As the sun sets at Lake Macquarie there are smiles all round from 48 happy girls.Everyone has been a champion today. Daring to give everything a go! The photos tell the story. The sun has set, teeth are cleaned and the cabins are quietening. Tomorrow will be another day filled with challenges and laughter.
Student reporters : Ashley F, Sienna F, Kayley, Grace, Mia M, Louisa, Holly M, Maddie and Imogen.
In UOI we have been focusing on our central idea, which is, our identities are ever evolving. This means that as you get older your identity changes and evolves during your lifetime. We also have lines of inquiry around the central idea that help us understand it. The lines of inquiry are ‘Influential figures can serve as role models for us’, ‘Our beliefs, values and traditions impact who we are’ and ‘Our identity is shaped by our choices, actions and circumstances.’ There are also concepts around the central idea, which are responsibility and change.
To start off the unit we were given two photographs, one of an older generation and one of a more modern generation. Some of the questions we asked about the women were “What were her daily routines?” “What is her role in the family?” “Does she have a political opinion?” “What level of education has she completed?” and “What does she value?”
After answering these questions we then had to write down what our values and beliefs were. Some of the main points people wrote were Friends, Family, Home, Books, Food and drink, kindness and equality.
We also conducted an interview. We had to interview two people from different generations and we found out that they both had very interesting answers to the questions we had developed at school.
“I learnt a lot of things in my interviews including that my mum had a blackboard at school!”
We grouped all the factors that we found in our interviews under the headings Events, Influential People and Circumstances.
We learned that your identity can evolve in many different ways. Our identity can change depending on your beliefs, people, life choices and circumstances and our own actions.
We also watched an amazing video about two men who serve as role models to the homeless and to the rest of the world. These men came up with a brilliant idea about doing the homeless people’s laundry for them, and it won them the young Australian of the Year award this year!
We also learned everyone changes but sometimes we change slower or faster than others. We are all unique and different and have our own identity.
We continue to wonder:
How will your identity continue to develop?
Can you pick the major influences on your identity now?
What things will happen in the future to change your identity?
Who is in control of the choices you make?
Our student reporters have been busy this afternoon after watching an inspiring video. Here is what they have to say:
Mia writes “Today we watched a video of two young men called Lucas and Nic. They have created a mobile laundry system where they go around and help homeless people who can’t do their own laundry or can’t afford it. These young men are role models to younger people who have good ideas like them and want to share it with the world and help those in need.”
From Maddie, “Today we we wrote about the Young Australians of the Year. They helped the homeless by washing their clothes so they can wear clean clothes for meetings or to get a job so they can then perhaps have a house to live in.”
Issie says “Two young boys called Nic and Lucas won Young Australian of the Year for washing homeless peoples clothes! Only 20 years old, Nic and Lucas have managed to make homeless peoples’ lives that much better by washing their clothes for them.”
And this from Tara, “Today, after lunch we watched a really interesting video about these two young men named Lucas and Nic. These two young men had set up a non-profit charity organisation. They called it Orange Sky. In this organisation, they put two washing machines into a van and drove around to homeless people and washed their clothes. These two young men are only 20 years old. And for this great act of kindness, they were made Young Australians Of The Year. Our teacher asked for our reaction to this video and this is what some of my friends said:
“It made me feel guilty because I felt that I wasn’t doing all that I could.”
“It made me feel happy, because all of those homeless people were getting clean clothes.”
“I felt really inspired and now I feel that I want to do more.”
“I felt pleased that some people were helping people in need.”
What do you think about Nic and Lucas’s idea? Does it inspire you?
Student reporters :Tara, Charlize, Sienna F, Amelie, Ashley F, Imogen, Mia, Tilly, Lara, Dakota, Ashley, Grace and Kayley
I was waiting nervously in line. Looking at the rippling water made me want to get into the pool even more. Finally, it was my turn.
“Ready, set, go!” As my hands slipped into the cool water, the pressure began to press down on me. Finally, I resurfaced, gasping for breath. I could see the other competitors splashing around in the lanes next to me, like a speeding water cloud chasing me. Screaming echoed through my ears. I was winning! They were chanting for me! My legs were getting stiff and my arms felt numb. I didn’t think I could finish. Before I could take a breath, the glorious wall came into sight. My hands slammed against the wall and I knew I had raced well. A sigh of relief went through my body.
The swimming heats were intense and exciting at the same time, with all of the girls doing their best and swimming sensationally.
How do you feel when you have finished a race?
It is the first day of a new school year. New teachers, new students, new classrooms. We are really looking forward to a fantastic year of learning together in Year 5. We hope that you will subscribe to our blog so you can keep up with the exciting times ahead of us.
Today we took part in a TEAM BUILDING CHALLENGE.
With planning time, building time and some challenges thrown in (2 mins working one handed, 2 minutes working without talking!) we all succeeded in building a tower that was free standing (even if it only lasted a moment!). We all managed to support the table tennis ball. Our tallest towers were 67cm. Here are some of them.
We had a great discussion after we finished the task. We thought about challenges that we faced and what we had learned about teamwork. Here are a few of our discoveries.
“When our plans didn’t work we had to come up with a new plan.”
“When challenges happen you have to problem solve together and communicate well.”
“We were limited in materials but we found solutions.”
We think that good teamwork needs:
Cooperation & collaboration, enthusiasm, open-mindedness, great communication, creativity, collaboration, taking risks, persistence, give and take, and confidence
That sounds like a great recipe for success at whatever we try to achieve together this year.
Do you like teamwork or do you prefer to work alone?
Today Year 5 were fortunate enough to attend a Google Expedition where we got to try out 3D cardboard glasses that let you see all around the world with just a phone and some cardboard. We were one of the very first schools in Australia to have this opportunity.
During the expedition, we got to try out the glasses and look around the Lincoln Memorial, Mount Rushmore, Underwater at the Galapagos Islands and visit a cliff in California that takes 3-5 days to climb! For each of the places we visited there were some really interesting accompanying facts that we learned.
These are all wonderful places, that we would not have been able to visit if it was not for Google Expeditions. These expeditions are still in the Beta phase (developmental phase) and so are not yet available to the general public. We think they will really help us to learn more about the issues we are studying, especially as they roll out more and more of these wonderful expeditions.
The whole of Year 5 absolutely loved having the opportunity to be one of the first year groups to try these glasses and would love to try them again.
Written by Lara and Lexi
We are all extremely excited to be participating in the Global Read Aloud challenge. The book which our classes, together with students around the world will be reading, is ‘Fish’ by L.S. Matthews.
Before beginning to read the book, we were given some thought provoking questions to reflect on and respond to. (We plan to revisit the same questions again after we have finished reading the book to see whether our thinking has changed in any way.)
Year 5 had fun exploring probability using smarties! Our reward was that we got to enjoy the box of smarties afterwards.
We investigated what the probability was of selecting a particular colour over another. We also looked at how the reliability of determining probability can be improved, when we use larger samples for our investigations.
We learned that probability can be shown on a number line from 0 – 1 and it can be expressed as fractions or percentages. We had a great deal of fun using our data to create both pie charts and column graphs. We analysed the data given to us by each graph.
We decided that column graphs were very useful for showing clearly which colour smarties were more plentiful and which were less plentiful in our boxes. Pie charts were useful because they gave us what percentage of the whole box each colour represented. This clearly showed us the probability, in the form of percentages, of us selecting that colour randomly from the box. One girl’s box had 14/56 purple smarties. This meant that she had a one in four chance – (¼ ) of randomly selecting a purple smartie, because 14/56 is the same as ¼ of the box. This showed up as 25% on the pie chart.
We found google spreadsheets and excel extremely useful when we were conducting our investigations. The graphs were easy to create and the visual nature of the data presented, allowed us to easily analyse the data.
We have shared our learning below.
On Thursday the 17th the Cuthbert fundraiser was held to raise money for Save the Children Fund.
We all had fun dressing up as our favourite character from a movie of our choice as our theme was “Shine like a Movie Star.” A best dressed competition was held and the winner from each grade received a tasty prize.
At lunch, we watched Toy Story while enjoying some delicious pop corn and lollies.
Thanks to the Cuthbert leaders for a great day.
by Emma and Annick