Sunday, 25 June 2017

Amazing Dioramas


As part of our celebrations for Book Week, students in Room 26 & 27 were asked to create a diorama of a scene from a book that they have enjoyed. This could have either been fiction or non - fiction.

The results were amazing. Students included lots of detail. 

I wonder if you can guess what book they are from?

Diorama on PhotoPeach

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Book Week Song


This week we have the Enviroschools Facilitator Sonya Sedgwick coming in to school to work with classes to create stone art. We will be painting our own rocks to represent the different stars within the Matariki Constellation. We have been learning the Matariki Waiata to sing during the workshop.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Nathan and Max's experiments with air pressure

Nathan and Max have been experimenting with air pressure as part of our inquiry into simple machines. They have constructed potato cannons that are powered by high pressure air pumped in from a bicycle pump. Here are some photos of them testing the cannon. The furthest shot travelled 82 metres!

Maths Like A Pirate

This week we in Room 2 we are doing lots of Pirate based activities for Book Week and the Book Fair! Today we started with Maths Like a Pirate.

Students had to make a treasure chest with only paper and 1m of cellotape.  The treasure chest had to fit their pencils in. We discussed where is the Maths in this activity before we started and we brainstormed the following- Measurement, Geometry, Shape, 3D Shapes, Area, Volume.

We also looked at what skills we need to use when working with our buddy. We focused in on the value of relationships and the skills of communication and co-operation.

Here are some photos of our work.


There is much excitement building in the school this week, with book week starting.

This morning Room 2 had a visit from Geronimo Stilton!

Remember we have the following events:

Guest author on Thursday
Senior Team Literacy Quiz- Friday
Dress Up as your favourite book character- Friday
Book Mark competition due Thursday to Mrs Field
Pirate Characters and description due Friday morning 9am

Remember to visit the Book Fair in Room 20

Friday, 12 May 2017

Geodesic Dome Fun

We have been experimenting with structures to think about what makes things stable and strong. Here are our Geodesic Domes inspired by a reading about a Christchurch building.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Rube Goldberg Machine Fun

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Many students have been busy creating Rube Goldberg Machines at home and at school. Here are a few videos to show some of the action.

Working with Simple Machines and Forces.

Room 26 and 27 have been working with lots of simple experiments that require us to think about simple machines and forces. Here are a few pictures and videos of us in action.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The world's deadliest animals - by Room 1

Here are Room 1's explanation texts. We have written about deadly imaginary animals. See what text features you can spot...

Room 1's dangerous animal explanation texts

Friday, 7 April 2017

Making Huts- Hut Writing

In Room 2 we have been exploring personal experiences in writing and how we can use these in our writing.

So we looked at a piece of writing by Gavin Bishop about hut building he did as a child.

Then we made our our huts in class: See the pictures!!!

From here we wrote our experiences about hut building. I'll add examples of these as I finish marking them.

I will know I’ve been successful when I have:
Write to describe a time when we have built a hut
Include the words spoken/shouted
Included speech marks
Started each speaker on a new line

Making Huts
Most of all though, we liked making huts. We made huts in the shed at home; we made huts in the willows along the creek; we made huts under the pine trees at school. There, we heaped up the needles into low walls. Each day the huts got bigger. We worked in groups of three or four adding more and more rooms - vast roofless mansions spreading in every direction under the trees, until someone would shout,
“Our hut’s bigger than yours!”
“No it’s not!”
“Yes it is!”
“No it’s not!”
“Yes it is!”
This would go on and on until someone ran forward and booted a hole in the wall of one of the huts. That would shut us all up. Then, quietly, the builders of the damaged hut would set about rebuilding the broken wall until Mr McLeod called us inside for afternoon school.
from “Piano Rock” by Gavin Bishop