I hope that everyone there is well and working super hard! Mr Hayes and I have had a very busy two days at Stonefields School.
In your comments on class blogs, a lot of you have been asking what it is like at Stonefields and what we have been up to in our first two days. Stonefields is quite a big school with lots of welcoming children, just like you are. They have quite a new building with lots of open spaces and play equipment and they are very good at choosing an area that they will work in best.
Today I visited a few classes, in particular I enjoyed visiting an areaÂ they call ‘Hub 8’. All of the classrooms are called ‘hubs’ and they often have more than one class in and more than one teacher. In Hub 8 the children are very good at being independent learners, they use resources around them such as chrome books and computers to complete challenges set by their teachers. They are also fantastic at collaborating – they use each other to problem solve and have some very grown up discussions.
In Hub 8 there are lots of different spaces the children can work in, this includes on bean bags in quiet rooms and in lots of different spaces around the classroom. All children are allowed to choose where they will work best but some children have something special. Some children have earned something called a ‘trust licence’. This means that they can work wherever they like and they don’t have to ask a teacher. After talking to the teacher she explained that the children in the class made up a set of success criteria for a person to achieve a trust licence. When somebody in the class thinks they deserve a trust licence they book a meeting with the teacher and have to prove how they have met all of the success criteria. If the teacher and the child agree then the child and get a trust licence, this means they can even go and work in an outdoor space if they want to!
In New Zealand the children have to learn what to do when there is an earthquake- a bit like we have to learn what to do if there is a fire. Today it was New Zealand ShakeOut day so lots of people across New Zealand had to practise getting what to do if there was an earthquake.
Here is a photo of me and Mr Hayes practising.
Use the website below to come up with a set of instructions of what to do if there is an earthquake.