As part of our space topic, Kāhu 11 wrote some stories imagining they were an astronaut left behind after the first manned mission to mars.
We spent time looking at a VR clip of mars and exploring the landscape. We thought of some excellent ways to describe this and used some fantastic vocabulary in our warm up sentences - we then shared this with each other and magpied ideas from each other to use in our own final piece of writing.
Next we imagined what we might include in a final transmission to our families back home - we came up with a structure to help guide our writing.
Who are you?
• When are you sending this message?
• How you are feeling?
• What happened? Why are you stranded?
• How have you survived so long?
• How much longer can you survive? Why?
• What is your plan?
• What do you want to say if this is to be your last message?
We tried to have a tone to our writing that reflected our feelings.
Next we spent time practising our acting skills - our focus was on
After we felt confident we recored ourselves using the new Green Screen feature in iMovie. We had to import sound effects and also added a static to give the effect of poor transmission. There were a LOT of technical elements to this piece of work. Some children have not yet shared their work with me and a few were absent for the majority of this learning due to high levels of illness and holidays at the end of term.
Please click on the links below to view this great learning. Please note these are screen recordings from Seesaw as we were out of time to airdrop at the end of term.
Kody and Susan
Marley LOVES bugs! He has taught us all so much about them and he really wants to be an entomologist when he grows up. Sam's friend Mike is an entomologist at Lincoln University. Mike came and spoke to our hub all about bugs and then we had a great bug hunt.
We had the most incredible day learning about space with AnneMarie.
Five children from Kāhu won a competition run by Christchurch City Council, as part of their ‘Enliven Places Project’ for lighting up the city in winter. Their winning designs will be projected onto footpaths and public spaces in the city for 2 months. As part of the competition each child won a $100 voucher to spend in the city centre. The children’s winning designs can be seen in the following places over the winter:
Harry - Worcester Street close to Cathedral Square (June – August)
Sethumi - Worcester Street close to Montreal Street (June – August)
Ciara - Worcester Street close to Cathedral Square (August - October)
Fiona - Worcester Street close to Montreal Street (August - October)
Evie – Rolleston Avenue, between Worcester and Hereford Streets (August - October)
In Kāhu we have been learning about space. We have enjoyed increasing our understanding of concepts related to space. We combined our space knowledge with some digi tools we have been exploring. We chose a space concept and a digital tool we wanted to use to demonstrate our understanding.
There are so many concepts and so many different ways of presenting information being used. Check out these photos of our work in progress, we will update with our finished product later in the week.
We are incredibly proud of the independence the children are showing as well as their willingness to rework and recreate when they can see ways to improve their learning. We are impressed with the level of self and peer reflection and feedback we have observed as well as the collaborative way the children have participated in this task.
Check out this great video made by Lachlan that gives you some top tips to improve your Stop Motion skills
Kāhu 13 spent a lot of time learning about WW1, and trying to understand what life might have been like for the soldiers who went to war and the families they left behind. We wrote letters to a soldier at war, after reading the fabulous book "Jim's Letters". We then 'green-screened' the letter, imagining how exciting it would have been to receive news from home. We hope you enjoy our movies.
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This term we are discovering how the stars can tell us stories. We are discovering lots of fascinating legends and ways the stars were used in the past.
Kāhu 11 have listened to some stories from StoryTime from Space.
We loved watching out of the windows of the International Space Station while the astronauts read stories.
This inspired us to write our own stories that have a space theme. We could write about anything that appealed to us. Our focus was
Dear Kāhu 11
WOW! It sounds like you have a great project underway. We would love you to share it with us when you are done! We have a team heading up to the ISS in July - we could share some of your stories on that trip.
Please send me your questions and I will see if an astronaut will answer them. Let’s limit it to 5 of your best, thoughtful, science based questions!
As for images, the first thing you can do is go to the www.nasa.gov website and do a search for images of the ISS. There are a ton of them.
You and also watch the European Space Agency tour of the ISS:
If you wan to try the Google Street View from the ISS go here and see if you can find your community! https://www.google.com/streetview/#international-space-station/
This one is for your teacher. You may want to consider applying to the ARISS program for an amateur radio contact with the crew on board the ISS. It is an amazing experience that the whole school can build on. Their link is:https://www.ariss.org/submit-a-contact-proposal.html
We are so excited and this is inspiring our writing even more!
We are writing great stories and publishing them in the way we think is best for our story. Then we will send a digital copy to Storytime in Space and see what happens!
We felt so proud of everyone running the cross country. The weather conditions certainly added to the adventure!
Congratulations to everyone and good luck to our zone runners.
After we wrote articles about Tory the Lucky Tortoise we created a short clip using the green screen. We imagined we were a news boy or girl from the war times. We filmed ourselves standing on a street corner trying to sell our paper.
This was lots of fun. We had a chance to try out using a tripod. We also tried hard to improve our voice projection and acting skills. We reflected on our last green screen to remind ourselves of what we thought we could do better. This time we were much better at keeping the camera still - the tripod helped a lot!
We experimented with filters by importing our green screen into iMovie. We also added music that we thought was fitting for the time period. We also had to use screen recording to be successful.
Our next goal is to try to remember to film for just a bit longer than we think we need to avoid cutting our voice off.