Middles News

By Amy McBeath | Posted: Thursday June 9, 2022

Khore taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini ~ We cannot succeed without the support of those around us.

PBL Whānau Morning

It was great to share some of our learning with so many of you during our recent PBL whānau morning. I know that students were keen to show you around our new space and share some of their learning with you. For those of you who were unable to attend, please know that you are welcome to organise another time before or after school to see what we have been up to.

Skipping for ‘Jumping June’

We are an enthusiastic bunch of skippers in the middle syndicate! It has been fantastic to see so many children out skipping before school, during playtimes and lunchtimes (as well as taking part in skipping with their class). Seeing smiles light up children’s faces when they work hard to practise a new skill and find success has been a highlight for teachers. Some children who struggled to skip during our first sessions have even been showing others how to improve their technique. By the end of the month we’re hoping that children will be able to demonstrate at least one technique that they have mastered.

We also look forward to utilizing the new school hall for some of our fitness sessions when the weather keeps us from going outside. All classes have had a session using the new indoor football goals, and we hope to be able to use the indoor netball and basketball hoops in the coming weeks.

PBL (Project-Based Learning)

Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro nōnā te ngahere. Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga nōnā te ao.

The bird that consumes the miro owns the forest. The bird that consumes knowledge owns the world.

We are continuing to explore ideas about our environment as part of our PBL this term. A big thank you to those of you who have offered to share your knowledge and skills with our classes to support our learning. We’ve got some great thinking going on in each class about how we can answer our driving question for the term (How can we as kaitiaki (guardians) help Papatūānuku breathe? Once we have gathered the knowledge that we need and answered some of our own questions, we will begin to look at how we use our knowledge and skills to create a product that will answer our driving question. Our ideas will go through several iterations, as we gather feedback from others about what we can improve on for our final product.

Heoi anō tāku mō nāianei (That is all for now),

Amy McBeath, Harriet Kinnaird, Jill Kumar

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