Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Interest Projects Term 3

Interest Projects (IPs) - Term 3 2017

Perimeters -



Big Question and Driving Questions


Students should have…

Research and Plan

Have decided on two big questions they would like to learn about and decided on one to follow up on.

Checked spelling and display big question and driving questions

Decided where  and how they will get the information

Started a detailed diary
Teachers will need to…

Conference with children around their big question and driving questions.

Discussed options between both questions
Share class timeline


IP Workshop

Students should have…

Create a draft
Teachers will need to…

Teachers model finding information on net and power phrasing it

Check in on the creation of presentation drafts

Provide tips where needed (e.g. font choices, colours, choice of images, etc).

Take some time to talk the class through setting up a folder in Google Drive to send their presentation (which they can share with you).



Students should have…

Create a draft

Revise and Edit

Teachers will need to…

Discuss what a good presentation would be like. Make it clear for students - being prepared, loud voice, acting confident, knowing your information, etc.

Could the class decide how the room should be set up for presentations?

Have the class decide what kind of audience they will need to be while someone is sharing (this helps if they have decided on clear rules).

Discuss with the class how you could reward those who share well, also those who ask great questions and provide good feedback. Hapu points? Seating privileges?

Explain and facilitate the completion of portfolio samples.
Week 6
Have children choose their slot on a ‘sharing order’ list in your classroom.

Explain the process for sharing and giving feedback.

Our best examples from students (voted by students, chosen by teachers) will be shared in a syndicate assembly. Possibly some awards given out????

Portfolio sample - Evaluation Rubric??

Revise and Edit

Completed their portfolio sample for this project??
Make sure check points have been met
Week 7


- Present -
Watch and enjoy!
Week 8
Share with parents
Open up classroom

TERM 3 INQUIRY EVALUATION - Past, Present & Future
Group members:___________
Interest Project topic: Phones
Big Question: How have phones changed over time?

Little research has been collated. The big question has not been answered.
Some research has been used and in their own words.
Driving questions have been answered.
Great amounts of research has been collated and written into their own words, to support ideas and add value.
Little effort has been put into how things are arranged.
Ideas are organised and it looks good.
Eye-grabbing. Ideas are organised clearly and supported by images/digitally.
WOW factor
Group members read  their presentation to the audience.
Members are making effort by speaking clearly.
Confident, loud, clear voices
Looking at the audience a lot.
All members are taking part
Participating and Contributing
This area needs further development
Members have made effort to produce their IP.
All members have taken an active role in the success of my group and support group members
No evidence of the learning process has been kept (diary and references)
Diary entries have been recorded and some references are included
Detailed diary and reference list.

Great reading with expression and some interesting facts. Well done for ignoring the background noise and just getting on with the task. An awesome second part of your IP with interesting sounds and transitions. The quiz was an great way to find out if Koru 2 were listening and what they learnt through your presentation.
Feedback from Koru 2 Children
Liked how you persevered in the library with all the noise
It was great that you read on without worrying about the mistakes
Great quiz at the end really got us thinking

Group reflection:

Thursday, 5 October 2017


Koru 2 And The Science Of Character

As part of Character Day we have been looking closely at our own character strengths. Many of our character strengths are in line with the New Zealand Curriculum Key Competencies and our school values.

Over the weeks we have studied ourselves very closely. Here are some of the questions aimed at provoking our thinking in this area.
Our Thought Provoking Questions

  • I am grateful for..... (gratitude)
  • What did you do in the past year that you're most proud of?
  • What is optimism?

We viewed different digital media and this got us thinking.

  • What character strengths are shown here?
  • What could this person do to develop these further?
  • 30,000 Days- We are only on this Earth for approximately 30,000 days. The film talks about our unique special sauce: the character strengths that make  us.

From here we created a slideshow about our own character strengths. These can also can be viewed in  our Google Slide accounts.

Where to from here? Our next steps

What is one thing we can do this week to develop our character strengths?

What is one way we have used this strength  in the past month?
How can we help other children develop their strengths?

Saturday, 9 September 2017

The Science of Character

It has become clear that there are a number of advantages associated with being grateful. Grateful people are happier, have stronger feelings of social support, and feel less stressed and depressed. Evidence suggests an increase in people’s levels of gratitude may be a good way to increase their feelings of well-being. Koru 2 reflected on things that make them grateful.

I am grateful for.....
25 class comments

I am grateful for my grandad looking after me for a year when my parents couldn't when i was 9

My family and people i trust

I am greatful for my teacher and my learning

A roof over my head a loving mother and food

I am grateful for being on earth and being born because i might of not been born.

I am grateful of my school because they help me learn and i am proud to be born also having the best people in my life and being on earth and the spending my life here with billions and billions people on earth.

For my mum and dad looking after me and treating me well

Having a great mum and dad because they love me and I love them back

All my family and friends

I am great full for my parents because they have raised me and my other three brothers

I am grateful for having a nice worm place where theres food and having a mum and dad

Im great-full for mr cron sending me to sport

Im gratful for my techers and moving up a licence.

I am great full for my parents because they all ways look after me. Im also great full for my grand parents because for 10 whole years they picked me up and took me out and took me home and i just fell very great full for them.

I am very grateful for my mother, because she birthed me, and raised me. She had it quite tough, because I only had a five percent chance to stay alive, or be born. I had some issues when born, and my mother stood up and got the doctors to do the right thing, so I am very, very grateful for my mother and her courage, I am also very grateful, that I was raised by my parents, and had the right understanding of everything, because without them teaching me, patients, determination, perseverance, and much more. I am also grateful for my teachers, because they have also taught me a lot of things throughout life, like to ignore things that aren't funny, to think deeper, to have a better understanding of other people, and to respect everyone and their things they cherish. I am also very grateful, because of God, because he gave me self control, and just helped me throughout life, so i'm not completely lost.

Im grateful for having my mum because she gives me food she gives me clothes on my back and a roof over my head. She tacks me to school so i can learn she tacks me to sport to keep fit heathy and strong that is why i'm grateful for having my mum.

I Am Grateful For My Mum And Dad Always Supporting Me In The Cross Country And The Teachers For Helping Me Learn And Im Grateful For My Family And My Friends

I am grateful for my friends

I am very grateful for every one I love and trust like my BFFS,savanna,lilly and taila

I,m gat full for my life because i wooden meat .great friends and the

Amazing school that i,m at today

I am great full for my frends and my famley

I'm grateful for my mum and dad for bringing me into this world,caring for me and also for helping me walk,talk,eat and also drink.

Im Also Grateful For My Sister Looking after Before she passed with cancer

I am grateful because my mum love me and i love her back

I am grateful being alive and my mum and dad keeps me alive