Today was country day when the children make creations from flowers, fruit and veges. Room 1 also had 14 children visiting from Kiwi Kids Preschool in Waihi. We had so much fun making our petal saucers and it was good to see children helping each other. This week's value is participation which meant children giving things a go even if they hadn't made things like these before. These pictures show us working with the Kiwi kids.
Then we all decorated a biscuit with coloured icing , sweets and various sprinkles to eat at morning tea. YUM!
We invited our grandparents, parents and special friends and relatives to come along to country day. We had a special morning tea for the grandparents and other adults. Here is some of our writing about that special person. If you couldn't make it today come along and read these in Te Kauri.
We have been practising co-operation using drama. First we learned about the elements of drama... role and focus, then we practised using our voices, gestures and facial expressions to show the audience our feelings. On Friday each group had to decide on a storyline based on the title" The pet day that went wrong". They had to work out their characters and practise before sharing their drama with the class. It was really hard to stay in role but everyone tried hard and we enjoyed watching all the things which went wrong on our pretend pet day!
I hope we don't get badly behaved pets like these tomorrow on our pet day!!!!
Our current value we are focussing on is co-operation. We played some games requiring children to work together to discuss and find the solution to a problem. This accentuated the need for co-operation in so many areas of our learning.
We were looking at the area of objects and comparing these. We had to plan and make a model of a chicken house, then use the large rulers to work out how big it would be. Children chose what material they wanted to use. This involved a lot of co-operation!
Last Thursday we took part in the Great NZ Shakeout earthquake drill. We practised quickly getting under a table and holding on until the shaking has stopped. We learned that if you are outside during an earthquake you should be "Turtle Safe" by getting down and putting your hands over your head. The message is DROP, COVER, HOLD. On Friday we practised this again and made our own wall story telling others what to do. Come and have a read at the back of Room 1.
Our maths focus for the beginning of Term 4 is revising measurement. We have been learning how to tell the time with a digital and analogue clock. Today we talked about capacity and measured how many marbles different containers could hold. We had to put different sized containers in order.
Mr Lynch set up our worm farm and has helped us make sure the worms are healthy. He showed us how to collect worm juice to use on the garden. Last Monday he came back to Waikino School to show us how to make vermicast which is a fancy name for worm poo.He said that we needed some coffee grounds to put in to get rid of the earwigs because they eat our baby worms. We will use the vermicast as a fertiliser on our new garden.
Thanks Mr Lynch for helping us.
Our chickens in room 1 are doing fine! They are very quiet and don't even need feeding at all. Come in and have a look at them sometime!
We followed the instructions in the recipe to make lemonade with lemons. We have been learning how to write instructions and know how important it is to have all the steps in the right order.Then we designed some labels for the jars. Then it was tasting time...Yum!
Jo showed us how to plant the little lettuce seedlings into bigger pots. Then they needed some water. When these grow bigger we will plant them out into our garden . We are learning lots about what plants need. We can't wait for summer when we can pick and eat our vegetables.
Our writing focus this term is procedural writing...writing instructions about how to do something. We have realised just how important it is to be precise as after we wrote instructions about how to make a milo. We then read our instructions to Mrs Burne who did what we had written. We had some very interesting cups of milo!
We have been learning a lot about gardening lately. On Thursday we did some planting and weeding in our school garden. Mrs Bartram gave us lots of strawberries to plant beside our snow peas. They are small now but if we look after them they will provide us with juicy strawberries in the summer. Also we had some seed potatoes which Jo showed us how to plant in a tyre so the little sprouts didn't snap off. We put some worm juice around the new plants to fertilise them.
Then it was time for weeding...everyone helped to pull out the weeds around the citrus trees at the front of Room 1. Then we put them into our compost bin.
Some children were eager to present what they knew about bees. They did this independently...taking photos and using puppet pals to put together this presentation. Not bad for 5 and 6 year old children!
We also wrote reports about bees... their appearance, behaviour and why they are important to us. These show real understanding about bees which we are planning to install in our own hives at school.
Room 1 is enjoying sharing the great learning we do at school.