Thursday, March 30, 2017

It's Unanimous! - Our Heritage Buildings Inquiry

We have been inquiring into 

We were wondering if it is worth spending time and money to keep them tidy and useable, or should we build new buildings.

As part of our inquiry, we had a local expert come and talk to us about the 
history of the buildings.
We also visited some of the buildings and looked at the architectural features both inside and out.

Inside the old Court House

Inside the schoolroom of the School of Mines
Inside the Sacred Heart church

For interactive homework, everyone chose a building and made a model.
(Thank you so much to the B4 families for helping your children with the models, and for answering our questions - the models look fantastic and certainly helped with the learning)

We answered our individual inquiry questions about the buildings.

Finally, we made our decisions on our inquiry question 'Old or New -What's Your View?'
Everyone in B4 thinks the heritage buildings in Reefton should be 
looked after and maintained, because ...

  • lots of people come here to see them
  • it makes our town special
  • it would spoil the town if they weren't here
What special old buildings do you have in your town?
Do you agree with our thinking that the heritage buildings should be looked after?

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Honey Bees

Alex's nana brought one of her beehives to school.
She had put a perspex lid on the hive, so we could safely see inside the hive.

The honey is stored in cells made of beeswax. 
Joined together, they are called honeycomb.

Safety gear protects people from getting stung when working with bees.

Here are some cool links to find out more about honey bees:

National Geographic - Ten facts About Bees

San Diego Zoo - Bee facts

YouTube - Bees

Easy Science for Kids - Honey Bees

Science for Kids -Bee and Wasp facts 

What is the difference between honey bees and bumble bees and wasps?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Thinking It Through - Problem solving in maths

How could we order ourselves from heaviest to lightest, without using scales?

First idea - throw some rope over the basketball hoop and haul people up to find the heaviest and lightest 
(but we decided that wouldn't be safe).

Second idea - jump off something high and the person who lands first is heavier

Guess what - we landed at the same time!

We talked about balance scales, and someone thought about using a seesaw. 
So off we went to the play-park just down the road.

We had solved the problem!

What other ideas could we have tried?