Dear Franklin Families,
This term has again been a busy and productive time across the school. Teachers report that the discussions during our parent and teacher meetings were positive and that the feedback from parents has provided some clear directions for individual student learning in Term 2.
Term 1 finished with the External School Review Team visiting Franklin for two days. While here, the team spoke to staff, parents and students gathering information on how the school was performing in the areas of student learning and wellbeing. A report will be made available to the school community next term, but the initial findings discussed during a meeting with the review team show that we are performing at a high standard. This information will ensure that we continue to plan and implement programs and resources that support all students to achieve and be successful with their learning.
Included in this newsletter is an info graphic that explains the process of inquiry learning that teachers use across the school. Inquiry supports children to view themselves as thinkers and life-long learners. It promotes problem solving and gives them the tools to learn across all curricular areas including critical thinking, planning and self-management, organisation and communication. Staff will continue their work with education consultant, David Gilkes, in Term 2 using current evidence of what works in classrooms.
Franklin Primary staff would like to wish all our families a safe and happy easter break.
Our shapes in nature inquiry has led us to studying the clouds. I asked the children, how is rain made?
They drew their initial thinking and had many ideas. One child thought that a water wheel flicked the water up into the clouds to make it rain, whilst another thought that dolphins had a large part to play in the process!
So, we thought that we needed to do some research. We watched a science clip and looked through some books and discovered the water cycle. We discussed what it meant as a group and the children then drew their second thinking on how rain was made.
This week, to reinforced that knowledge, the children were grouped into pairs and asked to work as a team to show me the water cycle using the tiles. I then asked them to be the teachers and explain to me how the water cycle worked.
They did such an amazing job; I was so proud of them.
Little people really are amazing!
Botanical Gardens Excursion
“On Friday 26th March, my class went to the Botanical Gardens in Hobart. The first thing we saw was the Conservatory. In the Conservatory, we looked at different types of plants and there was a beautiful fountain.
Secondly, we all went to see the Cactus Collection. It had all kinds of lovely cacti.
Next, we saw the monument. It made different kinds of patterns in the water. It was nice.
After that, we went to the Japanese Garden to do some sketching. It was quiet. Then we went to an eating place to have lunch and a play.
After lunch, we walked up a steep hill to see the Floral Clock. It was a lovely sight and the time on the clock was 12:45. Lastly, we went to the Lily Ponds. The goldfish were minding their own business.
We hopped back on the bus to go back to school. What a fun day!”
Recount by Bianca, Year 3
“On Friday, the 26th March, our class went to the Botanical Gardens. Firstly, we (obviously) got off the bus.
Secondly, we went to the Conservatory. Miah, Eliza, Siena and I found small, secret doors.
Thirdly, we went to the Cactus Collection and some cacti were not sharp!
Fourthly, we went to the Japanese Gardens and we started to sketch the beautiful, red bridge. After that, we had lunch under a huge tree. Then we had a look at the Floral Clock.
Lastly, we saw the Lily Ponds. There were lots of lily pads.
After a long day at the Botanical Gardens, we got back on the bus and we played at school”.
Recount by Maddi, Year 2
Year 2/3 Yellow had our shop ‘Grand Opening’ today. The class made invitations for our buddy class, advertisements and special offers to entice the customers in. Our buddy class, Prep Schiebel, came to our opening day and enjoyed shopping at our grocery store, eating at our restaurant and browsing our stock. We all had a great time. This was a culmination of our term 1, Friday Inquiry and I am very proud of what our class has achieved during this Inquiry and look forward to seeing where we will go next! Mrs Witts
Year 5/6 has been working hard to complete their projects on local towns in relation to our Community Inquiry. In STEM last week we looked at chemical reactions associated with Sherbet, with students creating (and consuming) their own and experimenting with a variety of flavours. We also had a mathematical Easter Egg hunt where we needed to find the ‘eggs’ hidden around the class, add their values, crack the code and discover the mystery word. Our Badminton on Mondays has also been very successful. It’s been great to see the terrific skills that have been consolidated following our introductory sessions in 4th term last year.
In Art we have been learning about the history of silk production. First we discussed and re-enacted the drama around the discovery of silk in Ancient China, its monopoly on silk trade for many centuries and the eventual espionage that led to its secret being spread into Europe. We then worked together to create our own silk painting, using salt on the wet silk to produce amazing patterns and effects.
Both the Year 4-5 and Year 5-6 classes have been doing badmintoin clinics with former Australian Olympic and Commonwealth Games coach, Lasse Bundgaard. These sessions are being run at the Port Huon sports centre.
The Franklin Primary School Association would like to thank students and families for their generous donations of Easter eggs and the purchase of raffle tickets. The Easter Egg Raffle raised a massive $659.60!
The raffle was drawn at the whole school meeting and the winners were….
1st – Kiraz M
2nd – Amelia C
3rd – Eli A
4th – Brendan M
5th _ Andy O
6th – Humphries Family
7th - Jedd B
8th - Alex B
9th - Cathy H
10th - Noah G
11th - Alex B
12th - Tadgh
We also had a major prize donated from the organisers of Jurassic Creatures currently on at Wrest Point, with the winner receiving a family pass. The lucky family was Gabby Wickham.
If you have Facebook please join the Associations Facebook group called “school families and friends - Franklin” to keep up to date with events and meetings.
A reminder the next school association meeting is being held on Monday 3rd May at 3:15pm in the library. Please come along or speak to one of the committee members if you have anything you wish to raise.
Wishing everyone a happy and safe Easter and School holidays and looking forward to an exciting Term 2.
Thanks Jess Watson