Thursday, 28 April 2016

Kia ora and welcome to Term 2

Welcome back to Ruma Tahi Karoro School.

The term starts with three new students joining us. We all hope that Finn, Connor and Reuben enjoy learning, creating, and sharing with us for the remainder of the year. Ruma Tahi is a busy place to be and we are all focussed on making progress in our learning and enjoying the great feeling of success.

This term we have also linked in to a new initiative called "Tuhimaituhiatu". This will require all of us to share our learning with two other schools.  We are in a group that includes a class from a school in Hornby and a class from St. Patrick's school in Greymouth. Each class will be posting shared learning and D.L.O.s on their class blog. Then students will have the opportunity to comment on each other's shared learning, collaborating inter-school, and using our classroom blog to engage a wider group of learners. More on that later...

Striking the flint.
In the last week of Term One our class kicked off our involvement in the W.P.C.A. Our first challenge focussed on developing basic bush craft skills, beginning with 'how to light and cook on a safe campfire'. We had to work in groups to plan a shared menu on a fixed budget. We also had to create a safe campfire poster or information flyer. You will soon be able to access our shared learning through our class website RumaTahi  under our topic button. In the meantime here are some photos to show what an awesome time we had. The view from the kitchen bench was beautiful.

Top Chefs in the making.
Open plan kitchen.
Everything tastes better outdoors.
One of the winning dishes. Delicious!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

End of Term One 2016

Kia Ora
This term the students in Room One at Karoro School have all worked very hard. This has made it extremely difficult to just select two or three for acknowledgement at the end of term assembly.   Consequently I would like to acknowledge everyone through this, our last blog post for the term.

These students have worked very well in their mathematical knowledge this term, making steady progress in our "Ladder Maths"basic facts programme. I was very impressed that many students chose to take work home to practice their mathematical skills. Matthew R., Beau, Sam, Josh, Molly, Bradley, Poppy, Aedan, Ben and Lakshitha. Congratulations also to Courtney who has moved up five steps in the programme this term.

These students have shown flair in literacy, working hard in their writing and reading challenges. Aleece, Fern and Tara.

These students have worked hard to understand and use their Chromebook to access and show their understanding of their learning. They have developed a lot of new technology skills this term and they have helped others by sharing their knowledge. Jack, Ryan, Kieran, Jayden, Niamh, Madison, Wil, Matthew M., Mitchell, Lochie, Guy, Kade (my IT expert helper!), Greanne, Gage, Emily, Allie, Summer.

These students have consistently completed the home learning tasks this term: Summer, Ryan, Jayden, Tara, Emily, Fern, Madison, Jack, Allie, Bradley, Gage, Matthew M., Mitchell, Poppy, Greanne, Kade, Aleece, Josh, Sam, Aedan, Ben, Molly, Lakshitha and Matthew R.  Everyone has home learning for the holiday break and we look forward to seeing everyone meet the expectations for this.

Everyone has shown that they can participate and contribute to the life of the school through positive involvement in the classroom programme and in school responsibilities. All students have shown respect for each other, sharing ideas and skills and responding to help and feedback.  It is a privilege to share the classroom with everyone. Have a happy holiday.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Whakapapa / Family Tree
This term students in Ruma Tahi have been investigating their family trees. This was a part of our mihi unit. We researched and wrote our basic mihi and then created a digital learning object so that we could share our visual mihi with others. Some of us learned how to use 'screencastify' so that we could demonstrate our pronunciation when speaking our mihi. 

After completing our mihi we each created a branch for our classroom family tree. This tree stretched across a wall and around a corner because there are so many of us in Ruma Tahi! We found out that many of us share common ancestors. More of us share common countries of origin. We all know that each of us has ancestors who travelled to Aotearoa / New Zealand.

Our final step was to write a poem that referenced the idea of whakapapa / family tree. This week we have one to share with you.

I Am the Green Apple of My Family Tree

I am a green apple, I’m in the middle.
My sister is the blossom, who just bloomed.
My dad and mum are red, nice and ripe.
My grandparents have turned yellow, after their days.   
My great grandparents are the soil, but they're still there for us in a way.
My aunts, uncles and cousins are in the nearby branches.
The more distant  they’re related to me, the further away they are.
No matter what or who we become we will always stay near our apple tree.
People are there before me
and people will come after
I’m the middle of my apple tree.

By Lakshitha