Thursday, February 25, 2016

Our Family Taonga's (Treasures)

Last week as part of our homework we needed to ask our families if they had something special from their ancestors or family line to share in class. We had quite a few special treasures turn up for sharing. We have attached some videos and photos of Room 18 sharing their special family treasures.
Hope you enjoy!

Kalush shared about his families 'prayer cup' (pooja)

Kate shared some Yugoslavian good luck charms for couples when they get married (from her Grandfather)

Isabella shared a photo of her foster brother who lived with her family for 10 months

Eashwar shared a fable that his Grandfather wrote and illustrated

Ashlee shared a photo and package of her Great Grandfathers Peg business he owned back in the day

Chloe shared this Ritual mask from Saudi Arabia

Chloe shared this fossil rock from Saudi Arabia

Chloe shared her special book from when she was a baby and needed to have a heart operation

Callum shared his Grandma's broach from the American soldiers from the World War
Elisa shared about her special teddy bear that she has had since she was born (he came from overseas) and she brought in her special scrapbooks that her Mum made that are all about her from when she was first born right up to now!

Harry shared his families 'Cooper - Coat of Arms'
           Keira shared an old family dictionary from the 1800's which has passed on to her Mum

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Tui team Maths groups

Tui Addition and Subtraction Cross Grouping Term 1

Last year the Tui Team cross grouped for basic facts and saw great process. This term the Tui Team is trialling cross grouping for addition and subtraction, and basic facts.

Students will be split into ability groups. In order to determine students groups, we will pre test students. Once groups are formed, they will be fluid. For example if a student demonstrates competency at the stage they are working on, they will be moved to another group.

At the beginning of the year it is important that students feel comfortable and build their confidence. We know that cross grouping is a new experience for some students and will be speaking to students about everyone being on their own learning journey and the importance of being in a group where their needs are being met.

Please feel free to contact myself as the team leader if you have any questions or  your child’s class or mathematics teacher.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Room 18 busy at work

Room 18
At the start of term 1 in room 18 we started making self portraits using collage for our learning intention. Mrs Slee told us the SC, which was to: make sure there was no doggy ears (which are flaps that aren't glued down properly), make sure we cover all areas of our body, so there is no background showing on the bottom of our paper, ripping our paper/magazines into different sized pieces.

This is how you can make a self portrait with collage:  at home all you need is a printed photo of yourself showing only your shoulder’s and face. Next you need to match up your skin colour using paper or magazines to cover over your photo. We needed to make sure we used a different shade of skin colour for our necks to show the contours of our face and neck. Finally you’ll need some magazines with lots of pictures of noses, eyes and mouths (or you can print your face again then glue them on) to place over your photo. You need to rip up the paper/magazine into little pieces so it adds texture and glue them onto your photo. So that’s how you can make a self portrait with collage.

Class treaty:
Also in room 18 we created a class treaty. We used the PB4L A,B,C,D's to create the guidelines for our classroom. We need to be really careful because we are an upstairs classroom and we all want to be safe while we are learning. We all agreed to our guidelines and decided to sign the class treaty which means we promise to follow what it says and we have to do the actions of what it says.

Team building activity:
Today we did a team building activity called lily pad crossing, where there’s 2 teams competing against eachother. The object of the activity is to cross with your whole team to the finishing point using only 9 pieces of paper. The rules are: you can not touch the floor (concrete, carpet, grass etc) and someone has to be always be on each lily pad, otherwise your whole team has to start again. It was very challenging but we learnt how to collaborate as a team and encourage one another.

By Emma

 Self portrait art!!!

 Team building time - Team A v Team B :)

 So frustrating! We were nearly to the finish line and we failed our mission to stay on the lily pads! Start again time!

Room 18's class matrix :) We all agreed on a set of guidelines which will help all of us to be safe, be respectful, consider our choices and do good because good is good to do!