In the current unit, the Year 7s will be learning about shape and measure. They started off the unit by learning how to round to decimal places and significant figures. We discussed the usefulness of rounding numbers and looked at how rounding is applied to newspaper articles, concerts and bridges. The learners also solved a hundred year old puzzle which is used to prove a two thousand year old theorem. The learners will continue to learn more about Pythagoras’ Theorem and see how it can be used to find missing lengths in right angle triangles.
In year 7 learners have started coding in Scratch. They learned about the different stages in in computer game development such as; research, planning, storyboarding, sprite design, coding, testing and debugging. They then harnessed this multitude of skills to recreate a classic computer game called Chuckie Egg. They have also been updating their digital portfolios, uploading evidence from different subjects. Finally, Year 7 learners have been continuing to learn more about digital citizenship, through the online learning platform DQ World.
Middle Years learners had a chance to display their science skills by designing experiments and collecting data to answer questions they were curious about. Some of the creative questions the learners come up with and explored included:
It was great to see the Middle Years Learners interacting with primary learners and demonstrating their projects in exciting ways. It was a fantastic to see how well many learners could articulate their findings to the primary learners and the learning facilitators. An exciting conclusion to the research the learners had been conducting for the past month.
To start the day off, Year 7 learners enjoyed an exciting werewolf mystery game that required them to resolve several contentious issues that arose throughout the game. Learners needed to resolve these issues as a group before anyone became a tasty snack for the werewolves. The learners then debated on a proposed social media policy for iCAN. Preparation for the debate required a great deal of discussion and collaboration on everyone’s part to help the debaters present the best arguments for their team’s views. The judging panel of the debate was composed of Year 7 learners who had to moderate the debate and do their best to reach a unanimous decision whilst also considering the viewpoints and best interests of the learners at iCAN. Overall, it was a fun and interactive day for Year 7.
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