Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Same, Same and different of sustainable actions

Here is a DLO my students created to communicate to what our school did in 2008 and what our school does now to manage waste. Well done to the team of girls who put this together by themselves, Tehanah, Rangimarie and Yvette


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Class Inquiry into what we do with our waste.

Over the last few weeks Room 5 have been learning to work together.

They are learning 'Collaborative Norm's (rules such as no put downs, one speaker at a time, everyone contribute)

They are also learning how important it is to make sure you understand learning tasks. Sometimes learning tasks can have words you do not understand that you need to 'un pack' first.

All groups compared and contrasted what Tautoro School did in 2008 and what we do now to manage out waste. Groups used venn diagrams to communicate their ideas.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Promos are everywhere, do you think about their purpose?

Yesterday I gave three students the task of promoting rippa rugby and its benefits.
They have learned from previous task to first 'unpack' the task. They need to make sure they understand what they are trying to achieve.

Tehana and Rangimarie identified the keywords promote and benefits and went about learning what they meant. Only when they understood the task did they co-create a success criteria. They decided what they could do to successfully complete this task. After feedforward, this was what they decided to would make their task successful

Make our presentation feels exciting for viewers by using music and fast paced images and videos
Choose words and phrases that will encourage our viewers
Communicate in words and pictures the pros of sports
Include the viewer by using the word 'you'
The tool they chose to use was Imovie trailer. Do you think they were successful? What could they improve on?

Another group, Charlee, Zephaniah and Kohl-lee were set the task of creating a movie that  informs  viewers about the tournament thay went on this week.
Again, this group is successful.
Why? They made sure they knew what inform meant. The created a plan and a success criteria. After that, they got feedback. THEN and only then, they put their plan into action. In this group everyone followed the Collaborative Norms. They all listened to each other. They all had a part to play.
I only saw this as finished product today. 

Friday, 10 March 2017

Respecting our Learning Tools

This week I have been teaching how to look after our devices. It is important that all students follow the Kawa of Care so they are making the most of their learning opportunities and protecting chromebooks from being damaged.

Teaching this and learning about how to follow the Kawa is Care it is very important. If accidents happen and the Kawa of Care was not followed then chromebooks would not be covered by insurance. Whanau would be faced with a huge bill to fix or replace  the chromebook. No one wants that!

Friday, 17 February 2017

What are our school values?

Students in my class were thinking and talking about the meaning of our school values (waka hoe) and how these values will help them experience success at Tautoro School and beyond.

Students were set the task of creating a DLO (digital learning object) that teaches and promotes what these values are. Groups have started animations, posters, movies, and even a song as a way to deliver their learning!
Here is the work of oa group that focused on manaakitanga and a group that focused on Kaitiakitanga. Thanks for your tautoko Matt!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

First day back at school 2017!

Kia ora,

We started the day with an awesome powhiri to welcome new students. I am happy to have three new students in Room 5. Leikhrynn, Seddon and Manaaki-tia.  . Nau mai haere mai ki te kura o Tautoro!

Today Room 5 students carried out statistical surveys on things that they are interested in. They posed questions, collected data on tally charts and used google spreadsheets to collate and present their data. These have been posted to their blogs with the question, ‘What can you learn by reading this graph?’ Please check them out and leave comments. Students will be looking at their own, and other, examples of data displays and make statements about what they communicate.
This is Sonny's survey results. I find these results fascinating and I am eager to understand where students are in spelling/maths and plan a learning program that will see their ability and perception of spelling and maths improve.

Over the next two weeks I expect students will be asking questions about your views on the Treaty of Waitangi. They will learn about possible reasons it was signed in the first place and begin to understand kawanatanga and tino rangatiratanga. A whole school trip to Waitangi Treaty Grounds is scheduled for Friday 10th February.

Stationery lists have been sent home today. Please ensure your child has the tools they need to get started on their learning.

Homework Kaupapa
In Room 5 students have homework. It is up to whanau support to ensure children spend some time on the following areas.
  • Spelling
The spelling list words are taken home on Mondays. Read, cover, spell, check can be done independently.
Students are encouraged to log into the account to access work around word meaning.
  • Reading
Students are choosing books based on their interests. They are taught to read the blurb, check that they are not struggling with more than 5 words per page. For confident readers, the best support can be asking questions about the storyline or characters. In some cases students will need to take home the reader they have had with me and read it out loud to you. This is to support their reading fluency and to practice reading strategies they are taught in class.
  • Basic facts
Each term all students sit a basic facts test. By week two your child will know the facts they are working on and will choose practice work based on those facts to do at home. Students who take home chromebooks are encourage to use sites such as Hit The Button.

Occasionally there will be topic based work. Lastly, although homework is actively encouraged and a classroom system is in place to monitor it, is up to the individual child and whanau support to get it done. Students will not be reprimanded if it is not completed.

Classroom learning site is
This is a great place to keep up to date with your child's learning and the kind of work they are doing.

Our class blog
Here you will find links to your child’s blog. It is so awesome to have access to your child’s ‘portfolio’ throughout the year. Making positive and encouraging comments and suggestions is a great way to show your support.

Any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact me or come in for a chat.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Merry Christmas everybody!

Thank you to all whanau and Kaikohekohe Cluster  students who have participated in Room 5's learning by commenting on our blog and on individual students' blogs. A special mihi to the students and teachers from Room 22 in Owairaka District School, Mrs Waho and Gliberthorpe School in Christchurch. I wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas. From Whaea Lana and Room 5 students.