Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Discovering Our Character Strengths

On Wednesday Koru 1 learned about character strengths. Character strengths are positive parts of our personalities that impact how we think, feel and behave. If we know what our main strengths are we can “flex our strengths muscles” and be the best version of ourselves.

First we had a discussion about what character strengths are and what strengths we might have. We talked with our friends and spotted strengths that they have too. Then Mrs Harris displayed a character strength and what it means on the TV. If we thought YES this is definitely like me we wrote it down. Eventually we all had a list of our strengths.

Next it was time to narrow down our list. Most of us came up with three or four main character strengths. Then we did some more research on these and added key words to a brain storm. Some of us used the character strengths cards to find the māori word for our strengths.

We used the online tool worditout to generate a word cloud. We could customise this to our preferences and make it look unique to us. Use took the word cloud and added it to a slide of us with a speech bubble. These are displayed in Koru 1 for you to see on open evening in week 10.

Where to next? What does it mean for us now that we know what our main character strengths are? How can we “flex our strengths muscles?”

I understand myself a bit better now – Zeke
Kind of like Zeke, I know myself a bit better now and now that I know some of my strengths I will be able to use them more – Arona
I feel brightened and excited – Lakiesha
Now I know more of my character strengths I’m going to discover who I am more and find new ones – Caleb.
Now that I have learned about myself a little better with my strengths I can trust them and hopefully they assist me in the future, hopefully they will do good into my future – Mana.
We could improve them - Levi
Experiment with our strengths and see which one is the most popular in our class – Zeke
Maybe we could do a survey to see - Jaycee
One of mine is creativity. I was thinking I could create something to do with it - Yossi
Experiment with our strengths and make a system out of it. Maybe that will boost the education system in the school and help all the classes. We could help the juniors with their strengths like junior mentors. Or maybe a lunch time club – Mana.
Make an iMovie about them – Levi

What do you think your character strengths are?

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Good Luck To The Bromley Brains!

We are really excited to have our Year 5 team, the Bromley Brains, taking part in the Canterbury ePro8 semi finals this coming Thursday. This is an engineering competition, in which the team qualified by coming 4th out of 12 teams in the regional heats a couple of weeks ago. We also had another team, the Year 6 Bromley Coders, who performed admirably but unfortunately missed out on qualifying for the next round.

The Bromley Brains worked so well together and no doubt will have a fun, but intensely challenging time again this week.

We look forward to seeing how you go!

Data Analysis And The Football World Cup

We have some avid football fans in Koru 1, evident in the large number of students we have getting stuck in to some very energetic, passionate football games at break times. It only seemed fitting to connect some of the learning in our classroom with the excitement in Koru 1 and around the world currently with the Football World Cup taking place in Russia.

Last week some students working with Mr K began a number of maths related challenges based around football. We have done a lot of learning this year around statistics, specifically conducting statistical investigations that have included posing questions, collecting and analysing data, and presenting information in clear and easy to interpret ways.

To push this a little further, students involved in the World Cup challenges have been learning more about data analysis, involving understanding what the mean, median, mode and range of a data set is, and how these can be calculated. We initially learned how to do this by using the example of a group of us and our ages. We were then using squad information from international football teams - including age, caps and number of goals from each player.

It has been great to see students like Wyatt so pumped up and engaged in this, to the point where he has been doing his own statistical research into other teams besides those given.

Check out some of our individual blogs for more personalised learning reports.

We Have Moved Learning Spaces

We are now in our new classroom space. Well, it will be ours for while. Our old Koru 1 block is being redeveloped and is likely to be ready for us to return to later this year.

Everyone in Koru 1 was very helpful, participating and contributing to the team effort to move all of our furniture, displays and belongings to the new space. Things are running very smoothly and we are finding enjoyment and challenge in exploring how we can use our new spaces differently than before. We certainly have more options available to us now and want to make the most of these.

Here is a personal post from Caleb B's blog:

We are looking forward to showing our parents and whānau around in Week 10 during our mid year reporting round. It will be interesting to hear what they think too!

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Digital Matariki Project

Today Mrs Harris's literacy groups worked on a digital Matariki project.

This all started yesterday when we began exploring Matariki. For many of us Matariki was a topic we knew a lot about already, so we wanted to make this year a bit different.

Mrs Harris asked us what we wanted to do for Matariki this year. Some of us gave suggestions and we narrowed it down to three things: making vegetable soup, creating Matariki video clips and a clay art project. We had a vote and decided on Matariki videos.

Today we got started. First we watched some examples of what a good Matariki information video might be like. We decided that using a character to tell the information about Matariki was a creative idea. Plus this is one of our school values so it fits nicely. We needed to know what we would have to do to be successful at the task, so we discussed this and created a rubric. Here it is:

Next we got into small groups to make a plan. We needed to create a character, assign jobs for everyone in the group and take notes about what we wanted to say in the video. We were able to choose an app of our choice. Most of us used iMovie and some of us used Puppet Pals, Stop Motion or Explain Everything.

We had so much fun getting creative and illustrating the setting and the characters.

At the end of the day we shared our projects with the rest of the group. We all got feedback and thought about our next steps.

Maybe we could share our  digital Matariki projects with another class.

We are excited to share these with our whanau in week ten.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Siapo-Inspired Art In A Connected Classroom

Last week a group of us were exploring Samoan siapo art and spending some time creating our own siapo-inspired patterns. To develop our value of being connected, and showing the connection between us, we are working towards creating a collaborative art piece to display in our new classroom. All going to plan, we will be moving later this week.

We began the morning by watching a video of some Samoan villagers creating siapo, following a special process from start to finish. We make our thinking visible on a large whiteboard by completing a See - Think - Wonder routine. It was interesting discussing how the art can be respected by other cultures too, not just people of Samoan heritage.

Here is the video.

We decided on our process and how we would manage our time and materials. The desired outcome was for each of us to have four 10cm x 10cm coloured squares (everyone's would be different, but the four we each create would be the same). We would then all contribute these to a large collaborative piece that includes everyone's pieces.

Below are some photos of us working on this project. Check out our individual student blogs for personal learning reports of the day. We will share images of the collaborative piece once installed in our new room.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018


On Wednesday some of us explored the idea of manaaki.

Manaaki is the māori word for support. It means to take care of, look out for and show respect to someone.

So what type of people can we reach out to when we need it? Here's a list we made of the qualities these people might have:

Someone with great listening skills

We thought of 5 people each that we could look to for support. We traced around our hand and wrote the person on each finger. It feels great knowing we have so much support in our lives. These people were whanau members, friends and teachers.