Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Care Package from Home - Just Like 100 Years Ago

Our Social Studies topic this term is looking at Friendship, Camaraderie and Service. 
You can read about it in our last post titled A Letter Home.

We found out that our local soldier was looking forward to receiving a parcel from home.
Our interactive homework was to think what his family might have sent him and to make, draw or write about the parcel.

Here are our care packages. 
We were excited to see the packages, so we think the soldiers would have been VERY excited to receive them!

What would you include in a care package for someone serving overseas?
What would you like to receive in a care package?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Letter Home -100 Years Ago

An important event from New Zealand's history,
that we commemorate each year, 
is the campaign at Gallipoli during World War 1.
2015 is the centenary of the landing, which means it took place 100 years ago this year.

Our school was given a copy of a letter written home by a local soldier who was at Gallipoli.

The classes have been using the letter as a springboard for their inquiry into those events 100 years ago. 
Here is some of B4's inquiry with Mrs W:

Some of the children from our school who live nearby, took their learning a step further by making trenches in the grass pile at the weekend!

How might soldiers in World War 1 have helped and supported each other?
Why is it important to remember events like Gallipoli?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Crazy Science

We enjoyed a Crazy Science presentation last week.
The scientist showed us some fun experiments.
Making elephant toothpaste!

Pouring water into a bag ...

... which was soaked up by a baby diaper - did you know a diaper has polymers in it?

Explaining the power of polymers with cups posing as 'baby wee' and a 'diaper'.


Here are some
with an adult, from a website called Science Sparks.

What is a polymer?
Do you like science?
Have you tried an experiment?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

We are Learning to 'Swim For Life'

This week we started our 'Swim For Life' sessions. 
Twice each week for the rest of term, we will go down to the town pool and have swim lessons with Hayley.

Some of us were a little worried that the pool would be too deep, but everyone gave it a go!
To our surprise, Hayley had some underwater stretchers for us to stand on, so that made us feel safer.
We are sure our swimming will improve this term.
A big thank you to the mums and dads who help with transport, and by getting in the pool.

B4 'Swim For Life' on PhotoPeach

Why is it important to learn to swim?
Where is your favourite place to swim?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

This Is Me!

We've had a lot of fun writing about ourselves.
We had to include an early memory; something that makes us laugh; a fun fact; and something that we love. 
Mrs McK got the idea from 'The Writing Book'.

We made pictures of ourselves to go with our writing. 
We saw this idea on our buddies' blog at Clyde School and asked if we could use it.
Thank you buddies!

We hope you like our stories.

This Is Me (book 2)

Click on the book covers to open our books!

This Is Me (book 1)

Have you an early memory or a fun fact about yourself that you would like to share with us?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Proving Our Learning

One of the maths groups was challenged to show what they remembered from last year about adding 2-digit numbers. This is what they came up with.

Do you know another strategy they could use to add 2-digit numbers?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Learning About Area

We are learning to use simple units to measure and compare the area of shapes.
(We talk about area when we measure the size of a surface. 
It is the amount of space there is on a flat surface. )

We started by comparing two shapes drawn with chalk on the carpet, and had to guess which might have the largest area.

We worked with a buddy to brainstorm some ways we could measure the area, using non-standard units. Quite a few groups thought of using children, so that's what we did!

We decided on some rules for measuring:
  • keep the units inside the edges
  • don't overlap the units
  • count how many units we used
  • include the name of the unit when we talk about the measurement

 Shape A had the biggest area, as five children could fit inside, compared to Shape B which only fitted four children inside.

The next task was to measure the area of the cover of a book we have been using recently.
Each group chose a unit to use.

Something went wrong with this one!
Can you tell us what we need to do to measure it correctly?