Thursday, August 17, 2017

Look Back to Look Forward - Pre-European NZ

Our school-wide big idea this term is 
'Look Back to Look Forward'.

In Social Studies with Mrs. W, the B4 children started by finding out about pre-European times in New Zealand.
What lessons can we learn for the future from the way early Maori lived their lives?

As part of their inquiry, the class collected harakeke (flax) from the school grounds.
They had to follow tikanga - protocols for gathering the harakeke.
They had to wait for a fine day, and a karakia (prayer) was said first.
They learned to not take the centre leaves (the baby) or the next leaves (the parents), but to only take the outside leaves (the grandparents).

Saying the karakia

Once the flax was gathered, a shell was used to scrape along the leaves to make some flax fibres.

The children twisted the fibres together into strings by rolling them up and down on their legs.

The fibres are strong!

The class are also learning some tī rākau  -stick games.

This video shows the very first try. 
We hope to post another video in a few weeks to show how much we have improved!

Have you tried working with harakeke? 
What about trying some stick games?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

100 Days of School!

The first day of Term 3 was our 100th day of school for 2017.
All year we have been counting the days using our tens-frame chart, and writing the matching equations.

We've noticed the tidy numbers that ended with a 10, and those that ended with a 5.
We've counted in tens and fives.
We've learned a lot about the place value of numbers.
We worked out the ways that one hundred can be split into groups
4 groups of twenty-five

20 groups of five

10 groups of ten

50 groups of two

2 groups of 50

We wrote about the things we've been told 100 times or more!
(template freebie came from this blog)

And finally, we had a special treat at lunchtime, with movie, popcorn, ice-cream, and pyjamas!

What have you been told 100 times or more?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

'Big City Noises' - Repertory for Kids 2017

The Year 3s were excited to present their play at the school's Repertory for Kids evening.
Uncle Shane and his dog have come for a visit. The family are taking him by bus to their place.
It's noisy in the city, 
but it's not the noises that worry 
Bruno the dog .....

Sunday, July 2, 2017

'Landing a Job' - a play from Year 2

Our Year 2 students presented their play at assembly.
Seagull has his eye on parrots job as the pirate's parrot, but parrot isn't giving up easily!

What would your ideal job be?

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Making Electrical Circuits

We've had a lot of fun in science with Mrs. W this term, learning to be problem solvers while we make electrical circuits.

We've learned about batteries and bulbs.
We've learned about parallel circuits and series circuits.

Where might we find circuits in our everyday lives?