Monday
Feb252013

Year Six Camp

The Year Six Curriculum Camp combines our study of Federal Parliament and national history with elements of Outdoor Education. This year the entire camp is based in Canberra and its immediate surrounds. Students will experience the role that the city plays as our National Capital before moving on to three days surrounded by the Australian Bush that was so appealing to those who selected Canberra as the capital's location.

To allow sufficient time to each purpose our camp is six days in length. Prior to 2012 Year Six undertook two camps which combined saw the students away from home for nine days. Last Year a combined Camp and Canberra excursion was trialed and the feedback from that has been used when designing this year’s camp. It is hoped that this year students will experience less time travelling, more time at key venues in Canberra and retain an Outdoor Education experience that will be relevant to future camps. 

The camp departs on Sunday 12th May and returns Friday 17th May. Our departure date is Mother's Day, but our buses will not leave until 2 pm. This should allow families to spend important time together on this significant day and for those who look forward to the Mother's Day Classic to still be fully involved.

While in Canberra students will visit Parliament House, National Museum and War Memorial, Questacon, Art Gallery and Film Sound Australia. Our camp component will be centred around two nights in tents with daytime activities that including Mountain Biking, Raft Building and Canoeing at locations on Lake Burley Griffin, Mt Stromlo and Cotter Dam Reserve.

More detailed information will be sent home throughout this term including a full itinerary and packing list. This communication is to allow advanced notice so that plans can be made around our departure date and time.

Monday
Feb112013

Scientists In Schools

Redlands is lucky to have partnered with Dr Alana Wylie through the Scientists in Schools programme. The goal of this partnership is to build connections between the students and people who are doing science.

 

Today Dr. Wylie visited our Junior School Assembly and shared some of the highlights in science from 2012. Her slides are presented here for those who would like to delve a little deeper into the information presented.

 

Saturday
Oct062012

Wikipedia and Reliable Sources

A common question asked by students is 'Can I trust Wikipedia?'. This often leads to a comment by a friend who says 'No, you can't trust Wikipedia'. Both the question and comment are worth some deeper conversation.

The question should be 'Can you trust any single source of information?' and the answer should be No. Every form of publishing information can contain errors, or opinion or deliberate falsehoods. Best practise is to always verufy facts and even then use caution. An error on one website can easily be repeated on many sites that all took the wrong information from one original site.

I Wikipedia worse than other sites? This is tricky to assess. Sites published or controlled by large publishers will probably tell you not to trust it, but they do have a vested interest. Wikipedia itself says it is not considered a credible source. Despite this Wikipedia can be a useful site for information particularly in the early stages of your research. The warning is that just as with every source you must check your facts and you may want to reference a source with a more prestigious reputation.

Getting the most from Wikipedia

Most people read the text in the Article from Wikipedia and stop there, but if you do this you are missing out on som excellent tools to help you check the facts. Each Wikipedia page has a 'Talk' section where people discuss the information and the sources. Often errors are spotted here and you can gauge how reliable other users feel the information. This can be particularly important when looking for bias. You can also view the 'History' of the page and see who has been editing the page. This feature can reveal some useful information too although for some Articles the sheer number of minor edits can be overwhelming.

Understanding Domain Names or Web Addresses

A websites address contains some tips on how reliable the site is and understanding a little bit about the address structure can help you.

  • Most commercial sites will be a .com
  • Most educational institutions use .edu
  • Government sites use .gov
  • This site uses .net
  • Non-government organisations use .org
  • Sites from Australia end in .au
  • Sites from the United State of America have no country code
  • Sites from the United Kingdom have .uk
  • View a full list of Top Level Domains

Our Wiki's are made using Wikispaces, a free Wiki building site that allows anyone to create a Wiki. There are many service like this including Wordpress, Weebly, Blogger, Edublogs or sites.google. In many cases the webaddress will show that the page you are viewing was made with one of these free tools. Knowing this should prompt you to check your facts a little more carefully than usual. You could be relying on someones school project for your work.

Getting Geeky

You can dig deeper into the background of many websites if you are prepared to be a little geeky. Who Is (Visit whois.sc)is a site that will allow you to see who owns a website. It shows you the information entered when the domain name for a site was registered. You can also look into the code of a website and will often see that the site is built using a free service. Look for a View Source or Developer options in your browser.

The goal of this extra work is to better equip yourself with relaible information.

Friday
Aug242012

Visiting Redlands House

This term Year Six were invited to spend some of their lunch times with Redlands House Students. These children are only three and four so Miss Mac said we could only take seven year six students, however, so many children wanted to go down to see the little ones that Miss Mac extended it to two or three days and she was able to take twelve kids with her.

Year 6 went down to Redlands house to help the younger children. The 1st week was when we got to meet the kids and as soon as we meet them we didn’t want to leave. We got the read stories to them and wake them up from nap time and this was fun especially fun because we got to help them pack up. Eventually we had to leave but we couldn’t wait to see them again the following week.

The next few weeks we spent more time outdoors so we really had a lot of fun especially at packing up time. Some of the boys played with the little kids in the hut and they read stories together, but some of the boys played sport on the Redlands House Courts. The girls also had a lot of fun making towers, pushing the kids on the swings and playing in the arts and crafts section. Some of the girls helped to populate the road around their tower and some girls were presented with crowns that they were encouraged to wear until the end of the visit to Redlands House.

At the end of each visit the kids were very upset to see us leave but knew we would come back soon.

Friday
Aug242012

Murder Under the Microscope

This term a group of Year Six worked on an educational program called “Murder under the Microscope.” The investigation consisted of a villain, victim and a crime site. We were to piece together an environmental murder. Each day, new clues were given in both videos and messages.  Each day, we had to decode clues and use our knowledge of the environment to work out the final answer. During Murder under the Microscope, we had to stay committed, work together and eliminate answers. Murder under the Microscope was a unique experience for us; we cannot wait to see if we were successful.

 

Written by Piper, Stephanie & Jasmine