Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Fractions and Problem solving

We have been learning all about fractions and what a fraction is. We decided that a fraction is fair. It needs to be the same shape, same size or the same number. 
We have also been doing loads of thinking and problem solving in our maths. We think problem solving is hard but we are very proud of our learning!

WALT: find the fractions of sets and shapes.
Success Criteria
  • I can use what I know to solve problems
  • I can use a picture to show my thinking
  • I can use materials to show my thinking
  • My shares are fair (the same shape, same size or the same number)

How I am going

I can use what I know to solve problems
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I can use a picture to show my thinking
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I can use materials to show my thinking
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My shares are fair (the same shape, same size or the same number)
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Reflection

My favourite part was: solving the problems because it is the most hardest.

It was really hard: to draw my thinking because your arm gets tired and I like to use the Jellybeans better.

Something that really helped me was: the materials like the jellybeans.

Something new I learned was: you do not know all the answers even when you think you do. You have to slow down and do some thinking.

Kerri Thinks
You have a clear understanding of 'half and not half' and have used this understanding to help you with other fractions. You share your ideas in the group and can use materials to show your thinking. 
Remember when problem solving, slow down and think about what the question is asking and then think about what you already know. Lots of thinking, drawing pictures and using materials can help you solve tricky problems. Your next learning step is to slow down and make sure you understand what you are solving - it isn't a race, please take your time and use those fabulous ideas you have!

Monday, 14 September 2015

Reading

WALT: summarise by retelling my story in order.

Success Criteria:
  • I can find the beginning middle and end of the story
  • I can record the main ideas, in order
  • I use my summary to help me better understand what I read and to share my ideas.
  • I am starting to think about what might happen next

How I am going

I can find the beginning middle and end of the story
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I can record the main ideas, in order
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I use my summary to help me better understand what I read and to share my ideas.
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I am starting to think about what might happen next
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Reflection
Summarising by retelling my story in order helps me because: it helped me to remember what happened in the story.

It was really hard when: i have to figure out new and tricky words.

Something that really helped me was: the pictures because I can see what is happening in the story.

Something new I learned was: there are other ways of working out new and tricky words like read on and read back and looking for bits that I know.

Kerri Thinks
Jaxon, you have been working really hard on your reading and you are starting to use different strategies to solve tricky and unknown words. I think you retell the ideas in your stories in order (finding the beginning, the middle and the end) and you are practising using film strips to record your ideas. This helps you make sure you understand what you are reading. You think about what you have already read and can make sensible predictions about what might come next. Fantastic learning!

Rangatiratanga

We are learning about Rangatiratanga (Leadership and initative).

This is what we think Rangatiratanga is...
  • Helping new kids –showing them what to do and where things are
  • Doing something without being asked
  • Helping
  • Solving problems for ourselves… thinking
  • Leading by example… showing by doing
  • It is not being a bossy boots
Rangatiratanga (Leadership and Initiative) - it is all about thinking and making some choices for ourselves. 

We need to think for ourselves!!



I show rangatiratanga - (leadership and initative) in the classroom.
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I show rangatiratanga - (leadership and initative) in the playground.
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My Reflection
I show rangatiratanga in the playground by: including people in the game 

I show rangatiratanga in the classroom when: I follow my i-time in reading and in maths.

It was really hard: to show rangatiratanga because you might not know what to do but you try your best.

Kerri Thinks
What great thinking Jaxon, initiative is all about thinking for yourself and making choices about what you think is right. It can be tricky to know what is the right thing to do but if you keep on trying your very best at everything and think before you act, you will make the right choice.
Remember to always make sure you are doing the right thing during learning time, even if you would rather be playing with your friends.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

My Dad

In High5 we have been practising writing to describe. That means we are trying to get the reader to see what we see, we are using our words to create a picture. We have been adding details to our writing to help make the picture clearer.

Task:
Our job is to do this planning and write our own story about a person in our family that is special to us.

Success Criteria:
  • I planned my writing 
  • I added details (what I can seehow my person moveswhat I might hear from my person)
  • I did some fixing by myself

My writing:

How I am going

I planned my writing
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I added details (what I can seehow my person moveswhat I might hear from my person)
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I did some fixing by myself
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Reflection

My favourite part was: planing my story because you get to add lots of details and do lots of thinking.

It was really hard: to fix my writing because it takes ages and I'm sometimes not sure what to do.

Something that really helped me was: My plan 

Something new I learned was: my dad has brown eyes not blue eyes like I wrote in my story.

Kerri Thinks
You plan your writing and use your plan to make sure you have added details to your story. I think in your writing book you have plans with more ideas than this one. Remember to slow down and make sure you have captured your ideas so that when you write stories over several days you can remember what you wanted to write.
Your next learning step is to reread you writing and make sure it makes sense. You might need to add some fullstops and capital letters or some words you have missed out. It is tricky to fix it but keep on practising!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Wearable Arts

We have been learning all about design on our way to create our wearable art garment. We started with some challenges…
1. In teams create and build the tallest tower
We made a castle with a tall tower... what a team!


We worked together; sharing ideas and helping each other. We have learned that it is really important to design and plan our creations before we start. This means we all know what we are trying to make.
2. Build a shelter for Leo our class bear
We learned that it can be very tricky to work in groups and we all have to take turns.
3. Work together to create a costume for 1 member of our team to model.
Great listening and sharing! 

   
Here we are in our costumes!

We remembered that it is important to design our work before we start. We also learned that we have to be careful with our materials, newspaper and tinfoil rip quiet easily.

We are going to use what we have learned to create our wearable arts garment.

Success Criteria:
Research and find my inspiration
Design and plan my garment (How I see things)
Follow my plan to create my garment
Create a garment that is going to last
Create a piece of art – an idea or a story or message

My story

My label it 

My plan











Making 

Photo of me in my garment


How I am going

Research and find my inspiration
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Design and plan my garment (How I see things) 
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Follow my plan to create my garment
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Create a garment that lasts
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Create a piece of art – an idea or a story or message
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Reflection

My favourite part was: making my garment because you had to know where the pieces went and it was fun.

It was really hard when: making the plan because it is hard to get my ideas from my brain onto the paper.

Something that really helped me was: Heidi's mum helped me stick all the straws on for the spikes.

Something new I learned was: you have to make a plan before you make your wearable art garment.

Kerri Thinks
Technology can be tricky. You thought about hedgehogs and how they look and tried to plan a garment to match your ideas but you found it difficult to 'draw your ideas'. As we started making you realised that your plan wasn't going to work quite as you wanted so with support and help from Heidi's mum we came up with a new plan. That is how technology works, sometimes you have to do loads of designs and makings and redesigns before you get what you want. Fantastic learning!