What an awesome term in Banksia Community it has been! The students have settled in well and have adjusted fantastically to the Open Learning Communities.
They are very excited about having the opportunity to use Mathletics, Reading Eggs and Wushka at home to practice various skills they have learnt at school. As initial assessment has been completed, all students are now in purposeful Reading, Writing and Maths groups.
Students have continued to thoroughly enjoy doing various language experiences in Writing. In particular, students loved decorating biscuits and were excited to taste and enjoy their marvellous creations. All students have made outstanding progress in their Writing, and we look forward to this continuing as the year progresses.
After spending a few weeks on the topics of Addition and Subtraction we have just started the topic of Time. We are seeing students’ confidence grow in Maths, which is enabling them to Aim High and take risks in their learning. Students are being encouraged to utilise various anchor charts that we have made together to consolidate and extend their understand-ing on a given topic. We are very impressed with all students and their achievements so far.
Students are very enthusiastic about being part of Reading Groups in Banksia. This week, emphasis is being placed on teaching students the structure and expectations of the Reading Block at MCC, in order to consolidate their understanding and give them the best opportunity to be successful.
As MCC is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) school, we have begun introducing problem solving to students in a fun and engaging way through designing and testing paper aeroplanes.
Wow! What an exciting term we have had filled with lots of learning and special events. At the beginning of Term 2, we welcomed Laura and the Grade 3 students to Banksia and we have loved getting to know each other and growing our community.
Highlights of our term have been our weekly swimming lessons at King Swim where we have developed our skills and confi-dence, an exciting visit from a published Author who read us her book and performing in front of staff and students at the Junior School Assembly!
Most recently, we enjoyed a special ‘healthy lunch box’ picnic in the Central Plaza with family and friends. This was a great opportunity to share what we have learnt about Healthy Food throughout our Inquiry topic this term.
Next term we will continue developing our knowledge and skills in Literacy and Numeracy across a variety of areas. We’re also ex-cited to start looking at a new topic in Inquiry where we will investigate how we can best live sustainably.
All students have made great strides in their learning across all curriculum areas and have especially enjoyed exploring our Inquiry topic of sustainability and the environment. To help us with this learning journey we went on our very first MCC excursion to CERES on the 7th of September. The highlights of the day were digging for bugs in the garden beds, holding worms, learning about how energy is transported from the sun to us, walking along the Merri Creek and feeding the chickens!
We have been very lucky that our excursion was just one of the special events we have enjoyed this term. The book week dress up and parade was exciting for all and we loved seeing everyone get in the spirit of the event with their fantastic costumes!
Speaking of costumes, all of our pigs, cats and ducks dressed up for the Fun Night on the Farm production were fantastic! Students worked very hard practicing their songs and dances, so it was great to see them as stars of the stage for their family and friends.
Another highlight of the term has been our weekly STEM sessions where students have thoroughly enjoyed becoming engineers with our Scientist in Residence, Chloe. We have learnt how to use the robot Dash and the invention process; with the opportunity to design, build, test and re-design our own inventions to be used with Dash. Thanks Chloe for working with us!