From creating maths games and posters, to researching animals, creating houses and, most recently, the Shaduf, projects have been a BIG focus throughout the year in Grade 5.

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Not only are projects an important way for children to learn about things, but they provide a medium for which kinaesthetic students (learn through a hands-on approach) can thrive.  No student wants to sit in class and just listen to their teachers go on about a topic. Although listening and reading through information with the teacher is a very important part of the learning process, allowing the students to have a chance in actively engaging and manipulating equipment, be it iPads for research or materials for building, gives the student time to work collaboratively or independently on improving self-learning.

When students are doing collaborative projects, in their co-operative groups, they are able to grow their communication skills and effectively listen and report information along side the individuals in which they work a skill that is essential as an adult in the real world.

When students are doing individual projects, they are able to practice responsibility and meeting personal deadlines, as they can rely only on themselves to get the work done.

 

The focus becomes much more on ‘student learning’ as opposed to the ‘teacher teaching’. In this manner, students are encouraged to become critical thinkers, not just passive note-takers.

 

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