Exploring Our Senses

Chrissy-Lee and Nathan had to tell us some describing words about what they were feeling

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Dancing Ghosts… Woooooo

After several demonstrations, the children learnt how to create static energy themselves, by rubbing an inflated balloon, vigorously, up and down their school polar fleeces.

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Visitor from out of Space

While reading this book, Poppy, Jordyn-Lea, Patrick, Jack and Casey were very interested in what a scarecrow is and what they would be like in the real world, they wanted to create their very own scarecrow and find out.

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Te Huka Explosions

Students got to chose their “passion” from three different options. Our passion project was explosions. Our group had a science focus. Read more about 'Te Huka Explosions'...

Grayson is ready to fire

Authentic learning experiences in the classroom

When students are able to have a say in their learning and explore topics of interest, that they have a personal connection with, they are excited to learn.  We call this ‘student agency’.

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Expanding Yeast

Room 13 is learning how to think like scientists by observing our experiments and investigations and asking questions such as “I wonder what will happen if…..?”.

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2. practising observation skills and patience

Window Sprouts

Room 13 is learning that plants need certain conditions to grow. To help us learn we have been conducting an observation experiment with bean seeds.

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3. sprouts with direct sun

No-blow Balloons

Tapping into the children’s prior knowledge of mixing baking soda with vinegar prior to starting, connected the children to the lesson

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Round Rainbows

Learning in science is important to understanding the world in which we live in.

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Nature at our door step, Resourse that inspires

Chris, the artist, talked about being a woodturner like being a surgeon.

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