Yesterday, our class was lucky enough to have a physicist come out to help us measure the circumference of the earth. We teamed up with a school in Cairns in order to complete our calculations.
Below are the instructions and photos of the day. A big thank you to Matthew for a very interesting session.
Our midyear Parent Teacher interviews will be held on Tuesday 26th June at the school, in room 12. Your child’s midyear report will be made available to you to read prior to this interview and then you can discuss the report with me in the interview. Please arrive at least 5mins prior to your allotted time. Notes have been sent home.
Last term the Modern Languages Teachers Association of Victoria (MLTAV) spent a day at CNPS filming our Italian program.
The film is now available on the Victorian Department of Education and Training Fuse website.
It is one of a series of films showcasing best practice language programs in Victoria.
Grazie to everyone who participated and helped out with the filming. Bravi!
See our clip here:
Carnevale is fast approaching! It will be held on the last Friday of term. Details are on the italiano blog:
At 5pm this Wednesday 30th May, CNPS will be holding an info session for parents needing assistance to login to Compass. Eldest students were sent home with a green letter containing their family username and temporary password a couple of weeks ago.
If you haven’t yet logged into Compass for the first time, feel free to attend.
Wednesday 30th May
5pm in Room 1 in the cream building.
Bring your green letter (with login details) and your mobile device.
There’ll be laptops for you to use if you don’t have your mobile with you.
Over the last few weeks 5/6C have been participating in a range of code activities. These include some 'unplugged' coding as well as using block coding online. Today the students created their own games. See your child's website for a sample of the game.
On Tuesday and Thursday this week the grade 6 students participated in some coding activities using the school’s Ozobots. Students were asked to draw a variety of shapes and maps which had different measurements and coding requirements. At the completion of each session, students shared their strategies and different problem solving approaches.
Please find some pictures of these activities attached.
Our Passion Projects are well and truly underway. We’re seeing lots of great research being done on some interesting topics. These projects are a direct response to the student opinion survey data that showed students wanted a greater say over what they are learning about. Each student has individually selected the topic/question for their project and developed their own questions to investigate and research.
Students are given one session a week for their Passion Projects within the classroom. This time is used to plan and/or develop questions to investigate, seek assistance and receive some feedback from the teacher and work further on their project.
Students set themselves some goals for what they want to achieve each week in regards to their Passion Project. So, some weeks your child may need to complete 20 minutes each night on the project, while other weeks it may be 30 minutes for 3 nights. Passion Projects do not have a set due date, as each student has their own unique question that they need to answer. One student’s Passion Project may take 4 weeks, while another may take 8. It just depends on the topic.
Once they feel they have answered their question (or multiple questions on their topic) and have presented their information in a chosen form, they will present to the class what they have found. Passion Projects are ongoing, so once a student finishes their first Passion Project, they will put forward a new idea for their next one. It will continue to progress that way.
Students have been encouraged to use different ways to research information such as interviews, surveys or visiting different locations. Students have also been encouraged to break their project into manageable parts and use the calendar on their computer’s desktop to identify the best times in their week to complete tasks. Something they will need to be able to manage moving towards secondary school.
These projects are a way for students to develop their goal setting, time management, questioning skills, presentation skills and challenge themselves. However, if you would like encourage your child’s line of questioning or challenge them to investigate an element of their project in greater detail, teachers are happy for this to occur. Further to this, if students want to build upon their learning this is also encouraged. For example, after researching about different endangered animals a student might decide to set up a fundraiser to help protect a certain species or their environment.
If you have any further questions regarding this please contact your child’s teacher.
Today your child's weebly address has been sent home. This website will be constantly added to during the year with different work samples of the curriculum covered.
The idea of the Passion Project is to investigate a topic or question you may have and these can be around Science, Geography, Sport, Communities, History or Cultures and Celebrations. The list of possible topics is endless, however, the topic/question is not something you are already an expert in but something new that you will need to investigate and learn about.
This project will form the basis for your homework for next term. You will also be allocated time each week to work on your project in class, share your progress and receive feedback. In some cases, you may have the opportunity to do more than one project in the term.
Your first project will be an individual task. However, as the year progresses we hope that there will be an opportunity to complete tasks in collaboration with other student/s.
One recommendation is that this project is done electronically via your weebly website. This is for convenience and will allow you to work on your project outside allocated times if you finish other work early. It will also allow students not taking their computer home to upload work and have it saved on their webpage which will eliminate needing to bring a USB stick or large poster back and forth from school.
The first task is for during the holidays.........
Think about something you would like to learn more about. What interests you? What could your topic & question(s) be that you wish to answer? How will you potentially go about finding the answers to these questions? What materials might you need and are these easy to find around the home or do you need items found at school? What might you need help with and how can we best support you in this endeavour?
In the first week of term 2, you will need to prepare a proposal of your investigation, perhaps discuss this further with me, outline what you might need help or support with, anything you're not sure of and how you are going to present your findings at the end of your project. Teacher approval will need to be given before any Passion Projects begin....