Thursday, 30 November 2017

Flipping Out This Morning

We had a great trip to Flip Out this morning.

Flip Out is a trampolining centre that opened last year on Maces Road. It is a wonderful place for learning to take responsible risks while getting fit at the same time!

Daniel says the foam fit is the best part because he loves jumping and flipping into it. Also he really enjoyed that everyone was having a lot of fun.

Mackenzie says her best part was jumping off the big boxes because you bounce really high when you land on the trampolines. This was also Jaycee's favourite part.

Spencer found the whole trip enjoyable because he had fun with his friends.

Shavanah learned some new tricks, like a front walk-over, on the gynmastics mat. Micaiah made a connection and said his best part was "learning new stuff" as well.

Thanks to Lynnley and Shellon for coming along too.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Elements of Drama

We have been learning about the elements of drama on Friday afternoons. It has been a fun and exciting way to finish the week.

We are exploring space, focus and mood. We have been thinking of creative ways to use our bodies and the space around us. We are working on staying in character and concentrating on our role. We are finding different ways to use our facial expressions and body language to convey the mood. 

Drama is a wonderful art to build our confidence, try something new and explore our creativity. It has been important for us to cooperate in our groups, think quickly and show courage.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Amazing Places - Planning This Term's Interest Projects

This term’s interest projects will be all about some of the many amazing places in our world. We have each chosen our own place to find out all about. It could be a landmark, a natural wonder, or a town or city that really interests us.

We have begun our IP process from there. To have some teacher support in our questioning, we have split into 3 project groups. There are based on what sort of place we have each chosen - landmarks, natural wonders, or towns/cities. Mr K and Mrs Harris met with us and we had some discussions in our groups about the shared driving questions we could agree on, and then we added some of our own driving questions we are curious about.

Take a look at this video we shared in assembly on Friday, which features some of us talking about creating our plans.

We can't wait to get into our IP workshops and learn all about these amazing places. Remember to keep an eye on our Twitter, personal blogs and class blog for updates.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Island Maps And Adventure Stories

This week all of Koru 1 have been getting creative. We have been designing our own island maps, full of exciting places and features. Each of our maps are the setting for an adventure story we are writing. Literacy groups with both Mr K and Mrs Harris have been learning about what makes great narrative stories, exploring ideas around plot, characters, and of course, setting.

Linking with this art/writing project, Mr K's maths students have also been learning all about mapping and coordinates this week. Some things we have been finding out about are compass points, grid references and scales. Today we drew another simple map with various named locations, including a compass, grid references and a scale, then had our peers find locations on the map with clues we gave them.

We will be doing some more investigations involving geometry and measurement this term, so keep an eye on our individual blogs for our personalised learning reports!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

The General Election - Having Our Say

Last Friday was the day for us to vote in the General Election. As we were taking part in the Electoral Commision's Kids Voting Programme, we cast a vote that let us see what it would be like to take part in the election. We used special ballot papers that looked nearly identical to the ones used for the General Election in our electorate, Christchurch East.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Our Goals Are Moving!

At the beginning of this term we each identified one skill goal and one attitude goals that we thought would help us in our learning. These big goals have helped us to create some smaller goals for our individual planners and to give us ideas for our weekly reflections.

We placed them along a continuum and have been moving them along when we have been showing progress.

Check out some of the photos over time. Can you see a change in the grouping of the goals?

Week 1

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

The General Election - What Are The Party Policies?

It has been a very interesting week learning so much about the upcoming election. We have received our kids voting ballot boxes in the mail.

Here is more information about the kids voting programme. 

After watching this video, we now know how to vote, but not all of us know who we want to vote for. We realised we need to find out more about what the parties all care about.

On Monday we split into small groups within our larger literacy groups. Each group was allocated a political party contesting the election, where they had to research what the party policies were (the policies are the list of things that each party say they will do after the election if they are in government).

Over the next couple of days, each group used Google Slides to collaboratively put together a presentation to share back with us. Mr K and Mrs Harris made it clear that we were not persuading people to vote for the parties, but simply explaining what their policies were.

Savannah said, "It was fun doing the research, because I already liked that party. It was good using Slides because we can share it with everybody in our own group and they could each do their own parts. I asked the group if I could do water policies and everyone agreed. Ava found out about a policy for getting kids to school safely and reducing rubbish and Kelli did some other policies. I was a bit nervous sharing back to the class with all those eyes looking at me!"

Yesterday we began coming up with ideas for policies we would try to campaign on if we were involved in a Bromley School election. We tried to think of things that would improve our community, either to address existing problems, or just new exciting ideas. 

Next week we will be looking closely at some of our policy ideas. Could any of them be worth exploring further?...