Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Our Playground

We have been having a wonderful time collaborating, being creative and using teamwork to move and build with the driftwood that we now have in the playground. We have been thinking, connecting, being problem solvers and negotiating to make decisions about how and where to build our tree huts and forts.

Super Heroes

Displayed around the room we have some beautiful writing and pictures showing the super powers we would have as superheroes. Our super powers are based on our character strengths. Come and read about the "keep trying" girl who had to use perseverance, the "helper" who used kindness and the "powerful learner" who got nervous and had to use bravery.

Matariki Legends.

We have been using our character strength of "Creativity" this week to make up our own Matariki legends. Have a read:

Once upon a time there was a shiny sky father and a rocky earth mother. They were attached together but Maui pushed them away. Maui was mad and he threw seven rocks in the air. They turned into stars and that is the story of Matariki.

In the beginning it was dark and gloomy. Pigeons ate sand. Sadly the pigeons died but Tane did not want the pigeons to die so he magiced them alive. They flew into the sky and that is how Matariki was born.

Once upon a time seven starfish went into the water. A rock banged into the white moon. The moon came too close to earth and the water came up, up and up and the starfish came with the water. That is why the seven stars are in the sky.

In the beginning there were seven kites and they flew too high and went into space. They all turned into stars. That's why the Matariki stars shine.

Once upon a time there was a rocket ship and it zoomed so fast that it created stars. They are known as Matariki and they are special.

In the beginning the nights were very dark. One day Tangaroa got very angry because the starfish stuck onto her. She angrily pulled off the starfish and threw them into the sky. The starfish came together and made Matariki. So in June on a clear night you can look into the night sky and see Matariki.

Wig Wednesday

Today we showed our bravery, sense of humour and creativity when we wore our wigs to school to remember all the children who have had cancer and especially those who have lost their hair during their treatment. We also showed our kindness and generosity by donating money to the Child Cancer Society. Thanks to all those families who sent along a donation.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Haast Eagle

The Shooting Spiders have been learning about the Haast Eagle.

Here are some chalk sketches ....

Possibly a haka and maybe a movie

Scott's literacy group has been exploring ways to present to an audience what they have been learning.

One group has been working on a poem about Uira/Lightning.

They have spent time sharing their ideas and have begun to work on a haka. More on this soon.

Another group have been learning about the Maori gods. They are beginning to plan a movie or possibly a trailer.

Monday, 12 June 2017

ICT Student Council Group teach Tautoru students to use Scratch

Our Student Council, ICT group have been teaching students in Tautoru how to use Scratch. Scratch is an online tool for students to code their own games and stories. Our students have been learning to work collaboratively.