We also got to show off the exciting space and learning of the Grade 5 classes. We had our doors open across the whole grade as students were working in groups to create and test parachutes to answer the question of: ‘Which shape can make the parachute travel the slowest’. Whilst the students were very engaged in the science, maths and engineering of the parachutes, we, the teachers, took this opportunity to identify and share with the students the skills that were being developed during the investigation.
We focused on the communication skills between students, their research skills of observation and data collection, and their self-management skills (particularly organisation). Our colleagues really enjoyed the way we had two of the teachers as support for the students and one teacher identifying/assessing the learning. This use of assigning specific roles amongst the teachers was seen as a simple and effective use of resources.