Welcome to Room 2
Kia Ora Koutou. I have recently completed my Graduate Diploma of Teaching at Waikato University. I am very excited to have the opportunity to spend the next school year teaching and empowering your children with their learning journey.
My husband and I have lived locally in Tauwhare for the last 12 years, we also have 2 girls enrolled at Tauwhare School. Most of our family activities are focused on the outdoors, camping, tramping, biking and boating.
In Room 2, I strive to ensure a culture of learning as a lifelong process, encourage students to whakamātau in all curriculum areas, be responsible for their own learning and have a drive for success.
I encourage whanau support and involvement in all students learning, and I hope that you will feel comfortable to discuss any learning (or other) opportunities for your child. I look forward to engaging in a positive and active learning environment with everyone in Room 2.
Ms Sharon Quinn
Kia Ora Koutou, I have been teaching for over 30 years and have been at Tauwhare School since 2003. I have taught at all levels of the school but have recently moved into the Year 4-5 area which I love. I am qualified with a Masters of Education (Special Ed), Bachelor of Arts (English & Education), DipTeaching and more recently Google Certified Educator L 1 & 2, as well as my Apple Teacher qualifications and Seesaw Pioneer. My passions in teaching are Digital Technologies as I thoroughly enjoy the exciting visual projects which the children can create to show their learning and I also love Literacy; if I can join Literacy with Digital then I am super excited. I have 3 children and 8 grandchildren, enjoy gardening especially my roses and I am also learning to play the guitar with the children at school. As well as being one of the teachers in Room 2 I am also the Deputy Principal and Lead IT and Digital Technologies teacher.
2021 Term 2
Room 1 & 2 visited the Science Roadshow for a morning of Scientific exploration and experimentation. The demonstrations were thought provoking and reactionary especially when hydrogen met oxygen with a very loud bang and nitrogen showed its freezing properties! Magnets, solar power, electricity, honey-tasting, colour spectrums, periscopes, friction and many more were all available for hands-on learning.
2021 Term 1
Statistics using Google Sheets
We had a bit of fun in Room 2 using the charts in Google Sheets to visually show our information about Sports Played in Room 2. We learned to move the chart to its own sheet and to select the most appropraite chart for our information. Our next task is to customise the graphs, learning how to add the title, and change the colours. Please click on the tabs along the bottom to see the different graphs.
Room 2 had a great time discovering the fundamentals of boat building. With the America's Cup racing to inspire our young boat builders of the future we spent our reading time learning about buoyancy, steering and propulsion. The result was fantastic. For some all that was needed was a bit of wind...
See the photos and videos of the design and creation process and finally the big race. Photos.
Term 1 2020
Portrait Art Thank You to Mrs Nicholson for helping us create our beautiful portrait pictures. Art Work
Summer Holiday Stories The beginning of the year is a great time to share holiday stories. Room 2 were practicing planning, paragraphs, punctuation. Stories
Geometry Students spent time exploring the school, measuring the perimeter of the school grounds and creating a keynote video to show their new knowledge. Keynote
Poems These are definitely worth a read, they may explain a few things! Poems
With restrictions around school sporting activities Room 2 embraced the resurrection of Hopscotch. Students developed a passion for Hopscotch and the surprising challenges it brought. Below are the letters sent to Ms Bradley to convince her that Tauwhare School needed permanent Hopscotch's.
Wind Powered Vehicles
Inspired by the development of our Room 3 makerspace and many days of persistent wind. Room 2 spent time creating, developing and modifying a wind powered vehicle. Students developed an axle solution and created the best type of sail to suit the conditions. The race is on!
3 D School
Room 2 were asked to create a 3D model of Tauwhare School as a Envirogroup project. A great opportunity to showcase their knowledge of drawing accurate nets and making models from these nets.
Room 2 spent time developing and perfecting their own character. Lots of imaginative energy went into creating and describing the finer details of that person or animal. See for yourself.
Unplugged Computational Thinking
With a focus on step by step instructions students got to experience the challenge of accurately recording instructions, following instructions and debugging their 'code'. Each student experienced being a programmer, a robot and a tester.
Spring and wind makes for great Poems. Inspired by the cherry blossoms dancing over the asphalt to the teacher carpark, students had the opportunity to express their thoughts through poetry.
Drive in Movie Cars
For a fun ending to the school year the students created their own vehicles for a drive in movie.
2019 Science - Term 3
How high can it go? Rocket Experiments/ Popcorn explosions/ lava lamps. Great opportunity to practice our collaboration skills while learning about chemical reactions and creating an iMovie of our learning. Inspiring students self directed experiments for our Science Roadshow in Week 8.
Short Story - Term 3
Term 3 was spent focusing on planning, punctuation and recrafting. Students were to create a short story of their own choice and inspiration. During the term students watched short Pixar videos and viewed interesting images to practise and hone their writing skills.
Pepeha -Art/ Handwriting/ Recording - Term 3
Students spent time recording their Pepeha's, developing artwork to represent their maunga, awa and whanau, writing in cursive to show what they have been practising this year.
Pepeha Recordings, Pepeha Art .
Oral Language - Term 3
Room 2 have been developing their Oral Language with our Word of the Week competition, Lego challenge and tongue twisters.
Lego Challenge. A quick brainstorm to describe all the words we could use to explain the lego shape we created. Now back to back, students had to describe their creation to a partner, the partner listened to follow instructions to recreate the original. Lots of skills needed, listening, interpreting and clarifying instructions. Photos.
Wasjig - The challenge was accepted - Term 3
We all spent time before school, morning tea and lunch times talking around the jigsaw. Lots of fun seeing how quickly we could complete the puzzle once we put our minds to it.
ANZAC Poem and Art - Term 2
Many students spent time researching the role their whanau had in either WW1 or WW2 and shared this with the class. Each student wrote a remembrance poppy to put on our class wreath, they also created a poem to include with their artwork. We were also lucky to have Marc Dresser bring his Sunbeam motorbike from WW1 down to school to share its history with the students, definitely a highlight.
Writing - Narratives - Term 2
Term 2 was spent focusing on improving punctuation, and language features. Every student had goals to achieve over the term. Students were given the freedom to develop a narrative and published a book each.
Pink Shirt Day - Term 2
Room 2 students had the opportunity to share their knowledge of Pink shirt Day. Students researched and prepared a presentation which they shared at the school assembly. Each group was responsible for informing other classes about Pink Shirt day, taking photos, collecting koha, delivering promotional material and organising the school Pink Shirt Photo.
Raglan Rocky Shore - Term 1
What a great day we had exploring the Rocky Shore at Whale Bay in February. Room 2 spent time investigating Rocky Shore creatures, writing and recording a report on their chosen creature and creating beautiful artwork.
Treaty of Waitangi - Term 1
We celebrated the Waitangi Day at the beginning of the Term. In class we spent time learning about why, who and where the Treaty was signed. Our first major piece of writing was a Historical Fictional recount of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Our focus was on the correct use of punctuation, using our imagination combined with facts learned during Social Studies time.