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Bubble Inquiry

Term 2 Inquiry Unit across the cluster was using Bubbles to explore the concept of a 'Fair Test'.  Could each school please comment below:


  • Dianne Roadley

    Tiniroto:  This was a fantastic learning journey, it catered for all age groups; challenging our gate students and engaging the new learners.

  • Rebecca Trafford

    Motu: The focus was put on the children and they found this challenged. At this stage it needs to be highly teacher directed. 

  • Yvonne Nikora

    Bubbles Reflection Term 2 2011

    W.O.K School Juniors


    The juniors were very motivated to explore and trial ideas. Collaboration and research with the senior members of their groups provided an automatic scaffold to higher level questioning and thinking.

    Trevor’s recommendation to work in cooperative groups of three, utilising an expert reader as the reader was effective for our situation. The tuakana/teina roles still had to be carefully planned and monitored to ensure all children were active participants.  

    The teachers maintained a real presence in the inquiry as the children were experimenting and leading their own learning. This worked best by coming back together, viewing what everyone was doing and sharing, discussing and analysing our outcomes. This then led to the next steps which we outlined together and then moved off into group work.

    The older children got the idea of using key words to enable effective research. They did get a little confused with terminology that other countries used but soon identified what applied to them, and used the information that they could understand.

    With this type of unit we were very dependent on the weather and availability/affordability of resources.  This did impact the level of testing that we could undertake and is definitely a variable that we need to control in future inquiries.

  • Kathe Tawhiwhirangi

    Hi there team :-)

    I'm enjoying reading about your Bubble Inquiry! I look forward to seeing how this all unfolds for you :-)

    Keep up the great work :-)