Our Key Competency focus for discovery day this Friday was Thinking. So often we rely on the knowledge of others without question. Having to follow instructions and modify them, selecting those that are most appropriate based on the outcome required takes thought.
Room 2 had to use prior knowledge and understanding of the purpose of a kite. We were also able to use our classroom tools, laptops and iPads to do some research.
It has to be light so our decorations can't be too heavy. Lasini
Doesn't it have to be the same on both sides to fly? Lucas
We collected things to make a basic manu tukutuku. We are making this kite as a way to trial the techniques before attempting something much bigger.
The frame for this kite is made from Toi too. There are 4 pieces, 3 long ones and 1 shorter one.
We got a piece bamboo to use as a brace to keep them the same distance apart.
We used the same technique to put our frame together as we used to make Cat and Stoat for our production last year.
Traditionally these kites use Raupo but as we are simply using these as practise kites we decided to use Harakeke instead as it is all around at school.
Julia showed us a great way to tie the Harakeke to the Toitoi that keeps it all together and makes it lovely and strong.
We will cut the ends of the Harakeke to make a triangle shape.
We still have to finish these larger kites and look forward to having them with us at the Waihi Community Matariki Hikoi in a couple of weeks.
Using what we have around is fantastic motivation to create new and exciting things and who doesn't have a sheet of newspaper somewhere? We used our thinking skills to search on the internet, putting in keywords to find instructions for newspaper kites. We had to look critically at the instructions.
Did they make sense?
Were there any pictures to help us?
Did they look as though we could finish them in the time that we had?
Did we need any other materials?
Could we add another keyword to our search to get more specific information?
We have used duraseal (contact adhesive) in Room 2 before to create our nature mandalas. It can be tricky to work with and requires patience and a plan. The instructions that we were given had no words and the pictures didn't show everything. It has hard to know what to do next. Lucas. We had to consider out decorations, think about which were light and heavy. I remembered to fold my kite in half to make it the same on both sides. Shelby.
Some beautiful creations were made with these kites and what better way to celebrate than by flying them. Thanks to Jacob for the great pictures here!
(Can you spot the kite that is not like the others?)