Friday, November 3, 2017

Peacock Art

We were inspired by a photo Mrs King took of a peacock at Staglands on Labour Weekend and motivated by the opportunity to choose how we were going to complete our piece of art.  

Our choices included; 
type and size of paper, 
use of pencil, chalk pastel or oil pastel,
what aspect of the peacock we captured,
and how we finished our work.

Here are some examples of our finished art. 
We are really proud of the creativity we have shown.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Exploring Fractions

We have had a lot of fun using play dough to learn about fractions. 

We pretended we had caught six juicy fat eels in the Manawatu River and shared them equally for different groups of people.
One eel was left whole, another cut in half, thirds, quarters, fifths and the last one into sixths.
Some of us were unsure how to write the fractions and we were learning about what the different numbers in the fraction actually mean.
Later on we imaged we were sharing pizzas. It was a challenge to cut them equally into thirds and fifths!

The next day we imagined we were Zookeepers feeding hay to some animals.

Can you solve our problem?

The elephant eats one whole bale of hay.
The 5 giraffes need one third of a bale each.
The 2 zebras get a quarter each.
The rhino eats one half and the 2 sheep get a sixth each.

How many bales of hay are needed to feed the animals?

We will continue working on building our knowledge of fractions.  You can help at home by giving us opportunities to use fractions in everyday activities.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Learning about Whitebait

On Thursday Mr Filbee came to teach us about Whitebait. We asked him to come and talk to us to help us with our inquiry topic but the whole class wanted to listen to him.
Jaidden, Liam and I have learned a lot from you. Thank you for coming to visit us and teaching us
about Whitebait Mr Filbee. We hope you can come again some time.

By Griffin

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Colour Study inspired by Wassily Kandinsky's Concentric Cirlces

Room 5 worked extremely hard over several weeks to complete their latest piece of art using paint to exploring colour, lines and circles.
This art has really brightened our classroom!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Book Week

During book week we had a dress up day. Lots of people were dressed up as book characters such as a Pug, Ronaldo and many more.

I chose Pip the Penguin because I like Gavin Bishop’s stories. On Monday when Gavin visited Room 3, 5, 11 he read us one of the newest books. by Steven.
The reason why I chose to dress up as a pug is because Ellen Miles is my 2nd favourite author. She wrote Puppy Place. By Seth

Sunday, August 27, 2017

International Pacific University Visitors

IPU visitors came to school on Friday 11 August. They came from Japan. We had to pair up with another person in the class and go to a Japanese lady or man.  We chose our favourite coloured piece of origami paper. They taught us how to make a name badge in the shape of a star and, Maia’s favourite, an ice cream. When they left we did a big photo standing next to our tutor, and sang ‘Tutira mai nga iwi’ when they left.

By Keira and Maia

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Turitea Stream Study

We had a wonderful time completing different activities with Sarah from Horizons today. We were taking different measurements like finding out the water flow, pH, temperature and clarity of the stream.  We even got to collect water insects. We were surprised at how many we found. The water was freezing cold but that was a good thing. It meant it is a good habitat for the fish and insects.
We all found it very interesting to see some of the things we have been learning about for ourselves. A big thank you to the parents who came along to help with our rotations.