Wednesday, November 8, 2017

This is 'Testing Patience', our school band at their first public performance on our school Art Show last night.

Not the best recordings but we hope you enjoy them.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

This is what we look like when we are hard at work. We were doing some art and craft, making pop-up cards and jack-in-the-boxes for Rosie at After School Care. This was fairly delicate and exacting work. We learnt to 'measure twice and cut once'. (Another pearl of wisdom from Mr J).

This is us checking out a new reading site on the Chrome Books. It's our first time exploring Readingeggs, a site similar to Mathletics but for reading and spelling.  


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Strike Percussion Group showed up to give a concert last week and as always they were great. 
For those of us interested in music and rhythm they were just the ticket. Three performers entertained us with a mix of humour and danger. (That's right folks, Don't try this at home). The fire part of the show should only be performed by trained professionals. There were Cook Island log drums, a vertical rack of conventional drums, a standard drum kit and a snare drum and hi hat cymbals a couple of lucky teachers got to play. Unfortunately Mr J got so interested in the performance that he forgot to get the photo's that mattered but here are some to give you a taste. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Yay, a new post!! 

We have been participating in the school gymnastics programme over the past few weeks. 
Each Wednesday we have an hour with the Gymnastics Team who take us through some very cool, fun and challenging activities. The great thing about this programme is that we get to do and try things we don't get to do usually. 
Here some photo's from last weeks session.


We have been working on Procedural Text this term. This is the type of writing that tells us 'how to' do things. Recipes, instructions, map reading etc. Our aim is to be able to write a logical sequence of instructions that others can follow.

Here are some examples.

Nadia wrote a poem about Nature that she read to our Syndicate assembly. 
Great writing Nadia.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Swimming 2017

Well we got the best of the "summer" weather for swimming. Everyone participated very well and learnt a lot taking their swimming skills to the next level.
Swimming is as much about survival as it is about fun in the water. Learning the basics of staying afloat, swimming in clothes and working as a team to keep warm are things that were taught.

Here's some photo's of us in action.

Monday, November 21, 2016

This is us showing the school assembly how different types of bridges work. We have been studying bridges for three weeks in Inquiry. We have learnt that there are five basic types of bridge. The Bean Bridge, like the Pontchartrain Causeway in the USA. The Arch Bridge, like the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia. The Cantilever Bridge, like the Forth Railway Bridge in Scotland. The Suspension Bridge, like the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge and the Cable Stayed Bridge, like the Russky Bridge in Russia. Mr Robinson needed a favour so we through our assembly item together in an hour and a half and it was a triumph. Here are some photo's of our demonstration of the bridge types. You may need to use a little imagination but that's the all part of the fun.
Our presenters.

A Beam Bridge

An Arch Bridge

A Cantilever Bridge

A Suspension Bridge

A Cable-Stayed Bridge

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

As part of our Inquiry topic of Bridges we tested the strength of a cylinder shape today. We found that most bridges have supports which are cylinder shape somewhere in there construction. These are usually sunk into water and hold the frame of the bridge up. We rolled 6 pieces of paper up and placed a maths text book on them. Then we started stacking. And we stacked, and stacked and stacked until we had 33 maths text books on the cylinders. Eventually the 'compression force' of the weight of the books made the cylinders collapse, but it demonstrated the strength that a basic shape can have and why they are used in construction.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Mr J decided we needed to do some art as we have been busy with production last term and haven't done any drawing or painting for a while.
He found a template for a landscape of a farm, with roads, hills, fields and a barn in it.
We used this template as a basis for our own version of this picture.
We were allowed to colour it in using felt pens and pencils. Mr J showed us some pointillism techniques that we had to put into our picture somewhere.
He mounted the pictures on black paper and displayed them on the wall.
Here are a few of our creations.

Photography by Amelia and Maia. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Here are some photo's from the production of our dance. What a great song 'Dynamite' and the costumes looked the business too.

                                                       What a good looking bunch :-)