Wednesday, 31 March 2021
Getting together and spending time being able to imagine, discuss and construct is helping us to learn both social skills (communicating and problem-solving) and the foundational skills for maths (estimation and measurement, Levels 1-2 NZ Curriculum), science (observing, testing, mixing, creating models, Levels 1-2 NZ Curriculum), and technology (creating and testing prototypes, Levels 1-2 NZ Curriculum).
Te Wā Mahi Tahi gives us lots of ideas and language that we share with each other while creating, so it also gives us language to use for writing and further links we can make through reading about different topics.
Using materials to design a game that varies in challenge level
Sorting materials to create an invention. Testing the angle of tubes to transport a tennis ball.
Testing ramps that will carry the tennis balls to the bucket
We have made links between what we are doing and the ‘grown-up world’. We identified that testing and constructing is something that, for example, scientists, builders, and engineers do, too. Lots of different occupations have to learn to use and look after different types of equipment, so we are really careful to pack up all the pieces carefully at the end of the session.
Here is one of how a Te Wā Mahi Tahi session links to the New Zealand Curriculum.
“We are working together to make a predator-free house.”
“Why is it predator-free?”- teacher.
“Because it has traps to keep the pests away from the native animals.”
“How is this helpful for the native animals?”- teacher
“The native animals don’t get their nests destroyed and they don’t get eaten by pests.”
Science Curriculum Level 2-
Life processes- Recognise that all living things have certain requirements so they can stay alive.
Ecology- Recognise that living things are suited to their particular habitat.
Technology Levels 1-2
Technological modelling: Understand that functional models are used to represent reality and test design concepts and that prototypes are used to test technological outcomes. Understand that functional models are used to explore, test, and evaluate design concepts for potential outcomes and that prototyping is used to test a technological outcome for fitness of purpose.
Nature of Technology - Characteristics of technology: Understand that technology is purposeful intervention through design. Understand that technology both reflects and changes society and the environment and increases people’s capability.
Wednesday, 24 March 2021
Worser Bay had 38 students representing our little school on the hill at the Weet-bix Kids Try on Sunday. This was a huge turn out for the event and it was fantastic to see our community enjoying an early morning start to the day.
Thanks to everyone involved with motivating, training and cheering the students along on Sunday. Let's make 2022 another great turnout from Worser Bay School!
This week we have continued unpacking Manaakitanga and how we can use this when working and playing with our friends. This is an important, and tricky, skill to learn.
Thursday, 18 March 2021
We are well and truly getting stuck into creating the bags for Whānau Festival next weekend!
This term, Tautoru have been doing lots of learning about Manaakitanga. A few weeks ago on the Tautou blog and on Seesaw you would have seen some beautiful artworks created by the kids that symbolised Manaakitanga.
Recently, the teachers have been busy photocopying, laminating and cutting out these artworks.
The next step in the process is getting the kids back into the action by screen printing the artwork onto bags.
So much learning has gone into these bags! Learning about the concept of Manaakitanga and how we can show it to our friends, by listening to others and by using lots of different character strengths. Learning to create bold, colourful symbols inspired by Keith Haring. And last but not least, learning about the art process of screen printing. We are so proud of the finished product too.
(The next step, not seen in the pictures, is to screen print the word, 'Manaakitanga' on the bags and iron the print. Then it will be ready to go for next weekend!)
These beautiful, unique bags are available for you to purchase as part of the Whānau Festival Fundraiser. You all have the chance to purchase your child's bag before they are all sold at the Whānau Festival.
If you would like this one of a kind Calico Bag that was made with love and care, you will need to purchase it for $10 via Online Payments by 9am on Wednesday 24 March. After this date, the bags will be sold at the Whānau Festival and we can not guarantee your child's bag will be there to purchase on the day - so don't wait!
Monday, 15 March 2021