As part of our Te Mihi inquiry, we're investigating science and how we can use it to deliver our inquiry.
Using rockets as a vehicle to learn is quite engaging as you can imagine, however, it is more than just blowing stuff up. We are teaching kids some basic scientific capabilities, such as:
Gather and interpret data.
Engage with science.
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We were able to research, design and construct our ideal track, our versions varied from horse riding/jumping tracks, to bmx tracks and even walking and race tracks. This showed our amazing varying interests.
Cole worked very hard at making his track exactly like his plan, discovering that his plan was very complex and long he decided he would send it to the rally NZ company incase they need his track plan.
Constructing the tracks were more difficult than we first thought as we couldn’t use the things like concrete, steel, screws, nails and kilometres of open areas. We worked with a variety of different materials and tried many different things to get our items to stay stuck to our track.
Room 9 reviewed their end completed tracks to their plans, we decided that not many were the same as our plans. We had a great time though making lots of daredevil parts of our tracks.
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We started our journey looking at solids and liquids, what they are? How do you know which state/form something is in? Leading on to a discussion exploring if something could be a solid and a liquid at the same time?
Harrison hatches a basket fungi
Carlys wonder video
Harrison and Sol's magnet
Harrison discovered that when you rub the magnet on a needle you magnetise it. He tested his theory by checking to see if the needle stuck to the whiteboard and it did! Sol and Bobby researched and found out that the Earth is actually a giant magnet, with a North and South pole. They discovered that this is the reason that compasses point north.
Halo shows how to make a compass
In Room 6 this week for maths we have been learning how to:
use a map to identify views from a location
use compass directions to describe the direction of landmarks
describe pathways between map locations
Put landmarks onto a map, thinking about location and scale
Passion projects Room 2 Jayden
At Wairakei Primary School an important part of the learning process is through the inquiry-based approach. This encourages connection, cooperation, and collaboration by allowing students to pose and solve problems together, and with their communities, in shared and authentic learning experiences.
Every teacher wants their students to find joy in the learning process.
How do we as educators provide students with an environment to discover who they are?
MERC Wairakei Primary School 2018
Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre (MERC).
Year 6 National Young Leaders Day Hamilton 2018
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Horrible Hands of Room 5
It was an ordinary reading workshop until someone spotted the instructions for making ‘Horrible Hands’ in a School Journal. We weren’t even reading that story but thought it looked like fun and it reminded us of the pranks being pulled in our class story, ‘The Terrible Two’.
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Aratiatia Making A Mark
Some of the activities students in Aratiatia Community have undertaken to 'make their mark' in Term 2. All these activities promote hands-on learning using fine motor skills and many have required manipulation of tools we wouldn't otherwise use.
International Friendship Day
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Bike Day 2
She showed us how to check the front and rear brakes, make sure the wheels are tight and the chain is ok.
Some girls in our class were very scared of riding their bikes because they might fall off. Whaea Cath and a few of our parents helped the girls to become more confident and by the end of the lesson were riding by themselves, and going down hills confidently.
Bike Day 1
Ohaaki team were very fortunate to have Whaea Cath come to talk to us about bike safety, how to ride a bike and the cyclist road code.
She told us about how to put on a helmet properly, check that it doesn’t have any cracks in it, and what hand signals to use when we are on the road with our bikes.
Whaea Cath talked about what to look for to make sure our bikes are safe to ride.
Boys Campfire Sculpture
On Wednesday afternoons the junior school have discovery time. We have been focused on creating purposeful play opportunities for our tamariki. Teachers have been learning about the importance of learning through play and have been implementing the ideas from this professional development into discovery time. We want to allow our children time to be creative and learn through play.
Reporter Club 2018 Our Caretaker Anaru
Wairakei Primary School has entered our school caretaker into the National Caretaker competition. We have been heard on the radio talking about our caretaker and why he should win the national competition.