learning this term, we have been focusing on the inquiry concept of ‘identity,’ which has inspired some rich discussions in our philosophy learning. Some great conversation starters for those students who revert to the… ‘school was fine…it was okay…yeah not much…’ include the following: 

  • What are some of the things that shape your identity? Why/how do they shape who you are?
  • If your identity can change or transform, are you still the same person? 
  • Is it possible to construct an identity? 
  • Is it possible to have multiple identities? 

(Hopefully these prompts can spark some meaningful conversations in your home!) 

Writer’s Notebook: 

We have started our writer’s notebook! A wonderful notebook that holds every little thought of its writer. This is a creative space with no right or wrong – instead, a space to generate ideas and get the mind thinking. 

Writing:

In writing, we have started looking at the writing cycle – how we get from our original writing plan to a final published piece. We have begun planning for our writing using a range of planning tools to help us develop our budding ideas into detailed pieces of writing. We are further looking at ‘shades of meaning,’ which focuses on adding detail into our writing through making interesting word choices. Replacing the boring ‘said, happy and scared’ with words that leave the reader with a lasting impact (e.g. announced, proclaimed, delighted, cheerful, panicked, petrified!) We are finding these great synonyms by using a thesaurus. Next we plan on investigating mood and tone and how the author conveys these themes through certain tools. 

Literature Circles: 

In our Literature Circles, we have been investigating text-to-self, text-to-text and text-to-world connections. Through this learning students are able to connect their own personal experiences with texts, as well as extend their own experiences by making text-to-world connections. 

Maths: 

In our maths workshops we have been investigating money and number, extending our knowledge through interactive activities and hands-on learning. Our workshops are designed to target certain skills that learners need to progress in their maths learning. We are also investigating statistics and probability and have been exploring the terminology that is used when describing the chance of events happening. We have integrated many chance based games for learners to spark interest in their maths learning. 

ILT: (Independent Learning Time) 

The purpose of this time is to teach learners to self-manage and build on the skills that they will need for high school. This is a great opportunity to build time management skills and to learn how to prioritise learning. BUT… please do not fear parents/carers who do not trust their child’s “time management skills!” Learners must conference with a teacher twice a week to gain feedback on their learning and to work towards their goals. This keeps everyone accountable for their learning. 

Other Learning…

We also take part in weekly gardening (Tuesdays) and Curiosita learning (Thursdays).  As well as BTN (another great discussion point with your child, if you haven’t heard of this before!) Ask them what is on our current news, who does it impact and any facts they have learnt. 

Yep… All that and it’s only Week 3 – stay tuned for more blog updates. Hopefully in the near future, we will have some SNC student bloggers taking over our blog to highlight some of the fantastic learning that occurs in the SNC LC. 

Stay tuned,

The SNC Team. 

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