Monday, November 24, 2014

Concentrating on Coding

One of the coding apps we enjoy using is LightBot, which we heard about through our Room 4 blogging buddies.


The robot has to be programmed to light up some tiles.
Our current class champion is Ben!

Now, thanks to Mrs McKenzie's Twitter friends, we have another coding game to try.
If you are a fan of the movie Frozen, 
here is a coding challenge for you!



Remember to ask your parents if you can sign up, or just use the open version.

Do you know of a  coding game that we might enjoy trying? 

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
and 
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?