Explore Learning

WHEELS EXPLORE!

This week we have enjoyed everything WHEELS!  We have done lots of talking about how wheels work and what they are used for.  We know that most vehicles have wheels but they can also be on things like wheelbarrows, trollys, golf trundlers and wheelchairs...
This week we have also worked on improving our communication skills by explaining what we have been working on clearly and with lots of detail.

 Which car goes the fastest?  We have been testing how fast the cars are on the racing track!



 Check out all these extremely creative vehicles we have designed using a variety of different wheels.


A wide variety of roads we have created to drive our vehicles on

 Designing machines that use wheels on the ipads

 An amazing train that was designed by Elliot and Harlem for transporting cars



 Heaps of fun on the track with our wheels!


Hunter and Guy using the wooden reels as wheelchairs!





TEDDY BEAR EXPLORE!

What fun we have had treating our Teddy Bears to an exciting week with us in Piako Tahi!  We were trying to give our Teddy Bears a great experience and to do this we had to be super imaginative and creative!  So many children moved their CREATIVITY pins because their ideas were so fabulous!
The Teddy Bears got to... have their photos taken by us using the camera on the ipads, have picnics, play in the huts we made them, have clothes designed and made for them, drive in the vehicles we made them and much more!  We were also trying to work with some different children that we wouldn't normal work with to help us learn the skills of cooperation, compromise, sharing and turn taking.  Have a look at what our Teddy Bears got up to below...

How clever are we at taking photos of what our teddy bears got up to?


Having a teddy bear's picnic... YUMMY!!!





 Check out all these amazing outfits we designed and then made for our teddy bears!!



Making chairs and a train for our teddy bears with the mobilo


Counting and sorting teddy bears

 What a fabulous house for all our teddy bear friends!





WINTER EXPLORE!

Brrrrr!!  It sure has been cold and wet over Winter, what a good chance to learn about all things to do with Winter while we can.  We had so many fun activities to do, such as:  making an igloo from milk bottles (thanks to all the families that provided the milk bottles), playing with 'snow', trying to get the 'treasure' out of ice, decorating winter hats with cotton balls, using our fingers and cotton buds to paint winter pictures, decorating and making snowflakes plus much more!!!
We were also working on Establishing Relationships, especially when helping our new 
Rocket Room friends get used to school!!

 Playing with the 'snow', we made it with baking soda and water.

 Lots of great thinking involved in trying to get the ice to melt without smashing it!

 Check out our amazing igloo, a lot of children have contributed to putting this together!  Just a few more layers to go!


Well done April and Mason, your first week and you are really enjoying making snowflakes with iceblock sticks and glitter!


 Some fabulous winter hats with nice warm pompoms on the top!

 Using our fingers and cotton buds to put white paint on our snow pictures!

 Check out these creative little snowmen made by Katie and Maddy.  You shared these really confidently with the rest of the class too girls!






CIRCUS EXPLORE!

The circus came to town!
This week for Explore we were looking at the circus! We worked on a range of different circus activities such as juggling and creating our own circus act. We were working
 on being responsible while using the equipment as well as working on our creativity to make something new for the circus. Check out some of our awesome work!


Tyler and Layla working on their new act!


Hunter and Finn practicing their dangerous stunt!


Maddy working on her acrobatic skills!


Oliver S and Holly P practicing their juggling act together


Lloyd teaching Amelia how to do a roll off the chairs!

MATARIKI EXPLORE!

This week in Explore we have been celebrating Matariki! We began by learning about the seven stars and then were able to engage in a range of activities. We could create stars for our Piako Tahi sky, making a pakau (kite), practice and perform with rakau and many others. We were focusing on completing our work to the best of our ability rather than just rushing through it. Check us out!


Liam and Alec practicing rakau!


Maddy's pakau!


Kazma showing some of his awesome whai skills!


Zac W, Maddy and Katie working hard on weaving!


Working hard on designing stars for our night sky!


Piako Tahi Matariki sky!


Our Korowai we made and gave to Riverdale Kindy!

IMAGINATION EXPLORE!!

This week in Explore we are having so much fun using our imagination! We have all caught 'imaginitis' ;) We have been working on thinking creatively and using our imagination to create new and fun ideas. While we are using our imagination we have also been working on how we handle conflict. Instead of getting angry or storming off we are working on ways we can deal with situations that we don't like. We have been having SO MUCH fun!!! We even get to be the first class in the school to use our new free play shed called 'Te Takaro'!  Check out some of our photos below:

Elliot  and Katie love using our puppets to chat to each other!

Kento, Kaito, Oliver S and Harlem are hard at work with equipment from the Te Takaro Shed

Jack, Finn, Max, and Quinn having dicussions with our lego men

Hunter, Zac W and Lloyd made this super cool bridge!

Riley's bridge was pretty cool too and saved her from falling in the imaginary water!

These guys had lots of awesome discussion about what they could make!

Quinn decided he would try rolling INSIDE the tyre! What a cool idea! Turns out it wasn't the most comfortable game though ;)






AUTUMN EXPLORE!!!

We are having lots of fun learning all about autumn this week! We have been learning about the 4 different seasons, what the parts of a tree/leaf are called, what plants need to live, and doing lots of artwork using autumn colours! We have been trying hard to help and support other people as we work!

 Tyler built this awesome tree using mobilo. He even added yellow fruit!

 Jacob is an expert at smudging his autumn coloured pastels!

 Kazma, Xavier, Lakhdeep and Holly loved designing their own tree to represent the 4 seasons!

 Katie is an expert at pastel smudging and even taught others how to do it nicely too!

 Max, Elliot and Harlem built tall trees using mobilo

 Izac had great fun jumping into our pile of leaves!

 Lloyd loved making a 'leaf angel' with his body

 Kosmo was great at using autumn colours to design a leaf!

 Charlie built a beautiful tree that even had a hole in the trunk for birds to sit in!

Liam and Nevaeh worked together to make a beautiful big tree using blocks and leaves.






EASTER EXPLORE!!!

We have had fun doing a whole lot of Easter craft this week!  We have been learning about persevering even if something is tricky.  Using colouring and cutting skills to create our BEST work not our FAST work.

 A fabulous collage Easter egg by Zac

 Lots of fabulous Easter egg colouring


 Making Easter baskets






PET EXPLORE!!!

This week we have learnt all about pets!  We had Mr Pike's rats come and visit us, they were called Cloud and Ezio and we learned all about what they eat, drink and like to do.  We made pets with the mobilo, we created dog kennels with the rod and ball sets, we used blocks to make houses for different types of pets, we matched up pets and their homes and EVEN had a grooming salon for brushing and cleaning our pets!

A dog with his dog food and bowl made by Oliver.



Lots of clever kids making animals with the shapes!

Neveah grooming a rabbit in the 'Pet Salon'

Our visitors Ezio and Cloud the rats!  Thanks for bringing them in Mr Pike!




A rat made by Zach and a dog made by Tyler.
Jacob taking his 'dog' (Hunter) for a walk with a lead and a dog bone.


A fabulous rabbit hutch made by Holly!


All our dog kennels made from the rod and ball sets!







PIRATE EXPLORE!!!

Aaar Me Hearties!!!  We have had great fun being pirates this week...  We have made pirate masks, pirate hats, pirate maps and pirate treasure chests!  We have sailed on pirate ships using upside down tables and chalk drawings.  We used the ipads to make our own pirates that we designed and made planks with the blocks so we could make people 'walk the plank'.  Oliver H thought we needed some telescopes so we made them with old Gladwrap rolls.  What a busy week!!!

 A treasure chest made by Charlie

Pirate ships made with chalk and upside down tables

'Make a pirate' activities on the ipads

Making masks

 Fai'ana's great pirate mask and pirate map!

Neva and Elliot in their pirate hats searching for treasure!








VEHICLE EXPLORE!!!

What a fun week we had with all kinds of vehicles!!  We raced our cars on the track to find out which was fastest, we made roads and tracks to drive our cars on, we had a construction site with diggers and dump trucks and much more!!!

 Making a vehicle with the rod and ball sets

 Car racing on the track!


Making roads and tunnels with the paper roads!

 Nevaeh made a vehicle for Toby to drive in!

 Shyloh made a unicycle!

 Charlie invented a car that you can sit and eat cake in, that's my kind of car!

 Parker and Cruz created a huge parking building for cars!




WATER EXPLORE!!!

Here are the clips we watched to help us learn more about water...

The Water Song

Billy Blue Hair - The Water Cycle



MORE...   WATER EXPLORE!!

Over the last few days we have learned so much about WATER.  We have learned about melting and freezing, about the water cycle and something very clever called EVAPORATION which is when heat (usually the sun) turns water into vapour and it rises into the sky.  Check out how busy we have been!!!


 Jorja and Nevaeh busy building and testing their boats!


 More boat building and testing from Tyler and Maddy.  Tyler discovered that if he added more noodles on the base of his boat it made it more stable in the water.


Floating Lego boats


Lots of boat testing by Kazma and Kosmo.  Kosmo used a second 
noodle on a stick to push his boat along!


 One of the quickest ways Oliver learned to melt an ice cube is by warming it in his hand!


Hunter's fabulous boat even came with an anchor, great thinking Hunter!


Quinn was watching this puddle we made to see if it would evaporate and the water would become smaller than the circle...  It did eventually!


What a beautiful sunny day to get outside and experiment with water!


 Look at this awesome teamwork!  Fai'ana and Amelia trying to 
make the biggest bubble mountain they can!






WATER EXPLORE!!!

We have started learning all about water this week!!  There are lots of Science, Technology and Art activities for us to experiment with and extend our learning about what we already know about water.
We are also focusing on including others in our activities and coping when our testing doesn't go quite the way we want it to!



 Experimenting with Floating and Sinking



Painting with ice cubes made with dye and water, lots of great observations
 about how the ice cubes were melting!!


Making sails for our boats so we can blow them across the 'pond'


Lego boat building



Blowing big bubbles!!!



Jacob made a boat that held ALL these teddy bears!!!


Ice Cube Art!


Kaito invited Christopher to join him blowing a HUGE bubble mountain!!





Superhero Explore:

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's Piako Tahi! This week our focus has been on Superheroes! We have been trying our best to be a super friend as we continue focusing on Key Competency of Relating to others. 

Check out some of our awesome super friends!

Super Amon


The Flash


Our superheroes had to train by getting through Spiderman's web!







Dinosaur Explore:

This week in Explore our topic is Dinosaurs! Our Key Competency this week is Relating to Others. We discussed a number of ways in which we could do this, such as including others in our games, sharing the dinosaurs and helping them out if they are struggling to complete and activity. 

Here are some of our awesome habitats we made to keep the predators out!








Music Explore:

Each week in Explore we get to investigate a topic through a range of activities prepared by one of the teachers. We get to choose which activities we do each day and often are allowed to put are own spin upon them. While these activities help us learn about different topics they also provide us a chance to work on specific key competencies to help improve ourselves as Self Managers.
Check out how awesome we are in our first week of Explore, Music!









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