Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Milk It!

In Science this term we are having fun learning about milk with Mrs Wistrand.
We tasted cow's milk, almond milk, soy milk and rice milk.
Some were nicer tasting than others!
We talked about the properties of each milk.
(The properties are the features or special qualities something has.)
Milk is a liquid. It can pour.

We heated milk to see what happens.
When we held a plate over the pan, water collected on the base of the plate - we think milk has water in it!

 There was no liquid left in the pan, just some solids. 

We added vinegar to milk, and the mixture separated into curds (curdled solids) and whey (the liquid in the milk).

We found out that milk can be changed into other products.
We made butter!

And then we made icecream!

Measure the milk, sugar and vanilla essence

Place in a snap-lock bag

Put ice and salt into a larger bag and put the milk bag inside it.





And shake


Do you drink milk?
What type of milk do you enjoy?

How many animals or plants can you think of that can 
provide milk?

Have you ever made ice-cream in a bag? 
What is your favourite ice-cream flavour?


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Taonga Puoro

Jerome visited our school and shared his 'taonga puoro' - singing treasures.

Jerome skillfully showed us how he is able to make music from 
percussive instruments such as rocks; 
wind instruments such as gourds, bones, putatara (shells) and wood; 

and whirling instruments.

He played music from a whale tooth. 
The tooth had been made into a nguru - nose flute.

Jerome used these carved instruments to tell the story of the casemoth:

Here is a compilation of the sounds of Jerome's instruments.
Singing Treasures at RAS from Judy McKenzie on Vimeo.

What was your favourite instrument?

For our visitors - What are some traditional musical treasures from your area?

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mothers' Day poems

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Happy Mothers' Day to all our B4 mothers (and nanas).
We hope you enjoy the poems the children have written for you!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

String Shapes

We've been reviewing some work we started last term 
on shapes.
(See our shape song here.)

Today we made string shapes. It took a lot of negotiation and checking to get our shapes right, especially with the hexagons!

Can you guess these words? 
(They are all names of shapes.)

t - - - - - - - 
s - - - - -
o - - -
r - - - - - - - -
o - - - - - - 
c - - - - -
d - - - - - -
r - - - - - - - -