Tuesday, 21 August 2018

My Amazing Brain!

This week in Kakano 4 we learned about the most important and amazing part of our bodies 'the brain' and how it is divided into parts. 
We always love to hear what our tamariki may already know about a new topic and so we provided them with an opportunity to share with one another their knowledge of the human brain.

To help our tamariki develop a better understanding of the brain, we provided them with a hands on experience to create a model of a brain out of clay. As they eagerly awaited...

we watched a video that explained the three major parts of our brain. The medulla, cerebellum and cerebrum.

To begin our clay model of a brain we used a plastic bag to create a stable base for the clay to form around. Then the messy madness began!

We worked hard to try and roll a piece of clay to cover and shape around our plastic bag. 

We found out that our brain has a left and a right hemisphere. It was these areas that we marked out to begin forming the squiggly-like lines that are the crevices on the surface of the brain.
It was impressive to see the detail and care that some children took to create these lines on their brain.

The children were thrilled with their finished clay model of a brain and they are excited to discover and learn more about their amazing human brain! 

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Keith Haring Art

Today we began exploring the art work of  Keith Haring, an American pop artist.

We looked at some of his paintings, murals and sculptures and discussed what we noticed about his use of colour, shapes, lines and what the artwork is about.

Keith Haring uses bright and vibrant colours. Jace and Tayla noticed the following colours; 
red, purple, yellow, blue, green and black.

I asked nga tamariki what shapes the artist used. 


I see the shape of a toddler -Jace
I see a square shape - Bently
Person - Sophie
A triangle - Shavannah
I can see a race car track - Jackson. H
A guy is hitting him with a chip - Ryan
I see a triangle shape - Emma-Rose
A circle shape, a person shape - Avon

Keith Haring also uses simple black line designs so we discussed his use of lines.

There is like lines across the animal thing - Tyler
There is a shape of the head - curved line - Cayden

I realised that most of our students noticed the image, but they struggled to identify and talk about the shapes and the different ways in which the artist uses line to create the artwork. A perfect opportunity in maths for us to develop and extend our knowledge of shapes and lines.

We completed our discussion about the artworks by sharing our thoughts about what the artwork is about. I was surprised and moved by some children's responses.

Its about angels and a green thing , a demon trying to eat the angels - Tayla
A person holding a baby - Charlie
I can see that this little person is trying to help these people care for these people. These people look like they are fighting. There is a love heart - Tumu
They are starting to fight. They are getting ready to fight. They are getting a big kick ready. They are ninjas - Avon
Well this one is giving another person a high five and this one is a wee bit of fighting and have fallen over - Macca
Looks like a family of t.v's. Their head is a t.v - Jackson.H

After watching a presentation about Keith Haring we learned the following facts about him and his artwork...

Mihi - He has done statues all around the world
Kaylah - He likes to make art and drawings
Jackson - He made art near the subway trains
Zoe - He made badges and he was a famous artist
Charlie - He travelled the whole world
Shivesh - He loved drawing
Tayla - He did art shows and stuff
Jahzaiah - Other people copied his ideas
Jace - He liked to work with kids

Keith Haring uses cartoon images in his artworks. We gave it a go to create our own cartoon images from a stick figure that we drew an outline and coloured it in. Next time we might try adding in the movement lines.



Please make sure that you pop in to class to check out our Keith Haring Stick figure cartoon drawings that we made!

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Exploring the Human Heart.

As part of our wondering about the human body. Some children were curious to know what an organ is and if exercise helps the body. 
So we set up a provocation for the students with the following questions about an organ that benefits from exercise...

What keeps your heart healthy?

How big is your heart?

Where is your heart?

What do you see, think and wonder?

What is blood? What does it do?

What happens to your heart when you run, jump, walk?

As students made their way around the classroom we sat back and observed. We were excited to see what they would do and how they would answer the questions.

"It keeps you alive!" - Honour.P
"It's sauce! " - Ethan
"I think it feels like slime. When you cut yourself your blood comes out of your cut." - Kaylah
"It is moisturery." - Tyler

Blood keeps you going - Tyler & Bently
It keeps you alive - Tumu
It helps your bones - anonymous
Water - Legend

"I'm finding some food but theres no food. Fruit would give energy." - Jaxxon
"Fruit.' - Emma-Rose
"Sushi." - Cayden

"It looks yum and it's healthy." - Avon
"Avocado?"- Blake
"Does avocado keep us healthy?" - Blake

"Large, it is a heart shape." - Mihi
"It is kind of love heart, triangle shape. It's the size of my two hands
or just a little bit bigger." - Jace
"It's big as." - Blake

"It has bunny ears and it's real." - Madeleine

It's the shape of a..., it looks like a thumbs up and its size is...
your heart is 10 metres long!" - Tumu

"It can't break." - Shivesh

"I see a brain. I think it's a brain? I wonder if someone killed a cow
because it looks squishy and it has a light pink on it and lines." - Tumu
"I see a brain. I think it is a persons." - Honor 
"Is it meat?' - Tayla
"No it's not. It's a brain." - Blake
"Does it have blood in it?" - Blake
"It feels funny." - Blake

"My heart was thumping while I was running." - Zoe
"The heart goes beeping fast." - Madeleine
"It was beeping, yeah the heart. My heart was puffing after the skipping." - Calen
"Why is your hand on your chest? " - Miss T
"Because I'm listening to it." - Jace
"What can you feel?" - Miss T
"It's going out a little bit." - Jace

Saturday, 30 June 2018

How long is the small intestine?

This week we had some fun with our current math topic Measurement.
To learn a little bit more about the digestive system we invited the students to use there new knowledge about the organs that make up the digestive system to practise their measuring skills.

We begun with the following video.

Then we asked children what the song told us about the length of our small intestine.
We discovered that our small intestine is 20 feet long.

Before we set off with our measuring buddy and our measuring tools to practise the skill of measuring we asked the children to remind us how we can measure the length of an object.
1. Use the same measuring tool.
2. Start and end at each edge.
3. No GAPS!!!

 Armed only with a piece of string to represent the small intestine and their feet as a measuring tool.
Kakano 4 were very eager to get started! 

Ryan was trying extremely hard to make sure that he had no gaps between each foot. 

It was too long then Caleb decided to cut the string then we did it again and it was alright.  - Zekaius

I am helping Emma to count and to not have gaps and no overlaps.
We counted how much steps we did.  - Zoe

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Why do I have bones?

We have been learning about the bones in our body!

We built a body using straws to represent bones and no straws to represent a body without bones.

After our play dough creations were made we tried to stand them up. Our playdough bodies fell over and felt weak but most of our playdough bodies with straw bones stood tall. 

So why do we need bones?

"We won't be able to stand up"- Zoe
"We won't be able to walk" - Caleb
"Can't pick up stuff" - Emma
"Can't pick up rugby league balls or play" - Zekaius

My Amazing Brain!

This week in Kakano 4 we learned about the most important and amazing part of our bodies 'the brain' and how it is divided into par...