Friday, 21 November 2014

Code.org is Awesome.

We have been using code.org all year as an introduction to learning how to write code. These are some examples of what we are able to create.
Rohit
Liam 
http://studio.code.org/sh/47545937

Milano
Jemma and Kayden
Ashton, Jayden and Regan
Jayden, Ashton and Regan
Tyler
Kayden
Harry
Liam
Milano



Reading Trailers

Room 23 had to retell a story they had read during reading time by using pictures. They had to plan a storyboard, using a template for a trailer found on imovie and then find or create their own images. They have really embraced this concept and have done a fantastic job. Please feel free to leave some positive comments.














Monday, 6 October 2014

Speeches

At the end of term 3, Room 23 wrote and delivered a speech of their own topic. They were expected to complete the whole process, from brainstorming ideas, to planning, to writing and practising the speech with minimal help from the teacher.

I was very impressed as every child was able to stand up and deliver their speech to the class. This is no mean feat as there are some children in the class who at the start of the year really lacked to confidence to share their ideas in a small group setting, let alone in front of the whole class.


Monday, 15 September 2014

Room 23's Haka

The boys of room 23 were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to learn the Haka. They started by learning the basics from Whaea Trish and she guided them right through to their final performance for the Education Review Office when they visited us during the earlier part of this term. They worked extremely hard to raise their confidence levels and as you can see they delivered an extremely passionate Haka in the end. Well done boys.

Museum Visit





Room 23 visited the Auckland Museum recently to partake in a cultural performance and to learn more about the Maori Culture. Whaea Trish organised this awesome trip for us and we all had an awesome time.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Balloon Powered Rocket Cars





Last Friday we decided to do something different for the last block. We watched a video clip on how to make rocket powered balloon cars and then in pairs proceeded to construct them.  The materials we used were a paper plate, 5 straws, 2 wooden bbq skewers, a balloon, cardboard and sellotape.

This was heaps of fun and we had to use our problem solving skills to complete this task.  It was pleasing to see everyone work together to complete the car while having an awesome time.

 Once we had completed them we had a race outside on the courts.

Coding







We have been coding. According to the code.org website “Computer science is the art of blending human ideas and digital tools to increase our power. Computer scientists work in so many different areas: writing apps for phones, curing diseases, creating animated movies, working on social media, building robots that explore other planets and so much more."



We have been learning how to use computational thinking to help us solve problems and write algorithms that enable us to write lines of code which in turn is the basics of computer programming.  As you can see we are learning to do this with activities involving paper and then taking these skills and applying them to the course we are taking on code.org.