Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Science Club at Pukehou School

Pukehou Science Club Highlights

 Term 1&2

Creating lava lamps, exploding lunch bags, blowing up balloons and burning balloons!

Friday, 24 June 2016

A great video about how the brain influences our  Knowledge, Understanding and LEARNING.

The Backwards Brain link to youtube

Some feedback from the students at Flemington School on the whole school science they have been engaging in over the last few weeks.

Monday, 20 June 2016

From Hunter Park's LCN conference presentation

Part of our conference presentation.
Watch out near the end for a new way to launch paper spinners.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Flemington School Whole School Science

Tuakana / Teina Relationships during whole school science.

As a school we have adopted a whole school inclusion way of learning science.   We are using this approach, which is a change, of how we usually run our classrooms, to address the needs of all students.  We are aiming to create and environment in which every student has the opportunity to flourish. 

One important principle of inclusive learning is that no two learners are the same.  We have found that in our groupings there are visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners.  We are giving each group the opportunity for these students to learn in a variety of ways.  Our findings have found that some are more hands on with the experiments, some can talk about it better than others, while others are keeping the groups learning journey up to date with the exact learning they are doing.  Our practice is supporting and accommodating most of our students.

The relationships that are forming throughout the whole school are also coming through.  The younger children look up to the older ones.   These relationships are forming a model for a buddy system.  The junior children know that someone is there, helping and guiding them in their learning.  Learning does not just come from the teacher.  This way of learning recognises the value of ako and that the roles may sometimes be reversed with the younger child guiding and teaching the older students. The model is also used between the senior room and junior room once a fortnight.  We have seen the junior children become more confident with the senior children and more willing and ready to work with them.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Pukehou Schools Science Journey

The beginning of Pukehou Schools Science Journey began in 2015.
A science expo showcasing science to motivate students to be interested and involved in science again and join a science club.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Ongaonga goes to Science Camp!

                   Ongaonga School Goes to Science Camp

Each day we drove up to Napier for Science Camp. This is what we did:


 The Teslacoil was loud! It also made big lightning bolts and made the light above it go.

We made an electromagnetic circiut. 


We made bristle-bots out of  phone parts and the bristles of a toothbrush. 
We also programmed an Arduino.


In the estuary we found lots of  interesting critters and saw lots of birds. Some people fell over in the estuary.  

Clearing The Air

We learnt that electric and hybrid cars are better for the environment and that the air in Hastings is worse than Napier.

We enjoyed Science Camp!

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Test Tube Beans...

We planted bean seeds in cotton wool...added water and watch closely what happened!

 We learnt about what makes soil healthy and about the microbiology that helps plants grow...

 As the beans started to look weak... we used worm wee to add nutrients to the beakers!! 

We also planted seeds in compost and observed how they grew...
The worm wee made the plants strong again!!

Water- in the classroom...ways to understand the water cycle...

 Models of the water cycle...precipitation

 Water paintings...

Finished with a water fight involving the local fire brigade verses the children!!

Monday, 11 April 2016

Slime time with Ngawaka

Slime time with Ngawaka

Ngahape and Ngawaka worked collaboratively together to create slime.