Room 4, Windsor North School, Year 1-3. Teacher: Jan Forde.
Our whole school inquiry was a social sciences focus on change in New Zealand over time. A group of new entrants from Room 4 like to share their learning via our class blog so we often come up with creative ways to do this using different apps from the iPad. We hadn't used Book Creator before so I introduced this app to the children and we looked at tutorials of how to get the best out of Book Creator. We read a book called The way it was (MOE Ready to Read) and decided to make our own digital book. This means we can get our learning out to many more people than just within our four walls.
Children bought something to school from the 'olden days' and researched how it used to be used. They shared their findings orally with the class - took photos of them and wrote about them in their story writing books. Then they found images on the internet or took photos of what it is like now and repeated this process. We used dragon dictation to record our voices (on our new iRig mic!) to translate the writing to text (some teacher editing here). Then pasted it all into Book Creator before uploading it as a video on vimeo and youtube. We have posted it on our blog for all to enjoy. Many of us came down with the chicken pox so were unable to add their voice to their work but we still have their journey so far.
Ethan, Marshall and Luke, Room 9&10, Windsor North School, Year 4-6. Teachers: Alisha Scott and Monique Dawson.
We learnt how to make documentaries. Our teachers showed us different documentaries and we talked about what we needed in a documentary. We learnt about interviews, narration, using photos and we learnt that we had to re-create real footage as we didn’t know how to copy this into our documentary
Our group chose Peter Snell because he’s very athletic and fast. The first thing we did was research Peter Snell on YouTube and watched some of his races. Then we found out lots of other information about him like his full name and date of birth. Then we used our information to write interviews. Next we got a storyboard from the teacher and planned what we were going to do. Then we filmed and edited our documentary.
Ella, Courtney and Charlee, Room 9&10, Windsor North School, Year 4-6. Teachers: Alisha Scott and Monique Dawson.
We had a lot of fun filming and editing our documentaries. We learnt for the first time how to make a documentary. We started by watching documentaries to see what we needed to include. We learnt how to turn our research into interviews and narration. We also learnt how to plan out our documentary using a storyboard. After this we learnt how to use iMovie to make our documentary. We learnt how to get pictures from the internet to go with our documentary.
We used iMovie. We put all our ideas onto one storyboard and followed that. We had to bring costumes. Once we had our costumes we started filming the different parts of our documentary. Once we had finished filming we were able to edit our documentaries. This is when we added music, photos and narrations.
JJ, Emily and Josh, Room 9&10, Windsor North School, Year 4-6. Teachers: Alisha Scott and Monique Dawson.
We learnt about New Zealand’s history. At the start of this unit we learnt about famous New Zealand sports stars. Next we started to learn about documentaries. We also learnt how to create our documentaries using iMovie. We had to include interviews, narration, re-enacted footage, photos, text and music.
First we had to brainstorm famous New Zealand sports stars we wanted to make a documentary about. We chose Jonah Lomu because we are all fans of Jonah. Then we had to research about Jonah for our documentary. Then we had to talk about what documentaries have in them. After that we made up a storyboard showing us what we were doing in our documentary. Then we sorted out characters and made a list of what we needed to bring. After we had practised what we were doing we filmed and edited our documentary.
Aimee, Georgia and Eliana, Room 9&10, Windsor North School, Year 4-6. Teachers: Alisha Scott and Monique Dawson.
As part of our topic ‘History of New Zealand’ we studied the 1920’s for our class production item. After learning all about the Charleston we decided to look at how hairstyles have changed overtime. We learnt what is needed to put together a documentary. We also learnt how to make a documentary using iMovie.
First we looked up some facts about hairstyles through history. Next we decided what order to put our information in by using a storyboard. After that we chose where we would film our documentary. Then we got our costumes ready. We enjoyed doing it.
JJ, Ethan, Michael and Henry, Room 9&10, Windsor North School, Year 4-6. Teachers: Alisha Scott and Monique Dawson.
Last term our topic was the ‘History of New Zealand.’ We started by learning about famous sports people. Then we started looking at how things have changed overtime. We chose to look at how games have changed. We watched documentaries to learn what they needed to have in them. Then we learnt how to use iMovie to make our documentary.
First we researched how games have changed at school and interviewed people at home. Then we made a storyboard and wrote a list of what we would need. After that we practised each scene and then filmed it. Once we were happy with our filming we edited our movie. We added in narration, music, photos and text.
Harry and Adelle, Makarewa School, Year 4-6. Teacher: Gabby Asplin.
In the Senior Syndicate we have been carrying out a year long inquiry around our 'Choice Community'. Over the past term the focus has been on how we impact, use and will maintain the natural resources in the Southland community. As a class we conducted science experiments looking at water, soil, and erosion as many of our students have waterways running through their properties (mainly farming) or are regular users of land around water eg. Oreti Beach. After our initial studies and experiments the students drew their own conclusions and wrote explanations about the various processes we had studied. Harry and Adelle decided to take their learning a step further and turn Harry's explanation into a documentary.
Harry wrote an explanation on the the process of erosion as part of our class inquiry into the use and management of natural resources. He and Adelle then decided that they would like to create a documentary of Harry's findings. They both discovered fairly early on that there was going to be a lot of work involved so they spent a considerable amount of their own and class time turning the explanation into a script, storyboarding, and convincing Harry's mum to drive them to the locations they wanted. After filming on the iPad they imported their clips into iMovie and carried out the editing process unaided. While they were both familiar with iMovie they found google to be very helpful for learning little time saving tricks. The last step was to create a short song in Garageband to go behind their title and credits.
Room 7, Windsor North School, Year 4-6. Teacher: Malcolm Goodsir.
We learnt about early migration to New Zealand. Who the people were that came, when they arrived and what happened. Our learning involved reading activities and research projects on topics like Abel Tasman, Captain James Cook, Maori Migration and the 1860’s Gold Rush. We also celebrated everything we learnt through a School Production. The production was about early New Zealand history. Our classroom act in fact was about Early Migration to New Zealand. Our documentary was based on Captain James Cook’s arrival to New Zealand and death in Hawaii. He left from the United Kingdom to explore, discover New Zealand and he succeeded.
We researched topics and decided that Captain James Cook was the best option. Next we researched personal information and found a lot about his journey to New Zealand and death in Hawaii. So we decided that his adventure was perfect for our documentary. We put together our storyboard and got our costumes and props sorted.
Then we had a few rehearsals without the camera and when we decided we were ready we started filming to see what it looked like.
We finally had our filming and it was ready to edit e.g. sound effects, credits.
Room 5, Windsor North School, Year 1-3. Teacher: Lisa Christie.
The History of the Rainbow Warrior
Last term our school was learning about New Zealand history.
We enjoyed learning about Nuclear Free New Zealand and the Rainbow Warrior. At the beginning we thought nuclear power plants were a type of plant instead of an electricity factory! We liked looking at pictures of the mushroom clouds because they really looked like mushrooms and the pictures of the nuclear bombs going off under the water. We thought it was interesting learning about bombs, spies and David Lange.
It was scary to learn about the nuclear bombs and know that we have bombs in our world that can poison us and our world.
Big Idea – We can learn from our past and the past of others.
Achievement objective level 2 – Understand how time and change affect peoples’ lives.
Learning intention – I can explain how an event in the past has helped to shape our lives.
We used the Puppet Pals app to show what we know about the Rainbow Warrior.
At the beginning the bit that took the most time was trying to find photos from the internet that are free to use. We used google presentations to search for them and then looked for the same photos with our i pad. Our teacher helped by showing us how to take a screen shot of our picture, how to crop our picture and then how to put it into the Puppet Pal app. At first it was tricky to get it right but after a few tries it started to become easy. There was lots of writing. We all chose the pieces that we wanted to say.
After we had the beginning our group started to add more details from information we got from our reading activity. Our teacher only showed us how to put in the background and characters, and then we explored to find out how to complete our challenge.
Sophie Byrne, Amy Webber, Samuel Collins and Harri Pickett.
Room 1, Windsor North School, Year 1-3. Teacher: Polly Sander.
As part of term 3's inquiry unit. the children studied indoor and outdoor play in the olden days. One of the students brought in an old sepia photo which got the children wondering how they could produce similar pictures. We found the sepia camera app on the I pad and learned how to take the photos. The children had to learn how to play all the games in class and then take all their own photos of each other playing with the various games and toys, both inside and outside the classroom.
The children had very limited experience of photography and the objects they brought in were a great starting point to photograph and display in class. The project took a few weeks to complete and select the best images. The children had to consider carefully distance, light, position of objects and background in their work. They had to work co-operatively in pairs and small groups.
The Teacher put it all together at the end to make an I movie.