Teamworks Makes the Dream Work

One of our classroom jobs is to be the P.E monitor - which involved sorting and getting gear ready when needed and also taking charge of some Movewell activities by teaching them to the rest of the class.

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Amaya and Taylor applied for this position through our Banqer (Financial Literacy) programme and took on the responsibility of this role.

We knew as a whole class that we had lost the fine art of working together as a team and taking the time to listen to others' ideas. So the PE monitor's goal was to find a game where everyone had to participate and work together.

One afternoon, on a miserable day, Taylor and Amaya set up a fun activity in the hall for our students to participate in. To make it extra tricky, we had extra students from Mrs Foley's class that they don’t usually work with. We arrived at the hall to a crazy-looking path laid out across the hall.

Amaya and Taylor shared the objective of the game:

Get your whole team to the other side of the hall carrying a bucket of water and back without touching the ground.

So we began by splitting the group into two groups. Boys versus girls.

The boys cheered and yelled, “That’s so easy! We will easily beat the girls!”. The boy's group took off in a hiss and a roar while the girls stood on the sideline and watched.

Amaya and Taylor carefully monitored for any toes touching the ground. Some of the boys suddenly realised once they were squished up at one end that they still needed to get back to the start. They quickly devised a plan and safely made it back to the beginning, satisfied with their 2 minutes and 52 seconds time.

We learnt about ANZAC Day and what it means. 

We especially liked the stories ANZAC Ted (Belinda L) and My Grandad Marches on ANZAC Day (Catriona H).


Painting the Sky

We learnt that the poppy is the symbol of ANZAC Day.


Isaac helping Arley dye his paper

Making poppies gave us the chance to think more about the soldiers and we were able to use our newly learnt art techniques to create different types of poppy art.


Adding poppies using paintbrushes

Our first piece of art involved us painting poppies onto a dyed background. We needed to think about dividing the space on the paper into thirds - one-third was dyed green to represent the grass and the other two-thirds was dyed blue for the sky. After that had dried we painted on the poppies using either a paintbrush or thumbprints and then added green stems and black centres.


Cutting the Stems

Our second creation was a paper collage piece. We used our drawing skills to draw poppies and stems, then we cut them out. We were learning about positioning. For this art, we needed to make sure our poppy stems were sitting on the edge of the paper or it would look like they were floating in the air.


Drawing and cutting stems

We also cut out and painted some salt dough poppies. Emily and Taylor met at the ANZAC Civil Service so we could place these poppies onto the Taupo War Memorial.


Deciding what looks best


Positioning the stems


Completed Poppy collage

As well as practising and learning art techniques were are also focussing on using our hand and arm muscles correctly. Drawing, painting, colouring, dying and cutting all use muscles and we need to strengthen these muscles. Creating art is a fun way to strengthen our muscles.

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