Thursday, 30 August 2018

Helping Circle: Hero's Journey Writing.

Kids in Action in the Helping Circle.
The helping Circle is a good opportunity for students to share their writing with each other.  It serves a few purposes; giving feedback, discussing the writing, reading aloud and, perhaps most importantly, being an audience for each other.
This work is the kids own story based on the Hero's Journey.  It has been a great framework to use for creative purposes including the Matariki Arts celebration piece.  It is also used as an analytical tool to help understand the structure of stories and films and to assists when we discuss characters in literature.  A key idea is that we are all the central Hero in our own stories!

An Exert from Eleanor's Story:

She beckoned us over to the couch she opened the newspaper and on the front page was a big volcano that was about to erupt. There was silence for about 10 minutes then our mum got up and went to get her phone.

Me and my brother look at each other shocked.

Fractions Workshops in Tautoru

A group of seniors went up to Tautoru to teach them about fractions. We were given a small group of kids to teach. The kids cooperated and were all super enthusiastic! In our group we split the kids into 2 groups. One group was kids who understood fractions. The other group were who didn’t understand them that much. We taught the kids about fractions so they understood what they were and so can use them in the future.
By Lily and Charlotte

We have been unpacking the idea of Tuakana/ Teina. Our students have been discussing these ideas and how they can build their leadership. 

Research about peer teaching says that:  
  • Students receive more time for individualised learning.
  • Direct interaction between students promotes active learning.
  • Peer teachers reinforce their own learning by instructing others.
  • Students feel more comfortable and open when interacting with a peer.
  • Peers and students share a similar discourse, allowing for greater understanding.

Miniball End of Season Update

Miniball Update from the season!

The Worser Bay Tigers
We had a hard start to the season as we lost our first three games, but soon we got the ball rolling.
We tied against the team that was coming first in our grade, which meant we had to do a next goal wins!
Unfortunately our opponents won.  As the season went on, we smashed a girls team that beat earlier
which meant we were improving! We came 3rd in our grade.
By Hunter T and Rim

The Worser Bay Wizards

The season of miniball started with a loss for us but not too bad of a loss, so the next Monday we
came back to the ASB ready for a comeback. We had a huge win and then we went on a winning
streak for a few weeks until we met our arch rivals the Heat diamonds. We lost that game and it was
very close, but we were really happy with our effort. After a few more games we had made it to the final
against our arch rivals - THE HEAT DIAMONDS! As the time ticked down and the parents were
screaming, even Anna was screaming and then we had the last break of play and the score was 26 - 29
and we were in the lead!      

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Y6s vs Teachers Sports Tournament!

The year 6s will verse the teachers in three sports in an epic sports tournament - Miniball, Netball and Football.

Netball will take place on the 14th of September (week 8), Miniball on the 21st of September (week 9) and Football on the 28th of September (week 10).

Parents are welcome to come and watch, as well as any kids, please come watch down on bottom court. If your child plays Miniball or Netball and are Year six then they can play on the date that is shown. Football is an optional sport if they are year six. We hope you enjoy!  

By Greta and Greer W

Hollywood Disco 21st September!

The theme is Hollywood!!!

We have a Disco coming up, so practice your dance moves and get ready for a groove. The creative entertainment group brainstormed and voted on some themes and have decided on 'Hollywood'.
Here are some ideas for costumes:

  • Pop stars
  • Film Stars
  • Bodyguards
  • Tourists
  • Red Carpet
Image result for red carpet dress up

When: Friday 21st Sept 6pm - 7:30pm
Where: Salvation Army Hall, Miramar
We hope you can come,
See you there!
By Marnie and Jasmine

Friday, 24 August 2018

Transformation Style!

We have been learning about transformations in Maths.

By Lachlan

We have been making movies, using clay and using Seesaw to explain what these transformations are: 

By Georgina and Hana

By Angus, Adam, Finlay and Ridley

By Mitchell, Solly, Jan and Peter

Lines of symmetry explained by Sammy

By Nell, Isabel, Emelia and Marnie

By Hadley, Cameron, Caspian and Sammy

Yasmin: This is my Christmas tree. It is tessellated. If you cut it in half it is a reflection as well.

What whānau and tuakana/ teina means to us!

Orla: In my class people have helped and I have helped other people we are a whānau that means we help and work together the younger help us because they might have learnt things in a different class but sometimes if we have learnt something already and they haven’t they would help us and we would help then and that would benefit all we work as a whānau. For example if I didn’t hear what Nicola said someone else will help me. When I get stuck because I read the question wrong someone will correct my mistake so it will mean I can try again. I helped my brother when he started he didn’t know who anyone was so I let him play with me. We work as a whānau at Worser Bay school.

Yasmin: In my class people have helped me. At Worser Bay, we are whānau. We help each other even if they're younger they can still help us, for example when I loose things, younger kids and my friends are always helping me. That means even if they're younger than me they can still be my tuakana. When people need my help I help people, for example if someone is stuck and they need an idea I help them get an idea. Sometimes I'm a teina and sometimes I'm a tuakana. I am tuakuna for the whole school by organising events for school.

Tuakana- helped someone 
I helped Isabel when she was upset. 
I helped Emelia to learn how to model a dog. 
Teina - getting helped I got helped by Emelia and Isabel when I was scared about the art celebration. 
I got helped by the ukulele group to learn the ukulele when I didn’t know any chords.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Red and Black Warriors: Arts Celebration

We are very proud of our students. The whole show was student led. They wrote all of the songs and raps. They made the music, danced, sang, and all worked hard to put this together. They also added a movie using Green Screen and Garage band. What an amazing show!

Our performance on Thursday night: 


Photos from Wednesday night: 

This is our music video we played during the show. 

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Worser Bay School: What are we excited about?

We were asked what we were proud of or excited about at Worser Bay School. This is what we said... 

Red and Black Warriors Movie Trailer

Come and see our music performance tonight and tomorrow evening. The shows kick off at 5.45! 

The Diaries of our School.....

Today in a Quick Writer, we wrote diary entries from inanimate objects around our school. We were trying to understand and empathise how different objects might feel! Check these out....

Book's DiaryDear Diary,Oh my spine is always getting ripped off .My pages getting stuck together because I'm wet.My pages are getting ripped up. By Avery and Jasmine

Speaker’s diary

I have been quite tired the last few days because all these kids have been cranking up my volume all the way up! Quite stubborn. They don’t understand that I can’t play their loud music forever. IT HURTS! :( By Yoshi and Elliot

Bell's Diary

Dear Diary,

Everyday I get rung. I'm a bell and I always just get hit and it hurts my body. I make a very annoying sound to back people off and scare them away! They use me for alot of things like the art celebration. I feel sick!

By Ziya and Chris

Bin's DiaryDear dumb diary,I always get grossed out with people's food in my mouth but my two best friends called Mr Yellow and Mr Blue (I’m Mr Red), there always so clean inside them. I get dirty. I used to be the cleanest the children make my so dirty but why do they? Is it a habit or am I supposed to be dirty not clean?By Rhosyn, Olivia and Stella

Bells diary.

Dear Diary, Oww I hate being a bell all day U get smacked by a stick and not cared about.How I miss my friends they just rip us apart and I keep getting moved.Every time they just drop me on the ground I have a life to live too you know.I wonder why kids do not care about me not even adults care about me .By Keir and Hunter J

Doors diary

Dear Diary,

Every day people are slamming me left and right, it is horrible. But today somebody decides to walk right into me! People are so inconsiderate these days. But now that I think about it, what if they are forgetting me? I feel so horrible.By Nuala and Octavia

School bags diary

Dear Diary, Ugh hanging on a hook all night till I'm took to school. I'm thrown in the boot of the car thats my transport it should be more fancy.

By Greta and Caleb

Monday, 20 August 2018

Morning Tea Time PALS

Today at Morning Tea it was very rainy, so we went up to Autahi and played with them.

Megan and Chris played a game of HEADS DOWN, THUMBS UP and the Megan kept getting picked!

Joni and Greta played a medical game with some of the little kids. All of the kids used their imagination. We had fun pretending to be little pets and humans. There were quite a few cats, and two horses!

We are growing our Leadership by helping the juniors and by spending time with the youngest kids in the school we are practicing our patience. Because younger kids have a fresh imagination, you never know what they are going to do so it requires lots of patience!

We are learning how to work WITH the little kids rather than bossing them around. We liked watching the kids play and understand things about their personalities and anything really about them.

We enjoyed just going down there and getting to see the classroom where we started off at school.

By Greta, Chris, Joni and Megan

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Student Led Workshops

Our Decimal Workshop
We think this workshop has been good for us because we have been able to share our ideas with others. If someone does not know much about something they could come to watch and they will know more when they leave the workshop.
How it has been effective for us
It is probably effective for us as we have been sharing what we know with others so when they leave they can feel like they have learnt something. It feels really good because you have just taught them something and they are happy. Now, we think that this is a really good method of teaching others.
by Hadley and Theo 

Lately the children have been running math workshops. We have been doing a workshop around subtraction and different strategies. We encouraged students to show their thinking in more than one way. 
By Daisy and Kate

"We ran a workshop about fractions, percentages and decimals"

Binary Code

Flynn: Henry explained very well and he helped me learn.
Ruby: Henry was really clear when he taught us about binary code. I give him a five out of five.
Orla: Today Henry ran a binary number workshop he gave us a worksheet and told us that only 1 counts and not 0 and that you can do it with our her pictures as long as there is a key to understand it. The lesson was fun and I learnt a new thing.
Yasmin: Henry ran a binary number talk it was really fun and Henry was really helpful and he made it fun for us
Neale (Henry's Dad): Henry has been teaching me at home.

The Hero's Journey: The Musical

We are all been working really hard on our Musical Festival pieces for the Arts Celebration!

In Literacy we were creating our own Fantasy Lands, and characters who took on different roles. We learnt about the mythic structure of the Hero's Journey. Much to our surprise, we noticed this same Mythic structure is used in multiple different movies, stories and tales.

For our Music Festival - get ready to see the Hero journey from their Ordinary World, undergoing trials and crisis, in order to overcome and get the metaphorical 'treasure', before returning back to their ordinary world as the better and greater version of themselves.

We will tell this story through  movement, acting and of course music.
We have all chosen different parts of the story to be involved in and have made a visual planner on the side of our wall.

We can't wait to see you next Wednesday and Thursday evenings!

Monday, 13 August 2018

Student Led Music Festival

The Art Celebration/ Music Festival is starting to come together. All of the ideas come from our students. We have been linking our music, dance and drama to imaginary worlds. In the photos below, we are making up a fight scene dance. We are thinking about different levels. We also teamed up with another group so that we could learn each other's dances.

Friday, 10 August 2018

Skype with our friend, Serge from France

Today we skyped with Serge Galligani who teaches at Brindas, France. It is near Lyon. We have been collaborating with the school this year. Their blog is Today we skyped with Serge Galligani who teaches at Brindas, France. It is near Lyon.

We have been collaborating with his school this year. At the end of their school year (July), his class made us a movie. You can view it on their blog:

He is visiting New Zealand at the moment and said that the country is very beautiful. Serge is currently visiting our friends at Auroa School in Taranaki, New Zealand.

Jude, Eloi and Zoe were able to speak to him in french. We spoke a mixture of french and english.

In France you can eat snails, but Serge does not like them very much.

Serge's school is a very big one and they have boys and girls, just like at Worser Bay school and Brindas does not have uniforms either.

In Brindas, Serge’s class has few devices. Serge uses his camera to make movies. The class share one computer.

It was great talking to Serge today and learning about where he is from. We look forward to collaborating more in the future. 

By Ridley


Thursday, 9 August 2018

Jazzy Art

We have been learning about how different music makes us feel different ways. We have been exploring these emotions and feelings through art.

What does excited music sound like? What does excited music look like?
What does calm music sound like? What does calm music look like?
What does happy music sound like? What does happy music look like?

We listened to some Jazzy music and tried to represent it through art.

The first time we listened to the song, we chose a base colour. We found that most of us chose yellows, greens or bright reds.

After we let the paint dry, we listened to the same song but painted a second layer. This layer could look like anything, there are no rules or regulations in our creativity!

We even did a third layer at the end of the day. We asked ourselves, how does this art show the music being played?

An activity like this should help us to listen to music and try to visualize sounds. It also helps us to think of the effect of layering. Layering will be one of the aspects we focus on in our Music Festival!

Keep an eye out for our Art which will feature in the Music festival - but for now, here is a sneak peek!

Planting at Centennial Reserve

Last Friday we went to Centennial Reserve and we had lots of fun! We were doing planting, and we planted some endangered plants. Most of these plants attract birds like Kereru and Tui. We had lots of fun even though we had to carry all the plants, but it was fun anyway!

We really want to save the forest now! We found 4 endangered birds in only half andhour, which we think is terrible! We want to change that! We want to find and save at least 10 endangered birds this year.
Image result for centennial park miramar

By Joni and Raffy

Maths Triples: Teacher Learning

As part of teacher professional learning we observe each other in groups of three. We call these "Triples". We conduct lessons in front of our triples buddies. We then reflect on the lessons and get feedback from each other. This helps to inform our practice and our Teaching as Inquiry (an inquiry to improve the learning outcomes for our students).  The teachers learn lots from each other as we get to see a range of lessons going on throughout the school. We give each other feedback so that we can work on our next steps.