Sunday, 18 February 2018

Who's that Mathematician?

This week, we will be investigating some old guys who our maths groups are named after. Well actually they are famous mathematicians from the past who discovered wonderful and awe-inspiring ideas and patterns in maths, geometry and nature!

Who's your guy?

Blaise Pascal




Saturday, 17 February 2018

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Kind words fill buckets!

Lewis and Kobe worked together to make this poster. They have learned that saying kind words to people makes them feel good but it also makes us feel good too. I know that they will both remember this as they use kind words around our class. 

Awesome work team. :)


Whaea Allana

Monday, 12 February 2018

How can you be persistent?

One of the focuses for Kepler this term is persistence, and the importance of pushing through when you want to give up on a challenge.

Today we used a Survivor-style challenge to test our powers of persistence.

The students were put into groups and were asked to complete a three-part challenge.

First they had to climb up the pirate net and retrieve 4 coloured bands.
Once they had finished this they moved to a beanbag toss challenge.

Finally, they had to complete a spot-the-difference - the mental part of the challenge. This was the part that really tested them. It was very difficult and required real persistence. They all did remarkably well and every group completed the puzzle.

We hope to use this experience as a touchstone as we work to improve our perserverence through the term and all of 2018.

Nga Mihi - Joe

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Home-learning Challenge 1

Check out the latest Home Learning Challenge on the Sprint Team Site.
The challenge was set this Monday and is due on Friday 16th March. Completed tasks can be checked in by a teacher any time prior to that date.

Remember - Home Learning is all about having fun!

Friday, 9 February 2018

Secret Garden Facebook page

Check out what we were up to this morning. We have some exciting things happening in the garden and have been coming back each day with giant marrows, plums, tomatoes and cucumbers.

Check out the last couple of posts of the Secret Garden Facebook to see what we have been doing!

Facebook Link

So what learning is there in the garden?
  • Working in a team
  • The cycle of seeds, growth, fruit...
  • The insects involved in composting and pollination
  • Where our food comes from
  • Being adventurous to eat new things 
  • Planning planting using a planting rotation
  • Planting and harvest through the seasons
  • What a plant needs to grow
  • How to increase plant growth

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Are you in the waka?

Our class is like a waka. We are all in it together and everyone has to paddle in the same direction if we want to get anywhere. Here we are making our waka sticks for our faces so we can all get in the waka.

Here  is a photo of our class Treaty, which lists the things that will help us paddle in the same direction. They are on our paddles...

1. Show kindness...

2. Show respect...

3. Do my best...

We will also add a photo of the waka when we are all in it. Check it out the waka on the wall in Kepler Space.