Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Fish of Maui

The students from B4 have been working with Mrs Wright in Drama this term.

In the story, Maui (a Maori demi-god) hides away in his brothers' waka (canoe) when they go fishing. 
They row out from Te Waka a Maui - the South Island, 
(also known as Te Wai Pounamu) 
and Maui fishes up a huge fish which becomes the North Island - Te Ika a Maui 
(the fish of Maui)

Here is our play, called "The Fish of Maui'.

B4 students - what was your part in the play?

Do you have a favourite legend of Maui?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Discovery Time

A few weeks ago we 
read a post by our blogging buddies, E7,about their Discovery Time.
The B4 students were quite taken with this idea. 
On their own initiative, they wrote some persuasive letters and the result is 
we now have Discovery Time in B4!
It's a great time to practise our Key Competencies - 
Managing Self
Relating to Others
Using Language, Symbols and Text
Participating and Contributing.

What do you love about Discovery Time?
What new activities could we try?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Our Fractions Party

Two of our B4 students are shifting away this week, so we had a small farewell for them.
We are also learning about fractions in maths, so we made it a 'fractions' party!
We had to work out how we could cut up or share out the treats so everyone got a fair share.

Is it a fair share?

Half each!

Making sure each person gets a third of the Pebbles.
Each person gets one third of the Pebbles.

One third of 21 is seven.

Goodbye Korbyn and Ethan. 
We hope you have a great time at your new schools.

How many sweets were in the packet if my half share is 8?
How many sweets were in the packet if my third share is 6?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sporty Stick Figures

This term's art topic 'Sporty Sculptures' was inspired by the recent Commonwealth Games.
In the first activity, we started by looking at each other in sporty poses then used pipe cleaners to form our 
sporty stick figures.

Sporty Stick Figures on PhotoPeach

What sports do you think our figures were taking part in?

Monday, August 18, 2014

We're Proud of our Reefton Area School Kapahaka group!

Korbyn, a Year 2 from B4, is a member of our school 
kapahaka group. 
With the help of coast iwi, community members and some teachers, the students have trained hard to learn 
haka, poi and waiata ringa ringa (action songs).
The boys have even given their time some weekends to learn some haka.

Recently the group took part in the Tai Poutini Kapahaka Festival in Westport. 

(video courtesy of Martini Kira)

Leave a positive message for our kapahaka group telling them what you enjoyed about their performance.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Giving It a Go, Even Though You Might Not Win

This term we are working in inquiry groups to find out more about our neighbouring countries in Asia and the Pacific.
Like New Zealand, some of these countries are 
members of the Commonwealth, 
so we followed each group's 'country' as they took part in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Some of the countries we followed have small populations, and only sent small teams to the Commonwealth Games.
Some of those countries didn't win any medals. 
We were impressed that even though the athletes probably didn't expect to win a medal, they came to the Games and competed to their best ability.

Why might athletes compete even if they don't expect to win?