Friday, 28 September 2012

Learning to Skate

Esra showed great persistence and determination in learning to skate during our visit to Kilbirnie Recreation Centre.  Despite numerous falls he kept getting up to try again. Fifteen minutes later, as you can see in the video below, he was making good progress at staying upright.


Friday, 21 September 2012

Harakeke Hub - Week 10 Top Shots


Here is one of our practice runs singing Zombie by The Cranberries

Matthew is going to practice his drumming along to this song for extra musical goodness!

Harakeke's budding architects!

Check out the mansion/base created by Max, Luke, Adam and Tom at lunchtime today. They spent a lot of time adding many small details to it and they are very proud of their creation. Nice job, lads!

Friday, 14 September 2012

Ignite Projects

In Harakeke Hub this week, the Year 4 - 6's have started doing Ignite Projects.

Ignite Projects offer “a chance to follow and explore your passions in a way that makes a positive contribution to our community”.

They are highly structured project-based learning experiences where children are engaged in authentic, meaningful learning.

The Harakekeians are bubbling over with ideas and excitement is high. 

Here's how you can get involved in your child's Ignite Project:
  • Talk with them about their action plan; help them develop a realistic outcome.
  • Offer suggestions and sharpen their focus.
  • Suggest resources, areas of inquiry, sources of knowledge, or any readings or videos they could investigate.
  • Discuss how you, or anyone you know, could help them in their projects.
Proposals for Ignite Projects are currently being accepted. Good luck to the applicants as they go through the approval process.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Art Splash

Last night Harakeke Hub performed at the Michael Fowler Centre as part of Art Splash 2012.

They did so well performing in front of such a large audience. They sang up a storm as part of an eight school choir and put their all into it, especially considering many of them were up past their bedtime!

Thanks to all the parents and families who came to support us, it was great to see you there. No doubt many of you have been humming along to some of those songs over the past few weeks!

Great job Harakeke, see you there next year!

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Harakeke Learning Update

We have just come to the end of an inquiry module across the school which culminated in a fantastic set of student-led workshops where mixed groups of students (Yr1-Yr6) ran sessions to share their learning about various aspects of the school with others. It was great to see students take such responsibility for their learning and also learn of some of the difficulties in getting groups of students to listen attentively to instructions!

So, what are we up to now in our learning? For the last three weeks of Term 3 we will be starting an immersion into our new inquiry: cultures around the world. We will be looking at artifacts, stories, music, food, art and language from around the world, and exploring how we can create, share and classify wonderings about these different elements. If you have any items from different cultures around the world, please feel free to send them into school with your child/ren, if you feel comfortable to do so. Please note that, as much as possible, we would like students to hold and touch items to explore them, so we do not recommend you send in particularly fragile or valuable items.

In maths the Year 4-6 students have just finished a module on 2-D and 3-D shape. We are now moving on to explore algebra -  identifying, making and continuing patterns, identifying rules of patterns and using them to calculate how the patterns would continue. Students will also have time each week to work on their individual maths goal from their personal learning treaty, and they will also be exploring use of addition strategies in world cafe maths (group maths).
The Year 3 students will be completing their maths with Demelza, who will be focusing on shape for the next 2 weeks.

Our literacy (reading and writing) will be completed largely through inquiry work, researching, finding out, communicating and sharing wonderings and findings. We will also have a specific focus on punctuation in short, condensed writing sessions each day, looking at how, why and when to use a variety of punctuation, depending on the needs of groups of students, and using punctuation consistently in all of our writing.

Sounds like it will be a fun and interesting end to another great term.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Corey's Inquiry Workshop

More geo-town goodness!

Fiction Fun Week

The librarians did a fantastic job organising Fiction Fun Week. The library has been abuzz at lunchtimes this week with Lucky Dip library books, a treasure hunt, colouring and design competitions and more. We have collected two boxes of books to donate to school libraries in Samoa. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this week a success.  If you would still like to donate books in good condition please send them along to the library.

More pictures can be seen on the library blog.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Geo Girls!

Over the past 2 weeks we have been exploring geometry (shape) in the Harakeke Hub. As many of you may be aware MineCraft is all the rage at the moment so we used this as a context for our learning.

Check out this AWESOME minecraft geo-land that Emily and Grace constructed. It is filled with Pentagon Pools, Rectangular Prism buildings and Triangular Prism schools. The girls worked extremely hard and showed much perseveranceto get this finished!