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Mathematics - Shape Transformation

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Over the next week we are learning about shape transformation. This includes reflection, rotation, translation and tessellation. We have started with reflection, using mirrors the students explored the classroom environment and themselves, before drawing patterns to reflect. 




Planning our debates

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This week we have started to plan our debates. We selected topics we felt strongly about and were then put into groups of ten. As a group, we decided who would argue 'for' and who would argue 'against'. In our new groups of five, we started to plan our debate. These are some photos of this process in action. 










Arataki

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Yesterday we visited Arataki to learn about Kauri dieback and the Rahui. We had Park Rangers lead us through the process of cleaning our boots, before and after we entered the Waitakere Rangers. First we stopped at the nursery where all the seeds from the native plants are collected and dried out, ready for planting. They then become seedlings and then teenage plants. The plants are looked after by a mixture of volunteers and Rangers to ensure our native forests thrive. The Ranger then used ropes to show us how big the biggest Kauri in the Waitakere's is compared to Tane Matua, the biggest Kauri in New Zealand, and the biggest record Kauri, ever, which is no longer standing. We visited a replica bushmans' village, we learned more about life as a Kauri bushman. We even saw cave wetas... From there we went on our bush walk, Dennis our Park Ranger, taught us about the Kauri and how important it is to New Zealand as it is only found in the North of the North Island and it is a Key…

Art

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Every time we start Papier-mâché we think to ourselves...WHY? Well this is our why, engagement, focus and a whole lot of fun. The students have formed the structures of their insects and have commenced papier mâché. This is a very messy process, but some also think it's very therapeutic as well.





The first stage of the writing process.

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As part of the writing process, we first brainstorm our thoughts and ideas. We use the analogy of a smorgasbord at a restaurant. All our ideas are recorded, this can be completed by hand or by using coggle. Then from this brainstorm, our smorgasbord, we select all the good bits to incorporate into our writing. We call this choosing the best bits from the smorgasbord, to put on our plates. This is an example of a brainstorm using coggle. 


Writing

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Before we get into the actual art of writing, we immerse ourselves in information and ideas. Research and reading helps students understand the structure of writing and how to keep the reader engaged. These photos are of the students peer reading and discussing the ideas and information within texts. From this, rooms nine and ten have commence planning and writing their own myth or legend. 







Maths - Area

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This week the students have been learning about area and perimeter to prepare them for the rich task which they will be completing in two weeks. Today they played a game based around tetris, each player had a turn rolling two dice, they filled in squares which related to the roll of the dice, and then calculated the area. The students expressed how much they enjoyed it. They were all totally engaged and will complete this tomorrow as we ran out of time to find winners today.