Wakamarina Learning Area

Naumai haere mai! Welcome back for Term 3.

Can you believe it? More than halfway through the year already!

We are beginning to explore the realms of ‘Learner agency’ which allows students to take increased control of their learning. Small steps at this stage with the introduction of time management skills such as prioritising activities – doing the important stuff first; breaking the bigger/harder stuff into smaller chunks so it becomes more manageable; allowing a realistic amount of time to complete tasks, etc

Feuerstein’s focus with the next instrument is the development of empathy, the ability to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes” and putting Empathy into Action’. Empathy without action is simply sympathy and sympathy by itself does not resolve or improve any situation. Deliberate, and conscious action is required.Tor Freeman kids on trumpet 530x342

Miss Gamble is in Wakamarina from 2pm until the end of day and is working with this term’s theme which is Garage Band. We will be looking at making our own music from things we can find in our garage. Students will first investigate noise by making sound using objects in and around our classroom. We will look at short video clips with and without noise to understand how important noise and sound is to a video. Students will then make their own sound and noise to put over top of a video. Students will design and gather information to make their own instrument. They need to think about the appearance, quality of construction and sound to ensure their instrument is successful. Students will then start to layer sounds to make music with others.

Once we have finished our instrument we will explore different sounds and different genres to perform in a class band. 

Practice for the Music Festival (end Term 3) and Taiopenga (Beg Term 4) are now a part of our weekly routine.

Mark these events on your calendar for this term:

  • 9 Aug   - Marlborough Cross Country
  • 25 Aug – Pelorus Cluster Cross Country
  • 31 Aug – Keeping Ourselves Safe/Puberty Hui with Parents
  • 1 Sep – Teacher Only Day – Teachers upgrading First Aid Cert
  • 23 Aug - Choir Rehearsal at Renwick
  • 27 Sep – Music Festival
  • 28 Sep – Spring Fest entries in (Schedule out later this term)
  • 29 Sep – Last Day of term

As a form of daily communication we continue to use the Boomerang Book with the expectation that a parent/caregiver sight and initial each night ready for return to school the following day. Ideally this will be used to communicate any suggestions/concerns that may arise and will also be a place to find important notices. This will work in conjunction with the Reading Log which is used to keep a record of how many night’s reading students have achieved in order to receive reading awards every 25 nights.

Ka kite ano

Vicki Eden This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Toni Gamble This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.