Innovation and Invention Alive at Matahui

Room 6 Matahui Year Seven and Eight students have been developing their Term Two Inquiry which focuses on Innovation and Invention. As a part of this they have been receiving additional support from parents who are highly skilled in Technology and Invention. Darren Bruning and Simon McDonald are two such parents and their skills and experience have raised the bar with the students learning.

Darren has been visiting each week to show the students the first steps in computer programming. The students have been totally absorbed with the complexity and challenge associated with a learning area which will be an important part of their future.

 

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In the photos above Connor, Alex, Blake and Olly follow a wiring diagram to prepare their electronic hardware.

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The completed breadboard and Arduino board ready for connection to the computer.

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The computer programming study has generated a lot of interest including a visit from the Bay of Plenty Times. To read their article and learn more about the students learning follow the following link:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11643968

CREATIVITY – THE BEGINNINGS

The first part of our school mission statement says ….”Inspiring creativity…” Well I was recently treated to a wonderful example of that whilst spending time in a mathematics class. The students have been learning about number – addition and subtraction.  One of the students was so excited to show me a new form of mathematics she had created…..”Real Fact Art Maths.”

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If you look carefully at the graphic depicted you should notice the beehive from whence the bee came – note how it is hanging from the branch of the tree. The bee subsequently flies to the house where it happens upon a finger (obviously attached to a human though it is just the finger you can see along with the bee’s stinger). So why the broken heart you might ask? Well here is the equation…..Bee + stinger in finger = dead bee (hence the broken heart). A wonderful combination of mathematics and science.

It is such creativity that leads to new understandings. This student clearly understands how mathematics works, especially addition. Moreover, it is such creativity that leads to new ways of looking at the world and sophisticated discoveries. I hope that you will be inspired as much as I was when I Emma Poppy shared her “Real Fact Art Maths” with me.

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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Room 5 & 6, Romeo and Juliet at the Pop-up Globe Theatre

 

 

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On Wednesday the 24th of February Room 5 and 6 from Matahui School supported by some fantastic parents made the trip to Auckland to attend a performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Pop-up Globe Theatre.

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What a wonderful experience! We were filled with the artistry, drama and wonder of Shakespearian theatre. The performance had us spellbound.

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LEARNING…….. BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

Parents are genuinely interested in what and how their children learn at school. In the past two weeks at Matahui School parents/caregivers have been invited to visit and observe the students learning during an Open Day. We have also had two camps, one for the students in Room 3 and the other, for all our Room 5 and 6 students. In both instances parents have been actively and directly involved in supporting our curriculum and student learning within very specific outdoor learning environments.

However,  learning outside the classroom takes yet another form and one that is incredibly exciting. It occurs when what is being focused upon in the context of the classroom environment spills out into the playground. Two examples follow.

During our bicycle safety programme the students used all the knowledge (both practical and theoretical), and skills they were presented in class to create their own off-road cycle track which they designed, built and managed with remarkable success.

As part of a recent science investigation Room 3 students developed marble runs whereby they needed to think about all factors that would affect the distance a marble could roll – the goal being to see who could get a marble to roll the furthest. Well, this experiment that also involved a high degree of mathematical understanding, morphed into playground play.

 

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Matahui Room Five Students Win Prestigious WBEET Baymaths Competition

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matahui Room 5 students Rose Brunning, Rory Robertson and Bridget McGirr won the prestigious Year Six WBEET Baymaths competition last night against strong opposition from upper North Island schools. The three were first in the team challenge and second in the timed challenge and also highly competitive in the individual round. Another wonderful example of our students having outstanding success on the big stage. Congratulations!!!!! 

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

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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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