P Ī T A U 1 - 2019
In our groups we brainstormed our ideas for the following questions:
- What was the story about?
- How might this story relate to our class (Pītau 1)?
- What wonderings do you have after hearing this story?
Lots of teams were interested in finding out about other cultures, especially the different cultures of our classmates.
We decided to list the main cultures we have in Pītau 1 and we found that we have a very multi-cultural class!!
For our home learning we talked to our families to find out where our family was from and what places in New Zealand and the world are special to our family and why. Then we shared our family's stories with our classmates which was really interesting! Lots of our class were interested in finding out where in the world different countries are so Mrs Togiaso used Google Maps to locate all the countries in the world that were important to our families.
At our school one of our guiding principles is using the 100 languages. This is a metaphor to describe the 100 or more ways that children can express themselves. One of the ways we express ourselves at Bromley is through the use of clay.
To finish our inquiry morning, we used clay to tell our family's story and express who we are as individuals. The creativity and imagination of our children was amazing and while some of us created very different artefacts, we noticed that others' creations were quite similar. Many of us made connections between our clay creations and the book that we had read at the beginning of our session - 'Same, Same, But Different'.
We spent some time learning about collage and how we can use this technique to create interesting portraits. First we looked at ourselves in the mirror and on our iPad cameras and noticed our different facial features. Then we drew simple Sharpie portraits based on our observations.
Next we began creating our collage portraits. Our key competency focus was 'Relating to Others' so some of our children who finished quickly offered to help others to finish their collaging. The teamwork that our class demonstrated during this learning was awesome and it was great to see our children taking turns, sharing equipment and helping out their peers so that everyone was able to complete their artwork.