Sunday, 4 October 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: using different materials to work out fractions.

It was really hard when: trying to draw it to make it fair shares.

Something that really helped me was: the Jellybeans helped me because I used them to put them into groups then I counted how many were in each group to make sure it was fair.

Something new I learned was: that a fraction has to be fair and the same.

Kerri Thinks
Wow Emily! What great learning about fractions you have done this term. You understand the half and not half game and used this learning to help you understand other fractions like quarters, thirds and tenths. Drawing fair shares can be tricky because you think it is right then look again and one half is bigger and that's not fair. 
Problem solving can be really tricky and I think you need to slow down and think about what you are being asked to work out, then you can use what you know.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Rangatiratanga

 We are learning about Rangatiratanga (Leadership and initiative).

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.
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I show rangatiratanga - (leadership and initiative) in the playground.
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My Reflection
I show rangatiratanga in the playground by: helping people when they want me, I am doing the right thing.

I show rangatiratanga in the classroom when: following my I time card.

It was really hard when: sometimes I want to change my time card but I know I can't.

Kerri Thinks
You show rangatiratanga in and out of the classroom by making sure you are doing the right thing. It can be tricky when you want to do what your friends are doing but  remember, following your i time card is a great way to show leadership. Finishing the must dos and doing your very best in all your learning is a great way to show initiative.

Reading

WALT: summarise by retelling my story in order.

Success Criteria:
  • I can find the beginning middle and end of the story
  • I can record the main ideas, in order
  • I use my summary to help me better understand what I read and to share my ideas.
  • I am starting to think about what might happen next

How I am going

I can find the beginning middle and end of the story
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I can record the main ideas, in order
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I use my summary to help me better understand what I read and to share my ideas.
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I am starting to think about what might happen next
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Reflection

Summarising by retelling my story in order helps me because: helps me remember my story and it makes sure I understand what read.

It was really hard when: telling the story in order, I always start with the end.

Something that really helped me was: working out new words by sounding them out missing them out and coming back to them.

Something new I learned was: that there are lots of ways to work out tricky words.

Kerri Thinks
You have been working really hard on your reading this term and you are using different strategies to solve tricky and unknown words. I can see that chatting about the book before we read and during reading helps to make sure you understand what you read. I think you retell the ideas in your stories in order (finding the beginning, the middle and the end) and you are practising using film strips to record your ideas.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Writing to describe



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
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I added details (what I can seehow my person moveswhat I might hear from my person)
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I did some fixing by myself
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Reflection
My favourite part was: thinking about Jaiden and writing my ideas down.

It was really hard when: I had to keep on having more ideas.

Something that really helped me was: my plan and thinking about how he looks and how he moves and what he likes.

Something new I learned was: I can do it even if it is hard.

Kerri Thinks
What great learning Emily, you can do it even when it is hard!! 
You have planned you writing and added loads of details so the reader can get to know Jaiden, like you know Jaiden. I am pleased using your plan helped you to write your piece. It can be tricky to have lots of ideas but remember to use our success criteria and modelled (the pictures we use) writing to help add details.

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
     
Our tower is the tallest, but we didn't finish in time.
We worked together; sharing ideas and helping 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. 
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
My label it
My plan





Me making 

Me in my garment

How I am going

Research and find my inspiration
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Design and plan my garment (How I see things) 
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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
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Reflection
My favourite part was: making my wearable art to look like the glow worm and putting glow paint on my top.

It was really hard when: I had to keep putting more tinfoil on because it kept falling off.

Something that really helped me was: my plan because it helped me remember all of my ideas.

Something new I learned was: making a wearable art because I haven't made a wearable art before and it's not a costume.

Kerri Thinks
We spent a lot of time thinking and planning before we started making and this helped you to gather your ideas and create your plan. However, when you start making it can be tricky to stick to your plan. Part of the learning in technology is that you need to change and grow your ideas. Perhaps next time you lead your learning a bit more, taking charge of what to bring and using the making times well, concentrating on your completing garment in time.