Today, We Said “Thankyou!” to our road patrollers.
The road patrol team have headed out in rain, hail, snow and the odd bit of sun to help control the traffic and to check that all children get across the road safely. They do a wonderful job and we hope they know how much we appreciate them!
Today the Road Patrol Team was invited to a parade down the main street in town with all other road patrollers from Dunedin schools. The Mayor thanked them for their hard work and then they headed off to the pool for a swim and a barbecue lunch!
Many thanks to the NZ Police for organising this event, to our road patrollers for their commitment and reliability and to Miss Avery for supervising Road Patrol this year.
This week we looked at the word critique and what good criticism is. We also watched this video…
We have decided that we need to:
- we need feedback at many different stages of learning.
- it’s okay to have lots of goes at a task and to make improvements based on feedback each time.
- want to make progress and get feedback to help us do that.
- take the role of giving feedback very seriously.
Yesterday reporters from the ODT visited us while we were planting at Pilot’s Beach. There was an article about the Planting for Penguins project this morning. Click on the photo to find the link to the article.
We had the most fantastic day out of the classroom at Pilot’s Beach. It was a cloudy day with no wind and very warm… Perfect conditions for our 9 to 11 year olds to be out planting for the penguins!
It was a great day. We learnt lots and we will share what we learnt over the next few days. We felt proud that we could help make a difference to the wildlife in our local area.
We also loved that our live blog got more hits in one day than our class blog gets in a month!
Please keep checking in – we would love to field your comments and questions about our adventures today!
Last week we found out that we have the opportunity to go out to Pilot’s Beach and Plant for the Penguins as part of the ‘Kids Restore NZ‘ initiative.
We have been researching the plants that we will be planting so that we can identify them as we plant them. We have put together this handy field guide.
Watch us tomorrow as we post up photos onto our special “Planting for Penguins” blog
while we are there. We will also share all about the project once we are back at school on Tuesday.
We started the term by thinking about our learning and what things we do that support our learning and help us to recognise the progress we are making. Ms Buist had already been thinking about this and shared how we learn at a conference for teachers from all around New Zealand during the holidays. She interviewed some of us and this was what we told her about how we know what we are learning…
On Monday, these are the things that we decided were the Keepers for term 4. We decided as a whole class that these things were important to us…
- The learning paths because we can see what we’ve learnt and what we still need to learn.
- Google Docs especially for writing and Learning at Home.
- “Daily Dash” – this is our speed writing and we think it has helped us to develop our writing “fitness”
- Literacy block works best for most of us from 11 until lunchtime.
- We like maths at 9am followed by fitness before read n feed.
- Maintenance on strategies to begin maths has helped us feel more confident using different strategies.
- Xtra Maths running during class time would help us with our basic facts.
- We need more learning caves (most of the boys want more caves especially at literacy time).
- More brain breaks.
- Learning at Home needs to stay as it is.
- Keep the workshops because we like to be able to go to anything that we feel we need to.
- We want the fabric walls put up to make alcoves for quiet spaces.
The Neinsteins have been working on another collaborative project over the past 6 weeks. “Kidz Can Film” project has been organised by two of the E Fellow teachers from Nelson that Ms Buist knows.We are a part of the “Zoom” team along with Room 9 from Pine Hill School in Auckland and Room 3 from Nayland Primary in Nelson.
In the first round, each class had to make a silent movie. We made ours about the Eco Heroes because it fitted into our inquiry. We then passed our silent movie on to Nayand and we got a silent movie from Pine Hill School to script and add voices and sound effects to. When the third movie arrived we needed to add music. We composed our own music and performed it as a small group. This video shows a few of the band working with Mrs Caldwell on the closing music.
the band from Neinsteins on Vimeo.
We’d like to thanks Steve, our caretaker for joining in and helping us! We have learnt so much by participating in the “Kidz Can Film” project and hope to be able to use our new skills again, soon.
We have had the most amazing term including O’Mathlon competitions, Current Events competitions, cluster and provincial cross country and this week the Stars on Stage group got to share their amazing dance at the Regent Theatre.
Here we are getting ready before the bus picked us up and took us into to town on Thursday night.
We wanted to share with our families what we have been up to with our learning even though Ms Buist has been away in Christchurch. Here’s our edition made by the Year 6 girls’ team!
Neinstein!!! from Claire Buist on Vimeo.