Thursday, June 15, 2017

Rm 16 Artists

After our recent trip to the Zoo, we were inspired to create some Art work.  We choose an animal skin or fur to recreate and then we used a silhouette picture to develop our own ones.  Here is the results!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Playground 2017

YAY today was the offical opening of the playground.  This afternoon Rm 16 had a chance to explore the different activities that we can do!  Thanks to the community who helped move the bark over the weekend.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Zoo Trip

We had a fabulous time at the zoo on Monday - check out some of the photos!  We will post some zoo writing when we have finished it ! Thanks to the amazing staff and animals of the Hamilton Zoo.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mandarin Week 2

This week for Mandarin we enjoyed learning how to use chopsticks.  We were lucky enough to practice our skills by picking up marshmallows.  Some of us were very skilled!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Fair vs Equal

Every day after lunch, we have a fruit or vegetable snack and a ponder. We sometimes watch a video, read a story, or have a mat chat about something that makes us stop, think and wonder.

On Friday I put the below picture up on the whiteboard and people shared their ideas about what they saw. It was almost unanimous that the picture on the side was 'not fair'. Everyone agreed it wasn't fair because they couldn't all see the game happening. People noticed how it made the shortest person feel; they looked sad, they weren't having fun, they were missing out.

Team 16 are a bunch of thinkers alright - look at their ideas:

Next, we talked about how this could apply in the classroom. We are SO lucky to be at a school like Silverdale Normal School where there are people from all different places in one spot. We are all different and we all need different things to be successful. Some people eat lots and lots of lunch, some people eat it all at morning tea and not much later. Some people 
use lunch time to have quiet time and relax, some people have to run around and be loud and crazy in the breaks. When we are learning about Maths, some people need quiet, others need to talk, or watch, or make mistakes - and then they can do something completely different when we are learning about writing. We are all different learners with different needs.

My job, as the teacher, is to make sure every beautiful person in our class gets what they need to 'see over the fence' - to learn.

So sometimes we might see people sitting in a particular spot, or getting a bit more help, or time to do things differently, or just extra time to eat. But we are learning to remember, it's about making sure our classroom is a fair place where everyone can learn - and that doesn't mean things are always equal.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thinking and Strategy

We have been working a lot this week on following instructions, and persisting when things feel tough.

We learned a new game today - 'Nine Holes'. We watched how to play and then got all the equipment ready that we would need to play.

At first, it was a bit confusing to work out how to win, but it didn't take long before people were trying different strategies to beat the other person.

We had a great discussion before playing about what 'good winners' and 'good losers' look and sound like. I was so impressed to see and hear some amazing and supportive things this morning as everybody played:

"Oh man, you got me good!"

"Woah, you were hard to beat that time, I think you might get me next time"

Such good sports Team 16!

Teach your friends and family how to play too!

Here is the video we watched first:

Funday Friday

This afternoon for Funday Friday, we watched a video to learn how to make mini paper helicopters.

It was tricky to follow the instructions initially, but once we had each made one, we didn't find it hard at all!

Some people even went and taught others how to make them!

It was interesting to see the modifications made by some to see how it affected the flight of their helicopter. Great fun!

Have a go at home with different sizes and different materials!