Tuesday, 18 July 2017

FIE Tangrams: Analysis or synthesis?

This week we are looking at the principle of finding the parts with a more complex whole. This could be a shape inside a larger shape, a simple machine inside a complex one, a engine inside a car, a secret ingredient in a yummy recipe!

A Tangram is a good place to start thinking about this. According to mathsisfun website. A Tangram is "A traditional Chinese puzzle made of a square divided into seven pieces (one parallelogram, one square and five triangles) that can be arranged to match particular designs."

Here is a link to some of the tough Tangram challenges we will be attempting to analyse (break apart)? or is it synthesise (put together)? What do you think?

End of Term 2 reflection

The good stuff:

  • Nice quiet learning times - Katie
  • Modules - loved music, & Kia Kaha - Varley
  • We are beginning to use the anger chart - Thomas
  • Lots of bricks being tested - Aria
  • We are getting better at ignoring distractions - Robert
  • We are working better as a team - like in music and arcade games - Tia
  • Great chances at robotics and writing workshop - Amber
  • We are earning neurons - Chloe Rose
  • We are making new friends with the new kids - Deklyn
  • The zone is a good quiet place to have - Charlotte
  • Wow - we loved the arcade games because it was challenging and fun at the end to play them - Ollie 

Things to change for Term 3:
  • Use a wider range of fitness games - Kase
  • Work in being more friendly and kind - Hayley & Ollie
  • Try really hard to not interrupt during others talking - Sam
  • With home learning - could we have lots of ideas and some free choice - Lexie
  • More outside activities like sports - Nate
  • Us to remember to put our faces up for the register - Libby
  • Introduce more science like chemistry like mixing potions - Benjamin
  • Try having a few more options between teachers or topics e.g. in topic or modules - ZoĆ«
  • To stop yelling and running in the classroom - Jayden
  • Try moving our book boxes around so the Halberg and Moller spaces are more mixed up - Aria
  • Have more free time - earned - Toby
  • Have more free writing - Toby
  • Try having choices about what spot their book box is - move them around - Eva
  • Swap classes for modules - Adele
  • Give us options to vote on the fitness game - Chloe Rose
  • Maybe have your own spaces - Robert
  • Maybe some places around the class are quiet places - Robert
  • Two teachers = 2 fitness games.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Science Celebration - arcade fun!

Kepler students (Years 4-6) have been putting their science learning into practice! 

We have been working collaboratively to create arcade games, applying the principles of physics. 

We included explanations of the physics involved, and then had fun playing the games we had built. What better way to learn our science?!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Instructions - Weaving Matariki Stars

Do we have all the details we need?

Can we write the instructions as a team?

This is another way to make the star.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Spot the Simple Machine

If we are going to create an effective 'Pinball' or Rube Goldberg Machine then we need to see how our simple machines might be used as a small part of the whole. 

1. Check out these videos and look for different ways each machine is being used.

2. Sketch the details of how they work, adding labels to explain each part.

Try to get 2-3 examples for each simple machine....

Video 1:

 Video 2:

Sunday, 28 May 2017

PE - Winter Sports starts at Springston

We started our session with Amy from Sports Canterbury on Thursday. Winter Tournament practice starts this week on Tuesday. Let's hope for more fine weather like last week!