Friday, May 18, 2018

Learning About the Piano

In Term 1 the class learned about Beethoven and the piano.
They learned that Beethoven was a composer, 
and that he persevered even though he faced many challenges in his life.  
From when he was a small child, Beethoven practised playing the piano for many hours of the day, 
and although he went deaf at age 27 he continued to write and perform great music.

While one of our students played a short tune, 
the class took a look inside an upright piano to see how the sound was made.

Do you learn a musical instrument?
What instrument do you most like to listen to?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Showing "Aspire' at the School Cross-Country

Our B4 students got the chance to show our school value of 'Aspire' by training for, and running in, our school cross-country.
Our school values are match with the initials of our school name!
Reefton - respect
Area - aspire
School - self-manage.

Everyone worked hard and kept going even when they were tired!

What are your school values?
How can you show them?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

'Filled to Capacity' - Finding out about Volume

In Maths, we are finding out about Volume.
Volume is the amount of space inside a shape.

Our first challenge was to make a building with 12 cubes.

Although the buildings were different shapes (some were tall and narrow, others were short and wide), we decided that they took up the same amount of room because they were each built with 12 cubes.

The second challenge was to create a container that would hold 30 beads, with just the right amount of space.
It took a few tries, 
but everyone showed persistence and kept trying until they had a container just the right size.

We kept trying!

We saw that different shaped containers can have the same volume.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

#NZreadaloud - Gavin Bishop

For the next two weeks we are taking part in the Yr 1/2 #NZreadaloud. 
We will be reading lots of stories by New Zealand author Gavin Bishop and we will be posting about our learning on the readaloud blog here.

We read Gavin Bishop's version of 'Chicken Licken' 
and compared it to another version we have in our class.

The endings were quite different. One is sadder than the other!

We voted on which ending we each preferred.

Let us know which ending you prefer!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Building Our Growth Mindsets

Our 2018 school year is underway!

During the first week back we used videos and activities from 

Jo Boaler's Week of Inspirational Maths
to get our brains thinking again.

Over the past couple of years we've been working on maths in different ways, working in mixed groups to figure out rich tasks that develop our math thinking. 

We've been learning to talk about our learning and to challenge others to explain their thinking. 
We've also been learning that mistakes make our brains grow! Our new saying is 'a mistake is a first attempt in learning'.

The 'Building Shapes' activity got us working as a team to try the challenges. Each team had to convince the 'skeptics' that we'd created the shapes.

Did you notice some groups who kept trying until they found success?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Celebration of Learning 2017

Our school year is at an end. 

Last night was the school's Celebration of Learning.
B4's item was a dance telling the story of 
Tawhirimatea, God of the Wind.

Papatuanuku the Earth Mother, and Ranginui the Sky Father were clasped closely together, leaving no room for their children to grow. 
The children, all boys, decided to push the parents apart.

Tawhirimatea was against his brothers separating their parents  to make more room.

When they succeeded, he went to live with Ranginui in the sky.
Now, when he is happy, the sun shines, but if he feels angry, we get storms.

Our new school year starts at the end of January, 2018.
See you then!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Wind Power

Following on from the science investigation into fabrics,
the students were given a technology challenge to design a wind cart that could travel 2 metres powered only by wind.

The science work on fabrics would help when making decisions about the best sails to use!

First there were some key concepts to explore:

The design brief:

Building the wind carts:

The final models:

And now watch the movie of the wind carts in action!

Have you ever made a wind cart? 
What would you use if you were making a wind cart to ride on?