Discovery Room

  Welcome to 2021. My name is Linda Jensen-Gaiger and I am excited to be the teacher in Discovery and be a part of your child’s learning journey this year. We are a delightful bunch of 22 hard working and motivated Year 5 and 6 students. In our class we work as a team, living our school values and becoming responsible, self managing learners. 

We decided our class walls needed brightening up so one of our first challenges for the term was to create a pixel self portrait work of art.  This required great concentration and focus but we got there in the end and our art looks amazing.

 

 

We use Discovery Dollars in our class through the online Banqer programme.  This teaches us about savings, expenses and earning interest.  We also have to budget our expenses for the week, and set up automatic payments to make sure our bills are paid.

Our theme for this year is ‘Change’ and we have been exploring the changes needed within ourselves to become great leaders and achieve our goals.  We also stumbled upon a problem that we needed to solve. After reading an article about the worldwide problem of food waste, we discovered we have our own waste issues at school.  The keen Discovery learners are currently coming up with ways to solve this problem—stay tuned next term to see what ‘changes’ we have made!

 

EPRO 8

Discovery has been a hive of activity this week as the senior students year 5 & 6 partake in a week of Epro8 challenges.  Epro8 is a programme offered to our school that challenges students with various engineering activities requiring problem solving, innovation, teamwork and creativity.

The week-long programme incorporates all curriculum areas and allows students to see a real life context for their learning.

Each day has seen students learn the literacy and maths behind the design brief that they are given, then time as a team to meet the criteria provided.  So far this week, this has included building a crane with a rotating boom arm and counterweights, designing a bridge strong enough to carry a vehicle, making a rubber band launcher and building a car for a caveman powered by rubber bands.

The teamwork and innovation has been amazing to see and the opportunity for all senior students to participate in Epro8 has been hugely beneficial.

Four senior students were selected to represent Tahuna School in the EPRO8 Challenge at Maeroa Intermediate on Thursday 3rd June. Well done to Zoe, Alex, Micah and Lachlan.