Thursday, July 30, 2015

Beeswax Lunch Wraps

Last term, during our recycling unit, we learned about making re-usable lunch wrappers from cotton fabric and beeswax.

This weekend it is the school's 'Fog Festival' gala, so we've decided we will make and sell 

As making the cloths wasn't a safe activity for the class to do, Mrs W. and Mrs McK. got together during the term break and made the first batch, and Mr McK helped make a second batch!


Grating the beeswax was time-consuming and we had to watch out for our fingers!

Sprinkling the beeswax onto the cotton.

Cooling the beeswax cloths once they were out of the oven.

Mmmm, they smell like honey!






This week the B4 students are learning about and making advertisements to persuade people to buy our waxy lunch wrappers!

We learned about using rhetorical questions (a question that you don't expect to get an answer for, but it makes people think about the topic).
That was a lot of fun!

We made sure we listed some selling points too.



Now we can't wait for the Fog Festival!

What are the benefits of using a beeswax cloth to wrap your lunch?



Sunday, July 5, 2015

Volcano Homework

Our school recognises the value of interactive homework, where parents and children work together to complete a task linked to the classroom learning.
The children were very proud of the volcano projects they completed with their families, and have been excited to share their work.




















What do you think -should children have to do homework?




Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Robots, Volcanoes and Little Pink Ponies

We are having such good fun in maths with our 

The pink ponies were surrounded by dangers 
(a volcano, some sharp 'swords', the stinging bees and the eye-pecking birds).

They needed to be saved, so we sent in the robots. 
Robots can do jobs that are too dangerous for people to do, 
but they can only do what they are instructed to do, 
so the programmers had to be very careful to give good directions. 
We had to use words such as left, right, forward, back, pick up, put down, & end.
We used trial and error to get our programming correct, and we really had to make sure we knew left from right!

Some of us had to rewrite our instructions to 
re-programme the robot, but each of the robots saved the ponies in the end.




We had a great laugh when Ben commanded Robot Taylah to go and pick up Mrs McK!


Do you have a good way to remember left from right?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Volcanoes

We've been learning a lot about Volcanoes for Science.

Did you know there are four main types of volcanoes?
They are
caldera, cone, shield and composite.



We learned about the layers of the Earth.




 We made volcanoes!








And we've been sharing our learning about volcanoes.







Do you live near a volcano?
Do you know of a famous volcano?
When did it last erupt?
What type of volcano is it?


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Basic Facts

Challenge yourself to better your score on these basic facts!


Choose: 
Stage 2-3 if you are working on addition to 10.
Stage 4 is you are working on addition to 20.
Stage 5 if you have mastered Stage 4.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Beyond the Square - Thinking Creatively

We noticed there has been a lot of rubbish lying around the playground, and we decided to do something about it.
Most of the rubbish was packaging from the lunch boxes!

First we investigated the rubbish by collecting it and sorting. We saved our own packaging each day too, and placed it on a continuum to show how good or bad it might be for the environment.


We buried a variety of the rubbish in the garden to see what would happen.


After one week in the garden

After two weeks buried in the garden

The food scraps went mushy and absorbed into the ground, but the packaging rubbish didn't disappear!
We started talking about solutions and explored this website to learn about 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle'.



We learned about different materials used for packaging using this website.

Now we have our background knowledge, we are designing our own lunch boxes.


What does your school do to reduce the amount of packaging rubbish brought to school?