Production – WOW!

After many, many weeks of hard work our grade 5/6 production is finally over!

Last week the students performed in three fantastic shows, and the feedback from the audience has been absolutely outstanding. I was so impressed that each and every member of our class got up on stage and performed every night, and were so confident when doing so. I was so proud to see the smiles on everyone’s faces and the enjoyment they got from performing. Check out some of the photos in this video.

It is important to note that the production was written and run by the students. It was the students who researched the history as a basis for the acts. It was the students who wrote the scripts. It was the students who rehearsed. It was the students who operated the sound and lighting equipment. The production provided so many authentic and valuable learning opportunities for the students and they have all taken a lot away from the experience.

Below is a copy of a matrix we filled in as a class, highlighting just some of the learning that occurred while putting together the production. You would have to agree that this is a lot of learning all rolled in to one experience.

matrixDo you have any feedback for us about the production? Did you enjoy it? Why not leave us a comment!

Producing our Weekly News Video

Tomorrow we will be producing episode five our our weekly News from 56C podcast. Our podcast started five weeks ago and is a summary of the learning that the have been doing in class. Kelly and Luke produced our first broadcast with very little instruction or teacher guidance and it has grown from there – the project has been student driven.

Last Friday, we spent some time as a class thinking about the purpose of creating the news and how we will know if we are successful when doing it. After all, to be a great learner we need to understand why each activity is important. Students individually brainstormed ideas of the learning that they thought was involved (our WALT – What we are Learning to do) in producing the news and we then put them together on the list below. What a long list!


As you can see, this task is very rich and contains a lot of learning. It is great because we are incorporating all the skills that we learn individually during our time in class. It enables us to integrate all our learning together and show off the skills that we have developed over the weeks and terms at school. Already in just four episodes we have shown that we can look at the feedback and ideas from other news episodes and build on them, as the students have been doing. Make sure you keep an eye out each week for the latest News from 56C and don’t forget to leave a comment!