Your support in encouraging the students to take an active role in the Learning Conferences after Easter is greatly appreciated. It is fantastic to see the learners themselves leading the conversation about their celebrations and next steps and being encouraged by your positive responses and questions. Our aim in taking this approach is that the students will take increasing ownership of their learning throughout the year.
- To answer a question scientists plan carefully designed investigations
- A fair test involves controlling all the variables except those that are manipulated and responded to
- Scientists measure, compare and interpret their results to arrive at conclusions
- Observing, measuring, controlling and responding to change is a key element of science
- Scientific knowledge and skills help us to make informed decisions about our own lives and cultures and the world around us
As an additional layer to developing our students understanding of the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths), on Friday 18th May all the classes will be visiting the Roxy Cinemas for a ‘Docs4Schools’ free screening of the documentary ‘Point of no Return’. You can find out more and view the trailer for this at: http://docedge.nz/schools/docs-4-schools-in-theatre/.
In the afternoon, we have been very fortunate to have been offered a session with the experts at Weltec in ‘Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer’, where students will see the testing of materials in action as well as how insulation is incorporated into engineering, construction and architectural design.
We will require 5 parents to support us on this trip. If you are able to come along, please let your classroom teacher know ASAP.
This project is an opportunity for our senior students to learn through delving into their passions! We will introduce this to students at the end of Week 4. For homework in Week 5 (from 28th May) your child will be asked to develop and share a proposal for their project with their teacher. This will be a plan of action that will spread throughout the next five weeks of the term. Students will have at least one morning each week dedicated to working on their passion project but it is expected they will also need to use some of their own time at home to complete it. Students who have elected to complete a Science Fair Project will do this instead.
This term our Art focus is heavily entwined with our Inquiry. Students will be taking time to closely observe and draw and recognise the difference between a drawing and a diagram.
Music will be provided by Carol Algar during our Technicraft rotations.
Kapa Haka also kicks off this term in preparation for Polyfest.
On Tuesday 22nd May those students who have put their names down for National Young Leaders’ Day will be taking the bus to Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua for a day of inspiring speakers and activities aimed at developing the leadership of young people. To find out more http://www.nyldnz.org/about/
Please note that this event is now full.