Sunday, May 15, 2016

Secrets of Soil

Our science inquiry this term is around soil.
We became interested in soil after our visit to the bush 
last term.

We had some questions ..
What is soil?
Is all soil the same?

We looked at some soil from the bush and some soil from school.
We mixed each soil with water. 

When it settled, we could see layers.
The school sample and the bush samples looked different to each other.

Soil from school

Soil from the bush floor

We  observed and drew the samples.

For homework, everyone gathered 3 soil samples from different areas at their home.

We will use these soil samples for some further experiments!

What is the soil like where you live?

Monday, May 9, 2016

Shapes and Symmetry

We are talking about shapes and symmetry in Maths.
Mrs. L. from our neighbouring class found a great video 
explaining some different kinds of symmetry.

Are you able to find some symmetrical shapes at school, or in the environment?

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?