After a year of research, professional learning and pedagogical change, we have decided we are ready for a change in furniture, to complement the learning. At the beginning of the year teachers were given the opportunity to teach in an open space. Some had already trialled working for parts of the day in an open space with two teachers opening fulltime. The staff had spent 2015 changing their pedagogy based on the whole school professional learning. We thought we would have four open spaces in 2016, but ours teachers had become risk takers, ready to take up the challenge and so we started 2016 with 9 open spaces K - 6.
Maths in 4 Polo
What does Maths look like in 4 Polo? Well, we have a couple of elements and they each serve a purpose.
1. Fast Maths - Monday to Thursday each student completes a column of basic number facts per day like times tables, 2 digit addition, doubling etc. Each level gets harder. On Friday, we assess the students using the same questions. If they get 100%, then they move up a level.
2. Mentals - students are given 3 minutes to complete 15-20 questions. The questions are based around basic number facts - maths facts that should come automatically. For example: how many mL in 1.5L? 1500mL. Students are grouped based on their needs.
3. Explicit teaching of maths concept - Miss Eagles and Mrs Parker each take a group (half class or small maths groups) and model/demonstrate the concept. They also show the students how to use it in different situations.
4. Learning Agreement - students are given a learning agreement with 10-15 activities. Each activity relates to basic number facts and the skill taught for the week. They have to complete all activities by the end of the week. The students love this way of learning because they choose the activity and who they work with. They can work at their own pace as well. Teachers monitor their progress by signing off after the student shows their work.
IT CAN BE LOUD IN OUR CLASSROOM BUT THE STUDENTS ARE ON TASK AND LOVING MATHS!
This week, we are learning about division.
Coding/ Technology in our school has made a massive impact in our learning. We now use it for many different purposes, ranging from homework, to coding games and websites. Even the library has changed. We now call the library the "learning hub" due to the fact that we use technology more than books. Mrs Circosta, the "librarian" of the learning hub has spent a lot of money buying new resources for these robots and technological devices that we use and enjoy. Students are now feeling more comfortable around their learning environment with technology.
6 Victory have been working in an Agile learning space for five weeks. Take a look at the fantastic work being accomplished.
Term 2 in 6 Victory has seen new furniture, greater variety of technology, great use of seesaw and so much collaboration.