Term 2 Highlights in Koru

By: Amaria Picard | Posted Thursday August 4, 2022

Communication Arts Highlights

Writing - Ngā ākonga (learners) gained a lot of knowledge about narratives and used this chance to develop and write about characters. We had a wide variety of characters, including superheroes and unicorns. Another popular activity was free choice writing, which included topics like Matariki, Good Guys vs. Bad Guys, and the windy Wellington weather.

Inquiry - A highlight for us was imparting our knowledge during the learning celebration. We know you were amazed by our creations as you moved through the timeline: Abel Tasman/James Cook, Kupe and the Giant Wheke, the arrival and settlement of the Māori, Pakeha settlement, Declaration and Treaty of Waitangi.

Maths Highlights

Ngā ākonga enjoyed choosing a mild, medium, spicy or extra spicy problem to solve. The name of the problem reflected the level of challenge.

Example of a mild problem: Mother Cat is making mittens for her three cold kittens. It takes two balls of wool to make mittens for one kitten. How many balls of wool will Mother Cat need to make mittens for three little kittens? If one ball of wool costs $2, how much money will the three sets of mittens cost to make?

Example of an extra spicy problem: A dad makes a cupcake for each child in the hub. There are 5 groups with 28 children in each group. How many cupcakes did he make? (If you think that you are as smart as our Koru tamariki, send your answer to Amaria).

Te Reo Māori Highlights

We learnt a new karakia (blessing) and waiata (song). Have you heard your child singing Hūtia? We spent some time revising our mihimihi (introduction of ourselves) and also learning how to ask and respond to questions such as: Ko wai tō ingoa? (what is your name?); Kei te pēhea koe? (How are you feeling?); He aha tēnei? (What is this?).

Physical Education Highlights 

Ngā ākonga enjoyed moving to well-known pop songs and demonstrating the 5 elements of dance: time, space, energy, relationships and body awareness. 

Ngā mihi for your continued support. Here are some photos from the learning celebration.

Kia kaha, Kia māia, Kia manawanui

(Be strong, be brave, be steadfast)

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