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3/4A Inquiry Diary
This week, we have been using Tony Ryan’s Thinker’s Keys. We worked in small groups and utilised some of the following keys:
We explored several topics including;
Name 10 things that you could not clean.
List 5 sounds that you have never heard.
Name 10 things that you could not photograph.
What if the price of petrol was immediately doubled?
What if all cars turned into skateboards?
Tony Ryan has written an amazing introduction to his “Thinker’s Key’s”. Visit this link below to find out more information.
It’s now Term 2, our inquiry this term is “What makes us good learners!”. We began this inquiry with a provocation about “The Brain”. We worked in small groups of our choosing and were given an hour and a quarter to learn about the brain and then present our learning back to the class at the end of the time. Resources were provided in the form of website suggestions, physical materials, books and diagrams. After the presentations we discussed which groups worked well and why they were more successful.
We have been learning about “Multiple Intellegences” and completed a survey to determine our strengths.
We are creating an “inquiry diary” to record our process of learning about
“Why Great Journeys of Exploration Occurred”
On Tuesday 25th Feb we visited the Polly Woodside to enrich our knowledge of what it would have been like to explore by sea in the early days. The excursion was amazing and provided us with a great deal of new knowledge.
We learnt that ….
Showers were a priviledge and often only happened when it rained. (by Veronica)
Leo learnt about the terms “starboard” and “port” and how important these terms were to the safety of the ship.
The ships were not all made of wood, but of iron as well! (By Jacob)
Mila learnt that the crew members didn’t always get along with each other and they had to learn to cooperate with each other.
You could get splinters if you didn’t scrub the deck. (By Mila)
George learnt that George Andrew’s kept a diary to write all about his journey on the Polly Woodside.
Tess learnt that young people had to sleep near the Captain so they didn’t learn bad language from the rest of the crew. Children as young as 9 worked on the ship!
Annie learnt that many of the crew were from jail.
Thomas learnt that both young and old people die at sea. Some had sea burials, others when food was scarce were eaten by the crew!
The diary will give us the opportunity to record and share our learning.
We completed a ‘PMI Chart’ after our excursion to the Polly Woodside on Tuesday. Here are some examples:
The “PMI Chart” is one way to analyse an activity and clarify your learning. Could you please post comments that reflect on the PMI Chart as a learning tool?
As well as the PMI Chart, we completed some snap shot writing with different sentence starters. This allowed us to clarify our thinking and learning instead of just retelling about the excursion experience.
Here are some samples of our writing.