Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Readers Theatre - Take 1

Here are our first attempts at incorporating play scripts into our reading program. Not bad for our first go! We can't wait to show off the Christmas ones that we are practising now!

Thanksgiving celebrations

As a part of our Inquiry into Celebrations, we had a look at the history of Thanksgiving and wrote about what we are thankful for (especially important at this time of year). Then we sampled some delicious American treats - Pumpkin Snickerdoodle cookies and made some clever turkeys hats and gobbled our way around the school!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Maui and the Sun story telling

We used dioramas to retell the story of Maui and the Sun.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Marshmallow 3D shapes

What a better way to explore shapes than to use marshmallows and tooth picks! We made models to represent the paper shapes that we made from nets. Then we ate the marshmallows! Yum!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Our trip to the Taniwha Daffodil Farm

What a beautiful day we had down to the daffodil farm! It was well worth the long bus trip to get there as we were able to roam acres of dazzling daffodils. After we picked our bunches and had them wrapped up and ready to take home, we ate lunch and had a last run through the flowers (well around them, not through them). All in all it was a magic day for parents and children alike! Spring has definitely sprung for HNP students!

Here are just a few photos from the day:


Sunday, 7 September 2014

Room 9 Basketball lessons

Here are a few snap shots of our last lesson with Hawkes Bay Basketball! Our next time with them will be during our Junior Team tournament to show off our new skills!

Science day with Room 11

We decided that the best way to fill a Friday after a wet week was with some science! I first asked the kids what they thought would happen when you mix water with oil. And of course they thought that it would - EXPLODE! I'm guessing that all kids think that science = explosions. Unfortunately I couldn't make anything explode this time but we were in for making some lava lamp cups. We started with some red dyed water then added some oil (to much dismay, it didn't explode). We talked about where the oil went when added to the water. Next the students added salt. This sunk to the bottom but after a few moments, it blobbed back up to the top like lava! The descriptive language being thrown around the room will make for some amazing story writing on Monday!

How many students can you squash in a Ford Escort?

Our school won a chance to enter the contest to get the All Blacks to visit our school. In order to enter we had to see how many students we could fit into a Ford Escort...and the answer - 45!! We didn't break the record (or any children) but we had heaps of fun and a very memorable way to learn about capacity! 

Butterflies in maths and art!

Our EIT student Kath has done a huge unit on butterflies, from metamorphosis to symmetry and shading to blend colours for butterfly art. Here is a look at how much we have covered!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Our algebra lolly factory

All of the students were assigned jobs in a lolly factory making packets of 10 lollies. They had 4 lolly types to chose from: jellybeans, snakes, fizzy lollies and gummy bears. Once they made a pile of ten, they wrote the number sentence that could be sent to the factory to have the bags filled. We found that 10 could = 2+2+1+5 or 3+1+4+2 and so on. This was a great lead into our algebra unit showing that a number can be made up of different combinations or broken down into it's parts. 

Monday, 14 July 2014

Term 2 mufti day

Football World Cup themed Mufti Day...and two Room 9 birthdays on the same day. So we celebrated with a shared morning tea, a video and even a bit of happy dancing at the end of the day! Good times in Room 9!

Thursday, 29 May 2014

A visit from the firemen

We were very lucky to have 3 super funny firemen come and visit our class to teach us about fire safety. We discussed how matches and lighters are tools for adults, not toys. We watched a video showing how a candle near a curtain can catch on fire very quickly and we even practised how to Get Down, Get Low and Get Out under a black sheet (smoke). Great fun but some life saving skills were definitely learned!

A whole class visit to the dental van!

This week we had the opportunity to visit the famous dental van of Mrs Pinker!! Somehow we managed to fit the whole class into the van but only one student was chosen to model the dental chair. Mrs Pinker chose Mackenzie as she had just lost one of her teeth about an hour before we had our visit! The kids loved this chance to visit the van in a fun environment and couldn't wait to have their turn at having their own teeth examined. Of course, after the amount of time we have spent on our Healthy Teeth unit and even brushing our teeth in class, we will have the cleanest teeth at HNP!!