Today room 1 hosted central school as they shared our school journey to get to green gold status
our students where superb at talking about their orchards and loop hedge
great work guys
Recently we became a SchoolGen Solar Power School. We formed a team of Energy detectives as part of the first steps in beginning our solar journey.
We called our energy team, "The Green Team" and every Friday Assembly we will be coming up to tell you how successful we are at saving energy or power.
One person from the Green Team, is responsible to take turns everyday for looking around the classrooms and school to turn off all of the lights , heat pumps and devices that may be using unnecessary power. Our goal is to go back through our last 12 month history of power usage and cost in our school. Using this data, we will collect information on our power usage. Then we can compare previous bills with our new monthly bills to see if our actions are helping the school save money.
This data that we gather as Energy Detectives will also help us make decisions about the solar power gear that we need to run our school later in 2017.
Remember this is only the beginning, next Term the whole school will begin to join us in studying solar power and energy.
By Noah, Hamish, Lucy, Zara
(Ruby, Iain, Jacob, Ace, Angus G, Kyle, Stuart and Matthew)
With our school production, "The Secret Life of Us" now in it's early creative stage, Room 1 has been adding to our story board while continuing with our personal Inquiry into one of 9 possible voices to be heard in our production-from the voices of our critters and creatures in the school.
We have chooks, many native birds, wetas, horses, worms, bees, monarch butterfly, geckos and wasps all making up our living world-but we have narrowed our Inquiries down to contexts we know little about rather than revisiting the creatures we already know so much about.
To help us decide our focus, in Week 1 during Literacy we created Prior knowledge word walls to help us with our writing and Inquiries and to demonstrate which living creatures we feel confident that we already know plenty about...after our groups collaborated to create a pool of vocab, Mr B published good copies of our words for display in our room. We decided after looking at our lists, that we knew heaps about Monarch Butterfly, Bees, Worms and Chickens, but we didn't know so much about Wasps, Wetas, Geckos, Horses or one NZ Native Bird we are proud to have making our Native area home, well Riroriro's nest to be exact-Pipiwhararoa!
Fast forward to today at the end of Week 2 and we were excited to arrive for Discovery Time-which centres around the Visual Arts and on the Key Competencies of Using language symbols and text AND Managing self, threaded through our Discovery session.
Mr B asked us to choose one of our critters to explore and represent visually through drawing and clay. By searching out images on Google we experimented drawing our critter from a variety of angles, perspectives and views. Our challenge was to use our pencils to play with light and dark, shading, texture and line to bring our sketch to life.
We were very successful, learning cross thatching, quick outlining, thick and thin lines and other techniques modelled by Mr B and shared by other more confident artists in our class. We had about an hour to familiarise ourselves in sketch before Mr B brought out the clay...
What do you think of our sketches?
After fruit break and milk, a game of Infinity tag for fitness and our shared class story "Danny the Champion of the World" by Roald Dahl we began to work with clay to bring our 2D drawings to life-3D.
Mr B showed us a few techniques to help get us started, and challenged us to make our critters as life like as possible. When we reached the point where we needed to add details, we were sent to the Native area to find leaves, twigs, seeds, bark and other natural materials to imprint and enhance our models.
We really enjoyed our Art Discovery Day. How well do you think we managed ourselves? Our time? How well did we use lines or clay to convey visual meaning?
Come into to Room 1 and see our drawings framed on the wall or our clay drying at the back of the Room...
Our next challenge is something WETA workshops would be proud of...I wonder what it will be?
Waikino School's Senior Soccer plays each Friday in Waihi. Ian's Mum, Dorette kindly took these photos so that you can see us in action from this Friday.
Each week we play 2 games. This week we drew 0-0 in our first game and won our next game 1-0.
On Friday the Senior Room made Mother's Day Cards which were quite beautiful. I haven't included the personal messages inside them but they are sure to bring a tear to many a Mum's eye this Sunday morning and they may even bring the odd giggle too!
For those of you participating in Kauri Awards this year, making Mum a beautiful Mother's Day breakfast could be a great way to achieve an aspect of your Kauri Awards. Check out Iain's Show Me presentation which he emailed me earlier in the week for inspiration. I'm sure his Mum and Dad enjoyed a night off from cooking. Well done Iain, keep it up!
Have a great Mother's Day! I hope you all get to put your feet up and are well spoiled too!
From Mr B, Ms T and all the Senior Room kids:)
Our Inquiry question today was about something we saw during Fitness on the school field. Elliott called out to the class and said, "Look! There is a rainbow around the sun!"
When we got back into class Mr B asked us to think about what we thought it was and what caused it. These are our ideas (and they show our concepts about Planet Earth, Space and Natural processes):
Hamish: When the moon is in the sky with the sun, it makes it bright and all the gas forms together.
Kate: I think it is evaporated gas.
Kyle: I think is because of the little bits of stuff in the atmosphere.
Zara: Maybe it means something bad is going to happen or it's going to rain.
Shelby: I think it might rain.
Angus: Maybe an eclipse is causing it to do that.
Lasini: The sun makes rainbows.
Lachlan: the sun is reflecting of things and making a circle.
Ciara: I think a rainbow is protecting the sun from something bad like gas or chemicals.
Zion: Water in space going around the sun.
Jacob: It's sunny and cloudy.
Erana: It's stars turning into stars.
Lucy: When the moon is in the sky with the sun, they link up somehow to create a rainbow.
Sky: Something going over the sun, like a star.
Iain: Moisture in the air creates mist around the sun, the sun's rays capture the mist and make a circle shape rainbow.
Elliott: I'm not sure.
What do you think it is?