Hi, we are Waka Endeavour, a group of 8-10 year old children from Springston School in Canterbury, New Zealand, who love learning. We have an amazing blog where we share our learning and love doing Daily 5.
Team Endeavour work as a team like paddlers on a waka. Our paddles remind us of what we believe and how we try to live.
Our first waka paddle is AKO. That means that we are all teachers and learners from each other. The second paddle is to know our targets. We do this in our planners and on the walls. In writing we highlight our achieved targets. Our third paddle is to show respect. This means to look after things and always look at the speaker. The fourth paddle is to work as a team. We use the team rules of listen to others, join in, use kind words, help each other and communicate.
The fifth paddle is to do our best. This means we work fast, try hard and move away from distractions. The last paddle is being ready to learn. This means we get organised before school, have our stationery ready and stop to listen quickly. Being in the waka means that we are all working together to help each other do our best learning.
In Team Endeavour we have a blog we love because we can share our amazing learning with the world. We share writing, movies, evaluations and photos of the exciting learning that happens in our class. People from all around the world read the Team Endeavour Blog and leave comments to encourage us to improve our writing. The blog also helps us be ‘Blog Buddies’ and collaborate with other classes.
As you can see, our class blog is an exciting part of Team Endeavour and we think every class should have one!
Another important part of Team Endeavour is that we do Daily 5. This is an exciting and effective way to get better at reading and writing.
An important part of Daily 5 is the CAFÉ Board, because it has all the strategies we need to help our reading. The Anchor Charts remind us to start straight away, stay in one spot and read all the time. During Daily 5 we get to choose our own activities from ‘Read to Self’, ‘Read to Buddy’, ‘Listen to Reading’, ‘Work on Words’ and ‘Work on Writing’. Daily 5 helps us build stamina when we choose ‘Good Fit Books’ and build reading and writing muscles.
In the E-Team, we love Daily 5 because we don’t spend time filling in worksheets but spend all our time reading and writing to build stamina and muscles.
We love learning in the Team Endeavour Waka because we are responsible for making our own learning happen, we get choices and share our exciting learning on an amazing blog. Make sure you check out what we are up to on our blog and leave us lots of comments.