During our Brainwave topic, we have been learning about a wide range of new concepts and skills about our brains and how they work. It has been fascinating learning about the evolution of the brain over millions of years, and diving deep into our minds to see how we learn, and how we can train our brains. We learned that the brain is a lot like a muscle - we can make it stronger by using it in the right ways, like practising a skill!
We looked at neurons and talked about how they help our bodies function, particularly in the brain. We participated in an activity to demonstrate the way neurons work and interact, by using string to represent neurons. We made 'connections' by finding similar interests in the class, much like the connections in the brain which become stronger with training. We also found out that by not practising a skill, those connections become weaker over time - much like our muscles. This showed us the importance of always keeping our minds active and keeping our skills sharp by practising them regularly - a very timely reminder to start the year!
To kick off the start of Year 3, 2018-19, we familiarised ourselves with the Charter Schoolwide Learner Outcomes, or the 'SLOs'. You will have seen this poster about them around the school, which drives our school's mission and vision.
We discussed what they meant to us, and how we can achieve the outcomes. The children separated into their house teams (Lanta, Phuket and Samet) and were then told they were to take part in a tower building challenge! We discussed how the SLOs related to being successful in the task, then they competed to build the tallest self-standing structure using building blocks and the Charter SLOs! The winners were Lanta, who built the winning tower, narrowly beating Phuket. We came together to talk about how the SLOs helped us to achieve a common goal, and how they can guide us through our learning. Well done to all of the teams who demonstrated a fantastic understanding of the SLOs!