Friday, June 29, 2018

Celebrating Puanga

Today some us got up super early to meet on the school field to celebrate Puanga. We all stood around a bonfire. Mr Ohia spoke then we all sung a song. Some of us sent some lanterns off into the sky. We then went into the hall for some share kai. After that Mr Ohia's Ropu shared some facts about Puanga and a waiata. We then spent the morning in our houses doing lots and lots of fun activities. What a great way to spend the day!







Art Gallery and Library

On Monday we were lucky enough to be able to visit the District Library and Art Gallery. At the Library we got a tour and some of us were issued a library card. We really enjoyed looking through all the books and issuing them on their fancy system. At the Art Gallery Seitske showed us an art exhibition. We looked at all the creatures that were made from clay. We were then given an opportunity to create our own creature. We had such an awesome day!








Friday, June 22, 2018

Bike Saftey

This week we have been learning about bike safety. Some of us brought our own bikes to school to use and some of us borrowed the ones our lady instructors provided. We learnt what to check on our bike before we went for a ride, how to check that our helmet was on correctly, keeping to the left when we ride on pathways and roads, use our arms to indicate which way we are turning and many more safety rules. We all had lots of fun learning and practicing what were learnt. For writing next week we are going to create a poster to share what we have learnt with others. Look out for them on our individual blogs.







Friday, June 15, 2018

Tennis

We are lucky enough to be having tennis lessons with Gene Ridgeway this term. We are learning lots of new skills including the ready position, overhead serve, forehand and backhand ground stroke. To a partner we can serve the ball and have a rally over the net. Our skills are developing and our coordination is improving the more we practice.










Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Friday, June 8, 2018

Using Our Chunky Chalk

Today we finally got to use the chalk we made outside on the concrete. Using the brighter colours worked the best. We created cartoons that included an onomatopoeia which we had been learning about during writing. What ever was left of our chalk we got to take home. I wonder where else our chalk could write on?









Friday, June 1, 2018

Making Our Own Paint

Today Mrs Palmer said to us that we had run out of paint and we couldn't paint a picture. She said that we could work on our own or with a buddy. We got a cup and a paint brush and went to explore and find some ingredients to make our own paint. Some of us went outside, others found some things inside the classroom. It was lots of fun trying different ways to make paint. When we had something we thought might work we tried it out on our paper. Some of us had great success and others needed to try another way to make paint. We had lots of wonderings about paint when we had finished. For example Who was they first person who made/invented paint? Who invented the paint brush?
What was the first type of paint made of? Are there different types of paint? How does paint work? We look forward to exploring some of these wonderings during the term.











Friday, May 25, 2018

Volcano Making

What will happen when we mix baking soda and vinegar?
A volcano!
We worked in buddies to make a volcano out of lego. We added one teaspoon of baking soda into the canister and then poured 1/4 cup of vinegar in. Wow, what a chemical reaction. Bubbles slowly rising up and over the top to pour over the sides. That was the carbon dioxide that was formed when they mixed together. Not only did we do the experiment but we took photos on a app called Stop Motion. Next week we will be turning our experiment into a movie for others to watch.













Fizz and Zing

Acids and carbonates! What happens when we mix them together? We tried different acids and carbonates to see if they had chemical reaction. Some did and some didn't. We discussed what happened to the ones that did. The acid dissolved the carbonate and it formed a gas called carbon dioxide. This was shown by the bubbles that formed in the mixture.

Tomato juice and baking soda


Orange juice and baking powder



Vinegar and egg shells