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

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Where we Dance! Interpreting the Statistics.
Where we Dance! Interpreting the Statistics. This was really interesting to start our Inquiry because we found out a lot of information from a simple survey.   The key findings after we analysed the data were: Most kids feel pretty safe in their neighbourho...
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Where we Dance: Community Groups
Where we Dance! Our focus Learner Attribute this term is 'I am Connected' so we have been thinking about the places outside of home and work where we meet and play.  We are interested in the idea that some people belong to different groups within the commun...
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Maths and Architecture
Falling Water. Frank Lloyd Wright. We have been thinking about the Maths used by Architects and whether this is part of their creativity.  What inspires architects to design amazing buildings? We noticed all kinds of shapes from nature in buildings and thou...
Maths and Architecture
Maths and Architecture
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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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