Wonderful world of writing

Mrs O’Sullivan modelled how we could look at different parts of our dinosaur and use the words “like or as” to create a picture in the reader’s mind.

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Visitor from out of Space

While reading this book, Poppy, Jordyn-Lea, Patrick, Jack and Casey were very interested in what a scarecrow is and what they would be like in the real world, they wanted to create their very own scarecrow and find out.

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Authentic learning experiences in the classroom

When students are able to have a say in their learning and explore topics of interest, that they have a personal connection with, they are excited to learn.  We call this ‘student agency’.

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Nature at our door step, Resourse that inspires

Chris, the artist, talked about being a woodturner like being a surgeon.

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Cars Cars Cars

The brief was to design and build a toy car aimed at 7-11-year-olds for a recycling company

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Delectable Dazzling Dinosaurs

We also learnt that dinosaurs became extinct about 65 million years ago, before humans even existed! Our minds found it hard to comprehend exactly how long ago this really was.

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Awesome Real life learning

To further their exploration of this idea we arranged for them to construct and build a kitset desk by themselves without any adult intervention, using the instructions and their own amazing skills.

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Fireworks in a jar

Room 9 rated this explosion 4 stars out of 5 stars for its success as an explosion.

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Aratiatia visits Taupo-nui-a-Tia College

Staff and students (previously of Wairakei Primary School) allowed us to tour the very well-equipped and productive Design and Innovation Centre, looking at learning in action

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