Friday, 12 October 2018

Maths Parent Workshop

Message from Jude: 

In Week 9, Term 3, we had the Parent Workshop on Maths Learning. As I said, we are very proud of our Maths academic results. In 2017 a colossal 86% of our children were at, exceeding or well exceeding curriculum expectations in Maths for their year level. And we are tough on our judgments, as the reviewers from the Education Review Office noted in their feedback to us! But that doesn't mean we rest easy. We have never known so much about how students learn - thank you to the inventors of MRI scanning technology.

All of our teachers are undertaking Maths professional development through Stanford University - focussed on the latest research and thinking in Maths education as to where and how you get the biggest shifts in achievement. The Board recognises the importance of ongoing teacher development and, as a consequence, Nicola was awarded a study grant this year, yes - you guessed it - focussed on Maths. Nicola and Ximena have also been selected to present at the largest national educators' conference ULearn these upcoming holidays, which we are really proud of. (And their session is booked out!)

So we were very excited to have the opportunity to share our ongoing learning and thinking with many of you last week. We started with a little activity - asking parents to simply answer this question:

BEFORE: What did Maths mean to you at school? (3 words)

Then at the end of the interactive workshops we asked this question:

AFTER: What does Maths learning look like for kids at WBS? (3 words)

Please find the first and second Word Cloud results below:

This was really great and informative feedback for us, and I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up on a screen in Auckland at ULearn sometime soon as part of a presentation!

If you couldn't make it, you may find this Jo Boaler Ted Talk interesting. Or What our Children Think.


Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Mathematical Superheroes

We have been thinking about our Mathematical Superpowers so that we can build our Community of Inquiry. We all have different strengths in Maths. However, if we collaborate we are stronger! We have created our own Maths Justification League... 
The Justice League have their individual strengths: Together they are stronger!

Workshop: Perspective Drawing- The Never Ending Pathway

Today students planned their own learning and chose to attend workshops linked with our Inquiry- Beauty in Maths!

Nicola did a workshop on perspective drawing and vanishing points. Steph called her picture "The Never Ending Pathway." Below are some of the sketches that we did. What Maths can you see in these pictures?

By Nuala

By Stephanie

By Livvy

By Avery

By Jan

By Molly J

By Jasmine

By Octavia

By Dylan

By Charlotte Bl

Workshop: Bridges and how the can can hold weight!

Today we had a day where we planned our own learning and there were different workshops we could attend.

One of the workshops was about the beauty of bridges and how they manage to keep their strength when cars go over them.

We learnt about different forces, like gravity and friction, as well as forces that are controlled in a bridge - like tension and compression forces.


Chris made a video about a very long bridge he made on Minecraft and shared with us what attributes it has to make it strong!

We also made some of our own bridges with lego!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Futsal Tournament Update!

Some absolutely outstanding skills, and some equally as awesome attitudes, were certainly on display at
\the ASB centre on Wednesday, as the year 3,4 and 6 girls from Worser Bay School played in the Futsal
The Thunder, The Lightning, The Boltz & The Fireballz (we came up with the names ourselves!) all
played their socks off! Not to mention we had an awesome time!

The year 3’s and 4’s gave it a right go! Got stuck in and had a ball! Nobody wanted to take a rest, but
we were definitely spent by the end! James could not believe the zest on display! You guys are absolute
champions, I’m sure you’re all keen to keep playing and I hope to see you playing futsal together out on
the playground!

The two year six teams scored over 70 goals combined! And let in only 2!... But the most remarkable
part of all, is that every single team member scored at least once! Now that's rare for any team! Some of
us were super experienced, while for some it was our very first time playing, but our team work and
desire to give everyone a chance to show what they had was the true meaning of Manaakitanga. Well
done girls, some clear leadership was certainly on display.

All of the girls want to give a special thanks to all the parents and of course Stu from Team Wellington
(He thinks that there are a few future Football Ferns at Worser Bay, and James agrees!)

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Where is Maths in bridges?

A few of us are doing our inquiries about bridges. 
How are they made?
How much weight can a bridge hold?
Are bridges the best thing to make for the purpose?
What bridge can hold the most weight in the world?
What materials are used to make bridges?

Are there different types of bridges?

So to add to our investigation we had a go at making some bridges in a Maths Challenge!

This video helped us with our research.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Beauty in maths: Fibonacci numbers in nature

Can you keep this sequence going?
1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8. 13, ...

We were pleased that many of our students can... we've been exploring Fibonacci numbers and how they keep cropping up in nature. Here are some videos to whet your interest...

We also explored counting spirals in pinecones and draw our own spirals using Fibonacci numbers, we're wondering where else they are around us. Here are some of our first thoughts:

Ziya - it made my mind super screwy. I know I can do maths with patterns and swirls.
Pyrenees - it makes me wonder how many more things have spirals. I wonder about trees and fingerprints and in Maori tattoos.
Sammy - it made me feel like dizzy and swirly. It makes me want to learn more about swirls.
Cameron - Eloise’s necklace is a swirl!
Coco - There are so many swirls in the world.

We also drew spirals using the Fibonacci code...

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Student Council: ICT Group update

As part of the Information, Communication Technologies (ICT) Student Council group we have been brainstorming ways that we can help others to learn computer skills.

All of our students are involved in a student council group as it promotes a Positive Purpose. Not only does this have the benefit of helping others, but it is said to be one of the most therapeutic things we can do for ourselves. Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as saying, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

We have been teaching younger students how to use the Dash robot and also how to use the coding programme, Scratch. We have enjoyed sharing our expertise. 


We have been talking about ways that we can become practitioners or experts so that we can help novices to with digital technologies. We have been working with buddies to learn more about Scratch.

Ollie and Finlay: We worked on scratch, we did four things. 1. If you press the B key it will become bigger, if you press the S key it becomes smaller, when it hears a sound it changes colour, if it is on the 25% of the screen it says I like it here. this is what we did for ICT.

James: I am trying to make a game that the sprite can move left to right and jump properly.

Jan: I learned how to use lists in scratch. I think I am nearly a expert in scratch because I nearly can code anything I want.

Angus: I learnt how to use multi colour and use controls as well as creating a pattern behind your character. I also learnt variables so you could get lots of money!!!

Tommy and Hunter R: We made our sprite colourful and get bigger and smaller.