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News From the Beach Drive Learning Commons

Junior School
Students at GNS are learning near the learning commons.

As we enter February, the students are actively reading about and researching numerous topics. Our Learning Commons is a busy place! 

Our littles, First Steps and Junior Kindergarten, are making sense of their world. We have been reading stories about our natural world and what senses we use to explore it.  

Kindergarten is exploring different ways to look at the world through the lens of science. We have been exploring snowflakes and William Bentley’s discoveries, science in sport such as luge, bobsledding and skeleton, and how equipment must be aerodynamic to be helpful. Lisa Bowes Lucy Tries series includes many winter sports to try out!

Our Grade 1s have been learning about different jobs in our community and using beginning research skills such as asking good questions. Our wonderful collection of books, resources and databases such as PebbleGo have been most helpful. We have also been fortunate to have community experts, such as a glassblower from the Side Street Studio, share their knowledge with the students. 

Grade 2s have been exploring fiction and non-fiction materials on the history of money—ask them about Playing Card money used in New France (present-day Quebec) in the 17th century. Beginning research skills such as locating, accessing and reading for information have been key during this study. 

The Grade 3 classes have been looking at story structure and writing their own fictional stories about how certain landforms around Victoria, such as the Sooke Potholes, may have come about. Examples of stories such as The Two Sisters by Pauline Johnson and Who Wants Rocks? by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak have been most helpful in our understanding.

Grade 4 students have begun their Heritage Inquiry. Each student has chosen a topic of interest to learn more about based on the history of the area we live in. Topics such as Hatley Castle, Dr Helmcken, Wentworth Villa and Steve Nash are being explored. Primary sources are being found in local archives and secondary sources are being accessed. They are looking forward to sharing their knowledge with their community during their Living Museum. Stay Tuned! 

Our Grade 5s are using resources online and studying how past events and decisions made by our Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments have affected communities in Canada. They are accessing and recording information, and comparing and contrasting these with where we are in time and place. 

As always, thank you so much for your book and game donations.  We are always looking for beginning reader series: Sophie Mouse, Dragon Masters, Dragon Girls, The Last Firehawk, Princess in Black, the Who Is, Who Was series, etc. These are so popular with the students. Authors such as David Walliams, Rick Riordan, Tui T. Sutherland and Jeff Kinney are also wonderful to have more copies on hand. 

Any questions? Just ask!