Friday, October 14, 2016

Rain in a Bag

This term's Big Idea is 'Water of Life'. 
We are looking at this idea through a science focus.
One of our first experiments was to set up a 
mini water cycle in a bag.

We put the bags on the window where the sun will (hopefully) shine on them.

If you look closely, you might see droplets of water on the inside of the bags.
This is called condensation.

How did the droplets of water get onto the sides of the bags?
Why are the droplets of water not blue like the water at the bottom of the bags?

Friday, September 23, 2016

Creating and Playing Instruments

As part of music this term, the children made instruments for homework. Now we have a class band!

Do you play an instrument? 
How long have you been learning to play it?
How often do you practise it?

if you don't learn one yet, what instrument would you like to learn to play?

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Police Dog Nour

Policeman Aaron visited with his dog Nour.
Police dogs are working dogs.
They have to do as they are told, without question.
Nour is two years old and has only been on active service  since May this year. 

Aaron and Nour are good friends.

Nour is waiting to be told to move.

When he does the right thing, Nour's reward is a game with Aaron.

These children are putting their scent onto the toys ...

and hiding them in the playground for Nour to find.



Nour tracked across the field to find another toy, hidden by Aaron. He is tracking the scent left by Aaron's footsteps.

Nour has a cage in the back of the police truck.

Before trying to pat a dog, let it smell your hand first.

What did you learn during the visit with Aaron and Nour?

Do you have a dog? Tell us about your dog!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Let's Celebrate!

For Social Studies with Mrs. W, the class have been inquiring into celebrations in New Zealand and in other countries of our Pacific and Asia region. 
After talking about some of the celebrations we have in NZ, 
we decided to focus on New Year celebrations.
Matariki is the Maori New Year, and is celebrated during winter.
The class read some stories about Matariki and investigated ways in which people might celebrate the occasion.
We communicated this part of our learning by interviewing each other.
To be successful, we had to share three ideas about how we might celebrate Matariki, and add some detail.


When do you celebrate New Year?
How do you celebrate it?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Frosty Footprints

We had a week of -10˚C frosts, so we just had to get out and explore our frosty environment.
We also enjoyed the first two lines of a poem called
'Frosty Ghosts' by Sydney Victoria.
Frosty ghosts escape my throat,
Showing themselves in the damp winter air.

Her lines inspired us to write about frost too, especially when we saw these frosty footprints in the grass!

(Click on the image to enlarge it for reading)

What is the weather like at your place?