Monday, 20 March 2017

Waka Building Challenge 2.0

After our first attempt at building a waka, we decided that we would try again and make improvements. We know that good learners always keep trying to see if they can do better than before. Good inventors do the same thing!

We think our boats are a lot better than before! We are going to test them tomorrow in the swimming pool when we go for our swimming lesson. More to come...

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Waka Building Challenge

Today we were working with Room 12, and our teacher read us a story called 'The Most Magnificent Thing'. It was about a girl who wanted to invent something 'magnificent' but every time she tried she failed. She didn't give up though. She learned from her mistakes and ended up with a brilliant invention.

Our teacher wanted us to be inventors and design a boat that would float. We read a big book called 'Floating and Sinking' and went outside to test objects that would float and sink. We think we were being scientists conducting an experiment. We predicted what would happen before we tested the object.

When we came inside our teacher read us a new story called 'Rosie Revere, Engineer'. It was about a young girl who dreamed of becoming an engineer, but hid her dream after she was laughed at. She had one person who cheered her on and encouraged her after her so called 'failures'. We learned that every 'failure' is a learning step and gets us closer to where we want to be.

It was our time to be engineers! We made a plan with our team. We then got given a balloon, some tin foil, 6 straws, a cup, a CD and some sellotape. We could use as much or as little as we wanted. Here we are inventing our boats:

After we had finished making our boats we went outside and tested our designs in water. We think if we did this again we would do even better - just like Rosie Revere! Our teacher loves how all our boats are so different from each other. Have a look at our designs - what do you think?

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

He Waka Eke Noa

He waka eke noa means 'we're all in this together'. We have been learning about team work and working responsibly in a group. Our class is a team and we all help each other.

Jeremiah in our class does waka ama. He told us that if one person in the boat looks away or paddles out of time the boat might flip over! We have learnt that this applies in our classroom too! 

"Don't paddle out of unison - our boat will never reach the shore."

We made these paddles with Room 12. We worked in a small team to fill up a paddle with pictures and words related to team work and cooperation. They look great beside our class waka on our concept wall!