ELEMENTARY - LEARNING IN ACTION
Grade 2-3 2020-21
Under the Transdisciplinary Theme of How The World Works, Grade 2-3 have been inquiring into the Central Idea of: Observable patterns and cycles occur in the local sky and landscape. If you have a child in this class, chances are you have already heard, but check out their music video below:
This unit ended with a wonderful evening of campfires, marshmallows, and star gazing on Thursday October 8. It was a rewarding and fun experience for our young learners after they had worked hard to produce their Summative Assessments. They were given the direction to create ‘Bill Nye’ styled videos and here is what they produced:
Grade 2-4 2019-20
Come by the school between October 18 and 25 to see the G2-4 Art Gallery. They started this academic year with an exploration into How We Express Ourselves.
The inquired under the transdisciplinary central idea of:
'Sharing the creative process can bring us together as a community.'
This was a creative and inspiring way to start the year. The student demonstrated a great interest in crafting and the group displayed a wide range of interests and skills throughout this unit of inquiry.
Grade 1-3 2018-2019
SHARING THE PLANET
An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
Animals and humans are interconnected
The Grade 1-3 class had the opportunity to study owl pellets and discover what owls eat. The students sorted the different types of bones to try and study what was in the owl's diet. They used research and observational science skills to identify the bones and the animals the owl would prey on.
Our units of inquiry are Transdisciplinary, this means that Math, Science, Literacy, The Arts etc. are all taught under the big idea, what is called the Central Idea. In this case, 'Animals and humans are interconnected'.
PSHE - PERSONAL, SOCIAL, HEALTH EDUCATION
Throughout the year, the students have different opportunities to experience a range of sports and interests in PSHE. During the autumn term, the students took part in weekly Aikido sessions with Andrew Haight from Floating Bridge (Canning). During the winter term, the students were introduced to skiing and snowboarding at Martock.
For most of our students, this was a brand new skill to develop. As a first time skier, students needed to show determination, resilience and commitment. This will now be an annual program for our students so that they can improve on their skills with each season.
Students at The Booker School develop the skills and the confidence to be Risk-takers. Every student participates in the whole school assemblies in a way that they feel comfortable and proud. Our Lower Elementary students presented their learning in French through song and dance in our winter assembly.
CORE SUBJECT ROUTINES
In addition to integrating Math and Literacy into our Units of Inquiry, standalone Math and Literacy sessions are part of the daily routine. With small class sizes, we are able to differentiate the teaching and learning for each child according to their own specific needs. We believe that students can be extended beyond their 'grade level' in some subjects as well as supported in others. Our Math stations and Daily 5 literacy routines allow for individualised instruction, to ensure our students have the skills they need to inquire into the world and express their learning to others.