|Technology is intervention by design. As our contribution to learning about the living world, in Hard Materials we have decided to help our local bird population and are busy making bird nesting boxes. The term has gone quickly, but we’re nearly finished. We are hoping to put some up around the school and increase the number of birds in our environment.|
In term 2 we made fidget spinners
Crystals coffee table
Samim and Erene’s desk tidies
Tree house designs by Sharnadel, Kethleen and Ocean
Million words cannot describe the feeling behind this carving. Only this student from Tamatoa could share how he felt, what he thought. The students were able to change the direction of their tool to tell their story. Each symbol has a meaning, each pattern tells a story. Hard materials give your child the chance to make a mistake on a piece of wood and fix it to bring it back into line just like this student.
Well done Group C you are all awesome.
Visual Pepeha – interpreting, analysing and justifying who i am and what i look forward to become in the future.
Spear heads mean facing challenges in life
Turtle means navigator, leader
Pate means musical bet, rhythm and celebration
Shark is Malie in Samoan which is also a village in Samoa
Koru stands for an important figure in your life.
This week we transfer our piece to wood and then carve it to show how skillful we are as the creators of this world.
My visual pepeha as an example for my group c students to enjoy and tell my story in my own way.
Seeing Beauty as it happens.
Creating your story, telling it through symbols and patterns helps to make it visually real. The students are learning how to hold the tools before the do their real carving piece.
You created it!Our future learning wall, has critical thinking skills, that helps the students tell their story.
We are learning about symbols and patterns that relate to our students, so they can understand how people use symbols that come from an original state. So many of the symbols and patterns inspire from real things.
|Whanau Day – Friday the 3rd of March||
Team Kotahitanga Programme for Whanau Day
9.40 -10.45 Whanau and Students to classes. Activities in class.
1.45-11.00 Parent Feedback to class
11.00-11.25 Interval. Whau have tea in the staff room.
11.30- Team Assembly to hand in Taumata. Start with “sasa” Book hall for Team Assembly. Songs – Minoi and Rona. Team Sports on Turf with whanau if we have time. (Lape, Hoopla)
12.45 – 1.30 Kai in Asema’s Room. Cultural kai.
1.30-1.50 Lunch break
2.00-3.00 Formal Assembly
Understanding who you are and where you come from is very important.
Your child has been using designs from their own culture to tell their story, their pepeha. Many times our students drawing without thinking, they see that it is a great design with no meaning. Here are some samples that will help you understand what some symbols mean.
Polynesian Tattoo Symbols & Meanings – Tiki
Before talking about “tiki” symbols of Polynesian tattoo, please have a look at the tiki vector above. You must have seen these patterns everywhere, in paintings, designs, games, cards, etc. Yes, they are all tiki things.
Tiki is human-like figure that represents Polynesian semi-gods, which means deified ancestors and heads, who are sublimed after their death. According to its guardian role, they mainly symbolize protection. If you love playing pc games, you’ll find that in many lost temples, Tiki patterns are often carved on pillars or stone gate.
Tiki plays a very important role in Polynesian culture. Tiki’s organs are often separately drawn to represent different meanings. For example, nose symbols mean sniffing danger before its coming. Tiki’s eyes, nose, mouth and side faces are all important design elements and most Polynesian tattoo designs contain one or more tiki symbols.
Below we’ll list some samples that contain tiki symbols.
Its important to know what you choose so that you can tell your story properly and accurately in your own words.
|Greet and meet students, Talk about the rules, expectations, Behaviour Management Strategies
WALT: understand why and where do we come from, what patterns identify me and how can I transfer it to my lino piece, to my wooden key ring to use.
Introduction Rules and Regulations
Safety rules touching of tools, footwear and clothing
Brainstorm of cultural patterns from aborigines
Aztec Mexican patterns to help our students learn skills for carving
Future learning needs: Symbols from aborigines patterns/ aztec and middle eastern patterns and Pacifica patterns
Set goals for each student
Sketching of symbols for own cultural background to support topic
WALT: Outline our designs for carving/ Making a stencils
SC: To make our designs more defined
Recap on safety
No entry without teacher permission
Do not touch tools/ and machines without permission
All long hair tied back
Cover shoes only
All must sweep tables and floors before bell rings.
WALT: Make a stencil for our carving designs
SC: Outline and define the chosen designs
Its been really great for the last 2 weeks, we look forward to seeing the end results for your students
This term we will be looking deeply into Carving.
Step by step we looked at different designs from the Pacific, Polynesia, Melenisia and Micronesia. We also looked into comparing structured designs of the Easter Island sculpture the Moai Figures and the Stonehenge in England. The Students were able to identify
my name is Rita Tariu, I am the new hard materials teacher
Hard Materials working with coconuts to make jewellery, arm bracelet and pendants or toangas for necklaces. Students will be looking at their own cutlture and using the material to display their culture.
We will also be looking at untreated wood and making animals eg. turtles/ dolphins and basic carving skills.
Look forward to working with your child
This term students will be exploring how knowledge is passed to future generations. As a result we will be constructing time capsules which we will pack with items that reflect the students time, culture and values. Please discuss some possible ideas with your family in the coming weeks.
Well done to the year 6 students from St Leonards who made these creative USB drives as part of the Wednesday afternoon extension programme.
Week 5 and students are putting their design ideas to the test. Aero and hydrodynamics, electric circuits and balance are all being tested as our boats take shape.
This week students are research boating related questions that are personally meaningful for them. Once our academic, cultural and social investigations are completed we will unleash our creative side while we draw our own design.
This is our last week of term so students are busy finishing off their projects. They have been developed for their class or team so feel free to come in and check out their creation.
This week students are finishing off various components and are looking to assemble their projects.
This week students are hard at work building their solutions to classroom play and engaging environments. Giant Jenga, Gutter boards, Achievement Shields are all underway to make our school a fun place to learn.
This week are we are in the construction side of things. Students are exploring what steps are needed to build their project and with assistance from Mr Boyd are making a great start.
The work students undertake in this technology involves research, technical and design drawings, working with materials including wood, paint, clay, plastics, electronics, and metals.
They also learn to use a wide variety of machinery while focusing on safety first!
Students are encouraged to work independently and cooperatively in an exciting, robust discovery learning environment.
This week in the Chop Shop we are focusing on quality questioning. While looking at our focus “Engaging Environments” we have been using a higher order question matrix, looking at cultural, social and academic connections, and exploring trustworthy information sources.
Hello and welcome to the Chop Shop for 2016. My name is Mr Boyd and I have the privilege of teaching in the Hard Materials/Chop Shop. First I would like to acknowledge the creative students who constructed amazing projects for family, the school and our local community.