Monday, September 30, 2013

Time for a hair cut!

 Check out these cool looking wheat people!  
We have been really looking after our wheat people for the last 2 weeks, making sure that they have plenty of water.
Their hair  grew so long, we decided they needed a hair cut!  

We made these discoveries:
  • we couldn't grow wheat people in the fridge, it was too cold!
  • the wheat people that we put into a dark cupboard still germinated, but the plants were very yellow.
  • the wheat people we put into a plastic bag to take out most of the air didn't germinate very well. We wonder how we could take out all of the air?
  • the wheat people that did not get watered didn't germinate very well.  We think that they still got some water from the soil which helped them germinate. We want to try wheat seeds on their own.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Waimakariri Welcome Bags

Today we decorated welcome bags for our community.
We drew a picture, with crayons, to welcome people to the Rangiora district. 
Mrs Robinson wrote our school name, each child's name and how old we are, onto the bag.

Taking good care with the new crayons!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A huge surprise today.

Today George, Harry and Jack came to school with two fire officers and a fire engine.
They talked about having an escape plan in case of a fire in your home.
It is important to keep your smoke detectors working.

These boys had a fire at their house recently and used an escape plan that they had practiced with their parents. They stayed outside until the fire brigade arrived.
Well done to them all.

Heroes who escaped quickly.

The fire hose was really powerful and washed a few cars.

James and his Tuatara.

James has a toy Tuatara.
It sparked our interest in these creatures.
So we asked at home to see what facts we could find.
We searched the internet too.
This is what we found.

Tuatara are reptiles – but they’re not lizards.
They are only found in New Zealand.
Tuatara were around with the dinosaurs.
Tuatara is a Maori word meaning "spiny back”.
They can hold their breath for up to an hour.
Lose their skin once a year.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Welcome to Aniesia...

Today we welcomed Aniesia to our school.
Before coming to our school Aniesia lived in Australia and started school there.
We are sure you will like it here.

Friday, September 13, 2013

We are growing!

Today we visited Harold the Giraffe in the Life Education van.  He came to teach us about eating food for energy! We learnt about the foods that we should eat lots of and the foods that we should only eat sometimes or as treats.

Today we also planted some wheat seeds to grow new hair for crazy photos we took of ourselves using Photobooth!  

 We have set up experiments to answer these questions.  

What do seeds need to germinate? 
Do they need air? 
Do they need warmth? 
Do they need light? 
Do they need water?

Keep watching to see how well they grow! 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Kids can cook!

Chef Chris came to cook with us today.
French crepes a la Ashley School.
Shamus from Room 7 was Sous Chef.
We used ingredients from our school garden.

We are Master Chefs in the making!
We can now make crepes and fill them with good things like
 silver beet and apples.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Rats at school?

Yes we had visitors today!
Eight rats came to see us. Some of us wanted to hold and pet them.
Some of us did not!
We found out what they like to eat and what they enjoy playing with.
These fellows will come when you call their name!

Check the sleeping hammock.

Zak was one of the brave ones.

Cute? Some of us think so.
Mrs Robinson did not want a turn.

Monday, September 2, 2013

More printmaking..

Today we finished our 'blob prints'.
We used lots of colourful paint and folded our paper in half .
We discovered amazing and strange blobs emerging.

Look at the adjectives we used to describe our shapes.

Problem solving...

Over the next two weeks we will use the Duplo to solve problems.
Today we made boats.
We had to count how many pieces we used and find that number tile.
Some of us made equations to match how many pieces we used.

What do you think?

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Our new project...

We are working on our classroom garden.
On Friday we put sunflower seeds into potting mix in a small pot.

Today Zak and Caden put on masks before they added compost to our garden in readiness for planting. 
Watch this space for more updates and photos.