Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Creativity, Problem solving and working together oh my!

Discovery time gives us an opportunity to create and direct our learning.  We work on our own or with others, depending on how we feel that day.  On a Tuesday when we have our toys we often incorporate our toys into our learning.  
During this time there is a lot of navigating social situations--children have to ask if they can join in, they create games together, they work to sort out problems both within a group or with something they are trying to build or make.  When we think about creating curious, connected and confident learners this time is a wonderful opportunity for our kids to be practising those skills.  They are growing their confidence to work with others and to ask to join in.  They are curious about whether or not their truck will fit into the garage they've built out of blocks.  And they are connecting what they are learning to what they are playing, as well as connecting with each other.  

We used cardboard and created laptops, computers and interesting pictures. 

We are working hard to create things for our toys.  We have to think carefully about things, make decisions, try things out, test them, change them and try again.  We are being critical and creative thinkers as we work on our creations.  

I made a house for my dinosaur.  I had to measure to make sure the roof was tall enough and I had to work to make sure my house stayed together.  I had to think what would make it strong.

I made a phone for my doll.  I had to measure and cut out a rectangular shape thinking about size.  Then I had to think about what's on a phone and draw it on.

I made a carry case for my dog Sparkle.  I measured to make sure she would fit.  I cut out what I needed.  I had to think what I could use as a handle and how I could attach it.  I wrote her name on it too.

I created a cardboard poster that says "I like toys." I used cardboard that we had painted a long time ago and I started writing.  

I worked to create a house for my reindeer.  I had to measure to make sure he fit in.  I had to stabilise and make it stay.  I had to add more cardboard because it wasn't big enough.  I had to ask myself questions and think about what I could do.  

We worked together and created a station for our cars and trucks. We also made a house for Betty the dog.  She was the lookout dog for the station.  We had to talk to one another to come up with ideas, listen to each other and share.  We had to manage our resources to make sure everyone had materials to build with.  We had to settle disagreements by listening to each other.  We also thought like architects and town planners and we decided what thing would go where and how big they'd need to be to make things fit inside of them.

All of the animals live in different pens and I made a door that opens and closes. 

We worked so well together making Betty's house.  We made a ramp so she could get up into the house and we were building up the walls around her.  

Helping Hands

As part of our positive education and looking at our character strength of Kindness we have been reading the book, "Hands are not for hitting," and we have been discussing what hands are good for.  
We know that what we focus on flourishes so we have been thinking about all the kind and helpful things we can do with our hands and we are trying to spot each other using our helping and kind hands.  

We came up with some ideas and practised what we can use our hands for.

Hands are for high fives

Hands are for drawing and writing (in the air)

Hands are for a pat on the back to yourself or a friend when they've tried their best

Hands are for a rub on the back if someone is feeling upset

Hands are for hugs

We also did some writing.  The writing was fun because we actually wrote in the shape of a hand! It was a bit tricky figuring out where to start and which way to write, but we came up with some awesome ideas about what we can use our hands for.
Hands can draw.  Hands can shake.  Hands can wave.  Hands can hug.  By Liora
My hands can rub a back and my hand can wave.  By Isabella
My hands can throw snowballs.  I can make snowmen.  I can feed a horse.  By Tom
Hands are for saying bye.  Hands are for writing.  Hands are for shaking.  Hands are for drawing with pens.  Hands are for playing with Duplo.  By Olive
My hands can pat my dog and pick up stuff and build a snowman and hug.  By Alfred
My hands can pat my cat and make a snowman.  By Ella

My hands can hug.  Your hands can wave.  Your hands can help you write. My hands can help me ski.  My hand can build lego. By Darragh
My hand can build a snowman. By Zen
My hand can pat my cat and help mum rub. By Otto
My hand can clap.  By Chloe

Can you think of more things we can do with our kind and helpful hands?  


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Wrapping up our body inquiry

We have spent a long time exploring what our bodies can do, what the parts are and how our bodies work.  Upon finishing our inquiry we thought it would be a good idea to go back to our original body part posters we made and see if we had any new ideas about what some of the parts were and where they were in our bodies.  We had some laughs.  Some of us had put the small intestines in the head, thinking it was the brain. 
We took all the parts of the body off, and placed them back on in the correct locations.  We were able to see what we thought at the beginning of the inquiry and what we had learned.  It was cool to see our new learning!  
We had some good discussions, explaining our thinking and helping each other remember the new information we had learned!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Planting, observing and growing

With the help of our whanau we have each planted our own seeds.  Each day we water them and do some observational drawing.  We know that our plants need water and sun to grow.  Many of them have started to grow quite quickly.  When you look at our observational drawing sheets you can see how our plants are growing and changing over time.  If you look at the bottoms of the cups you can see some of the roots growing as well! 
                             When we observe we have to look closely and notice.  When we are drawing like scientists we have to draw what we see and not what we think we see.  We are looking carefully, taking our time and trying to notice all the little changes.                

To plant our plants we had to mix water and the soil tablet with the seeds.  We have labels so we know what our plants are.  Some of them didn't have labels so we had to make our own. 
This is a lead in into our next mini inquiry into the power of the sun! Stay tuned for more about that! 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017


We have been exploring Maths through statistics. We have been collecting information and creating graphs to show our information.  We have to come up with a question and then ask our classmates what they think.  Each person's answer is 1 square that we fill in.  
We made a whole class bar graph discussing our favourite fruit (which also links to our healthy food talks we've been having).  You can see that our class loves apples, with grapes coming in second place! 
Next we went off and created our own questions and graphs.
 We came up with questions we wanted to ask and we surveyed our classmates.  When they gave us their answers we created bar graphs.  These show us lots of information.  We can look and compare.  Which colour do more people like better?  Which animal do fewer people like? Bar graphs are a really easy way to show mathematical information.  we can count up how many people we asked altogether and we can discuss the differences and similarities.  
We have also been collecting information around the weather all year through bar graphs.  We can now look at our graphs and analyze how and why the weather might be changing over time.  
What do you notice about the weather? 
Help me make a graph at home!