We learned about how volcanoes erupt.
We created diagrams and labelled them like scientists do.
We leaned about Rūaumoko - He is the unborn child of Papatuanuku who is Atua of, and responsible for, volcanoes and earthquakes. We related this to the volcano Banks Peninsula is built upon.
We did some experiments to discover how lava erupts due to the build up of pressure and gases and we also learned about the tech tonic plates and the role they play in volcanic eruptions.
We did two experiments - one to show how the gases can build up pressure and cause the volcano to erupt, the other showed how heat can cause the magma (in our case wax) to heat up and rise to the surface.
This week we have learned about volcanoes during topic time.
Lachlan was so inspired he went home and created this video using the app Clips - we learned how to use this app last term.
Great job Lachie.
It's time for our biannual poetry competition!
We would love everyone to choose a poem by the end of the week.
There are some great poems on these sites.
Please avoid poems by Ken Nisbett as we believe Year 5 and 6 children are ready for more sophisticated text.
Year 5 poems should be around 12+ lines, Year 6 15+ lines.
Scottish Poetry Trus
Shel Silverstein 2
Famous Poems for Kids
These are poems written and performed by Michael Rosen
While some people had their turn at taking digital photos others had a turn at discovering Makey Makey.
We gave no instructions just the basic equipment ... it didn’t take long for these techie minds to turn this simple equipment into a piano and bongo drums.
The smiles, wonder and excitement were amazing!
On the first day of each term we have a special home base day to reconnect and do some fun activities.
Today in O3 we learned about digital photography and discovered what pixels are and how digital photos are made up of many, many pixels. We zoomed in really closely and explored the pixels in some photos of ourselves.
Have a go at doing this by clicking here - it is really fun!
Then we explored the RGB colour mixer to recreate the exact colours within images. This was lots of fun too. You can try it by clicking here.
Then we coloured in a small part of a big picture using the binary numbers on each tiny pixel. We put our pixels together to create this picture - an awesome collaborative effort.
WE spent some time learning about what makes a good photo and talked about perspective and also different techniques to help our photos look fantastic.
Then we spent some time taking our own photos.
We each chose our favourite photo to share with you.
Renee’s group has been working on developing percussion as part of the Arts Rotation on Fridays.
Check out Etuini and his talent at doing the Cup. Song.
While the Winter Sport Tournament was being played those children who are not in teams stayed at school and we had a great morning trying new things out on our devices.
We could choose to either be part of the GarageBand group or work with Clips.
Today was mostly about experimenting and discovering what these tools are capable of. Our finished work is also our starting point for next time when we will be even better.
We created some awesome pieces.
Our theme was Dream Big - we needed to incorporate big ideas into our creation.
Check out some of our great ideas here.
The Children in O3 have become very good at writing narratives. To finish the term we thought we would try a slight more sophisticated technique to challenge our skills.
We began by looking a photo of a shark and a man in a canoe. We imagined the story each of these characters might tell.
We played with some personification, metaphors and similes to get our brains thinking.
Then we had a go at writing a story that tells combines both characters - a dual narrative! It was great fun and really did test our skills.
We then got a bit clever and created a pod cast of our work. This involved us using Garage Band for the first time. We began by recording our story then we used the tools within Garage Band to create a sound track that reflected our story. We played happy, bright sound for the person and more scary, sinister ones for the shark.
Then we imported our sound track into iMovie and added some photos or drawings to support our story - although were were only aloud to use one or two as this story needed to be told using words and music to enhance it rather than pictures.
When our stories are complete we are reading them with a buddy and providing feedback about how clear the picture we created in our mind is - this will be a good test of how descriptive our writing is.
Check back for complete work over this week.
We had so much fun on our Big Day In.
Thanks to everyone for supporting Olivia, Millie and Matilda with their inquiry by wearing pink - these girls raised over $130 for the Cancer Society. They did an amazing job of their inquiry and found a wonderful way to take some action.
We also had fun watching movies and Escaping the School - we had to do lots of problem solving to find the key and escape the school!
During maths for the last two weeks Jodi and Sam’s maths classes have worked together to learn about coordinates, directions, area and perimeter. This week we ware putting all of this great learning together and creating our very own theme park. We have a list of criteria to work through to ensure our theme park has all we need.
It was a fun way to apply our learning.
We had some visitors from Southern Cross Language School come to our hub.
We were proud of Annie and Max who welcomed our visitors with their pepeha. The Japanese girls sang some songs with us and then we answered some questions about school in New Zealand and learned about Japanese school life.
We did some origami together and then took our new friends on a tour of our school.
To celebrate Kairu turning 10 today we celebrated his birthday by having his Mum come in and talk to us about ethical chocolate and how we can be sure to be buying chocolate that is giving cocoa farmers and chocolate makers a fair wage. She talked about Fair Trade and the logos we can look for on products when we are shopping.
Then we got to sample some delicious chocolate!
We also got to have a got chocolate with a glittery marshmallow that Lauren made for us.
It was delicious!
Happy Birthday Kairu.
This week in maths Jodi and Sam’s classes have been learning about directions, reading and using maps and coordinate points.
We have had fun playing games like Captain’s Coming and giving a buddy directions from one side of the room to the other - we are really good at using compass points and left/right in our instructions. We have created some great pictures using coordinates and today we used the BeeBots - these were so much fun. We tried to navigate the BeeBot through a maze by coding directions into it.
This week during Topic we have continued exploring the rock cycle.
We used chocolate buttons to create delicious models of different types of rocks.
We began by filing a few chocolate buttons into sediment - we acted as weathering and erosion when we did this.
Then we squeezed these pieces of sediment together to act as the compression forces that help create sedimentary rock. We used different types of chocolate so we could see the layers of sediment in our rocks.
Next we broke some more chocolate buttons into small pieces. We wrapped these carefully in some tinfoil. We had to be careful to avoid getting any holes in the foil. We then sat this on top of some very hot water. We waited for this to melt the chocolate. This helped us to form igneous rock. The hot water acted like the magma and lava that heats the rock to liquid form - it cooled quickly and was easy to peel away from the foil - it was quite bumpy and had interesting shapes.
Our final edible rock was metamorphic. We made this be wrapping some small pieces of chocolate in foil and sitting it above some cooler water. This softened the chocolate. We then used our fingers to act as the pressure that the earth’s tech tonic plates provide. This helped us to form our metamorphic rock.
Finally we got to eat our rocks!
This was a really fun lesson and also a great way to see the rock cycle in action. I was especially impressed with the way the children were able to verbalise the rock cycle and use the correct scientific language.
During topic this week we have learned that a scientist who studies rocks is called a geologist.
We also discovered there are three types of rocks - igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary.
We spent time practicing being like a geologist - we used magnifying glasses to examine and explore rocks that the children brought along from home. We looked for signs that would help us identify each rock. We discovered that some rocks are easy to classify but some are really hard.
We also learned about the Rock Cycle.
We drew our own rock cycle and labelled our diagram like scientists do.
Our new topic is called Earth Science.
We are exploring being scientists and learning about what the earth is made up of.
During our first lesson the tamariki used solo hexagons to record their ideas about what they think Earth Science might be about. They linked similar ideas together by placing the hexagons together.
The tamariki in O3 have been working hard to write narrative stories that have
We have looked closely at the features of a bedtime story and thought about the structure and language features they use.
We watched some clips from Pete’s Dragons to start our thinking - before long our imaginations were running wild.
We have published these stories by filming ourselves reading the story. We will share our finished story with our younger buddies next week.
O3 worked hard on their ANZAC letters and then created greenscreen movies to publish them. It's a long process with lots and lots of learning behind it. Our movies are coming together - we will keep posting them as they are finished.
The first part of this task was to write letters that helped the reader empathise with the soldier/child during the war. The children worked hard to write descriptive letters that captured the mood of wartime living.
They then used the green screen to record each other reading their letters before finding suitable background photos.
FInally the greenscreen clips were imported into iMovie where sound effects and sound tracks were added.
It is a huge process that takes a lot of effort and patience.
The skills being developed include using the camera effectively, figuring out how to add sound effects - and not over doing them, cropping/clipping/splitting/duplicating clips, sourcing and adding background images along with a lot of patience and perseverance!
Mia, Aoife and Lily looked into Fill their Lunchbox as their inquiry agency.
They discovered lots of great information which they have had published in the school newsletter.
Can you help them support Fill their Lunchbox?
Fill Their Lunchbox
What They do…
Fill their lunchbox sells lunches to us, then donates TWO healthy lunches to disadvantaged children at schools.
Who They are…
Fill their lunchbox are some kind people that makes lunches to children that have not got a healthy lunch or not got anything to eat. They also started in February 2015
Jarod and Tane looked at Fill their Lunchbox for their inquiry.
They found out lots of great information.
This is their summary.
Fill their lunchbox is an agency that helps children to provide lunches if their parents can’t provide them. They started in 2015 and have blossomed in the past few years. The lunches are healthy and nutritious. Fill their lunchbox provide to children in low decile schools such as Lincoln School. The lunches are 15$ and we would love it if you could support them going to there website and purchasing lunchboxes on their website.
Photos Our Big Backyard
I think that the Red Cross is cool and I hope that you will too.
Helping Agencies .
By Sabrina and Arwen joined.
The agency I am going to inquire about is the Red Cross
Email sent to Red Cross
The Red Cross
The Red Cross website has a useful page called Get involved - Uru Mai https://www.redcross.org.nz/get-involved/
You can sign up to become a Project Partner and give some money each payday. This will help the Red Cross provide: “safe transport to medical appointments for the home -bound, assistance to communities and individuals affected by disastrous situations in New Zealand and around the world”. https://www.redcross.org.nz/get-involved/support-people-need/regular-giving/
People can leave some money to Red Cross in their will, so that their money helps this important work continue.
“Meals on Wheels service helps people all around New Zealand who are living at home by providing them with a healthy meal every day. New Zealand Red Cross volunteers deliver around 620,000 hot meals a year - that's nearly 12,000 every week.” https://www.redcross.org.nz/what-we-do/in-new-zealand/meals-wheels/
We like to shop at the Red Cross Shop, especially the one in Manchester Street. We have bought some cool things from that shop including a keyboard and a gas camp cooker, and we have bought clothes and shoes, We also donate our good second hand clothes to this shop.https://www.redcross.org.nz/shop-with-us/ Find out more about donating your goods. https://www.redcross.org.nz/shop-with-us/red-cross-shops/how-donate-our-shops/
You can find information on each Red Cross shop, when it is open, and what things they like people to donate, because it is important to give them what they need.
“ stock and accept: Clothing, accessories, footwear, curtains, books, toys, kitchenware , homeware, manchester, furniture, whiteware, tools, electronic appliances”
Photo credit / dad
When me, mum and my dad donated stuff we also bought some really cool things that were a smiggles pencil case , a hockey stick that came with some shin pads , and a slingshot for water balloons.
I hope that you liked our inquiry and that you know a lot about the red cross shop.
The end ❣️ by Sabrina and Arwen joined .
Fill their lunchbox
Fill their lunchbox is a charity that is unlike most others. Instead of donating hey you buy a lunch and they give two other lunches to children who can’t afford lunches or have really unhealthy lunches. Fill their lunchbox has healthy food for children so they can grow to be healthy. Fill their lunchbox is a small charity that is only in New Zealand and they are hoping to become worldwide. At fill their lunchbox they were smart to add a thing that you can donate without getting the lunch.here is a list of schools that they give their lunches to
New Zealand get proper lunches. Go to fill their lunchbox.co.nz on Friday we are selling popcorn for 50cents at the cafe and Nate is selling cookies for $1at ca fe