Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Let's Celebrate!

For Social Studies with Mrs. W, the class have been inquiring into celebrations in New Zealand and in other countries of our Pacific and Asia region. 
After talking about some of the celebrations we have in NZ, 
we decided to focus on New Year celebrations.
Matariki is the Maori New Year, and is celebrated during winter.
The class read some stories about Matariki and investigated ways in which people might celebrate the occasion.
We communicated this part of our learning by interviewing each other.
To be successful, we had to share three ideas about how we might celebrate Matariki, and add some detail.


When do you celebrate New Year?
How do you celebrate it?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Frosty Footprints

We had a week of -10˚C frosts, so we just had to get out and explore our frosty environment.
We also enjoyed the first two lines of a poem called
'Frosty Ghosts' by Sydney Victoria.
Frosty ghosts escape my throat,
Showing themselves in the damp winter air.

Her lines inspired us to write about frost too, especially when we saw these frosty footprints in the grass!

(Click on the image to enlarge it for reading)

What is the weather like at your place?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Grand Opening of the Compost Bins.

Two of our B4 students belong to the school 
Enviro Rangers group.

The group has been looking at ways to minimise the amount of rubbish in the school, and one solution the group decided on is to compost food scraps.
The senior students in the Hard Materials technology class built an impressive compost bin.

The whole school met for the 
Grand Opening of the compost bin. 

Local gardeners, Marg and Rex Crook, were invited to cut the ribbon, as the Enviro group had visited their garden to learn about composting.

What do you do at home to reduce the amount of rubbish going out on rubbish day?
What does your school do to minimise the amount of rubbish being dumped?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Wearing Onesies for 100 Days of School!

It's two days into the third term of our school year, and today is our 100th day of school.
We have been using our classroom calendar and a 10-frames chart to count the days.

Part-way through, we started a new chart as well, to collect the number pairs that make 100.
Can you see any patterns?

We wore our onesies or our pyjamas for maths.

One of our activities was to choose a number and see if we could share 100 objects into equal groups of that number.

We made ...

10 groups of 10
2 groups of 50
4 groups of 25
100 groups of 1
5 groups of 20

50 groups of 2

20 groups of 5

Some numbers didn't work out exactly and
there were some left-overs.

4 didn't make equal groups

6 didn't make equal groups

3 didn't make equal groups

9 didn't make equal groups

11 didn't make equal groups

12 didn't make equal groups.

Here is a challenge for you!

The answer is 100.
What might the question be?

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Year 3's play: Little Monster goes to School

One of our school's annual events is Repertory for Kids
The primary classes prepare plays - the guidelines are 
no more than  three props, and the students 
have to take charge of getting the plays ready.
This year the plays are around the theme of anti-bullying.
B4's Year 3 present their play 'Little Monster goes to School'.
In our play, Little Monster's classmates stand up for him.

It's important to stand up against bullies. 
What are some other ways of preventing bullying?

Visit our school Repertory page to see the plays from the other classes.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Year 2s play: Snail of the Century

All term, the Year 2s have been practising a play.
They have had to remember their lines, stay in role as their character, and speak in a clear voice. 
Now they have presented it at assembly.

Snail of the Century

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Compost in a Bucket

Our science unit on Soil has led us to ask how soil can be improved.

We found out that many people use compost to improve their soil, so we did an investigation into compost.

We learned about green matter and brown matter.

We learned that some things are bio-degradable and can go into the compost. 
(Biodegradable means it can be broken down by bacteria or other living things, to end up as part of the soil.)

We learned that some things are bio-degradable but should not go into the compost, 
such as dairy products, meat, and diseased plants.

We learned that some things are not bio-degradable, and they should definitely not go into the compost, 
such as plastics.

Now we've made our own compost mix.

Can you see the layers?

We will watch our bucket of food scraps, soil, leaves and sheep manure.
We expect to see it break down and change.

Do you make compost?
Where do you make it?
What do you put in it?
What do you do with the compost?