Saturday, September 21, 2013

The cooking break through group share their delicious soup recipe

The cooking group have spent a lot of time researching different types of soups this term.  Once they had decided on 5 options they then created a survey to see which would be the most popular to sell on Friday at lunchtime - Chicken soup was the winner!

Click on the link below to watch a video of how they made the soup so you can try it at home

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Maori String Games

This week in Te Reo we learned 3 different things that are part of Maori culture!

String Games

The myth and legend 'How Maui Stole Fire'

Raukau Sticks

Here is a video of some of us making a diamond shape with string.  We learned that the Maori people used to play string games to make their fingers stronger for flax weaving.  It's kind of like our motor magic!

Click on this link to watch us in action! Maori String Games

We found that when we were learning to make the diamond shape we had to use the learner quality 'think' to help us.  Here is a link to Emi explaining how this learner quality helped her.

Click on this link to hear what Emi has to say - Learner Quality - Think

Friday, September 13, 2013

Comparing Cultures

This week in Hub 2 we began to describe our cultures to others.  Then with a buddy we used a venn diagram to compare the similarities and differences between our cultures.

Below are some examples of our learning!

Click on the link below to watch a video we showed at assembly describing some of our cultures too!

Friday, September 06, 2013

Break Through Term 3!

We spent the first few weeks of this term building our knowledge around our break through projects. This was done by bringing what we know and discussing these ideas with our group members, experimenting and exploring with materials related to our topics, and researching details online (e.g. using youtube clips).

Here is the Science Group exploring the patterns that can be made when food colouring is added to Gloop.  It took 2 weeks of experimenting to get the mixture just right! "We kept starting with too much water so we decided to add water slowly to the cornflour and it worked."

Recently we have taken this knowledge and begun making meaning of it by comparing and contrasting the experiments we have done, taken time to think about the results and then reflect on the group's next learning steps, and tried to connect our ideas together.

Here is the Art Group collaborating by connecting their design ideas together to make a single artwork which will be projected onto the whiteboard so that the learners can draw a larger version of it on canvas.  Watch this space to see the final product!

Some groups are already taking action to apply their understanding by using their new knowledge to create and design a final product.

Here is the Model Making Group drawing the blueprints for the airplane they are planning to build. The plan is for the learners to be able to sit inside it!

Here is the Wood Work Group painting, sanding, and oiling their toad stools and wooden spoons. Watch out for these which will be for sale at the upcoming school fair next term!

Watch this space to see what great break through learning has been happening with some of our other groups!!



We have been  building our knowledge about balloons. The different types and what they can be used for.  We have been experimenting with blowing them up and making shapes. 


 Using the pump was I challenge but I finally figured it out!!  This is fun!





We have been learning  about magic. What is real and what is an illusion? We had a guest show us a few tricks. She was able to guess what card we picked out.  AMAZING!!

                                                        We put on a show at feed and read.

I am performing a Trick. This takes a lot of practice.