Benjamin Franklin once said “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest“. Knowledge is like glue that sticks information, as well as learning, together. When we have prior knowledge about a topic, we understand it better. When we have a wide and rich knowledge base, it makes learning easier. Did you know that knowledge is not only cumulative, it grows exponentially?
Knowledge helps us make decisions in critical situations, helps us solve problems by freeing up space in our working memory, improves our reasoning and thinking skills and is even what prevents us from making the same mistakes we made in the past!
At St Peters Lutheran we are constantly growing in knowledge. As an IB school, knowledge is one of the 5 essential elements, along with values, skills, concepts and action.
This term at St Peters we are growing our knowledge in many ways both inside the classroom and out of the classroom.
The Early Learning Centre students are expanding their knowledge of living and non-living things whilst our Junior Primary classes are growing their knowledge of maps – a lifelong skill that will help them in the years to come.
Mr Burmeister and Mrs Watkins’ classes are learning more about how the world works by inquiring into Henry Ford and how his invention changed the world for their up and coming Student Led Conferences.
In Christian Studies our 5/6 and 6/7 classes are inquiring into Spirituality in Australia. By examining The Australian Community Survey, undertaken by NCLS Research, the students are gaining knowledge about Australian religion and spirituality and how it is changing, including religious practices, beliefs, experiences and identity.
The staff group at St Peters Lutheran are growing in knowledge of our nation’s history and gaining perspective on how we view the work of the First Nation’s peoples by reading “Dark Emu” by Bruce Pascoe. Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for precolonial Aboriginal Australians.
As a whole school (Reception – Year 7), we are growing in knowledge of the reading process by looking at inferences while we read and strategies that help us to form conclusions based on evidence and reasoning.
GROW with us in knowledge at St Peters Lutheran School!