Tuesday, 26 November 2013

UV Detectors unite!

To kick off our science week we started with a bit of craft and made some bracelets...but not any ol bracelet - UV Detector bracelets! The white beads are special in that they change colour when exposed to UV light. So we explored different areas outside that exposed us to varying levels of UV light. We found that bright sun made the beads change colour real fast! In shade they did still change colour but slower and not as dark. Inside where we were out of the sun was the only 100% protection. We then experimented with Slip, Slop, Slap - which one was the most effective. Slipping on a shirt provides good protection, but even then we talked out some rules with this, such as good covering, no singlets and no see through shirts. Slopping on some sunscreen was a great UV barrier, but again we discussed smart sunscreen application and how often to reapply. Slapping in a hat did having varying results as it showed great protection right up under the hat and then less and less the further down we went. And yet again we had lengthy discussions about the size of hat, whether a hat with holes was very effective and how to wear it properly.

Last but definitely not least, today provided the perfect opportunity to test our UV detecting beads on a cloudy day. There is a belief that you do not need sunscreen on cloudy days.....but our UV detectors say Yes You Do! Our beads detected UV light even on a cloudy day which means you can still get sunburned!

So from today the kids are a bit more sun savvy and will willingly apply sunscreen to protect themselves from the sun's harmful rays! Well, in theory! 

Make sure to ask your children about what UV stands for and how it can harm you. You might be surprised!

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Need to do a weight unit in class, but don't have enough scales...

Make your own!

A few weeks ago we needed to explore the language of weight and discuss whether objects were heavier than/lighter than others. However, there were not enough scales for everyone, so we made our own! This alone was a challenging task full of problem solving opportunities. We made the scales with cups, string, rulers and clips. The first challenge was how to work out the clip! After that, it was full steam ahead with scale making and measuring. The children loved it and enjoyed exploring the weight of different objects they could find around the room.


Monday, 23 September 2013

Junior Cross Country

Here is a lovely video of a few of the snapshots that I took on the day of our Junior Cross-Country. Well done to all of the children who participated on such a chilly day!

Friday, 20 September 2013

GO Team NZ with Room 3's Red Socks!

Today I asked the kids if any of them knew why people were wearing red socks. Non of them knew so we launched into a teachable moment of researching Sir Peter Blake's red socks! We discovered that it was his wife who gave him his first pair of red socks and when he wore them, we won his races. However, the first time he didn't wear them, he lost! So they became an icon of NZ as America's Cup good luck charm! Here is a photo of Room 3 showing off their lucky red socks:

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Omni Gym Day 1

Yesterday we had our first visit to the Omni Gym and the kids loved it! Here is a little video of the pictures I took on the day:

Thursday, 15 August 2013

More FM and Magpie players visit Room 3!

As a part of Riley winning the Arataki Honey competition, More FM came to visit our class on Monday and brought 2 Magpie players and Powerman! The kids were very surprised as I did not tell them what was happening (they assumed that we were still doing phonics after morning tea and were very confused with my strange actions - such as getting them to practice being quite on the mat). We were all treated with a biscuit, McDonald's voucher and a Unison puzzle. What a great day and well deserved for an awesome class!

Here is the link to the audio file from what was played on the radio:


And here is a link to their Facebook page to view all the wonderful photos from the day:


Thursday, 8 August 2013

Our very own Masterchef!

CONGRATULATIONS to Riley who won the Arataki Honey Cook Off on Saturday.

During the last school holidays Arataki Honey held a kids cooking Bee Challenge where kids of all ages were invited to submit a recipe of their favourite breakfast. Riley layered honey, muesli, yoghurt and sliced banana into a tall parfait glass and also made a delicious berry smoothie. Yum!
At the end of the challenge Riley was judged the winner of his age group, winning a years supply of honey and a fantastic goodie bag. Well done Riley!

We are so proud of you in Room 3 and were very excited to hear you special news! Well done Chef!

Thursday, 25 July 2013

The Faraday Centre

Here is a short video of the pictures taken on our trip to the Faraday Centre. We learned so much about wheels and it's many uses!
Click on the link below to view our video:
The Faraday Centre

Friday, 5 July 2013

Map making

As part of our Position and Orientation maths theme we used equipment to make our own town maps. We used shapes to create the buildings. Then we needed to create a key to show the names of each building. After we finished our map, we used them to write a set of directions from one place to another. We needed to use positional language such as left, right, forward and next to. Then we tested our directions with a partner. We found this more challenging that it seemed!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Sustainability Presentations continued...

Here are the remaining photos from our sustainability presentations. The students did a fantastic job presenting and explaining their topics. This was a great introduction into public speaking and the method of presenting information in a clear and precise manner. Well done Room 3!

Friday, 7 June 2013

Our worm farm presentation

What a show! The kids did a fantastic job today presenting there worm farm posters and video. I received many compliments from the teachers on how well the kids did. Here is a link to the video and I will post pictures from the assembly soon. Well done room 3 I'm proud of you!

Our video

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Sustainability Presentations

Our oral presentations so far! Well done to those who have bravely started off our oral presentations. You have all been sustainability super stars!