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 :-)

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Revenge of the Fifth!!!

When we got to school this morning no one thought we'd be flooded out by playtime!
Big 'Ups' to Mr Robinson and crew for carrying six classes of children through the flood waters behind Kauri block to safety. (Don't think that was in the job description Shane).

Here are some photos taken from my class and the hall of the bottom field.
Everyone was extremely excited to see waterfalls and lakes forming before their very eyes.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Wow what a day Thursday was. We had Lou come in from the Red Cross to teach us about First Aid. We learnt about putting someone in the recovery position after an accident and calling for an ambulance on 111. Then we learnt what to do if someone is chocking and how to put a sling on a broken arm. Lou also talked a little bit about poisons and how to make a call to the 0800POISON line if anybody has been poisoned. Did you know there are four ways a person can be poisoned. Either by injection, swallowing, breathing or absorbing it through our skin.
Here are some photo's of us putting slings on.

After lunch we had an assembly where we talked about and showed our 5 Sentence Stories. Here are a couple of photos from assembly but Mr J was so enthralled by our item that he forgot to take a photo of it so we had one outside our classroom instead.