P Ī T A U 1 - 2019
This term we have been learning about coding as part of our Digital Ignition programme, sessions with our e-Learning specialist, Mandy Dempsey and maths programme.
We had a good time with Jeff from Digital Ignition - Māpura Matihiko and in our first session we learned about ALGORITHMS, DECOMPOSITION, BUGS and DEBUGGING.
With Mandy we used our coding knowledge to create a simple sequence of commands to move our Beebot around our grid to collect honey from the flowers. During this task, we had to use a lot of teamwork as one of us gave the commands and the other person programmed the Beebot. Our digital tuakana were also there to give us support and they taught us how to code using Scratch Junior.
This week in maths one of our tasks was to create a story map of our current story 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. First we practised giving simple directions using left and right and other positional language. Then we created a story map with the main locations from the story (Jack's cottage, market, beanstalk and the giant's castle). Once we had created our maps we wrote a sequence of commands to get Jack/ the Beebot from his cottage to the market, back home, up the beanstalk, to the castle and finally back down the beanstalk to his home. Before we used the Beebots we asked a buddy to test our algorithm to see if there were any bugs. Then we used the coding grids and location cards to set up the grid like our story map and had a go at programming our Beebot.
Throughout this learning our children showed a lot of perseverance as they problem-solved and adjusted and retested their algorithms. Many of our keen coders in Pītau 1 didn't want to stop when the lunch bell rang, and decided to use their play time to keep on debugging their sequence of commands. Then another group of children offered to stay back to help out their classmates. What an amazing group of children we have in Pītau 1!!
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.