WONDER COURAGE RESPECT SERVICE

13 Dec

Students have been enjoying many opportunities to enrich their learning through our co-curricular activities and specialist small groups in writing, maths and chess.

Literacy and Numeracy Enrichment Groups

Students from Reception to Year 7 have been meeting once a week, since the middle of Term 3, to enrich their knowledge and understanding either in Literacy and or Numeracy.

Literacy Enrichment Group

SPW Literacy enrichment group

Our focus for literacy was to explore writing like authors and inquiring into how illustrators use their illustrations to convey a message. Students selected a variety of texts they enjoyed reading to support them as models in their own writing and illustrating.

We inquired into how writers stay on topic when writing by using research, discussing ideas with others, using interesting vocabulary and keeping the reader in engaged in our sentence structures.

Students have had the opportunity to work on their own short stories, picture books or ‘how to’ books, developing themselves as writers. Many of our writers have noticed that it takes time to complete writing, when staying on topic and making writing meaningful.

Numeracy Enrichment Group

SPW Maths enrichment group

Students mathematical interests formed our inquiries for maths enrichment, therefore there was a variety of mathematical inquiry topics across year levels.

  • Reception and Year 1: ‘How do we multiply/divide through problem solving?’
  • Year 2 and Year 4: ‘What is the maths in coding?’
  • Year 3: ‘What is data and how can we use data?’ and ‘solving fraction problems’.
  • Year 5, 6 and 7: ‘How does morse code work?’ and ‘learning about and how to apply Algebra in problems’.

Through number talks, challenges and lots of discussion students have worked exceptionally hard during their sessions.

Lunchtime Chess

SPW lunchtime chess

We have some enthusiastic chess players at St Peter’s Woodlands who attend either on a Wednesday or Friday lunchtime. Our chess players have enjoyed the opportunity to learn from and compete with each other, using and sharing their strategic moves to enhance each other’s game.

SPW lunchtime chess

We are looking forward to more chess opportunities in 2022, as we have registered to compete in the interschool’s competition. There will be more information about this next year.

If students are interested in any chess during the summer school holidays, Chess School of South Australia are running holiday chess. Click on the link to find out more. https://chessschool.com.au/holidaychess/

 


Thank you to Lisa Harris, PYP & Enrichment Coordinator, for sharing this story.

To learn more about the Enrichment programs at St Peter’s Woodlands you can download our Enrichment Programs brochure here.