Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Year 6 Cantamaths Competition

A Year 6 Cantamaths Competition was hosted by Susan Rogers and her Year 8 class at Heaton last week. St Albans school had spent a couple of weeks preparing for this event. The questions were similar to Otago Maths problem solving questions. We entered three teams of four students.

St Albans 1: Rico, Thomas, Jacob and Mani

St Albans 2: James H, Ron, Neo and Samuel

St Albans 3: Emily, Phoebe, Max and Lucy H

Congratulations to James, Ron, Neo and Samuel who won the whole competition. This bodes well for 2017 as this team are all Year 5 students.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Fabulous Fudge Fantasia

Today we enjoyed tasting delicious fudge. The purpose of the day was to learn to establish and apply criteria in order to judge something. Next week we will be applying this learning when selecting the best solution to develop into an action plan for our Global Problem Solving Booklet. Today Noah's fudge was selected as the winner!

Thanks to all the children for their enthusiasm although it is easy to get excited about fudge!

Here are some of the recipes.

Lucy used the Edmond's recipe


 Noah's winning fudge!
 George's unique fudge
 Emily's Russian fudge



Monday, May 16, 2016

Dabrowski's Overexcitabilities

Gifted children are often prone to sensitivities and being extra sensory. This is a great article to start you thinking about whether this sounds familiar at your home or workplace.

The five areas identified are:

  • Psychomotor
  • Sensual
  • Intellectual
  • Imaginational
  • Emotional


Monday, March 21, 2016

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is gaining popularity at the moment and simply put means being present in the moment with openness and curiosity. This is a useful reading from the Institute of Educational Advancement that explores the concept of mindfulness and how this can be a very useful tool for gifted students.




Thursday, March 17, 2016

Creative Writing With Heather

Some talented writers from Year 6 are working with Heather today. They are working on creative writing via googledocs and Heather will given them feedback over the next few weeks as they continue on with their work both in class and at home.



 Hard at work. Children will have tired brains today!




Heather also shared a simple but effective quote about poetry.



Thursday, March 3, 2016

First FPS Session Today

Today we had our first FPS session and the group worked very well. The treatment and rights of animals is certainly an interesting topic and the group enjoyed the start of their research.

Remember to follow the links on the FPS Research if you have time.

If you find other sites that others would find interesting you can email me, claire.howison@stalbans.school.nz and I will add them.

Here is our work on linking our thinking to some of the FPS Categories.