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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Passionate Performers

Passion Projects are a project-based learning experience where the group’s interests, strengths and passions are developed with guidance from the teacher.

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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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Bingo

I sang ‘Like a letter box’ with a tight, barely open mouth. I then sang with an open, round mouth-‘Like a trout.’

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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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Fun Facts for Basic Facts

We have tried a variety of methods to help us remember. Flashcards, Basic fact booklet,  Mathletics live, Basic fact grids, Time Table families.

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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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