Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Term 3 Inquiry.

For Inquiry this term we have been looking at how we can represent our own culture, represent our own life story. As part of this we each designed a 'mini totem', decorating it using patterns and shapes that represented, for us, our family and background. Some children used stripes or shapes to represent each family member-
'The 2 little rectangles are me and my brother, the big rectangles represent my mum and dad.' by C
Others used different colours-
'The orange stripes are my dad and the blue stripes are my mum, cause that's the colours they like.' by B
Some drew a pattern of love hearts-
'I did love hearts cause that's what families are about.' by N
One student did a pattern of squares and kiwis-
' cause we are kiwi hub.'
Another's creation was very colourful-
This shows the things I like in this world. These are the suns rays and these are my ABC's.'

It was amazing to see what each child came up with and how they represented the things that are important to them. Well done everyone!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A super hero comes to visit.

This morning we were treated to a visit from a real life super hero- Super Money Man from the ASB. He came to teach us about coins and notes and what they represent. 

He even showed us how to strike a really good super hero pose!

We pretended to do jobs like mowing the lawns and then he talked about what we could do with the money we earned.

The concepts of saving, and needs versus wants were also discussed!  Thanks Super Money Man for a fun and educational talk!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Maori language week

As part of Maori language week we are looking at Maori legends. Today we read 'The Battle of the Mountains.' Afterwards we all made a paper representation of the mighty Tongariro. All the colouring, cutting and pasting was a good way to develop our fine motor skills.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Calendar art completed!

Our art  for the calendar fundraiser is all finished and we are really proud of our work. Come on in and see it close up. Its on display in the classroom. Order forms are on their way so don't miss out!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Learning to be a good loser!

Take 25 hoops and a bunch of children. Put the hoops on the ground in a long squiggly line with half of the children at each end. 

After 'Ready, set, go,' the leader of each line starts jumping through the hoops to get to the other end. .

When the two jumpers meet, they do 'rock, paper, scissors'  to see who continues and who returns to the back of their teams line. As soon as the loser returns to the back of their line, the next jumper sets off to meet the opposition. 

The first one to get to the end of the line wins for their team!

This fast moving game allowed everyone to repeatedly experience winning and losing, and to learn to deal with changes of fortune, without getting upset!!  It also got the heart rate up and encouraged the children to cheer on their teams members. Bring on more sunny days!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Let me count the ways!

This week we have been working on maths problems that have more than one answer and sharing with others how we got our answer. We have also been writing equations to express  our mathematical ideas.

Today our problem was: 
There are two caves. There are 10 bears. How many bears might be in each cave if the bears all seek shelter in one or other of the caves?

Our caves were yoghurt pots and our bears plastic but we had lots of fun working out all the possible combinations of the bears in the caves. How many can you think of??

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Working with teen numbers

This week we have been looking at teen numbers in our maths. Again we have been practicing the skills needed to work collaboratively, 

For more insights into what we are learning in maths be sure to check out your child's Seesaw account. The individual QR codes for this were sent home yesterday.