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?...

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Relating to Others During the Cross Country

On Thursday we participated in the school Cross Country. It was challenging in the hot sun but many of us felt as though our training had paid off.

A focus for us during the Cross Country was to use our key competency; Relating to Others. Relating to Others at Bromley School is all about having a sense of belonging, being an active listener and sharing our ideas and opinions in a confident, respectful way.

On Thursday we explored and discussed this as a class. We came up with a list of things we will be doing during the school Cross Country to show we are Relating to Others.

This week we will be writing individual blogs about the Cross Country. We will be providing some evidence of how we related to others well. 

It was wonderful to see so much support from friends and whanau. What a great afternoon.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

There Is An Election Coming Up...

We shared the following video in assembly on Friday. It was great being able to communicate with all of our Koru team, teachers and parents about how we are building our understanding on lots of things related to a general election.

After sharing this video, Mana, Lilly, Zavier and Kaizen courageously shared their arguments for what the voting age should be. We had all of the audience vote for who they agreed with on the way out at the end of assembly. After counting the votes, we will announce the debate results soon. 

The students who shared their arguments received great feedback from teachers and parents! They can be very proud of themselves. 

This week we will be exploring what we already know about how elections actually work and what we still need to find out. 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Student-Led Workshops - The Beginning

Today was the first time we have introduced structured student-led workshops in Koru 1, outside of our ICT workshops. We are hoping that the middle block on Thursdays (11.30am-12.40pm) will be a time where Koru 1 students can take the lead, using their personal skills and knowledge in certain areas to teach others.

We can propose ideas for workshops to Mr K or Mrs Harris and write up a plan. This plan will include what the learning focus for the workshop will be, how many children can attend, and what resources will be required. Our peers will be able to opt into our workshops.

Today's workshops included:

Scratch Jnr (coding) - Run by Zavier
Basic division - Run by Korban
Book Creator app - Run by Lilly and Helena
Basic basketball skills - Run by Blaine

After the session, many of us started thinking of ideas we have for other workshops, and we are really looking forward to seeing where this goes.

Exploring The Decisions We Make

So far this term we have been doing a lot of thinking about decision making, specifically how the choices we make daily can impact our lives and the lives of others. We have been exploring many decisions we often make and how sometimes we make them because we are looking for an immediate benefit, or some kind of benefit in the future. 

For example, we discussed brushing our teeth. Recently in the news, researchers have said that many people don't brush their teeth. The children in Koru 1 said that this might be because either they can't be bothered, don't care, or don't have time. It was interesting hearing everyone's thoughts. Especially about the reasons why some people don't brush their teeth and whether it was a good decision to make. 

From there, we had a task where we were put into groups of 4, given 2 dice and 6 counters, and asked to come up with a simple maths game in 15 minutes. 

The reflection questions we discussed afterwards gave us plenty to talk about in our groups. Some of the questions were, "Was everyone involved in making the decisions?" and "Did you want to make decisions, but didn't feel able to?". Considering that a couple of groups faced some real challenges with this task, largely due to the decisions they made, this was a valuable learning activity. 

Soon we will be exploring more about how we make decisions in groups, like in our class, community, and as a country.