Friday, June 9, 2017

Week 6 - Pick a Path Stories

We have extended our narrative writing over the past two weeks to create pick a path stories.  This is where we have the traditional problem in a narrative story, but the audience gets the choice of two possible solutions.

To start with we had to sequence our ideas in a plan.  Here is an example of a completed plan from Dorothy.  This was a really visual way to organise our ideas.

From this we have worked on using google slides to create the pick a path options. We used a template that Mr Riceman made on our site.  It had a few errors in it which we found as we made links inside and we had to fix them up as we went.  Lily has almost got her story finished (just a few editing touches to go) and here it is below.

 Over the next week we will be finishing and posting these on our individual blogs.  Please investigate these further and give us some positive, thoughtful and helpful feedback.  We really appreciate it!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Te Waka Ako - Our new classes

Wow, the wait is finally over!  We have moved into our new ILE buildings with the other two classes from the senior syndicate.  We had a stunning (but very chilly) morning celebration just over a week ago.  Our fabulous Kapa Haka group performed, we all joined together to sing, our local MP (and father of one of our students) Michael Wood spoke and officially opened Te Waka Ako - The Canoe of Learning. There are many people we would like to thank, Mrs Peterson and the BOT for their work in the establishment of these classes, Ms Sands for the creation of the sign that was unveiled, the representatives of the Ministry of Education present, the Waikowhai Community for joining us to celebrate and finally the children of Waikowhai, there was great enthusiasm during the walk through and has been awesome energy in the building since.

Our cybersmart facilitator James collated this awesome video of the opening.

We would also like to thank one of our talented parents Mala for the amazing photos below.

We have had a successful first week and a bit of learning together and learning about ourselves.  As part of this we have used De Bono's thinking hats to reflect on our first three days.  Please read our individual blogs to find out more about what we are thinking about our new environment so far.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Week 2 - Creative Character Writing

Hi fellow bloggers,

Last week Room 8 were working on character descriptions.  On Monday we went to the site build your wild self and we got to create a character that was half human, half animal (or whatever we chose).  Then we created a y-chart each, that had our character and the main features of their looks, actions and personalities.  I have included this below for you to have a look at.  This is the creature that we created with Mr Riceman our teacher.  If you would like to find out about more of our characters please check out our individual blogs on the side of the page.
Here is the character description I created from this...

Mix-up (Room 8's shared writing)

Mix up has two green arms that stick out from the top of his body.  The four sucker fingers pads are extremely useful for him. Unusually, he has brown hair that is similar to a normal human.  Eight legs cover the bottom half of his body.  They are purple tentacles perfect for slithering up trees.  His buffalo snout is grey and brown, covered in coarse hair that helps him sniff his prey.  All in all, he is a very weird looking character!

The sticky finger pads help him with his favourite pass-time, climbing up walls and washing windows for a living.  The eight tentacles means he can manages 4 buckets and 4 brushes at the same time, while holding onto any smooth surface.  Once it hits 10:30, his snout twitches in search of the nearest long black coffee, he must get his fix!

Mix up is generous, he often donates his time to wash the windows of his local school, free of charge. There is a cheeky side to him.  Amongst his friends, he loves a practical joke and often plays tricks.  His friends also describe him as bookish, when not learning or causing trouble, his nose is buried firmly in the latest and most interesting work of Non fiction freshwater reading!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuhi Mai, Tuhi Atu introductions

Kia Ora,

This term we are looking more at blogging and we plan to share lots of learning as we get our individual blogs up and running.  We are part of the Tuhi Mai, Tuhi Atu blogging group where we will be working closely with three other classes around New Zealand to share and comment on the interesting learning that is happening.  As a start we have shared some google drawings of ourselves, some share what we like, others are developing skills so just show our names.

If you would like to find out more about us please check out our individual blogs on the side of the page.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Ready, Set, Design Week 1 and 2

Our overall theme for the year this year is "Responsibility". This term we are going to be looking at designing and creating responsibly.  To start off the term we have been having a go at some "Ready, Set, Design" challenges.  These challenges involve creating something to solve a problem in a small group in a short time (if you would like more information please check out the you tube video below).

So far we have had three challenges in class.  Our first was something to protect an animal, our second was shelter for a class mate and our third was a virtual challenge using tinkercad to create something to keep Mr Riceman dry as he moves to his car with an armload of books and his precious laptop.  Check out the photos below for highlights from our designs.  If you would like further information please have a look at our individual blogs for some of our reflections.  These will be up later in the week.  We would love a positive, thoughtful and helpful comment below too.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A fitting end to Term One

At the end of Term One, Waikowhai Primary School held a special assembly to acknowledge ANZAC day. This is because it will happen while we are away from school on our school holiday break.
As you can see, the school hall was set up beautifully by Ms Sands.  A poppy garden was created at the front of the hall.  Children from each class came up to lay poppies in remembrance.  We displayed the crosses honouring fallen soldiers from our ANZAC centenary presentations two years ago at the front of the class.
A group of our Senior students helped by sharing a little bit of information about ANZAC day with younger members of our school community.  We also listened to the last post, observed a minute's silence and used our fabulous singing voices together as a special way to finish of the term.  We then finished the assembly as a syndicate while Ms Sands read us an ANZAC related picture book. You will be able to find this in the sophisticated picture book section of the library.
Room 8 focused on some ANZAC activities during the week.  One of the highlights was the creation of acrostic poems.  Below you can see the shared writing that Room 8 did before we went to create our own from the word bank below.
We would love to hear how you acknowledged ANZAC day.  Please leave us a positive, thoughtful or helpful comment in the comments section below.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wheels Day

Finally the wet weather that we have been experiencing cleared enough for Waikowhai Primary to have their wheels day fundraiser. This is one of the many planned events we have been working on as we lead up to the senior camp later in the year.  The senior syndicate joined the middle syndicate lock of the day.  We enjoyed all of the different types of wheels we had around the school playground and across the school field.  Check out some of the photos of Room 8 kids in action below.