Thursday, 29 May 2014

Week 4, Term 2

Advisory Time

We have continued with our focus on collaborating effectively with others this week.  We worked on key phrases to help us "Can I play/work with you?" and "STOP it I don't like it". The children then worked collaboratively on activities.  We then reflected and the children positioned themselves in either 'supported', 'self managing' or 'self directed' for this learning. 

Project Based Learning

This week the pirate costume group have made their costumes! If you can, please do come in and look through their learning journey book and see their final costume in the design studio.

Narrative Writing

WOW is all we can say.  The children have blown us away with their creative ideas, positive image of themselves as writers and the progress they have made.  This week we have worked on the middle of the story - the problem and the rule of three (try, try and solve). Some children have written full narratives and begun the editing and publishing process. Come and see our publishing book! 

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Term 2 Week 3

Hi Everyone!

We have had a great week this week.  Our project based learning has really taken off, with the buyers from the costume groups going to spotlight to purchase the material and Grandad Ken (our woodwork expert) coming in to work with our boat builders!  Most of us have also had a great week with writing narratives.  We have been exploring known narratives and looking closely at some common features e.g. what do most narratives say in the beginning?  Some of us have begun writing the beginning and others have worked on writing full narratives.  We are blown away by their use of language and creativity!

We have also been very interested in beginning to use cms to measure material, people and wood, linking directly to our projects.  We have learnt to use tape measures and next week there will be workshops available for the children to take this learning further.  

During advisory time on Tuesday we focussed on collaboration.  There were lots of different collaborative tasks for the children, some supported and others not.  The children then plotted themselves - deciding whether they were 'supported', 'self managing' or 'self directed' for this activity.  This will be an on-going focus this term. 

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Week 1 Term 2

Welcome back Families! We hope you had a restful holiday. It was wonderful to see 24 excited children happy to be back, chatting madly to each other, sharing experiences with a great attitude towards their learning in term two. The children have starting working in their project based learning groups. They are so excited to get going! We are seeing some amazing inventive thinking in action. This week we have had Constable Lorena in to teach us all about walking, car, bike and scooter safety. We have also been lucky enough to be part of an art project with Tiffany Singh. All children have painted a wind chime and the art will form a big piece of art in our community. Watch this space! Arahonui, Rosie and Kerry