Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Building Our Growth Mindsets

Our 2018 school year is underway!

During the first week back we used videos and activities from 

Jo Boaler's Week of Inspirational Maths
to get our brains thinking again.

Over the past couple of years we've been working on maths in different ways, working in mixed groups to figure out rich tasks that develop our math thinking. 

We've been learning to talk about our learning and to challenge others to explain their thinking. 
We've also been learning that mistakes make our brains grow! Our new saying is 'a mistake is a first attempt in learning'.

The 'Building Shapes' activity got us working as a team to try the challenges. Each team had to convince the 'skeptics' that we'd created the shapes.

Did you notice some groups who kept trying until they found success?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Celebration of Learning 2017

Our school year is at an end. 

Last night was the school's Celebration of Learning.
B4's item was a dance telling the story of 
Tawhirimatea, God of the Wind.

Papatuanuku the Earth Mother, and Ranginui the Sky Father were clasped closely together, leaving no room for their children to grow. 
The children, all boys, decided to push the parents apart.

Tawhirimatea was against his brothers separating their parents  to make more room.

When they succeeded, he went to live with Ranginui in the sky.
Now, when he is happy, the sun shines, but if he feels angry, we get storms.

Our new school year starts at the end of January, 2018.
See you then!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Wind Power

Following on from the science investigation into fabrics,
the students were given a technology challenge to design a wind cart that could travel 2 metres powered only by wind.

The science work on fabrics would help when making decisions about the best sails to use!

First there were some key concepts to explore:

The design brief:

Building the wind carts:

The final models:

And now watch the movie of the wind carts in action!

Have you ever made a wind cart? 
What would you use if you were making a wind cart to ride on?