The World Is My Audience 4 is all about community. Classes from around the world contributed to this ebook. Some students in Tautoru submitted poems about places. Autahi shared their classroom treaty and some students in Mahutonga shared their homeless poems. You can download the book here: http://apple.co/25rtOK3
Last week we spent a lot of time engaged in thinking about anti-bullying, and did activities to help us develop a better understanding of bullying and what we could do to help others. We particularly focused on how a bystander joining forces with the bullied person can make a huge difference to bullying behaviour - helping the bullied person feel supported and making the bully think twice about their choices.
One of our activities was doing role plays of bullying in small groups and resolving the bullying within the drama. We used a freeze frame and performed our plays to our base group. We also did some action work around being rock (standing strong/kia kaha) and water (going with the flow) and some visual art work about bullying.
This week we have also been doing report writing about bullying using our knowledge from last week. We've been working on using paragraphs where we make a statement, explain our ideas and give an example. Here is some shared writing from Luca, Ollie, Nick, Alex G, Yasmin, Molly and Jessie about some things you can do if you're being bullied:
What to do ?
There are so many ways you can stop bullying. One strategy you can use is to ask for help. Tell someone like a teacher, an adult, a friend or someone older than you. You could also ignore the bully and walk away to a group of people. You could go with the bullying, have a laugh, and they might stop bullying you.
On Wednesday our school netball team went to the ASB Stadium to compete in the Eastern Zones Netball tournament. The team showed great perseverance and determination and supported each other throughout the day. Well done and good luck for the weekend.
In week one of this term, we did a lot of learning about ANZAC Day and World War One. This week we were fortunate to have Major Cooper and Scott Earley from the New Zealand Defence Force come in and talk to us.
Major Cooper told us what it is like to be in the army today. He explained a little of how he has spent the last 30 years in the army, rising from the rank of Private to Major. When he first joined the army he was a truck driver. He has travelled extensively with the army, within New Zealand and overseas, including to East Timor, Bamyan in Afghanistan, Australia and the Sinai Desert in Egypt.
We also talked about what ANZAC Day means to those in the armed forces, a day for remembering those who have been prepared to protect their country and possibly die for it. We learnt how the Victory Cross is awarded very rarely and that Willie Apiata was the last New Zealander to receive it since the Second World War.
We had a fun quiz to see what we remembered from the talk and what we knew about ANZAC. Thanks for coming to visit us, we'll remember this.
We were really lucky to have Rebecca Wedge (Molly J's mum) and her business partner Nina Velleman (a Worser Bay alumni) come in and talk to us about being graphic designers this week. They told us a little about what they do and showed us some of their work. Lots of us were interested in being graphic designers.
They pointed out to us some of the features good visual designs should have:
- a clear idea that works with the image
- use clear language that is larger for the more important ideas - if you're working on a computer then choose a font that works with your image
- think about how the colour represents your message and how your colours work together.
They showed us some of the work they've done for Worser Bay School and unpacked for us the disco poster.
I am a thinker
I am a thinker
I am connected
I am a thinker
We've been working on visual posters to communicate our ideas about our learner attributes (I am a thinker, I am connected, I am powerful, I am a goal setter), and also how we look after our school environment sustainably as part of our student council responsibilities. We're still finishing some of them but keep an eye around the school to see our work.
Thanks very much for coming to talk to us Rebecca and Nina, we learnt a lot from you.
The trapping group are finally catching some pests. They have been really persistent and focused, setting the traps most nights so that we can have a pest free environment for growing native trees and attracting birdlife to out bush.
I am really interested in the idea of kids being active and engaged learners, not having learning done to them. Our classroom is a busy, social and creative space. I am interested in music, painting and sculpture, creativity in general and my own learning journey.
So we say to our students, keep questioning the world around you and enjoy the difficulty of not knowing. Going toward the future is an exciting journey in Mahutonga-Matariki
This is a data square. It is a way to collect and organise information. We have been using them to explore data over the week. Today we collected information about sustainability across the school. We asked 3 questions:
1. Have you used the worm farm recently?
2. Are there any reusable or recyclable materials in your lunch box?
3. Is there any plastic rubbish in your lunch box?
Once we had all the data we could explore organising it in different ways and make statements about what it showed.
There was a lot of discussion, collaboration, and working together to complete this part of the task.
We created a large bar graph together to show our findings and also used what we have been learning in writing to explain it. Using the SEE (Statement Explanation Example) structure, we wrote up one of the things we noticed from the data.
We've been learning a new card game to help us get faster with adding and subtracting up to 20. It's called 20 and we'd like to challenge you to play it with us. You take all the picture cards out of a pack of cards (leave the Ace, that's the one) then shuffle them and spread them out on the floor.
Then you take turns to turn the cards over and try to get exactly 20. When you get 20 you pick up those cards and keep them. Then it's the next person's turn. If you get more than 20, you have to turn the cards back over and it's the next person's turn. The game finishes when you can't make 20 anymore with the cards that are left.
The winner is the person who has the most cards in their hand at the end of the game.
It's been really fun. We hope you like this game and try it at home.