Art Gallery

Today Room 1 and Room 5 went to explore the Tauranga Art Gallery.  We observed the interesting and detailed Otherworld exhibition, paying particular interest to Peter Madden’s sculpture installation.  Peter uses a range of construction materials to create ‘Otherworlds’.

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Then it was our turn to use our imaginations to create our own ‘other worlds’.  We were very focused on each part of the activity and our creations are ‘Otherworldly’.

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We then made our own artistic group sculpture.

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Sharing lunch together in the park was energetic.

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Room One had fun on Boat Day!

Room 1, along with Asha and Bryleigh from Room 3, and our wonderful student leaders from Room 6 -Kayla and Grace, had a fantastic day at our annual Boat Day at Omokoroa Beach.  We started the day learning to paddle in kayaks, then sailing the optimists.  After morning tea we had fun at Beach Olympics and then we went fishing out on the jetty. Our biggest catch was Bryleigh’s starfish! Our final activity of the day was heaps of fun -floating and balancing on the tubes.  Thank you to Grace and Kayla and all the parents who came along to help and make the day such a fabulous experience.

 

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Bike Safety with Room One, Matahui School.

Room One enjoyed a week with Constable Ros Frost learning about bike safety and road safety.  We rode our bikes…..

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P1100123P1100126…around the cones.P1100161We stopped at the Stop sign.P1100146P1100149 We rode our bikes on the grass.

P1100168…on the driveway.

P1100103P1100177P1100150We took off our trainer wheels!P1100118P1100176We checked for any traffic that may be coming.

P1100178 And on the last day we all enjoyed riding down Lancaster Road with Constable Ros!  Here we are practising our stop signals.

Room One asks the question: Which colour is the best?

Rainbow Day – together we made a rainbow!                                          P1100008 

So, what is the best colour?  We have been learning to write arguments.  That’s where we write our point of view.  We write what we think and give reasons why.  Here are our paintings and our writing, describing which colour we think is the best colour.  You can decide!

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More colours for Room One to explore!

After exploring the primary colours, Room One  experimented with mixing colours to discover the secondary colours of green, orange and purple.

Green Day

Blue + Yellow = Green

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I am wearing a green T-shirt and green leggings and all my friends are wearing green.  Everyone looks like mints and everyone looks cool.  I’m glad that everyone likes green and that’s a good colour for Keyarn and James.  Green makes me think of crickets hiding in the bush.  By Matilda.

I am wearing green spiky hair and a sparkly bow tie.  I am green all over.  I feel proud!  By James

I am wearing a green Ninja Turtle costume.  I look cool!  By Nikora

It is lovely seeing people with green.  I have a green bag.  By Thomas

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Orange Day

Red Yellow = Orange

It is orange day…

P1090848Everybody is orange.  My orange T-shirt is cool.  Orange is a happy colour.  By Keyarn.

I am wearing an orange skirt and an orange jumper and orange tights and an orange T-shirt.  Everyone looks like a mandarin.  I like everyone in orange.  Keyarn has an orange shirt and Matilda is wearing an orange dress.  Millie-Anne is wearing orange gloves.  Gianni is wearing an orange T-shirt.  Aby is wearing an orange T-shirt.  Orange is best!  By Asha

Orange is best because oranges are yummy.  I am wearing an orange shirt.  Orange is the colour of the sun.  By Aby

I am wearing orange gloves and an orange hairband.  I like orange.  By Millie-Anne

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Purple Day

Red + Blue = Purple 

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Queens and Kings wear purple clothes.  Purple is cool like a purple monster.  I made a purple monster and a spaceship and it looks cool.  James is wearing a purple T-shirt and purple pants.  Purple makes me feel happy because it is a dark rich colour.  Asha is wearing a light mauve colour and it looks cool.  By Gianni

I am wearing a purple jacket, pants, scarf and band in my hair.  Matilda is wearing a purple dress.  Purple makes me happy.  It is a fun colour.  By Bryleigh.

Violets are purple, plums are purple.  Everyone looks like plums and we all look cool.  I’m wearing a purple dress.  Bryleigh is wearing a purple jumper and she looks pretty.  I’ve made a purple one-eyed people eater.  It looks cool.  I look like a purple leopard with polka dots!  By Matilda

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Matahui Senior mathematicians share and learn with their Junior peers

It was a case of the small fractions teaching the big fractions when Room 1 joined the Matahui Senior students.

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The students enjoyed sharing their learning using play dough to create fractions from whole pieces.

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The Senior students were impressed by how clever the Junior students are.

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At Matahui School bringing different year levels together allows us to have an appreciation of where we are going and where we have come from.

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FROM READING TO FRACTIONS….EVERYTHING IS AWESOME….

This week I had the privilege of teaching the Year 7/8 class at Matahui. Spending time with them in an environment that provides them with relevant, challenging engaging learning was both insightful and rewarding.

At the beginning of the day the students focused on reading using an online resource that the school is trialing. It focuses on acquiring a range of reading levels and skills  including – scanning; reading speed; information retrieval; vocabulary extension and comprehension. The motivation, concentration and application and level of skill the students displayed was exemplary. They had a clear understanding of the tasks they undertook and were constantly “testing” themselves to achieve even better results. In one instance, the student I sat alongside scored 45/45 – my score was 3/45. Granted the task was new to me, but clearly I hadn’t reached the same level as the student.

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Subsequently, Christine and I watched as a group of senior mathematicians interacted with the students in Room 1. Using playdough the “munchkins” demonstrated and taught the seniors what they had learned about fractions. The way in which they were able to manipulate the dough to show a range of fractions was impressive, but even more outstanding was the level of understanding the juniors displayed through the carefully phrased questions and discussion the seniors led. I felt the urge to sing the Lego song – “Everything is Awesome.”

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What also impressed both Christine and I was the way in which the seniors listened to the juniors and helped deepen their understanding of fractions by posing additional problems for them to solve using the playdough. This was an educational experience that strongly displayed how “nurturing” builds confidence, self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment. Hats off to Year 7 and 8 and their smaller mathematical buddies.

This is the reason why we have issued an invitation to our parent/caregiver community to attend an Open Day of Learning so that they also have the opportunity to experience such wonderful moments of learning at Matahui. Awesome!