Thursday, 24 September 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: learning about fair shares.

It was really hard when: trying to make fair shares when I first started learning about fractions.

Something that really helped me was: using the materials for tricky questions because they helped me figure out fair shares.

Something new I learned was: I learned what a half is, what a quarter is and about fair shares.

Kerri Thinks
Charlotte, you are a fabulous learner. I know you found the fraction learning difficult at the start but you showed great perserverance and now you can find halves and quarters of shapes and sets. The 'half and not half' game really helped! Using materials and pictures to show your thinking will keep helping you grow as a mathematian. Great job!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Using what I know

WALT: think about what I already know before I start reading

Success Criteria:
  • I can share my ideas about what I already know before I start reading
  • I can learn from what others already know to help me in my reading
  • I use what I already know to help me work out new and tricky words
  • I use what I already know to help me better understand what I read

Photo of KWL (from the group) and/or draw it

How I am going

I can share my ideas about what I already know before I start reading
Kerri thinks



I can learn from what others already know to help me in my reading
Kerri thinks


I use what I already know to help me work out new and tricky words
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I use what I already know to help me better understand what I read
Kerri thinks



Reflection

Thinking about what I already know helps me because: so you can learn some of the tricky words before you start to read and helps me to know what the book is about.

It was really hard when: sometimes I don't do all my must do's because I read for too long.

Something that really helped me was: missing the word and then coming back to it because it helps you figure out the word.

Something new I learned was: Talking and thinking before reading is really important because I get to know the book better.

Kerri thinks
Wow Charlotte! You have done some great reading learning. You listen to the ideas of others in the group and you can add your own ideas. This means you are thinking (and chatting) about the story before we even start reading. I think that helps you to better understand what you read.
Your next step is to increase your reading fluency. Practising the plays as a group will help you with this. Remember to 'read' the punctuation.

Monday, 14 September 2015

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.
Kerri thinks



I show rangatiratanga - (leadership and initative) in the playground.
Kerri thinks



My Reflection
I show rangatiratanga in the playground by: helping when they don't know what to do and including them in our games.

I show rangatiratanga in the classroom when: I follow my i-time and I stay on each one for the whole time.

It was really hard when: when you don't know what to do and you are trying to help someone.

Kerri Thinks
What great thinking Charlotte. You lead by example by following your i time card and making sure you finish all your must dos. It is very tricky to show initiative when you're not sure what the right thing is. Remember to do some thinking and have a go at solving the problem for yourself.


Sunday, 6 September 2015

My dad

Writing
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
Kerri thinks

I added details (what I can seehow my person moveswhat I might hear from my person)
Kerri thinks


I did some fixing by myself
Kerri thinks

Reflection

My favourite part was: writing that my dad smells like roses, it was funny.

It was really hard when: thinking about all the stuff dad does because he does lots of things that I don't know about.

Something that really helped me was: planning so I could write down all my ideas because then I won't forget any of my ideas.

Something new I learned was: that you have to add more details so the person who reads it can know all about what you have written about.

Kerri Thinks
You have planned your writing to include some details about your dad. You have used your plan, and loads of other ideas, to write a fabulous piece about your dad. I love how you always have a clear idea of what you want to write and how you want to write it.
Remember to reread your writing and check some of the tricky words. Makins sure the sounds your hear are recoded in order is your next learning step.

Friday, 21 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 elping 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
Lable it
My plan



How I am going

Research and find my inspiration
Kerri thinks



Design and plan my garment (How I see things) 
Kerri thinks

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
Kerri thinks


Reflection

My favourite part was: making and painting my headband.

It was really hard when: painting my headband so that it was painted all over.

Something that really helped me was: having a plan because I could use it to help me make my wearable art.

Something new I learned was: you can't buy a wearable art in a shop, you have to make it.

Kerri Thinks
You had a clear vision of what you wanted to create right from the start. You drew a detailed plan and knew what materials you needed to bring from home. You did your best to follow you plan, working hard by youself and with a little adult support at times to create your garment. Enjoy the show Charlotte, take the time to slow down on stage and show everybody your glowworm.