Friday, 7 July 2017

Introducing Seesaw Maths...

We have been investigating ways to develop our formative assessment so that we know what our students can do and what they need to work on. This helps our students to set small achievable goals. You might have seen some of this on Seesaw. We love how teachers and parents can give immediate feedback to develop the learning.

Today some of our students in Mahutonga worked with students in Autahi to introduce the idea of "Seesaw Maths."

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Maths Buddies

We are Maths buddies in Mahutonga. Today we  went to Autahi and did number bonds to ten with them. We taught them how to + and - to ten in different ways. Some examples are 8+2=10, 7+3 = 10, 4+6=10 or 2 +8=10

By Isabel, Megan, Charlotte and Lily S  

Thank you to our great Maths Buddies. Brain science tells us that teaching something to someone else helps the learning to stick. 

We are using Seesaw to make our learning visible. 

Monday, 3 July 2017

Process not Product

As usual we have a huge supply of cardboard boxes and the creativity and making never stops.  
Here are people working together and using materials to create their own designs.  They come up with their own ideas, get the materials they need and work with each other and on their own cutting, taping and creating.  As they go, they are learning what things work and what they need to change, they are working on their fine motor skills and their team work.  The end product is almost irrelevant, because it is the process itself that teaches them along the way.  They see that the amount of effort they put into something matters, that they can do things and create things on their own and that they can rely on each other for help. They are building resilience and practising growth mindset as they work!

More Preparing for the Arts Celebration has also been in full effect! 
Here we are adorning the Windows into our World! Who doesn't love a little sparkle?

The Beauty of Loose Parts

Loose Parts are open-ended materials that children can use in a variety of ways.  See the except below from an article around learning through play. 
Architect Simon Nicholson used the term “loose parts” to describe materials with varied properties that can be moved and manipulated in many ways. He theorized that the richness of an environment depends on the opportunity it allows for people to interact with it and make connections.
With no specific set of directions—and powered only by a child’s imagination—an assortment of shells might become a collection to sort, scoops to move sand, or saucers placed for tea. Further illustrating that the materials we provide children should be open-ended, Joan Almon, former director of the Alliance for Childhood, suggested that a good toy is really only 10% toy and 90% child (cited in Linn, 2008).
And below you can see this in action.  Maths manipulatives becoming birthday cakes, cupcakes and presents, while tubes and cable reels are explored as stools, wheelchairs, channels for things to travel through and containers.
The Learning Links:

  • Thinking like a scientist--testing and changing
  • Sorting by different characteristics--size, shape, type of material
  • Health and PE--creating a game together, taking turns
  • Movement
  • Capacity--how many of these little stones fit into this cable reel?


The amount of creativity and ingenuity that occurs when children can choose how they use the materials around them is incredible.  We are always thinking, creating, trying and changing in Autahi.  

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Celebrating Matariki and Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence Day: Suz and Anna's whanau group

We had a fantastic day in our Whanau. We did lots of different things with our main focus being around appreciating the environment around us. We also had a focus on Tuakana Teina. Tuakana Teina is the idea of an older sibling helping and guiding a younger sibling
It was so cool to see so many people ‘adopting’ siblings and helping them out. 

Our first activity involved print making. We chose our favourite leaves and made prints of them onto fabric. We are going to turn these into mini tents so keep your eyes peeled for them at the Arts Celebration!

Our second activity involved the remnants of Seatoun beach constructed into dreamcatchers. We used wool to make a spider web effect to attach different bits and bobs onto. 

The last activity was some rock painting. We brought some rocks to life by painting a base colour, and then adding black, white and red. Everyone did a range of different patterns and they all look really unique. 

Overall we had a great day! Looking forward to see everyone at our Arts Celebration to see the awesome work we made. 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Celebrating Matariki and Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence Day; Gabrielle and Wanwan's whanau group

We had a very enjoyable day working with everyone. A real highlight was Stan joining us, sponsored by Asia New Zealand, who introduced the children to Chinese painting. He showed them how to paint pandas and birds with a brush and black ink, adding more detail as appropriate.

We also talked about, and appreciated, what people and things were special to us. For many it was pets, family or friends.

We found special leaves and shared what we found beautiful about them, then made our own pictures from groups of leaves. Some of us did a little yoga. We also made stars as collaborative origami pieces to celebrate Matariki. We also had a few student workshops run by people sharing a skill that they had some excellence in. To finish we learned a waiata about Matariki and some of us made videos about what we learned.

Thanks to our parent helpers and friends for sharing the day with us.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Matariki: Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence Day: John, Shona, Tori and Cloe's Group.

Matariki: Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence Day: John, Shona, Tori and Cloe's Group.
Today was a stunning day at Worser Bay School. Our group started the day by looking around to find objects of Beauty and Excellence that we could use to create a piece of nature art.

We then created a piece of art using the bits and pieces we had found.

We then took photos of our art and used the photos to create a "Hei Whakanui i a Matariki" card for our parents. We offered to help them in some way to show our appreciation of all they do for us.
We were lucky to have Hutana come and read us the story of "Te Reo Tioriori o Manu" (Manu's Magic Voice) in Maori. It reminded us how tricky is must be for people when they come to our school and don't speak any English.                                                                                                          
In amongst planting trees with our families, we spent time appreciating the Beauty and Excellence in our own playground and in other objects of nature from around our community. We collaborated to create mobiles, sand sculptures and teepees out of bamboo. We really do live in a very special part of the world.