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

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Our Skeleton

For the past week we have been learning about our skeleton as part of our wonderings about the human body. Some children wanted to know what our bones were.

So to help our children discover how their bones work and look we set out experiences for them to explore and document their 'wonderings' about what they noticed.
We were amazed to see how excited and how well the children worked through the stations. As they visited each station we invited them to share their 'wonderings' and what they know about bones.

"I think the bones in your hands are going through all the parts to
your fingers" - Manaia
"Your bones in your hands are helping your hands.
Without your bones you can't lift or drive" - Kaylah
"Inside the skin there is bones" - Ethan
"The bones are all over my hands. Even the
knuckles are part of the bones. Because
the knuckles are bones." - Macca

"We made a skeleton with hair" - Kahn & Manaia
"We need eyeballs" - said Cayden
"I've got eyeballs" - replied Blake
It looks like Minecraft" - giggled Zekauis

"I am trying to pull the teeth out" - Jahzaiah
"I was looking at the head. It had bones on it." - Jackson

"I see a cows bone, it's disgusting!" - Honor
"I was looking at little bones. I was looking at the teeth and I was thinking
the teeth were made out of bones" - Zoe
"They are really hard" - Emma-Rose

"The acorns are the stomach, the jenga blocks are the clothes
and the popsicle sticks are the bones" - Honour.P

Following our exploration, we invited the children to share with one another about their experiences and wonderings at todays stations. Then we asked children what they know already about the human skeleton. This is what children knew.

"Bones are like really hard." - Kahn
"They are sturdy, they don't break." - Tyler
"They can break." - Ethan
They make your arms and head move." - Jake
"They help protect yourself." - Jackson
"They are from a skeleton." - Jahzaiah 
"We have 1000 016 bones." - Ronan
"23 bones." - Tumu
"60 bones." - Kaylah
"5 000 000 bones." - Jackson

We are so excited to do some more learning about this topic!

Friday, 18 May 2018

Beach Art

When we came back from our beach trip we created artworks inspired by the beach and a poem from Miss Paterson using a variety of materials within our classroom and some that we had collected from our trip. We hope you enjoy viewing them as much as we did creating them.

Bently - I learned about circle seaweed. The crab shells were cool and they felt nice.
Jace- Look Miss T!. A crab shell.

Honor - I made a baby turtle.
Legend - This is the sea and a sea star.

Beach scenes.

Beach Trip

What a magnificent afternoon we had on Thursday at New Brighton beach. The weather was spectacular  as our tamariki explored the shoreline. Thank you to all our parents who chaperoned us. We couldn't have done it without you!

Our amazing host Georgina encouraged us to think about and share what makes our beaches special to us. "I like to play with my rugby ball" said Zekaius. "Swimming!" other children replied.

We discovered that there were a variety of animals and bugs that consider the beach their home. From dolphins, crabs, beetles and to spiders that wander between the ocean to the sand dunes and some back again.

Then came the fun part where we had an opportunity to take part in a scavenger hunt. Children had to find things on the beach and then decide if they should be on the beach.

Miss T! I found a sand dollar!

Look! A fishing rod! 

Next we sorted our objects into groups. Georgina asked for a group of man made items and another group of natural items. Thankfully there were more natural items then man made! 

Following this we had a discussion around how some of the man made items like plastic bags can effect our coastal creatures and how we can help to care for them. 

We took our ideas and we created huge messages in the sand to invite others who share our beaches to take care of them too.

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...