Genius Hour was one of the highlights of the week in Room 4 this term. We were busy designing, creating and coding with many different projects on the go! Sewing masks, creating with Lego and epro8, coding with Scratch, robots, pop- up cards, magic tricks and Meccano are just some of the projects we are currently working on. The students have showed some amazing team work skills and collaboration, resilience, problem-solving and creative thinking during this time. We will continue in Term 4 so watch this space!
During the second half of Term 3 pupils from Room 4 enjoyed reading a novel of their choice for our individual novel study. The students also enjoyed working on follow up activities from these books. The students who read Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Murpurgo then had to use information from the text to collaborate as a group and plot the path Michael’s yacht took around the world. Students then entered this information onto their own copies of a world map. Students who read Broken Glass by Sally Grindley were intrigued to read about the lives of two street boys in India. As part of their follow up activities, they had to write a diary entry based on when the two boys ran away from home. Those who read Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl created their own detailed map of Danny’s village using reading strategies such as skimming and scanning and inferencing.
The EPro8 Challenge is an engineering and problem solving competition. Every year over 800 schools are involved in this challenge and St Therese has three teams this year who are preparing for the event. Children work in teams of four to build large sized structures using pulleys, motors, gears, wheels and axles as well as constructing electronic circuits. It requires problem solving and mathematical skills as well as imagination. This year the EPro8 challenge will be held in-school, and with the help of our Epro8 engineering kit, we are in the process of practising and planning before we take on the final challenges.
We will be having a big focus on STEM projects this term in Room 4, and to begin our learning we looked at how circuits are made. We then went ahead and designed our own paper circuit as part of a design on a greeting card. Making our own circuits from copper tape, LED bulbs and small coin batteries, we used the LED light as part of our card design. We learnt a lot along the way and had to trouble shoot to make sure our circuits worked so that our light bulbs glowed! Have a look at some of the cards we made….
After reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Room 4 decided to have a “Harry Potter Day” to end the term. We broke into our House groups – Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw and each group organised a different event. Gryffindor helped everyone create “pencil wands” with hot glue and metallic paint and wrote a Harry Potter Kahoot which we all enjoyed. Slytherin organised a Potions class with Gloop and other Science experiments. Ravenclaw planned a game of Quidditch for us all and we enjoyed some delicious chocolate frogs, cauldron cakes and butterbeer prepared by the team from Hufflepuff. We all enjoyed dressing up like students from Hogwarts!
If you were to visit Room 4 on a Tuesday afternoon you would find us all busily working away on our latest Coding projects. Room 4 are learning to use and develop our skills in Scratch which is a graphical programming language, where children can drag and combine code blocks to make a range of programs. Following a set of detailed instructions we have progressed from creating our very own rock band using different sprites(pictures) and backgrounds, to writing our very first game. Scratch makes coding easy while allowing us to learn the basics of programming. It has also helped to develop our problem solving skills as well as our resilience and determination. Well done, Room 4!
Room 4 recently designed their own pieces of art to take part in the Auckland City Rail Art Project. Our pieces of art will be fired onto ceramic tiles and placed on the walls of the new Aotea Station when is opens in a few years time. We had to base our art work around the theme of “Destinations” – we could paint or draw any train destination that we could imagine.
Room 4 are very proud of our hard work and determination to complete these beautiful pieces of art.
During our time in lockdown Room 4 students have been busy making their own rollercoasters at home. A trip to the recycling bin was all that was needed, as our rollercoasters could be constructed from simple items such as cardboard boxes, tape and paper. Nothing fancy required! Prior to building our rollercoasters, we looked at some Science concepts such as potential energy and kinetic (moving) energy. We looked at some examples of these, and understood what was required to build our rollercoasters.
Some fabulous rollercoasters were brought into Room 4 last week! It was very exciting for everyone to see the hard work and effort these students had put into their creations. Well done Room 4! Some members of the class are still putting the finishing touches on their rollercoasters which will enable them to participate in some scientific experiments this coming week. We will be investigating the speed at which our marbles travel down our rollercoasters using the measurements of distance and time. I wonder who has the fastest rollercoaster?
This week in Room 4 we brainstormed all the good and possibly difficult things, about being in isolation. We used the Te Rito Toi lesson plan to create “Two Stars and a Wish” for each student in Room 4. This meant that we had to think of two things we did well during lockdown and one thing that we wished we could have done. We firstly brainstormed ideas for our “Stars” e.g looking after younger brothers and sisters, keeping up with our Zoom lessons, mopping the floors, making meals, cleaning the windows. Then we thought about the things we couldn’t do such as: swimming, surfing or flying to another country – these were our “Wishes.”
We then watched a video clip which gave us ideas on how to turn these thoughts into dance moves. We needed to consider tempo, levels (e.g low, middle and high), and combinations of movements. Then in groups of 2 or 3 we constructed our own dances using these ideas and principles of dance, and finally performed these to music. Our dance creations were magnificent and imaginative, and we all enjoyed our chance to express our feelings through dance.
On Friday morning Room 4 were lucky to have our first Skateboarding session with Simon and Paula. We began with some basics and then with a little practise we quickly improved our skateboarding skills so that we could learn a few tricky manoeuvres. We all had heaps of fun and enjoyed learning something new!
In Room 4 we have been reading and researching the life of Jean Batten, a great New Zealand aviator. She accomplished many great solo journeys around the world and we have been inspired by her determination and bravery. As part of our learning, we have constructed models of her two aircraft, the Gypsy Moth and the Percival Gull. We used recycled materials to create these models and are very proud of our work. Take a look at the photos….
We got straight back into learning this week with lots of fun activities across the curriculum. We were very lucky to participate in both Cricket and Tennis lessons this week with the help of Kiwisports. In Mathematics, we began our unit of Measurement where we were involved in lots of hands-on approaches to measuring length, volume and mass. On Thursday we took part in the nationwide “New Zealand ShakeOut” at 9.30am where we joined with schools all over the country in an earthquake drill. As October is the month of the Rosary, we have set up our daily prayer focus with Rosary beads and are reciting the appropriate mystery each day. We are looking forward to an exciting term in Room 4!