Term 3 saw the Creativity Centre students explore how communities are created on-board cruise ships and resulted in students creating their very own collaborative and student driven ship called “Spirit of Canterbury”.
The term began with a full day immersion involving a range of potential on-board cruise experiences including; galley cooking, exploring ship communication, learning about marine navigation, map reading and co-ordinate plotting, creating advertisements, playing inclusive games, STEM boat challenges and much more.
There was a variety of exciting incursions and excursions this term including the Botanic Gardens, Polly Woodside, Port Melbourne Education centre, Port Melbourne ferry rides, magic and circus incursions as well as a chocolate making and marketing experience according to each class’s interests.
Following student voice throughout the term lead to the creation of a Cinema, Relaxation Centre, Lolly shop, Restaurant, Administration team, Bridge control team, Hospital and Safety Centre, Circus and Magic shows as well as a Games Centre. Students thoroughly enjoyed planning, researching, creating and running each part of the ship as hard-working employees.
Students writing, reading, science and mathematics learning were embedded throughout our inquiry learning this term. For example, the Year 2 students wrote persuasive letters to the Spirit of Tasmania to request a visit to their cruise ship. While Year 1 students researched and created information reports on our cruise ship guests or an aspect of their topic. Our science investigations this term focused on the properties of materials. We created boats, waterslides and floatation devices using our STEM inquiry skills. We also conducted a range of experiments that looked at water absorption of different everyday materials.
Finally in Week 10 we had our celebration where families and friends were invited aboard our “Spirit of Canterbury” cruise ship. This experience allowed guests to experience students’ learning from throughout the term and students were able to model their collaboration, problem solving and communication skills.
We are looking forward to more exciting learning and creating real-word experiences with the students next term!