Te Mihi Challenges

The challenge was to build a car out of recycled ‘stuff’ and launch it down a ramp.

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R5's Swiss Army Knife Factory

We learned that these have been around since the late 1800s and were originally used as tools for soldiers to service and repair their weapons.

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Skype a scientist

This inquiry sprouted from our Skype a scientist Priyanka Kushwaha a microbiologist from Arizona

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S.T.E.M – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM is important because it infiltrates every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Read more about 'S.T.E.M – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths'...

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Wonderful world of writing

Mrs O’Sullivan modelled how we could look at different parts of our dinosaur and use the words “like or as” to create a picture in the reader’s mind.

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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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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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Nature at our door step, Resourse that inspires

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

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Cars Cars Cars

The brief was to design and build a toy car aimed at 7-11-year-olds for a recycling company

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Delectable Dazzling Dinosaurs

We also learnt that dinosaurs became extinct about 65 million years ago, before humans even existed! Our minds found it hard to comprehend exactly how long ago this really was.

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