Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Plethora of Pets

Pet's Day dawned with thunder and rain!
Luckily the weather fined up by 12pm when the 
Grand Parade began.
We were impressed by all the creative entries in each section - crafts, decorated bikes, baking,
plus all of the animals.
For the first time we had two family competitions: harakeke (flax-weaving) and rhubarb!

Pet's Day 2014 on PhotoPeach

At the end of the day, the White Ribbon Riders arrived.
Our kapahaka group gave a welcome and we got to take a look at the bikes.

Tell us about your pet!

Can you tell us what 'plethora' means?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fossicking in Rock Pools

As part of our 'Under the Sea' science topic, 
three classes travelled for over an hour by bus 
to visit the rock pools.

Look what we found!

Starfish - echinoderms

Limpets - gastropods
Mussels - bivalve molluscs

Jellyfish - cnidaria

Crabs- crustaceans

Do you know what these are?

At the Rockpools on PhotoPeach

Do you enjoy fossicking in rock pools?
What did you find?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fishy Calendar Art

We've made our calendar art, ready for parents to view and order for 2015 calendars, and other items.
We used our science topic of 'Under the Sea' as our inspiration.

We all drew fish, but what is your favourite undersea creature?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Cellotape Sculptures

We are busy getting our costumes ready for our end-of-year item in December. 
Some of the preparations involved making tape sculptures.
First we wrapped objects with plastic wrap.

The next step was to wind several layers of cellulose tape around and over each object.

The tape had to be carefully cut so we could easily remove the object.

What skills did we have to use to do these sculptures?
How did your buddy help you?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Weather Skype with 1D in Texas

We skyped with a class from a suburb of Dallas, Texas, USA to talk about the weather.
In New Zealand, it was 8.30am on Tuesday - our day usually begins at 8.50am so we had an early start. 
In Texas, it was 2.30 pm on Monday! 

What did we find out?
In New Zealand it is spring.
In Texas it is fall (autumn).

We measure temperature using degrees Centigrade (˚C).
They use degrees Fahrenheit (˚F).

In summer, an extremely hot day in Reefton might be 35˚C (about 95˚F).
A really hot day in Dallas, TX might be 100˚F.

This morning in Reefton the day was quite cool, and the temperature was about 10˚C (50˚F).
The temperature in Dallas, TX was about 80˚F (27˚C).

We had some time to compare notes about our classes.
We have 20 students. We are Year 1, 2 and 3s, and we are mostly aged 6 and 7, with one 8 year-old.

1D has 22 Grade 1 students, all aged six.

Both classes love doing Daily 5 at reading time!

Winter is the favourite season of Brooks, from 1D
Braedyn from B4 said his favourite season is summer.

We live in a community of just over 900.
1D live in a community of 35,000.

We live one hour away from a beach, but we have a school pool, a town pool and the river.
The children in 1D would need to drive for nine hours to get to a beach! However, they have a rec centre, and lakes, and backyard pools.

Which place is generally hotter - Reefton or Dallas?
What is your favourite season and why?

Monday, October 13, 2014

What's the Temperature Where You Live?

In maths this week, we are looking at temperature.

Here in New Zealand, it is spring.
The days are getting warmer. 
But would a person living somewhere else call our weather warm, or would it seem cold in comparison to where they live?

We are hoping that visitors to our blog this week (and next) will comment on what the temperature is where they live. 

Let us know:
Where you are
What time of day it is
What the temperature is (please show C or F)
Do you think your day seems hot, warm, cool or cold?

Hint: To write the degrees symbol ˚ using your computer, hold the Option and K buttons together.
If you are using an ipad, hold down on the zero key to make the symbol.

Here is a handy tool for converting ˚F to ˚Celsuis

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Big Slurp

We are lucky to be part of the Milk in Schools programme, and we enjoy our cartons of milk each day after lunch break.
Today we took part in 
'The Big Slurp', 
for World Milk Day.

Did your class take part in 'The Big Slurp'?