Tuesday, 22 May 2018



Traditionally, Māori believe there is a deep kinship between humans and the natural world. This connection is expressed through kaitiakitanga – a way of managing the environment.
This term as part of our inquiry about the environment we have been looking at becoming superheroes of our environment. 
We had Matt visit from the SPCA to tell us about how they are Kaitiaki or guardians of animals and how we can be guardians of animals too. We have also spent time with the bush builders who showed us how to care for our local environment.

We created super hero badges that show what we are Kaitiaki of: 

Some chose animals:

Others chose the environment:

Then we posed as superheroes to complete our transformation into Kaitiaki:

But it wouldn't be complete without our super hero/Kaitiaki capes. We have started screen printing and will be decorating them later this week. 

Our next step is to think about what we can do as Kaitiaki in our local environment. We can't wait to see where we go next. 

Discovery and working together

Discovery and working together

In the New Zealand curriculum there are key competencies that all learners are working on throughout their time at school. Discovery learning helps us to work on two of those skills at the same time. The first is relating to others which means how we work and communicate with those around us. Discovery is a social time where we work together to build marble runs or run a restaurant with our friends. We need to listen and come up with ideas together to make the most of our time.

Running a restaurant can be tricky if we don't work together.

The second skill is participating and contributing. We encourage each other to have a go at trying new things and we support each other. So whether it's building a marble run the size of a table or squishing play dough into interesting shapes, we all have a go. Discovery is a great time for learning more about ourselves and those around us.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Swimming: Positive Health and so much more!

Positive Health: The Positive Health domain focuses on supporting students and staff to develop sustainable habits for optimal physical and psychological health. With the inextricable link between physical and psychological health, we know that practising mindfulness and resilience techniques will promote greater health outcomes. Mindfulness and resilience are also supported by the quest to help students to develop broader healthy behaviours in terms of exercise, nutrition, and sleep. (Geelong Grammar School)

As we know, physical wellbeing is a huge part of our overall wellbeing, and if we can do things that are good for our bodies and health, we can get closer to flourishing.  One of the ways we focus on our Positive Health this term is through swimming, not only does it improve our physical fitness, but it also tests our bravery, resilience and mindfulness.  

We're a bit scared, can we get in the pool anyway? We're afraid of swimming from one platform to the other and we didn't make it the whole way last time, can we keep trying anyway?  We are in the water, can we savour the feeling we have and be present with our instructors? These are all the things we are talking about before and after swimming.  

Today we did a little bit of talking about 2 things:
*What emotions swimming makes us feel 
*What strengths we have to use when we're swimming

Then we did some writing about it.  Take a look at our fantastic writing (and might I add, that all of the kids implored such impressive growth mindsets around their writing, not giving up and giving their ideas a go!)    
I walked the whole way to the platform in the pool. But it was hot!
I went in the pool!
I was scared because I was under the water in the deep water! Eeek!
I was the fastest swimmer in the pool.  I passed Mackenzie and I was the fastest.
I can swim faster than I used to!
I did not go into the pool because I was sick.
I am swimming!
I was scared for the first time and then I got brave.
I felt happy when I got in the pool.   

I stepped back and I fell in the deep end and I was brave!
I like to do floating in the pool.
I swam all the way in the water.  I was happy.
I am floating on my back in the pool.  It was deep. (Not written here, but discussed that he had to use bravery because the water was so deep.)

So there you have it,  the intersection of positive health, positive emotions, character strengths and literacy.  Our experience of swimming is helping us to grow our positive health and we used those experiences to unpack our emotions, think about what character strengths we need and which we used and that gave us purpose for our writing!


Monday, 14 May 2018

Kids News Books

 Within the English section of the NZ Curriculum one of the areas we explore is speaking, writing, and presenting.  

We have started making Kids News Books that we will work in in a guided session every Monday.  This provides an opportunity for small groups throughout the day to come to the News Desk and talk about an experience that they'd like to write into their own personal newspaper books.  

This allows for oral language development and then writing simple stories about their personal experiences. Our first try with this was a huge success.  Everyone enjoyed talking about and presenting their stories.  Everyone was eager to do their writing and they wrote awesome first entries. 

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Cross Country

Cross Country

On Tuesday we had our school cross country race. We had lots of fun and along the way we learned about positive health and the ways we can keep ourselves healthy.

Having ways to keep ourselves fit and healthy are important as it can help our overall wellbeing. We talked about the cross country being a race against ourselves and how we can all work as a team to support each other. Afterwards we all got together to celebrate and share how we felt about finishing the race. It was lots of fun and left us feeling proud of our achievements and a little tired.
We even did some writing about our cross country runs:

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Buddy Time

Buddy Time

We are very lucky in Autahi to have big buddies from across the school that have been sharing and helping us with our learning. On Tuesday's we have been visiting our neighbours in Tautoru for some buddy reading.

It's great to be able to share our reading with our buddies. They help us when we get a little bit stuck and for some it is a good reminder of all the strategies we have been learning in class.

We also had some buddies from Mahutonga/Matariki coming to visit on Monday afternoon. They are helping us learn more about the computers and ipads. They have been showing us how to take photos to put up on seesaw so that we can share our learning with you.

Positive relationships are really important and we focus on helping to develop social and emotional skills that nourish their relationships with self and others. We learn important skills when we work together like listening to others and taking turns. They are strengthened when we spend quality time with others and make an effort to connect with people. These positive relationships help us to feel connected and provide support when we are finding things tough.