Monday, July 31, 2017

PB4L movie - how should we act in assembly?

Today we talked about what behaviours should and shouldn't be seen at school assemblies.

The teachers made a silly video showing us all the bad behaviours we shouldn't be doing, so we decided to make a video showing how it should really be done.

Notice how we...
  • entered assembly in two quiet straight lines
  • stood up and sat down quietly when instructed
  • clapped at the end (when people got certificates)
  • listened to our teacher and left the room in two quiet straight lines
  • didn't talk during the assembly
  • kept our hands and feet to ourselves

What was something you noticed somebody doing that showed the expectation of the assembly?
Leave your answer in a comment below.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Diving into inquiry!

Today we added onto our inquiry learning from yesterday (about leisure and entertainment in the 20th century) and we went further into history.

Miss Ashley gave us heaps of non-fiction (real) books that we had to read to find out information about different ancient civilisations, and then write any facts we found on the right piece of paper.

Here is what we came up with.

Next, we got to choose which of the civilisations we wanted to learn more about. Miss Ashley gave us a list of questions, and we allocated them to different group members and started researching.

Key questions
  1. Who were the people who lived at this time?
  2. What time did they live in?
  3. Where did they live?
  4. What made their place different, unique or special?
  5. What belief system did these people have and how did they worship?
  6. Who were the important people at the time, and what made them important?
  7. What was the working industry like? (What kinds of jobs did people have, did they have holidays, who worked, how much were they paid?)
  8. What did these people do for leisure and entertainment?
  9. Describe how they...
    1. got their food
    2. Kept safe from other nations
    3. Dressed
    4. Made their houses (what did they look like, what were they made of etc)
    5. Travelled (if applicable)
    6. Conquered other nations (if applicable)
  10. What event/action are these people most famous for?

We will keep you updated as to where we go with our research.

Share with us below what you have learnt about any of the civilisations!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Kicking off our inquiry!

This morning we kicked off our new inquiry topic 


First we read a text called 'Leisure and Entertainment in the 20th century. 

This told us all about what life was like in the 1930's and some important things that happened.

A big change was in 1939, when a law was introduced in Britain that allowed workers one week paid holidays every year. Before this, people didn't take holidays as they couldn't afford it. This launched the new entertainment industry

We learnt about Billy Butlin, Oswald Stoll and Oscar Deutsch who helped build this industry in Britain. You can read more about them here.

Another change that happened in the 20th century was that people worked less and were paid more. In the 1900's, the average working week was 54 hours. By the 1980's, this was down to 39 hours. In New Zealand in modern times, 40 hours is considered the normal working week. We get four weeks of annual leave (paid holidays) as well. It is much better now!

Next, we researched when different entertainment technologies were invented. 
For example, TV was invented in 1927, radio was invented in 1895, the internet only came in 1983 and the first commercial flight was in 1914. 

We learnt lots of new words from our readings.. 
exotic, disposable income, century, salary, annual, silent films, Charlie Chaplin, BC (before Christ) and AD (anno Domini).

Next, we had a look at what entertainment was like in the early 1900's. 

We watched a few clips like these..

The wizard of Oz was the first colour movie EVER - it came out in 1939. 

Our class found Charlie Chaplin HILARIOUS! We learnt that movies didn't have the actors talking, (if they had any noise at all, it was music over the top) and were filmed in black and white. 

The Royal Variety Performance was invented by Oswald Stoll. This theatre is still going today.

We also talked about the Roaring 20's, and how people were more rich after WW1. They had big parties and dressed very differently than we do now. We looked at clips from The Great Gatsby to help us understand.

Monday, July 3, 2017

WALT use Google Forms to make a quiz!

This week we used the stories we read to write up a quiz using Google Forms. 
Miss Ashley showed us how to turn it into a quiz, assign points to earn if you get the question right and how to mark the right answer.

Each group brainstormed their own questions to ask about their story. 

Have a look at everybody's quiz! 
As you can see there are 3 reading groups, so there are 3 different books to read before you answer the question. 
Google Form quizzes!

Genius Gems
(To spray or not to spray?)
Bright Sparks
(Escape from the wahine)
Smarty Pants
(The waka ama nationals)


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Making TV ads!

As part of our persuasive writing unit, we are making TV ads for different foods!

We have to use everything we have learnt about persuading people to do stuff (for example, you have to use the right kind of words) to try and convince them that our food item is worth buying.

Here is our creations!

Hiria @ Tamaki Primary School: Fulled for life

Well done Hiria for completing your summary on what we have learnt this term in our Inquiry -'Fuelled for Life'.

Hiria @ Tamaki Primary School: Fulled for life