Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Teddy Bear's Picnic and Bush Sessions!

We have been very lucky with the wonderful weather we've been having.  We have had our first Bush session and our Teddy Bear's Picnic.
Here was our first bush session crew:

We used potato peelers to carve sticks.

We had ropes to play and create with.

And bridges to run across.
We used ropes to create swings and we helped each other balance, pull ourselves up and swing.

We climbed up the rope ladder having to use confidence, strength and coordination.
 We gathered water from the stream and were careful not to fall in! We had to use balance.
 We built a hut made of logs and sticks.  We used lots of teamwork and talk.

 We climbed on the slack-line.  We had to use balance, strength and concentration.

 We went to the Weta hotel and saw 2 wetas! 
We walked a total of 4k to get there back! We were tired but we had so much fun!

Teddy Bear's Picnic

 We had a shady rest and did some singing under the trees with Wanwan.
 We played parachute games! We threw our teddies on and tried to bounce them.  They were a bit heavy, but when the parachute caught the wind we managed to get them up a little! 
We had such fun! 

Our Inquiry into the powers of nature

We started a new inquiry a few weeks ago thinking about the powers of Nature. 
Our hook was that the power had gone off and the key to turning it back on was frozen in the middle of an ice block.  We got the kids thinking .... what could we do?

It was a sunny day and we thought that our best option was to use the power of the sun to melt the ice so we could get the key out and "turn the power back on."
The class was engaged and hooked and we went outside with our block of ice.  In no time, the ice had melted and we had the key.  Then we started thinking about power.

We had some ideas and some questions.  So we started reading some books and exploring the powers of the Sun, the Wind and the water.

We did some writing about what we knew and questions we had.

We read the story of Maui and the Sun

 Then we started creating our own versions of Te Ra.  We looked at different images and talked about Maori koru patterns. 

 We used oil pastel and dye and talked about colours of the sun.  We used reds, oranges, yellows and golds.

We then got into the wind and started exploring things that can be powered by the wind.  Many people came up with boats, parachutes, windmills and more.  So naturally, we started being architects and scientists.  We made boats and tested them in our water! We made parachutes and tested them out to see if they caught the wind.
We did some writing about our creations as well.

Here we are testing our creations and seeing if we need to make any changes! 

We are still exploring the elements!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Year 4 Buddies

We have been trialling a year 4/new entrant buddy system.  This is the idea of Tuakana/Teina.  Some of us are lucky to have our big siblings at school, but some of us don't.  With our buddies it's like we do have a big brother or sister. We have had year 4 buddies on a Wednesday afternoon.  Some of us have been going down to the seniors and been working through some collaborative art, buddy reading and fitness plans together.  Others of us have been working with our buddies during Rising 5s in Autahi.  It's been really nice having a buddy to work with us and so we know some of the big kids in the playground.  

Here's what some of the kids in Autahi have to say about having big buddies:

"I like reading in the library with my senior buddy and she is my sister!"--Alfred

"It's cool having a big buddy.  I like building the puzzle with my big buddy. It's nice to see my buddy not at Rising 5s time, but at the playground." --Vera

"I like reading books with my big buddies.  My buddy made me a rainbow picture and I made one too."--Olive