Monday, March 4, 2019

40 Days of Kindness, Service & Charity

Lent is a time of preparation before Easter when we fast and pray as we remember Jesus and the sacrifices He made for us.  There are three main aspects to focus on during Lent.  GIVE. PRAY. FAST.  
In Tui class we are spending the 40 days of Lent by showing kindness, service and charity through different activities or actions.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Mahi Tahi Paper Chain Challenge

This year the three senior classes -Years 5 - 8  are collaborating every Tuesday and Thursday morning for a Mahi Tahi (Working as One) session.  The children are put into groups randomly using ice block sticks. They have been learning about the Four C's - Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Communication & Creativity.  Challenges and activities range from STEM to logic puzzles to art.... it has been AMAZING!

Today, children were issued with what SEEMED like a simple challenge - to make the longest paper chain out using only two pieces of A4 paper.
The room was buzzing with collaboration and thinking.  Children had to consider the length of the chain with its stability - if the chain broke we would only measure the longest piece.  
We teachers could see the groups thinking change as the chain progressed..some links were short then long and thin.  This was such a fun challenge!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

We RISE...

This year our school whakatauki is RISE.  Respect. Inspire. Service. Excellence.
We created art to represent us rising to challenges, rising to expectations, rising up and achieving all of our goals 🌞

We worked with dye and indian ink.  We had to include sea, hills and the sun rising.  We learned about hot and cold colours and how using the indian ink created detail in our picture.  

Friday, November 30, 2018

Surfs Up!

Our camp was supposed to be this week, but it had to be postponed due to the weather.  We had one activity that we couldn't change, so we continued with our planned surf day with O'Neill Surf Academy.

The Year 6 - 8 students headed out to one of our local beaches.  We set up at 90 Mile, Te- Oneroa-a-Tohe and were split into two groups.

One group swam and played beach games while the other group was surfing.  The surfing group had a lesson on the sand before getting into the water to put the theory into practice.  A lot of the children are surfers or have had a go before, which means they were able to support and encourage the children who haven't.  

The sun was out and it was a beautiful day.  Everyone had so much fun! We are looking forward to the rest of our camp activities next week!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

I'd rather KNOT

One of our literacy contract tasks this week was to have a go at tying a variety of knots.  To do this Kakapo Kids had to read and follow instructions from an online tutorial.

They practiced:
Overhand knot
Half hitch
Sheet Bend 
Slip Knot
Square Knot
Figure 8
Half Knot

After the practical practice, Kakapo researched the purpose and practicalities of each knot.  They asked themselves "what situation is this knot best for?" and "in a survival situation what could I use if I have no rope?"
After their research, the children are sharing their findings through their choice of presentation.  Some have already started, they are using explanation writing, posters, animation... Keep an eye out on the Kakapo Kids individual blogs for how they chose to share their learning.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Never Eat Soggy Weetbix... just one acronym we found for North, East, South, West.

Kakapo have been busy inquiring and NAVIGATING through their contracts, learning all about NAVIGATION😋. 

👉Have read about what a compass is and how to use it
👉Have labelled 16 points on a compass
👉Created an orienteering challenge (around the school) for a buddy
👉Learned about the degrees of a compass
👉Mapped, used scales and found coordinates and bearings
👉Found definitions, acronyms, synonyms and parts of speech for navigational language such as horizon, navigate, longitude, latitude
👉Wrote an explanation on two ways to navigate if you did not have the use of a compass or technology