Thank you for your patience in waiting for u to share these beautiful works of art. Good things take time as they say and I'm sure that you will agree that these pieces of work will become taonga for years to come. Beautiful. (See our previous post talking about how these were created).
As this year has begun we have had a focus on goal setting and knowing where we are going in our learning. Taking responsibility and being accountable for where this school year takes us has influenced our discussions as we have established routines and got to know each other.
Acknowledging that none of us come into our classroom as a blank slate or an empty vessel we first explored who we are using the title I am..... we are a modest lot and it took our classmates to help us at times to celebrate our talents.
our class has many skills to share, we are good at running, jumping, swimming and caring for our earth. We are kind, caring, calm and excited to name just a few.
School should support and nurture our greatest talents and we had some fantastic discussions about where we might be if we weren't here, or where we see our lives heading. I will..... be a zookeeper, sell my own paintings to rise money to save birds all around the world, go on holiday and come back when I am ready, be a gamer where some of our aspirations.
By talking about these two ideas along with identifying with one of the values held by the manu within our school we created a strong sense of understanding about what we needed, what was important for us and therefore could talk about learning goals in Reading, Writing and Maths with a sense of purpose and expectation.
We shared our learning wheels with our families who completed the last spoke in the wheel by sharing their aspirations for us. Knowing that we are supported and encouraged to work towards our goals gives us confidence to push boundaries.
Our next phase of learning as we begin these goals is around what makes us happy and healthy because learning is harder when our basic needs are not met. We look forward to sharing this with you in the coming weeks.
Kia ora whānau, this week we wanted to share the things that we did on a pretty special day. We have had a chance to sit and talk about what we enjoyed, learnt and found interesting this last week and hear are our thoughts.
Heart Kids day.
On Wednesday the whole school dressed in pink, or red in order to support and raise money for HeartKids. HeartKids is a charity that supports families of children with heart conditions before, during and after treatment. What a great opportunity to learn about how our heart works! We were lucky enough to hear first hand from a real Heart Kid, our own classmate Alex and his mum Lou who shared his story of being born with a hole in his heart. Alex shared pictures and explained what had been done to fix his hole and how his heart has changed since his operation.
Trying to imagine what happens inside our bodies can be tricky and we learnt from Alex and Lou that the heart has lots of different parts. We wanted to see it for real! We used this weeks value of cooperation held by Kākāpō to work with a buddy and build a real pumping machine, very similar to our own heart.
Did you know that your heart pumps approximately 4 litres of blood per minute? We though that this wouldn't be too difficult. Playing a fun game we realised just how hard our heart has to work to move that blood. It took us between 2.31minutes and 4.30 minutes to move the same amount of water from one container to another using a cup. A cup is about the same amount as our hearts can hold.
It was even harder when we tried to move that water using a container with a hole in it!
HeartKids day was such a great day full of learning, exploration and discovery. Thanks to Alex and Lou for sharing this day and allowing us to share it with you!
Kia ora whānau, welcome to the start of another fantastic year of learning for our newly named Waitawheta Class.
Already we have had 4 school days and have jumped right in with fun and hard work in equal doses. It has been wonderful to hear about the amazing things that everyone got up to over the holidays and compare notes as we start the school year.
We would like to extend a big Waikino Welcome to the new students in our class, Alex, Eli and Ariana. We are looking forward to getting to know you.
Here are just a few pictures as we get settled in to the term.
Process art is always a favourite for us as we learn different techniques that we can apply to our artwork over the year in many different ways. Last week we started creating portraits that were inspired by the work of Sandra Silberzweig, and American artist who love abstract form with bright colours. We talked about line and shape as we create our outline. These elements of art apply to all visual art and help us to understand how art is created. The first steps used PVA glue to define our lines and luckily we had the weekend to let it dry. Here are a few pics of the first part of the process. We have started adding colour to our work today and can't wait to share them with you soon!