Te Huka Movement Madness

What a fun filled time we had in our Te Huka team with lots of hands-on experiences about forces and movement. 

Room 5’s two main focus areas for the last weeks of term were floating and flying. The students conducted investigations into what kind of object floated and those that sink. They discovered that light things generally floated, and heavy things would sink. They made paper boats with our student teacher Divya and discovered that shape also determines how an object would react in water. Week 10 saw a move to flying machines where the students made helicopters, paper planes and parachutes. We all made predictions about what would happen when we launched these off the senior playground. Working collaboratively in groups, the students have been busy making their own Book Creators about some of our Native Neighbours. These books explain not only how they move and the special characteristics they have to make them effective movers. They also describe the features of their bodies, habitat and what they like to eat. We were also lucky enough to discover the te Reo names for these animals. 

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Room 13 has been learning that the human body works better when it is active. After investigating how objects move after a force is applied to them, we started exploring what happens to our body when it is moving. Our muscles, lungs and hearts get stronger. We feel better and can stay focused longer. Although we are busy with school work, we found we can still move around by incorporating movement into our learning activities. Starting good healthy habits now will help us to grow into healthy adults. We like being physically active and developing motor skills, confidence and brain power. Room 13 students have written and published, on Book Creator, the instructions for a game they have enjoyed. It was great to see the students working collaboratively to take photos, add text, and add decorative elements to their books. The feedback they gave to each other about their pages was helpful and meant students made improvements that made the books easier to read. They are rapt that their books can be read to them. 

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Room 14 has been looking at the positional language of in, under, between, beside, and on. We used the senior playground, the tyres, and the soccer goal to allow the students to fully understand the meanings of the positional words. Our class also covered the push and pull forces where we used images in a PowerPoint shown on the big screen. The students figured out that some images were both push and pull. As an example - a lawn mower can be pushed and pulled backwards. The students have also been researching native animals and putting these amazing facts into an information report.

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Celebration Day

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We joined together as a team to share the books we have been making with our peers. This was a chance for the students in our team to showcase their learning. Despite a few technical difficulties, the morning was a great success, with new wonders and questions being posed by our students. Room 5 shared their books about our Native Neighbours to explain how they move and the special characteristics they have to make them effective movers. Room 13 shared their Book Creators, which provided instructions on how to play a new game. Room 14 shared their books which provided information about the Kiwi, Kea, Gecko, and Kōura. We used digital technology to access Book Creator to publish our informative and engaging books. The instructions to access these on-line books have been shared with families so they can enjoy the wonderful resources our students created. 

Blogs about our learning:

Forces of Nature

Animal Information Reports

Mack’s Tasty Fruit Salad

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