Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Emotion Wheel

This week one of our contract tasks was to think about what colours & patterns came to our mind when we thought of these emotions:

Excitement * Sadness * Happiness * Anger * Pride * Scared

We had to think of ways to represent what each of these emotions mean to us and translate that emotion into art.
The instructions were to only use colour, pattern, shapes and symbols to represent the feelings. No cartoons, faces or words.

This is what each member of our class came up with.  Have a look - can you guess which emotion is which?

Friday, May 1, 2020

Concrete Mural

One of the tasks I assigned the Kakapo Class this week was to create a concrete mural.
This could be on their driveway, a footpath, the path to the clothes line...anywhere they had a patch of concrete.  If children had no concrete they were tasked with problem solving this.  What else could they use?
We looked at examples of murals and how they were different to a regular chalk drawing we might do.

I will update this post when more concrete mural creations are shared.  Check out the individual class blogs also!

Friday, April 24, 2020

Lest We Forget

This week, Kakapo's contract had a definite ANZAC theme.  Over the past few weeks we have been learning about war time and how that affected NZ and NZers.

Children got creative making their own poppies to put in their windows ready to Stand At Dawn on Saturday with the rest of NZ.  We had poppies created out of shells, cupcake holders, origami, drawn, 3D poppies... it was amazing!

To help discuss the long term effects of the lockdown on NZ I asked children to plan a holiday anywhere in NZ.  We discussed the importance of seeing our own country and putting money back into it also.  We wrote information reports about the place we wanted to visit in NZ.

We had an ANZAC video to watch with comprehension questions.  Time lines and decimals for maths.  Plus lots of little tasks to help around the house as well.

Kakapo are ready to stand at dawn tomorrow in remembrance and acknowledgement of ANZAC day.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Safe At Home

Covid-19.  Global.  Pandemic. Lockdown. 

We are not stuck and home, we are SAFE at home.

We are three days into the lockdown. 
Since we have been at home we had a few 'hangouts' to keep in touch and see how everyone was doing. Kakapo Kids completed the work that was set for them from this week before we knew schools would be shutting.  Mrs Cutler gave the kids a challenge on Thursday and then gave us task about Anne Frank yesterday.  

We learned about Anne Frank, this put a few things into perspective for us.  We compared Anne's situation with our own, read, answered comprehension questions, took a virtual tour through the annex reflected on our own questions. We talked about what we are grateful for and what changes will happen environmentally because of this.  We talked about this being a reset... what changes will we make after this?  What little things do we really appreciate now? How lucky are we that we are home with our family and safe. During the holidays Mrs Cutler has made  a task board for us if we get bored.

The Kakapo Kids are writing in a diary like Anne did, recording their thoughts, feelings and activities during this time.  They are also making a time capsule.  Because this is a huge event in history and they are a part of it.  

Our learning has always been accessible online but these challenges gave us a chance to practice some remote learning skills.  Skills like being a problem solver, an active learner and how to be proactive and manage our time, ourselves and our learning. We will need these after Easter when Term 2 starts back remotely!

Check out the individual blogs to see what the Kakapo Kids are up to during this Rahui. 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Float, Float, Float Your Boat ... ⛵

For Mahi Tahi last week Mrs Cutler gave out this challenge...

This task required all of the 4 Cs but especially Critical Thinking and Communication.
The time limit was a challenge but the boats that were created were amazing.
We looked at the successful designs and discussed why and how they were successful.  We did the same for the unsuccessful boats. Photos to come!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Mahi Tahi 2020

For those of you who are new to our blog, Mahi Tahi is where the three senior classes come together and work on a range of tasks. We chose the name Mahi Tahi because it means 'working as one'.  We used to meet twice a week, but this year we have two new teachers in the senior syndicate.  So while Mrs Cutler is the "Original", this year she is making sure we ease into the learning for everyone who is new to Mahi Tahi ... the teachers, new students and the year 5s.

Search our blog with 'mahi tahi' to see some of the awesome activities and learning we did in 2019.

During Mahi Tahi we learn about the four C's.  Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking and Creativity. The activities range from STEM to baking to art to school beautification to maths challenges.  Children are grouped randomly - we do aim to have one person from each year level in a group.

The aim is to instill 21st century skills in a way that every person gets to shine, take leadership, share ideas, follow leadership and practice the 4C's.  Now that you know what Mahi Tahi is - keep an eye out for some 2020 Mahi Tahi posts!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Kakapo Confessions

We read William Carlos Williams poem "This is Just to Say" about him admitting, and apologising for eating plums without asking. We discussed what it means to admit or confess something.

Kakapo kids brainstormed their confessions and ideas.

Using a similar format to Williams poem, children wrote their own poems.  We spent a lot of time re-working our writing to ensure we had interesting words that created a picture for the reader.  For example - rather than using 'yummy' to describe a chocolate, 'gooey' was used.

When it came to publishing our poems the criteria was to use a background image that related to their confession. The font had to be readable - so we had to think about the background picture.  Can the words be seen with a different colour, or was a bolder font or highlighting needed?

Children worked on a shared document to publish their poems.  There was a few challenges around this (such as accidental deletion of slides) but these were ironed out quickly luckily.

We really enjoyed reading each others poems.  We have given each other feedback and have reflected on things we may change if we did this task again.

You can read the poems by checking out the individual blogs.  We'd love to hear what you think so please leave a comment!