Room 2

Room 2
Room 2 2015

Monday, 22 August 2016

Talent Quest

Later this term - Friday 23 September - we have our Woodhill School "X Factor"
In the lead up to our "X Factor”, we are all learning and practicing a series of Jump Jam songs. This will help us to develop and improve timing, rhythm and movement.

This in one of our Jump Jam sessions.

Enviro-School Update

Woodhill Senior Whānau students are continuing our journey towards becoming a self-sustaining Enviro School as they build a kit-set Greenhouse.  Our students approached the build as a problem -solving project.  The project tasks were divided in three, and the three groups were lead by William Roland, Te Warana Ratima and Matire Ratima. Under the watchful eyes of Mrs C, Mr C and Fiona Roland, each group put together different parts of the Greenhouse.  As they worked, Senior Whānau students used skills such as interpreting instructions, problem-solving and cooperating as a team.  

Soon, students will begin to raise seedlings in the Greenhouse, then sell them, thus practicing authentic budgeting and business management skills. They have already started planning and designing advertising for this project in sustainability.  

A huge thank you to Mr C and Fiona Roland for donating their valuable time to help and to Bayer for their funding of this project via the Bayer Primary School Science Award.  Watch this space for Part Two of the Greenhouse build.  

Junior Whanau - Enviro-School Update

We are very fortunate to have had our senior school establish our greenhouse. 

Our junior whanau have been busy investigating types of plants to begin to grow as seedlings in our new green house. We potted a variety of vegetable plants, sun flowers and swan plants.

Culture and Identity through the Arts Update

After four weeks of preparation, which included sourcing, cleaning, sanding, problem solving, cementing and drafting our images onto our poles, today we began painting our images onto our poles.

Brody and Jaedyn draft their image onto their pole.

Te Taupuhi drafts her image onto her pole.

Jaedyn and Jack problem solve how to make the pole stand up.

Te Taupuhi and Brody work together to 
problem solve how to make the pole stand up.

We begin painting our poles.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Culture and Identity through the Arts

Our term two focus was on Culture and Identity and this was integrated through 0ur teaching and learning programmes, in particular literacy and the arts.

In the junior school we looked at the story book ‘In The Beginning’ by Peter Gossage.

Students had to identify characteristics of the guardians and select one that they felt they identified with.

We describe how individuals and groups share characteristics and are also unique.

We looked at Howard Gardeners Multiple Intelligences and the many ways we are smart, i.e word smart, nature smart, logic smart, music smart.

We identify the character that connects with us and created a life size guardian of ourselves.

These are our images. Can you guess who is who?

Welcome to term 3

Caring, Learning and Growing is something we do every day and this term is no different. 

Our term started right where we left off - enthusiastic, focused and yet refreshed.

Our children enjoyed their first day of school, using their writing caves for added focus and Montessori letters to assist with spelling and phonics. 

We are excited to meet with our parents next week to share our learning achievements. I believe we are well on our way to meeting our learning objectives while having fun along the way.


Saturday, 9 July 2016

Robot Mini Project

Our junior whanau completed a mini project on process and design thinking. The context was to create your own robot.
The methodology had six criteria.
The robot had to be:
1. Taller than yourself
2. Stand by itself
3. Have a head
4. Arms
5. Body
6. Strong legs

The children choose to work collaboratively in pairs or individually.
A part of this process was self assessment and peer assessment. The children presented their final creation to the class who peer assessed against the collaborative criteria.
These are some of their creations.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Junior School Math

We have been learning about place value. 

We began by using 1’s, 10’s and 100 blocks. 

We then moved on to using ice block sticks and grouping them in 1’s, 10’s and 100’s.

Our senior children converted this to money, $1.00, $10.00 and $100.00. 

The children appear to have fun learning this new concept.