Some serious team building - look at that precision hoop balancing!
Hi everyone and welcome to our first post for 2016! What a first week of school it has been!
School began on Monday and our first week has flown by already! This week students spent time getting to know each other and learn some of the aspects of year six that will be important to them this year, such as my expectations, the standards they will be held to, and some of the key focus areas for this year.
One of the most important things we did this week was establish a class mission statement. This is in lieu of a page of ‘rules’ which we feel in year six we can move beyond. We took the time to discuss what it means to be on a ‘mission’ and explore some mission statements from other schools and businesses. The result was a document that describes the type of class we seek to be in 2016. The task was purposefully designed to include the ideas and thoughts of all members of class and after three drafts we ended up with something I think is pretty special. You can read it here.
I was very pleased with the effort and level of maturity students demonstrated in their approach to completing our statement – I think it is very encouraging for the rest of the year!
One of the first drafts of our mission statements - no stone was left unturned in our quest to make it the best we could. Did I mention every idea came from the students? Not one of these words is mine :)
We spent part of our week engaging in team building and trust exercises too. These are really beneficial at the beginning of the year as creating close bonds within class is so important to everyone enjoying a fruitful and positive year. Establishing a positive class culture is always ongoing, but the earlier we can do it, the easier our learning will become later in the year.
We also participated in some maths games this week to help get our brains out of holiday mode, and we have begun to keep a gratitude journal as part of our daily writing. Researchers have shown over and over again that exercising gratitude on a regular basis leads to happier and fulfilling lives – not to mention the impact it has on others. There is a great quote when it comes to gratitude that I love to share with my students,
“Feeling gratitude for someone and not expressing it, is like wrapping a beautiful present and not giving it”.
Hopefully it will inspire our students to give thanks to those close to them often and with meaning!
The only thing better than maths? Maths games!
There were a few other events taking place this week too – students voted on a class logo to accompany their mission statement, we chose the design for our leavers shirts (which I think arrive early in term two), and we have begun our preparations for Lent. Most importantly (as the students will tell you) we also held applications for our class jobs, though I might create a separate post on the class economy as it just keeps getting bigger and bigger! :)
A comment was made during the week that it felt like we had been together for three weeks as opposed to three days and many students agreed – not in a bad ‘this week is dragging’ sort of way, but I think more like a ‘it just feels right to be together’ sort of way which was a nice thought.
Next week we have our swimming trials, Ash Wednesday and fittings for our graduation shirts…but we’ll squeeze some learning in there too haha :)
Be sure to check back every week or so and keep up to date with what’s happening!
More quality teambuilding - including a giant game of year six zombie tag! It was mildly scary!