Saturday, 15 February 2020

Ko wai au? Who am I?

As part of our Turangawaewae inquiry this term learners are finding out about who they are and where they fit in our class, school and community.

One of the activities we have been doing is beginning the process of creating self-portraits.

We have been learning about look-draw-look, using a photo of ourselves. Once they have completed the sketch, they will darken the outline and then "colour" using tissue paper collage.

Below are some examples of learners engaging in this process.

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Team Work Makes The Dream Work

One of the goals for this week has been to think about what helps us work together as a team, in our class.

Learners had to work in groups and try and find a way to make the longest piece of paper from one A4 sheet.

They had five minutes to consult with their group and plan their strategy and then 10 minutes to make the longest strip they could.

The results were interesting! But what really came out was what things help us work together in groups.

Learners came up with concepts like :

Sharing ideas
Using everyones ideas
Talking to each other.

Combined with some work we did last week on how we like to be treated as individuals, the learners will take these words and ideas and make feathers for our class Korowai, which will represent the things we say and do as a class that help us to look after each other, learn and grow.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Let me introduce myself

1st February 2020

Kia ora koutou!

My name is Ange Dent and I will be your child’s teacher this year.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. 
This is my second year teaching Year Three and Four learners at Hamilton East School. 
My education journey started when studied Psychology and Sociology at the University of Auckland.

After leaving university I studied Child Psychotherapy and then worked as an early childhood
educator for a number of years.

I left teaching to look after my children (Noah, Isobel and Jack) and returned to the workforce
as a teacher aide in a special needs unit of an Australian high school.

When my children and I returned to New Zealand, I decided it was time to follow my dream and
gained a Graduate Diploma in Teaching. Hamilton East was one of my practicum schools.
I loved it here so much that I was very excited to be offered a teaching position.

My passions include art and craft (I am an avid sewist and make most of my clothes).
I love reading, writing, and being in and around the water. In my spare time, I race dirt karts
and collect and fix vintage sewing machines.

Your child’s year in Room 19 is going to be full of fun, lots of learning and exciting adventures. 

If at any time you have any questions, problems, or just want to have a chat about what’s going on,
please don’t hesitate to contact me,

Ngā mihi nui,

Ange Dent

Monday, 16 December 2019

Science in action

This term food science has been out focus for inquiry. Learners have been learning about scientific observation and forming hypotheses (predictions) about what will happen.

 I have attached two of the slideshows for learners to share with you.

Food preservation

Citrus and Baking Soda

The three little pigs

Our last maker space of the year was building a house for the three little pigs that could withstand the blows from the big bad wolf. 

Learners had a great time thinking creatively to come up with solutions and collaborating to make the houses. 

When we tested the houses, most withstood the impact of the wolf’s breath.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Food Preservation Part 2

This morning we took our strawberries out of their preservatives. We made observations about what we notices (saw, smelt, felt, tasted) and came to the conclusion that the strawberry that lasted the best was the control that had nothing to preserve it.

Here are some photos of what our strawberries looked like after four days of sitting in their preservatives. Some smelt as bad as they looked.

This was the control (had no preservative) it looked ok from the outside but had a brown spot inside it.

This was water. The strawberry had lost some colour and the water had mould floating on it. 

 The salt had dehydrated the strawberry and it was small and hard. 

This was vinegar. The vinegar made the strawberry pink and softer. 

Sugar made the strawberry dryer, but it didn't smell good. 

The oil made the strawberry bigger, and much mushier than it was. Some of the strawberry juice came out and sat in the oil like red bubbles. 

This is what we noticed with each strawberry:

Friday, 22 November 2019

Food preservation

Our science focus this term is on food as we get ready for the international food festival. Today we practised our observation skills and began the first part of our experiment looking at what kitchen ingredients work the best to preserve food. We placed fresh strawberries in oil, vinegar, Salk, sugar and water to see what will work the best to preserve the strawberries. I can’t wait to see what they’re like on Tuesday!

Ko wai au? Who am I?

As part of our Turangawaewae inquiry this term learners are finding out about who they are and where they fit in our class, school and commu...