Monday, 30 June 2014

Matariki Concert 2014

 Link to Matariki Photo Album

Practicing for SLC's

It's a great feeling having everything completed and then being able to share our learning with our learning partners. It is very exciting. We are sharing what we have been learning (or what we are trying to get better at). 

Thursday, 26 June 2014

100% Spelling Week 8

Well done to the following amazing spellers for this week. I wonder if the board can be full next week...

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Problem Solving

During maths today we were trying to solve some puzzles using number strategies.  We then had a go at making our own.  Check out Rileigh-Kayes!  Can you guess her word?

Friday, 20 June 2014

100% Spelling Week 7

We are learning about Integrity

Yes! This term we have been learning about an important value: Ngakau Tapatahi or Integrity.

 Could we imagine a world without integrity? It wouldn't be a pretty place. So we have been exploring ideas and concepts about how students could show integrity in our environment.

 Once again, we are blown away by the range of creative responses to this activity. There is definitely not a "one size fits all" approach. Well done everybody!

 Parents, you should see the below criteria on your child's blog (or very similar). The criteria should be someway highlighted (or bolded) as a 'self-assessment'. Also parents, we'd love to hear how you might use Integrity in a real life setting. Please write a comment so we can learn about integrity in the "real-world".

 Task: Create your own short movie about integrity
- Work in 3 or 4’s In your video you need to:
- Show an example of Integrity

 You will be assessing yourself on these criteria:

What makes a good video: (Please Highlight Yellow for can, Pink for need to work on):
- conveys a clear message
- clear voices
- different camera angles
- Still camera skills
- mute background noise
- mixture of still and moving images
- background distractions
- music

 You will need to write a post about your movie. It will need to include:
- In your own words, explain what is integrity?
- Explain why your clip is showing integrity
- For example, Integrity is... You can show integrity by... or... It is important to show integrity because...

 Self evaluation: What are you proud of? What do you need to work on?

 Peer Feedback/feedforward: I like the way you... Next time you could...

 Check out these awesome samples:

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Rm 12 Ninja's and their buddies Tahora's Happy Remake

Well done to everyone that was apart of the assembly on Friday. Rm 12 Ninja's you can be proud of all the work you did to create a fantastic show.

Here's our finally song for those of you that want to see it again!

Saturday, 14 June 2014

100% Spelling

Well done everybody who got 10 out of 10 in their buddy spelling test this week! 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

WALT Re-craft

In Nic's writing group we had a discussion about what a writer does to re craft their writing. We came up with these criteria:

- Re-read it.
- Re-read it AGAIN out loud.
- Mix it up, change it round.
- Fix it up. (Capital letters, punctuation, spelling)
- Change repeated words or sentence starters.
- Add stuff! (To add detail for the reader!) 
- Can you break it up? (Paragraphs?)
- Subject Specific Vocabulary
- Finally, give it to a buddy and they re-read it out loud

Check out Mitchell's re-craft!

Monday, 9 June 2014

To Do List

Hi team, 

This week we need to be completely on task because we have tonnes of learning to complete for our SLC's.

Here is the list:

Sunday, 8 June 2014

100% Spellers Week 5

Well done to these people who scored 100% in their spelling test this week! Keep striving!!

Maths Samples

Poutama have been super creative and busy finishing off their Math Samples for their Student Led Conferences.  I absolutely love the variety of samples being created!  There's paper, white-boards, iPads, Movies, Animations and Web2.0!  It is incredible!  

The Poutama teachers have emphasized that it's not about the poster or the movie... it's about the Maths and the audience.  We are looking to see a balanced mix of entertaining and informing our audience.   Check out some of these examples: 

Parents now would be a perfect opportunity to jump on your child's e-portfolio and write them a comment about their learning!

calais maths
By fuse711

math sample by DA BOLDER on GoAnimate

African Drumming Workshop Followed by Performance

You may remember Jennifer Moss, our previous music teacher?  Well, Jen has been working hard on a number of musical ventures since leaving us... one of them spreading the word about 'African Drumming'.  I am a passionate musician and aspiring drummer so I jumped at the chance to work with Jen and Robert Fugah (an African Drumming Specialist from Ghana). 

As the video says, we learnt 4 rhythms in less than an hour and then performed it to the rest of the senior school.  The drummers were amazing!  What great performers they were! 

I eventually nailed my part (not in this recording) though, it was running through my head for days afterwards...

What was your favourite part of the performance / workshop?

Thursday, 5 June 2014

WALT: show integrity

Using panoramic shots some of the learners in Poutama have been creating photos to show integrity. How clever is this shot?