Immersion learning for Saltus Year 5

  • Ready for the wind: with the Hamilton skyline visible in background, Saltus Grammar School pupil Johnie Bart is shown with his shelter as part of his class project on survival in primitive circumstances, such as shipwrecks like the Sea Venture in Bermuda in 1609

    Ready for the wind: with the Hamilton skyline visible in background, Saltus Grammar School pupil Johnie Bart is shown with his shelter as part of his class project on survival in primitive circumstances, such as shipwrecks like the Sea Venture in Bermuda in 1609

  • Ready to build: Callie Lucas, Blake Boden and Shaniyah Smith-Daniels are shown

    Ready to build: Callie Lucas, Blake Boden and Shaniyah Smith-Daniels are shown


Sarah Fellows, Schools Correspondent

Saltus Grammar School Year 5 students recently completed an exciting Project-Based Learning exhibition to showcase their learning.

The project answered the driving question: “How did I survive the wreck of the Sea Venture to live on Bermuda?”

The project was launched with a field trip to St George’s to visit the Heritage Museum and the Deliverance replica.

Students then researched what life would have been like for the survivors and what they would have needed.

They created individual Survival Guides using a range of formats including posters, booklets, videos and digital books.

These were shared with history students from Saltus’ Middle School who were impressed by the student’s knowledge.

The next part of the process was to collaborate in groups to design and build something that the settlers would need.

Several groups created shelters using natural materials that would have been available on the island and things that could have been salvaged from the ship.

Other groups made tools, clothes, water-catchers and a raft. These projects took several weeks to complete and involved working together, requiring skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, consensus and communication.

Students were keen to share these projects with their parents and special guests in an exhibition on November 27. This was a vibrant occasion with much excitement as students shared their work, their thoughts and their learning in their final product.

Throughout the process students reflected on their learning, their challenges and successes, demonstrating key understanding of the trials the settlers would have faced to survive.

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Published Dec 20, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Dec 20, 2018 at 8:15 am)

Immersion learning for Saltus Year 5

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