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?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Loom Bands - What Do You Think?

Do you have a loom band craze at your school?
These colourful little rubber bands are used to make bracelets, necklaces and have even been used elsewhere to make a dress!

Here are some of the beautiful creations made by 
students in B4:

But could loom bands also be a problem for our environment, our animals and even our younger brothers and sisters?

Take a look at this video from Hamilton Zoo.

Have you joined the loom band craze?
What do you do with all of your loom bands?

How can we keep babies, animals and our environment safe?
What do you think?


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Firewise!

We've been talking about being 'Firewise' - knowing what to do in the event of a fire.

Here are the key messages from the Fire Service:

Fire spreads very fast.

The smoke from a fire is poisonous and people must not breathe the smoke. If they do, they will not get out of the room.

You need to get out of the room by staying UNDER the smoke! 

Go to the safe meeting place.




Where is your family's safe meeting place outside of your house?

What should you do if you hear the smoke alarm?

How many working smoke alarms do you have in your house?

What happens if there is a fire alarm at school?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Our School Song

Students from B3 and B2 presented our new school song at Repertory for Kids in the last week of term. 

The song, called Takatü-Ana Te Ako A-Mate-Noa, 
(which is our school motto and means 'engage in life-long learning') 
showcases our R.A.S. values;
Respect, Aspire, Self-manage.



We think the song is very catchy and we look forward to learning all of the words!

What is your favourite verse?
Visitors - does your school have a school song?