Monday, April 11, 2016

The Colour Poem Project is On Again!

We were excited when Mrs McK received a tweet from her friend Mrs Yollis in California, 
inviting us to join the Colour Poem project again this year.

This year the project kicked off with poems about 
black and white.

Our class wrote this poem, using the Måori words 
Må (white) 
and Pango (black).

We tweeted our poem, using the #clrpoem hashtag. 
By using the hashtag, we get to read all of the poems, from all ariund the world, even if we don't follow the classes on Twitter.

Each week, the poems will be about a colour on the visible spectrum - the colours of the rainbow - 
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet

Here is an easy way to remember the order:
R O Y G B I V 

This week, the colour is RED.

What do you like about the colour red?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

'Birdman' Competition

Autumn has arrived, so it is the end of our 
swimming season for now.
To end the season, our 
home and school group RASCA 
(Reefton Area School Community Association) 
held a birdman competition at the school pool.
Three events were held - a rubber-band boat race, the biggest splash, and the Birdman competition.

Everyone had a lot of fun and some people are already planning for next year's competition.

What would you create for a winning entry? 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Making Mindfulness Jars

Sarah and Shelly have been coming this term and taking us for Mindfulness.
Doing Mindful breathing, moving and eating can help us to calm our minds. 
Mindfulness can help us if we feel worried or upset.

We made mindfulness jars.
We put some water with a little glue powder into the jars, added some food colouring, then sprinkled lots of big and little glitter in.
Finally, we glued around the lids before screwing them onto the jars.

When we shake the jars the water and glitter acts like a snow storm. 
The glitter represents our busy thoughts. 
Just as the glitter settles to the bottom of the jar, our thoughts can settle and become quieter.

What do you do to settle your thoughts?
Have you done Mindfulness?

Monday, March 21, 2016

A Bush Walk Up Lankey's Creek Track

Our Social Studies topic is Our Place - The Bush. 
We've been looking at how our bush environment is used by the people who live here, and by the people who visit our area.
Our key idea is that the bush is a significant feature for people - locals and visitors.
We went for a bush walk up the Lankey's Creek track, and also took the chance to make some sketches of plants for our artwork.

What do you like about bush walks?

Sunday, March 13, 2016

A Visit to the Art Gallery

We are going to be using the artworks of local artists, plus our local environment, as inspiration for our own art works, so we visited the local art gallery.
We saw art works made with different media. 
We saw paintings with animals, paintings with people, sculptures and carvings.

Alison Hale kept us spell-bound when she showed us how she creates paintings on glass.

We really enjoyed our visit to the gallery!

Do you have a gallery in your town?
What type of art works do you like looking at?

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Friendship Sticks

To end our Health unit on Friendships, everyone got to make a friendship stick for homework.
The stick had to have our name and our friend's name. 
It had to be decorated so the receiver would know we spent time thinking about them.
The stick had to say 'why' the friend is receiving it!

Our sticks are beautiful!

Why is your friend special?
What do you like to do together?

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Filling the 100 Chart

We worked in twos or threes to see how quickly we could put the numbers back onto a 100 grid.
We found there are many ways to do it, but some strategies are quicker than others.
Starting from 1 and hunting for the next numbers in order took far too long!
Using what we know about number patterns in rows and columns was quicker.

What patterns might you use to do this quickly?