Saturday, August 27, 2016

Helping children making healthy choice

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During Week 4 and Week 5 of Term 3 Room 7 and other classes from Tamaki Primary have taken part in the Life Education Bus.
"Life Education is a charity that provides children with the knowledge to make informed choices about their health, respect others and learn to appreciate their uniqueness".

Room 7 have have had a great time enjoying taking part in the Life Education teaching. 
We gained a great volume of knowledge which was very in depth during the 3 lessons that we had. We were lucky enough to have longer sessions compared to the other classes so we were very grateful for that. 

Some of the areas that we learnt about were: 

  • The Circulatory System.
  • The Digestive System.
  • The Respiratory System
And many more body system parts and how they function. 

(Student: Coralee Paraha) 

The students got a chance to have a look at a model of a heart and play around with it and open it up  and have a look at the chambers of the heart which they really found interesting. Here is a photo of Coralee having a look at the model. 


In class we went back and created information posters on the what we had learnt on these body systems. Below I have included some posters by children in room 7. Look at the wonderful that they can all can do! They have learnt so much! Well done Tamariki! 

(Information poster by Aja)

(Information poster by Aletheia)

(Digestive system information poster by Kanye)

We also leant about making good choice and how the choices we make can affect our health. 
The children really enjoyed also meeting Harold the Giraffe.

Thank you Life Education Trust for coming to Tamaki Primary and thank your Nicola (Teacher) for your knowledge and enlightening our children's minds. 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Kia Orana- All about the Cook Islands.

On Monday the 1st of August Room 7 and Room 4 had Tuakana Teina Day. For Tuakana Teinda day because it was Cook Island Language week we worked together without buddies from Room 4 to create a presentation All about the Cook Islands. We had so much fun creating these books.

Here is a presentation created by Timeus and Metui. Kia Pai Timeus and Metui.
You have done a fantastic job creating your presentation.  I can see that you both have learnt so much about the Cook Islands.

Keep up the great work!

The only way to learn Mathematics is to do Mathematics

WALA: We are learning about Fractions of a Region

In Room 7 we have been learning about fractions of a region. We has to work out the problem below. Here is the wonderful work that Villiami did. He used blocks to help him with the understanding of the problem.

Ka Pai Villiami for your hard work!!

Term 3 Week 2

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Each group wants to share the chocolate bars fairly so every person gets the same amount and no chocolate remains.
In the first group of friends, four students receive three chocolate bars. How much chocolate did each person get in the first group?
In the second group of friends, eight students are given six chocolate bars. How much chocolate did each person get?
Which group of students got more chocolate?

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The first group got ¾.

The other group got 6/8.

Each group gets the same amount of chocolate.

By Villiami 

Every child is an Artist

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As a Senior Syndicate, in Term 2 we have been doing Syndicate Arts as a way of making crafts for our School Market Day in Term 3. The Senior Teachers chose to do a range of different Arts and Crafts. Miss Shiriwastow chose to do Button Crafts. I know right, it doesn't sound exciting when you hear "Button crafts" but when done correctly, it is actually very fun and you end up with a great piece of Art work.  Below I have included a screen shot of my planning for the button crafts.

Firstly, to begin with the to motivate and inspire the children in my crafts group I showed them a You Tube video on different button art creations. The children were really mesmerised by the amazing creations that they saw.

Secondly, the children were then given an opportunity to plan their creations. They were to create an outline of their images on draft paper. Once they had done that, they could then draw the outline onto canvas and then choose buttons to create their masterpiece. This used problem solving because they had to think about the sizes they chose to fit certain areas of their images to create an effective piece of Art.

The students really engaged in the crafts and really enjoyed creating their pieces of craft. They were really proud of themselves on their finished products and so was I. Below I have included my lesson plan for my craft lesson. It is based on Learn, create, share cycle. The learn part is where the children learn a certain technique such as button craft. Create is when they use their creativity and create their pieces of button Art and Share is how they choose to share their work with others such as a video explaining the process of making a button art, share on their blogs etc.

Below I have included some photos of the children with their finished crafts. 
(Siale, Ida, Cerenity)

I believe Art and Crafts is an important part of children's learning and development. 

Creating art is a fine way for children to make choices and solve problems. Every step involves making a decisions: What colour to use, how to make a line, what size to make something. With every choice the object becomes more and more their own and children are able to take ownership of what they create using their imaginations. 

Everyone has an imagination. Art takes it a step further. Through art, children create something that, until that point, was only imagined. Thus, they create visual manifestations of abstract ideas.

Art is also good for children that find other curriculum areas difficult and are able to use Art as a form of expression. It is a way that children can express their ideas, feelings and solutions that they may not be able to express verbally or through writing. 

Kia Pai tamariki for your hard work in crafts! Your Artwork looks amazing!