Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Window Screens

At certain times of the year the sunshine pours in through our  classroom windows, making it hard to see our interactive whiteboard.
We used to put up black paper, 
but now we have some beautiful window screens made in art with Mrs. W.

After planning the designs, we used permanent waterproof markers to make the designs on the plastic sheets (we used big rubbish bags!)

To be successful we had to:
  • include flowers in our design (this term's art focus)
  • fill up all the sheets 
  • use some solid shapes
  • vary the thickness of the lines
  • vary the sizes and shapes
  • repeat shapes

Our design incorporates our school PB4L values, which are taken from our school name:
(Reefton Area School)


We also had to use our Key Competency of 
Relating to Others 
by taking turns and sharing the markers.

Is your school a PB4L school?
What are your school values?

B4 - what did you most enjoy about making the screens?

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Look Back to Look Forward - Shantytown

We traveled to Shantytown as part of our Social Studies work around our theme 'Look Back to Look Forward'.  
This year we are looking at the 'World of Work'.

After leaving school at 9am we arrived at Shantytown at 10.30am.
The teacher greeted us and took us to the schoolroom.

After morning tea we got to ride the train! 
Along the way we passed the sawmill.

We found out that before people had cars, travel by train used to be more commonplace.

Then it was time for lunch, and a chance to check out some of the attractions.

Mrs McK learned about some duties of school teachers 
in the past!

After lunch we went shopping. 
Each group had a shopping list and we had to make sure we found all of the items. 
Nowadays people can get most grocery items by visiting just one supermarket, but in the past people had to visit lots of shops to get all of their shopping. 

We had to get a leg of lamb from the butchers and order the meat for next week:

We visited the hairdressers and the jewellers:

We wrote a postcard and posted it to ourselves:

Fresh vegetables from the gardener in Chinatown:

At the grocers, the customer was given a chair to sit on while being served by the shopkeeper. 
We had to wait until it was our turn to be served.

The tea, flour and rice had to be weighed and bagged.
Nothing came plastic-wrapped back then!

We enjoyed our day exploring the past.

Have you ever visited a heritage park like Shantytown?
Do you think life was easier or harder back then?
Why do you think that?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Beeswax Lunch Wraps

Last term, during our recycling unit, we learned about making re-usable lunch wrappers from cotton fabric and beeswax.

This weekend it is the school's 'Fog Festival' gala, so we've decided we will make and sell 

As making the cloths wasn't a safe activity for the class to do, Mrs W. and Mrs McK. got together during the term break and made the first batch, and Mr McK helped make a second batch!

Grating the beeswax was time-consuming and we had to watch out for our fingers!

Sprinkling the beeswax onto the cotton.

Cooling the beeswax cloths once they were out of the oven.

Mmmm, they smell like honey!

This week the B4 students are learning about and making advertisements to persuade people to buy our waxy lunch wrappers!

We learned about using rhetorical questions (a question that you don't expect to get an answer for, but it makes people think about the topic).
That was a lot of fun!

We made sure we listed some selling points too.

Now we can't wait for the Fog Festival!

What are the benefits of using a beeswax cloth to wrap your lunch?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Volcano Homework

Our school recognises the value of interactive homework, where parents and children work together to complete a task linked to the classroom learning.
The children were very proud of the volcano projects they completed with their families, and have been excited to share their work.

What do you think -should children have to do homework?