Friday, 24 April 2015

Week 1 Term 2

Hi Families,

It has been a busy first week back, with our focus firmly on the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.  The children have been involved in a range of activities and have really enjoyed finding out more about this very important part of our history.  We assembled white crosses with the names of men from the Hobsonville area who lost their lives during the Gallipoli campaign.  Please take the time to look at the display situated at the front of the building.  Finally today we walked down to the display installed by The Peace Poppy Project. 

Team Building
We have spent some time every day this week working on developing teamwork in LC2.  We have been discussing the following dispositions which we will continue to focus on for the rest of the term.
  • Do I lead when it is appropriate?
  • Do I follow appropriately when someone else is leading?
  • Can I manage my behavioural decisions when interacting with others?
  • Do I support my group by doing jobs that need to be done?
The children have participated in a range of games and activities that require teamwork in order to be successful.

Tangling and untangling ourselves in a circle.
Working as a team to score points when you can't move your feet.

                                     Leading our blindfolded teammate through a course of cones.

Lining up in order of height without being able to speak to each other.

Project Based Learning.
We have had a successful week working on our projects.  Take a look at what each group has been up to.

Inventing Recipes
This week the group supported the rest of the common to bake ANZAC biscuits. Hopefully you got to sample them!!!  All the children went home with a shared text that included an ANZAC biscuit recipe.  It would be great if you could support your child to have a go at baking them again.

A big thumbs up for the ANZAC biscuits!!

Fashion Designers
The group worked with Chantelle, our Fabric Specialist, sharing and discussing ideas for clothes that could be up-cycled and sold at our upcoming Market Day. 

Town Planners
This week the group sent a number of emails to experts that we need help from. We are looking forward to a visit from Mike Pearce from Universal Homes next week and shortly we will be visiting the Hobsonville Point Land Company.  We have spent the week brainstorming a number of questions ready for our experts.

Chemical Reactions
These scientists have had a fun week making things explode and fizz.  We using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to explode a bag and observed what happens when you mix a packet of Mentos with a bottle of Coca Cola!
Measuring out the right amount of vinegar.
Wrapping baking soda in a tissue.
Putting the tissue in the bag, giving it a shake and......
Coca Cola fountain!

Student Led Workshops
Every Friday the children are going to have the opportunity to run a student led workshop they have planned during that week.  A great way to develop leadership skills, teamwork and the opportunity to make good decisions around behaviour when interacting with each other.  Not to mention sharing a skill or expertise in a particular area. We were immensely proud of the children today, especially our workshop leaders.  Those that found elements of leading difficult were able to vocalise their struggle and work towards problem solving a solution.  Take a look at some of the workshops from today.

Making snow flakes with Yara.
Drawing bunnies with Sofia.
Making puppets for  a puppet show with Priya, Freya and Keira.
Drawing wild cats with Layla and Caitlyn.
Soccer with Zachariah, Luca, Aaren and Mikelis.

Cricket with Jeremiah, Josh and Rico

Our focus for this term is Measurement which ties in well with our projects.   We also spent time this week looking at number facts to 10, 20, 50 and 100, challenging ourselves to use adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.

Enjoy your long weekend. 

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Week 8 and Week 9 Term 1

Hi Families,

We have reached the end of the term already!  Here is a taste of what we got up to in the last couple of weeks.

We have been working really hard on our narratives, some of us are still in the draft stage, some of us are already publishing our work in different ways. Watch this space for examples of our amazing work coming soon!

Spelling-We have been investigating what happens to words when you change them from singular to plural.  s, es or ies?  We had to choose an ending for given words and then try to come up with a rule for each ending.

We have had some fun with Statistics over the past couple of weeks.  We recorded a statement for Certain, Very Likely, Even Chance, Unlikely and Impossible.  We also enjoyed rolling two dice, making predictions and recording our results in a tally chart.

One of our old favourites, the blocks, have found their way into LC2!!!  Many of us have enjoyed creating  all sorts of buildings.  We have also had lego to work with over the past couple of weeks.

We have continued to develop our skills with watercolours, spending time copying a famous watercolour painting and painting some beautiful shells that Jody brought in.

Project Based Learning
Our projects are starting to get under way.  Look at what the Chemical Reactions and Town Planners have been up to.

The Chemical Reactions group have been busy in the kitchen making things fizz, foam and explode!!  We have been investigating what is causing the chemical reactions as well as having lots of fun and making a big mess!!

The Town Planners had the opportunity to visit Isthmus Architects this week in their city office. They designed our outside space at school, the local playground and a number of the houses in Hobsonville Point.  We had a meeting with one of the founding directors in their boardroom.  We listened to David tell us what it means to be an architect, share some drawings and models of Hobsonville Point and give us lots of helpful information about who and what is involved in creating a town.  He also gave us a great quote to add to our quote wall.  'Your first idea is usually not your best idea.'

What do we do on Thursdays?.....
Here we are working with Julia making music!

And finally......  finishing the term with a movie!  Happy Easter everyone!