Today the Ōtākaro Techie Kids (who were not involved in other activities) and a few other helpers joined with some beautiful Year One children to help teach them how to use Scratch Junior on the iPad.
This was so well timed as we have been doing coding in our own classroom too.
Each of the Ōtākaro children buddied up with a junior child.
They then took time showing the younger children some of the great features of Scratch Junior and how to use it.
We taught our buddies some of the language we use when we code - some of our favourite words were
It was a huge challenge to us as we were only allowed to explain and point but not touch the iPad screen!
We helped our buddy create an animation that included
The children in the St Albans Kapa have been working hard since Term Two to prepare for the Cultural Festival. They have shown huge commitment and dedication and displayed our school values through out the rehearsals and final performance.
Last night the children made their whanau and kaiako very proud as they performed on stage at Horncastle Arena.
This week it is New Zealand Maths Week. We are doing lots of fun maths activities in maths this week.
We have split into groups and are working on different activities. Some children are making geometric shapes using pipe cleaners and straws. Some children are reading a recipe and baking vanilla biscuits and other are working on a website activity called Daily Dollars.
We are also learning some maths knowledge for our maths-a-thon. We have taken a copy of this home to practise. We are also collecting sponsors.
We had such fun visiting the Les Mills gym.
We worked hard and learned some new exercises and activities to build our fitness.
Check out some of the fun we had here.
Today the children from O2 and O3 learned to use an animation programme.
We had to make up to 100 frames to create a short animation.
We had fun and learned how animation works. This was a good introduction to animation, we are excited to use more sophisticated programmes in the future.
Check out some of our creations here by clicking on this link
In true St Albans tradition we began our new term with a powhiri today.
Hanako and her Mum were officially welcomed to St Albans School along with all the other children who have started since the beginning of term two.
We also welcomed Jane who is working in Ōtākaro while Kylie is away. Mel Crowther was also welcomed to Ōtākaro - she is with us for five weeks in her final teacher training placement.
Hollie Scadden is the new teacher working in Waimakariri and Cara Wallace was welcomed back to being a full time teacher at St Albans School.
Mrs Howison made a speech and we also welcomed her as our principal for this term while Mrs Warren is on leave.
Today we introduced the bi-annual speech competition to the children.
We have spoken about the types of topics that work well for speeches and the types of speech the children might like to deliver.
We have left the topic open to anything that interests children.
We will be focusing on writing the speeches for the next two weeks during class time. It would be very wise for children to also practise their speech and continue with writing it at home - there is no set homework for this week so the perfect opportunity to take this challenge on board. We would like the children to write the speech independently - suggestions from home in both content and delivery would be gratefully received by children.
The rubric the children will be marked against is below.
Class competitions will be held Week 4 with the final in Week 5.