On Friday Room 9 and 10 had the opportunity to explore our shared learning. Miss Glen had students painting the Whio Duck and in Rm 9 we watched a documentary about the endangered Whio Duck. After that we followed the instruction on how to draw a duck. Yes, this was challenging but... we all tried our best!
It is Whio duck awareness month Our school-wide Inquiry topic this term has involved studying the local environment and estuary eco-systems. As part of this topic, we have been learning about different water-life animals. The Whio is an endangered native NZ bird - there are less than 2500 birds left. That's less than the Kiwi! As part of Whio Awareness Month the Department of Conservation is running a competition where families could win a paid holiday to Tongariro or Fiordland National Park!
You can find out lots of information, and enter the competition through their website www.whioforever.co.nz.
Thank you to all the parents who came to Room 9's Goal Setting Conferences on Thursday last week. Your children appreciate the interest you have shown and your commitment to their learning. Your child's goals will be pasted into their homefun book. This makes it easier for you to monitor their progress.
This week our purpose for writing was to describe. We made sure to follow the success criteria. Our first description was about our principal, Miss Harland. Here are a few examples of what we wrote.
Our principal is Miss Harland. She has sparkly blue eyes and she has pretty pink lipstick. She works in the office and Miss Harland is a very happy principal. By Vishnu Miss Harland is our principal at school. She always helps the students. She is kind to everyone in our school. She is beautiful and wears fancy shoes. By Brooke Miss Harland is our principal at school. She has shiny hair, blue eyes and a very pretty smile. Miss Harland works in the office everyday. By Amelia F Our principal is Miss Harland. She has beautiful straight hair. Miss Harland wears fancy shoes to school. She wears pink lipstick. Miss Harland has blue eyes. She takes care of our school and works in the office with Mrs Cantley and Miss Fothergill. By Naesha
Our principal is Miss Harland. She has blue eyes like the sky. Miss Harland has lovely hair. Miss Harland works at the office looking after the teachers. By Matthew
These students showed resilience this week by moving safely around the school at all times and reporting Hazards to the teacher on duty or in class. They are Korben, Kurt, Cherize, Millar, Naesha, Liekahr and Saraih.
On Friday morning we looked at a few of the interesting things we saw on our walk around the Wattle Downs Peninsula. We had pictures of a pond with ducks, a real bird's nest, some grass, and a photo of tadpoles. Each group had a set of question starters. Students had to ask a question at each station. These questions were shared with the whole group. As an audience we answered some tricky questions. Here are just a few of the questions the groups came up with... What do ducks eat? Who feeds our ducks at the pond? When did this nest fall from the tree? Where does this grass come from? What are those tiny little fish called in the pond? Great learning Room 9 and 10. I can't wait for next Friday!
Focus: Our Inquiry focus is THE LIVING WORLD. Exposure: We live on such a beautiful peninsula. This is a perfect opportunity to take our students on a walk around Wattle Downs. Prior Knowledge: We talked about things we might see and things students have seen, as they sometimes go on walks with their families. Room 9 and 10 were well prepared for their walk. Here are a few photos that were taken by students in Room 9. Well done to all the Room 9 photographers. They were, Leikahr, Vincent, Millar, Naesha, Kurt, Korben, Brooke, Darius, William, Cherize, Matthew and Vishnu.