Thursday, 31 August 2017

Learning how to collaborate made fun.

In professional development this week hub 11 & 12 teachers discussed areas of the graduate profile that we felt we could further promote and strengthen our knowledge of within the hubs. 

Collaboration was an area we felt we could develop - although we talk a lot about collaboration we felt our learners were not confident in explaining what this actually meant. So today we took 20 hub 12 learners along with hub 11 to share what it means to collaborate effectively.

Here are some photos of a few of the activities we participated in.

Monday, 28 August 2017

School production song

Hub 11 & 12 have been working really hard to learn their part from memory, can you please practice the song together at home - our learners will certainly be proud to show off their singing abilities.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Planting with Hub 12 - Wondering

I wonder what will grow ?

I wonder what each plant might need?

I wonder whose plant will be the tallest?

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Look at our plants grow

Eye spy with my little eye, what kind of changes can you see?

Thursday, 17 August 2017

We are learning about plants and seeds with Mrs Stanley

We are building our knowledge about seeds.
We used magnifying glasses to use our senses to look carefully!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The learning process

During our reading today, these wonderful learners were able to tell me where in the learning process we were - It is great to see the learners confidently applying their understanding of the learning process in all areas of learning.

Top left: Learner is scanning the learning process to find what block we are in,  Top right: Three learners are pointing to building knowledge because we were using our senses to make sense of our text. Bottom: These three learners are showing me that we are working fluidly between two blocks ( building knowledge and making meaning)

What is happening to our plants

Who can describe what is happening to our plants?

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Grow your own kumara from home

How to grow a kumara house plant

You can grow beautiful green vines from a whole kumara right from your kitchen window. The kumara will provide greenery for your home during any month of the year and the green vines can be trained to climb up or around whatever you choose.

  • Kumara
  • Toothpicks
  • Jar or Glass
  • Water (non-chlorinated)

  • Wash the kumara gently but thoroughly.
  • Insert toothpicks into the sides of the kumara about 1/3 of the way down.
  • Place the kumara into the jar.
  • Fill the jar with water.

  • In about 10-15 days, the kumara will begin to bud.
  • For the next 3 to 6 months, vines will grow from the kumara.
  • You can train the vines to climb up or around whatever you choose.
Grow Kumara Kumara plant after 4 weeks Kumara plant after 6 weeks

Breakthrough Friday 11th August

This term our concept is all about farming and different aspects surrounding where our meat, dairy and produce originates from.

This week hub 11's focus was avocado, wheat and kumara, throughout the week learners were able to build knowledge and share their ideas about what they knew about these items. The teachers were very impressed with their level of knowledge.

We were able to explore where these produce items were from, some of us were very surprised that these did not originate from the supermarket.

Friday was a super exciting week for us, together we were able to make meaning and connections to our prior learning through various activities.

Together we made bread both by hand and using a breadmaker to see if we could compare the differences. 

We then moved on to planting our own seeds using beans, peas, cotton wool, paint trays and water.
these will be displayed in our hub so we cans watch the process from seed to plant. 

We then used the avocado seed from earlier in the week along with potatoes and kumara to create an experiment to see if we can make them grow roots, shoots and fruit (vegetables).

These are all experiments you can try at home.

Let's see what Monday brings, there might be some roots beginning to shoot.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Learning Hub 11 Parent Information Session

Thank you to all the parents who attended yesterday afternoons' information session. We hope you found it useful.

For those of you who were unable to make it, here is the presentation.

Dissecting avocados

On Monday during concept we were all learning about different foods we can grow on the farm.

One group learnt about Avocados. We brought what we knew and had a great tasting session. We came up with describing words for how they look, feel and taste.