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Teacher year 4-6 in Matariki-Mahutonga
Teacher year 4-6 in Matariki-Mahutonga

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Thinking About the Origins of Maths.
We have begun exploring some initial ideas for our new Inquiry Beautiful Ideas in Maths by asking some questions about the origins of Maths.  Where does the need for Maths arise? Some of our first ideas. As part of todays session we looked at anthropologist...
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Dance!
The ArtsCelebration may be over but that is no reason to stop dancing! James has been reinforcing the language of dance, encouraging everyone to explore what they can do with their bodies in the space.  The session began with relaxation to Bach and the abru...
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Helping Circle: Hero's Journey Writing.
Kids in Action in the Helping Circle. The helping Circle is a good opportunity for students to share their writing with each other.  It serves a few purposes; giving feedback, discussing the writing, reading aloud and, perhaps most importantly, being an aud...
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My Amazing Brain: Neuroplasticity.
We have been learning about the AMAZING BRAIN!  It is incredible how the brain can develop, grow and change when it is challenged in the right way.  We understand that when we are learning and things are hard, but not too hard; when we are 'in the flow', ou...
My Amazing Brain: Neuroplasticity.
My Amazing Brain: Neuroplasticity.
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Argument Writing. Can I convince you?
We have been developing persuasive pieces of writing to express our ideas to wrap up our Inquiry.  What can be done to be a Forest Protector? Many of us have developed some strong ideas about deforestation, pests and the damage they have caused and some hav...
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Feedback!
Feedback! We have been learning to give, receive and respond to feedback. How do we know that what we are doing is meeting our goals?  How do we know what to do to develop our work in writing our in any other field? It is hard to know what to do when we are...
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We Are Designing Because We are Forest Protectors!
We are Inventing Because We are Forest Protectors! We have been thinking about the problems which confront our native flora and fauna and are taking action to do something about it.  Before we make anything though we are learning about the design process. ...
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Into the Bush at Centennial Reserve
Forest Protectors We spent an AMAZING day in the bush at Centennial Reserve on Monday. Nest building for the fat Kereru. Joakim and Sophie set up a series of activities for us including Find the Pest, Sketching, Nest Building, Identifying Species and a good...
Into the Bush at Centennial Reserve
Into the Bush at Centennial Reserve
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