On Friday Team Kahikatea was very lucky to be involved in the 2017 "Chinese Culture on the road" day which is arranged through the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC).
Chinese Culture on the Road is a one-day mini cultural fair to promote multicultural
awareness, increase the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture, and stimulate
interest in Chinese language study amongst New Zealand school students in Christchurch.
Team Kahikatea was split into three groups and had the opportunity to participate in; Chinese calligraphy, Martial Arts and cooking dumplings. We were incredibly lucky to be part of such a wonderful day. All of the tutors were very friendly and enthusiastic, and really sparked the enthusiasm of our students. It was an excellent experience which tied in well to our weekly Mandarin lessons.
Team Kahikatea recently visited The Canterbury Museum as part of our year long Inquiry Sustainability → Taking Action, Making a Change - Citizenship and te reo Māori programmes.
The focus of our visit was to participate and learn through the following programmes:
Iwi Tawhito Whenua Hou-How did the first people arrive from East Polynesia around 800 years ago? What challenges did they face and how did they adapt to meet those challenges?
Ngā Taonga Te Ao Māori – Tangata Whenua – Manaakitanga. Our cultural practices hold an important and significant place in our heritage, how do we acknowledge the past in today’s society? Interwoven with korero and hands on exploration in the Ngā Taonga Gallery, students gained a greater understanding of our tikanga and how Māori interacted with their environment to meet their needs.
Māori technology- how Māori applied their skills and knowledge to develop tools in a new environment. Why did this technology need to be adapted to suit their survival needs and new lifestyle?
We had a fantastic day and everyone came away with a greater understanding and appreciation of tikanga, taonga and the challenges faced (and how these challenges were overcome) by Māori in New Zealand. Check out the photos from our trip here!
For home learning this term we will be continuing with the same system as Term 2. There is an expectation that all students read, work on their maths and learn their spelling words each night, plus students have the option to participate in the Kahikatea Homework Challenge if they wish.
Our Year 7 and 8 students travel to Kirkwood Intermediate on a Wednesday morning for technology. On a Wednesday morning your child MUST be at school by 8:30am as we do the roll and are on the bus by 8:45am. During Term 2 we had a large number of students arrive late and therefore missed technology which is very disappointing. The Year 6 students will spend the morning in Room 8 and 9 completing work that has been provided for them. If any students arrives after the technology bus has left they MUST report to the office to let the office staff know they have arrived.
This year we have a major focus on student agency and supporting students to become more responsible for their own learning. Ako (teaching and learning partnerships between teachers and students) promotes shared ownership of and responsibility for learning, with well-known benefits for engagement and achievement.
We continued to develop this during Term 2 through the creation and sharing of learning maps, discussing and setting goals in reading, writing and maths, and having regular discussions around learning. We will continue to further develop this student agency over Term 3. We would encourage you to regularly ask your child how they are going with their learning goals (which you can access on their Linc Ed page), and discuss what changes they are making, and what they are doing to reach these goals. Don’t forget that you can “sparkle” and comment on your child’s post on Linc Ed!
Our class blog will help keep you up to date with what is going on in the classroom, as well as sharing quality work which is produced by our students. There are links for homework and class work for the students to use while at home.
After reflection on our Term 1 homework and feedback from whānau and students, it has been decided that for Term 2 we will modify our homework expectations and how it will be run.
We want to create a homework system that encourages small, regular home learning that is meaningful, supports what is being learnt in class and encompasses both our Club R3 values and the Key Competencies in the NZ Curriculum- thinking, using language symbols and texts, self-management, relating to others, and participating and contributing.
We also want to acknowledge the many additional out of school activities and sports that our students are involved in, as well as valuing the importance of family time in the evenings and weekends.
Every week there will continue to be an expectation that students will:
Read daily for at least 20 minutes and complete the provided reading log.
Practise either basic facts speed and accuracy or a current concept being covered in class using the online websites provided.
Learn their 10 spelling words and complete the spelling sentences to show understanding of what the words that are being learned mean so they can be used with confidence.
In addition to this there will be an OPTIONAL Kahikatea Homework Challenge for those students who wish to participate.
Our Kahikatea Homework Challenge is optional, that means that your child can choose to complete the Kahikatea Homework Challenge if they want to. These Kahikatea Homework Challenges are based around our Club R3 values: Respectful, Responsible, Real Learner.
The challenges recognise the importance of family time and all of the things that your child does outside of school hours. At the end of each term, students who have completed the Kahikatea Homework Challenge will receive a certificate of recognition.
Teachers will support students with the challenges when required and they will approve and help with student designed challenges. This will help students to follow their own interests. Teachers will give feedback as every student will complete challenges differently, given their own progress as learners.
We hope that this revamp will provide a more motivating and individualised approach to Home Learning for our students.
As always we appreciate your support, and welcome any feedback and comments around this revamp that you may have.
To go over our strategy to use multiplication to find fractions of a set or find the number in a set, check out these two videos. You might like to get a piece of paper or whiteboard to work the problems out as you watch. Birthday Cakes 1 Birthday Cakes 2
When you are done, grab the sheet from your folder and use the strategy to work out the practise questions. Any issues or confusion, be sure to tell me on Friday.
Today we were treated to a lesson in Martial Arts which was organised by our Mandarin tutor Felicia. The classes watched a demonstration and then learned some basic moves, as well as the meaning behind the moves they were doing.
We were so impressed with how quickly they all picked the moves up!!
IMPORTANT BOOK NOW FOR UPCOMING: Whanaungatanga: Parent,
Teacher and Child Interviews, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd
Please take this opportunity to come and talk with your child and their teacher
about their goals for this year.
We want these interviews to be based around the concept of whanaungatanga
which is about relationships, kinship, and a sense of family connection. We know
that we are better able to understand and teach your children when we have
strong and positive relationships with them and you, their parents/caregivers. We
want this to be a time where we all share information - It will be a chance to talk
to your child’s teacher and your child about the year ahead and how we can work
together to help your child be successful. It is also an important interview to share
information about your child.
These interviews will take place on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd
February starting at 2.15pm with the last interview being at 6.45pm.
We have spent some of today looking into the history of the Treaty of Waitangi and how this relates to us. As part of our investigation, please think about and discuss:
- when, why and how your own family came to New Zealand and the reasons they had for immigrating here
- in England at the time the settlers came to New Zealand (approx. early-mid 1800s), there was a class based system. What was this and why would coming to New Zealand appeal to the settlers?