Thursday, July 28, 2011

Breakthrough: Robot Instructions

Noeramiah, Josiah and Natasha were given a problem at the start of the term.  Mrs Jackson had a robot that had no instructions and she didn't know how to use it!  They accepted the challenge of finding out how to operate it and putting together a book of instructions for Mrs Jackson.  Here are the finished instructions, put together in iPhoto.  What do you think?  Could you operate the robot using these instructions?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wetlands Inquiry: Savannah's Pamphlet

Savannah's Pamphlet is the final piece of our website to be finished and is now available to be downloaded on the website!  Click here to visit the website and see all the content on the Stonefields Wetlands. Haven't we done an awesome job? Leave us a comment and tell us what we should add next!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Breakthrough: Amy's Solar System

Amy has been learning all about the solar system.  She put together this keynote to share her learning with you.  If you have any questions or comments, please leave them for her to answer!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bat Ball

During his breakthrough time, Francis has been learning all about how to create a game.  First, he researched different games and the parts that were needed to make them work.  Then he made lists of all the parts he might like to include in his game.  This was called making meaning.  Finally, he synthesised his information and created a new game called BAT BALL to apply his understanding.  See if you can play this game with your friends and leave Francis some feedback!

By Francis

3 cones
tennis ball
20 people (2 even teams)
cricket bat

Hall, grass or hard surface

Three cones in a large triangle

The batter stands with the bat at one cone.
The bowler stands with the ball at another cone.
Bowler throws the ball underarm to the batter.
The batter hits the ball and run to the third cone and back again. This is called a ‘gallop.’
The fielders have to try to catch the ball before it hits the ground, or throw it back to the bowler before the batter reaches the 1st cone again.
The more times a batter runs to the 1st and 3rd cones and back without the ball going back to the bowler, the more runs they get.
The batter stops running when the bowler gets the ball.
The game continues until all the players in the batting team have run.
Both teams switch positions.
The team with the highest gallop score wins.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Breakthrough: Dinosaur Animation

Miduran and Muatau have been learning all about dinosaurs in their breakthrough time.  They decided they wanted to share what they had learned by creating an animation.  They got lessons from Mr Hale and then put those lessons into practice all by themselves.  Take a look at their first animation, created using I Can Animate.
Dinosaur Animation from Stonefields School on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Term 2 PMI: Part 2

Here is the second half of the highlights, challenges and next steps for the children in Learning Hub Two. We hope you enjoy hearing all about it!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Savannah performing Rockin' Robin

Today Savannah performed a concert for the learners in Hub 2. During her breakthrough time she learned how to play the guitar, organise a concert and put together an advertising poster. She had to make sure that the songs she chose were going to be fun for her audience to listen to. Here is one of her songs, Rockin' Robin.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Term 2 Reflection: Part 1

We have been reflecting on our learning here in Hub 2.  We have had an exciting term full of lots of fun learning experiences.  Here are some members of LH2 to share their reflections with you.  Look out for the other ones later in the week!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Plants at the Wetlands

Anthia and Francis have been researching the plants that can be found at the Stonefields Wetlands.  They created a poster showing what they have learned. They had lots of help from the kind people at Natural Habitats Landscapes, who designed the wetlands.  Thanks heaps to them for their help!  

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wetlands Virtual Tour

Muatau and Miduran have created a virtual tour of the Stonefields Wetlands.  They wrote the script, filmed and edited it all themselves.  Great job, boys!

Wetlands Virtual Tour from Stonefields School on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wetlands Destruction

Here are Lawson and Kush to share with you about what has been happening to wetlands all over New Zealand.  What do you think we might do to help our wetlands? Leave Lawson and Kush a comment and let them know what you think.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wetlands Inquiry - It Is Finished!

We have finally finished all the fantastic projects that we set ourselves to do with being guardians of the Stonefields Wetlands.  Over this week and the next, we will publish them on the blog.  We have also made a website to host all of the information we have gathered, which will be ready very soon!
To start us off, Sarah and Roquia have written a song about being guardians of the wetlands and what it means to them. It is called "Wild Wetlands." We hope you like it!  Please leave them a comment and tell them what you think.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Orange Day

Our school participated in the annual Auckland City Mission's Orange Day. It is a day where people can bring along food, bedding and clothes to help Auckland people in need. Stonefields School decided to bring along food to help. This day was organised by William, Miduran, Kush and Muatau. They had to arrange notices, contact the Auckland City Mission and make sure that all the hubs knew about this special day.

We used our vision principle of Collaboration. This principle teaches us about the importance of working together and making a contribution to society. What can you do to contribute to your society?

Orange Day from Stonefields School on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Maths: Position and Orientation

Today we learned all about position and orientation for maths.  We learned how to make quarter turns, half turns and whole turns when following directions.  We also learned our lefts and rights!  Then we got to follow some fun instructions that our teachers had made and go all around the school.  We are getting pretty good at following directions.  Watch the movie and tell us what you think.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Wetlands Inquiry: Birds

The Year 2's have been learning all about birds and their adaptations recently.  They know what kinds of beaks birds need to catch their food, and the types of feet that are needed for different habitats.  Today Miss Rennie asked them to design their own bird and describe the habitat that their bird would live in.  Take a look at the clip and look at their amazing creations!