Welcome back to another action packed term! Children and teachers have picked up where they left off and great learning is happening right across the school.
We are delighted to once again have Ezra from Dances in Schools at VAS. All children are having a half hour dance lesson every day for the next two weeks. This is how we are delivering the dance curriculum at VAS – through using an expert. The great thing about the programme is that every single child is able to shine. Teachers’ hearts sing when they see children with needs, or shy children, or anxious children participating, being successful and just thoroughly enjoying themselves. I checked in on one of the sessions today and after 2 lessons, every child was dancing a modern cha cha. They learn a few dances – hip hop, modern dance and ballroom.
This programme culminates in a concert for parents on Friday. Each year group will have their concert at a different time of the day. We will send out details of times for each level in the next day or so.
After the dancing has finished, we are launching straight into the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme. Keeping Ourselves Safe is a New Zealand programme formulated by NZ Police. Here is the statement from the website – Keeping Ourselves Safe enables children and young people to learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others. Students recognise the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and those who have been or are being abused are encouraged to seek help.
This is not a sex education programme, it is a programme designed to give children strategies to use if they are ever confronted with any form of abuse – emotional, physical, sexual, cyber. The programme is divided into age groups – years 0 – 3 and years 4 – 6. Constable Gordon has led a staff meeting and is holding a parent meeting on Wednesday 31 July at 2pm. All parents are invited to hear what the programme is about and see the overview.
During the latter part of the term there will be lots of learning across the school focussed on bridges. This is a technology topic and children will learn about forces, the design features of bridges, types of bridges and how to build a bridge. This is a lovely hands on topic which teaches the children the design process as well as an understanding of forces and structures. Note: year 5 looked at bridges in term 2 and are doing a science topic.
Year 1: From One Side to the Other: What is a bridge?
Year 2: Bridging the Gap: To help children recognise the effects of forces in the world around them eg forces are in action whenever things move or change direction. Recognise that forces always involve pushes and pulls. Distinguish between different forces such as gravity and friction.
Year 3: Bridging the Gap: All structures are designed to meet a need.
Year 4: Staying strong: Why do things stay up? What makes things not fall down? Why are their differences between what stays up and what falls down?
Year 5: Plastic…Not so Fantastic: Plastic, a product with over a thousand uses, is harming our planet. The plastic toxins are leaching into our soils, oceans and rivers causing harm to our environment, wildlife and humankind. A sustainable lifestyle is essential for future generations.
Year 6: How to Make an Effective Bridge: Students are surrounded by structures and technologies that have been refined and designed through time. With this understanding students will identify the importance of the design process and how it is applied to create technologies. Through the medium of bridges, students will refine and adapt a process of effective steps to create a design.
As you can see, a busy term!