This term, Stage 3 students will be completing a collaboratively-taught unit of work in science on Made environments – information, with particular emphasis on early and modern communication devices, types of codes, digital citizenship and eSafety. This week, the students completed a pre-test survey sheet from the SLIM toolkit (Guided Inquiry) to provide some baseline data, both qualitative and quantitative. We also revisited the Orbit interface of our OLIVER library system to familiarise the students with its capabilities.
We aim to communicate our cumulative findings as entries on a blog, which can be shared with each class and beyond the school.
Coincidentally, today is InternationalSafer Internet Day 2018. “Celebrated globally in 130 countries, Safer Internet Day is coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.” This year’s SID theme is “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”.
1.1 – Stone Age to Modern Age – evolution of communication
What is communication
16 famous logos with a hidden meaning (that we never even noticed)
Today, I want to explore with my teacher colleagues the upcoming National Simultaneous Storytime picture book for 2018, Hickory dickory dash by Tony Wilson & Laura Wood, and how it fits into our existing K-2 literacy cycle, and how it can address English outcomes for Stage 2 and Stage 3 students (see Objective C).
The Stage 3 students continue to investigate the built environment in the school library.
The Kid Architects story from BTN (“Behind the News”) should prove useful.
This month has also seen the revision of plans for Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s signature art project for the Sydney CBD: a massive metal “Cloud Arch” structure, which would tower over the intersection between the Sydney Town Hall, Queen Victoria Building and Woolworth’s Corner, with the light rail tracks passing beneath. Since first being announced, the structures shape has been refined but the cost has almost quadrupled. See the Daily Telegraph‘s story HERE.
Our Stage 3 students are exploring the built environment in their current geography unit. Some of these students did work on the planning that went into Sydney’s current light rail projects when they were in Stage 2, so I will need to establish some baseline data as to their current field knowledge on the topic during the library sessions this term.
Here are some of our useful Youtube clips:
Sydney’s Light Rail future with audio commentary – Transport for New South Wales
Sydney Light Rail flythrough – May 2015 [Sydney CBD]
Western Sydney Light Rail concept flythrough [Parramatta CBD]
The students are probably also aware of the recent building projects (Thornton Estate) and our local railway station modifications at Penrith: